Great Escapes: Amazingly Beautiful Beaches In Italy To Check Out Now

Jul 17, 2019 350

BY: Catherine Sabino

Thanks to its thousands of kilometers of coastline, Italy offers an astounding array of beaches, ranging from rocky Riviera coves to sandy stretches of seaside. Here's a sampling of beaches both on the mainland and on satellite islands, ranging from lesser-known hideaways to jet-set pit stops that have one thing in common—dramatically beautiful settings that will make your visit an unforgettable one. Note: Many of these havens are best reached by water—walking trails to and from them can be steep or treacherous, or at least tiring under the summer sun.

1. Apulia (Puglia): Baia delle Zagara

The Baia delle Zagare on the Gargano peninsula’s southern coast is a cinematographer’s dream, with dramatic Dover-like cliffs guarding beaches fronting brilliantly colored seas. The Baia, or bay, has three areas for sun worshippers: one is accessible only by boat; two beaches can be reached by lifts from the Hotel Baia delle Zagara (lift access is for guests only), a property located on a strikingly panoramic bluff and surrounded by lush Mediterranean gardens. The north beach has a grill and bar; the south beach a spot for drinks and snacks. Excursions can be arranged to explore the striking coastline and nearby caves. (The Baia delle Zagare is 12 kilometers from Mattinata and 25 kilometers from Vieste.)

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