Gargano National Park
- Monte Sant’Angelo, in the heart of the Gargano National Park, is the highest inhabited center in all of Apulia
- In the Gargano there are 2 UNESCO sites of the 4 in Puglia (Basilica of San Michele in Monte Sant’Angelo and Umbra Forest)
- The Lesina and Varano lakes are the largest lakes in southern Italy, famous for the production of oysters and other types of mussels
- The Gargano can count a quantity of beaches of an incredible variety between sand, pebbles, chianche and can satisfy every type of tourist
- Vieste is the capital of Apulian tourism with over 2 million tourists a year
- The Gargano has an impressive variety of fauna and flora (just think of the 87 varieties of Spontaneous Orchids that bloom from March to April)
- In the Gargano National Park there are more than 500 km of paths that can be traveled on foot, by mtb and e-bike, on horseback
- We have selected the most beautiful beaches in the Gargano National Park (click here)
What to see and what to do in the Gargano National Park
Find out what to do and what to see on the Gargano, don’t miss the best for your holiday in Puglia.
Here is the list of the 10 attractions that you must see and visit in the Gargano National Park, between sea, mountains, lakes and forests, in all seasons, with sun and rain.
– Panoramic tour of the Gargano
One of the most fascinating activities to do on the Gargano is to organize a day tour of the Gargano, between sea, mountains, lakes and forest.
From any point of the Gargano you start, you can take this incredible tour by following these simple rules.
Be early, the Gargano is long, full of attractions on winding roads and breathtaking panoramic views.
Take it easy, it takes a whole day!
Start your visit to the Gargano in the morning on the Mattinata – Vieste coast, being able to enjoy the sun that illuminates the coast and makes the colors wonderful.
You can spend the hottest hours in the cool, protected by the shade of the Umbra Forest.
Choose to spend the afternoon on the Peschici – Vieste – Rodi Garganico coast and enjoy a fantastic sunset over the sea.
One of the most fascinating ways to visit the Gargano coast is to organize multi-day itineraries by MTB or E-Bike.
The service is offered MooveNG, noleggio e tour green.
MooveNG has an agreement with Tourist Structures specialized in welcoming and assisting cyclists.
It will be possible to request the shuttle service from the airport and from the Foggia and Bari stations for small groups.
Discover the MTB and E-Bike itineraries in the Gargano National Park (click here).
– Umbra Forest, the green heart of the Gargano National Park
In 2017 the Umbra Forest was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ancient beech woods.
In 2022 La Foresta was included in the list of the 10 most beautiful forests in the world (unique in Italy).
Visit this green lung of Puglia, of course.
In the forest there are 15 marked paths, some of which are suitable for beginners, others for trekking and mountain bike experts.
For the less trained there is the option of Ebikes, pedal assisted bikes.
The karstic nature of the subsoil does not allow the formation of large natural lakes.
In the center of the Umbra Forest, you can visit the Deer Reserve and the Umbra lake, certainly among the most scenic spots and appreciated by children.
The forest is an uncontaminated ecosystem and protects endangered animal species, among which the Italian roe deer stands out
Discover the Umbra Forest (click here) and set off on an adventure!
– The Wild Coast between Mattinata and Vieste
The coast that goes from Mattinata to Vieste is one of the wildest and most beautiful coasts in the world.
You decide to visit it by land so as to reach among all the Bay of Mattinatella (find out here), the Bay of Vignanotica (find out here), the Baia of Porto Greco, Baia San Felice with its famous Arch and many others.
Definitely not to be missed is a boat tour to discover this magnificent coast, full of sea caves, paradisiacal coves and stacks.
Boat tours depart from May to September.
Discover the boat tours we have selected for you.
The greenest, most innovative and fascinating way to visit this wild coast is by using a transparent canoe, so as to immerse yourself completely in uncontaminated nature.
The experience is possible from May to September.
– The Transparent Canoe in Mattinatella
How about a trip in a transparent canoe on the Gargano?
We love nature and this is the best way to discover the wonderful and wild Gargano coast.
The departure is from the Mattinatella beach.
In a few minutes you can reach pristine bays, sea caves, stacks.
The peace of the places and the sound of nature will frame an unforgettable experience.
It will be possible to reach and stop at Baia delle Zagare, Cala della Pipa, Cala della Cattedrale and many other wild beaches.
The canoe rental is daily, with departure in the morning, in order to start the tour with optimal temperatures and have the sea with favorable waves.
We recommend bringing a packed lunch, a good amount of water and a great desire to have fun.
Discover the transparent canoe (click here) to visit the beauties of the Gargano. Marvelous!
– Vieste, Peschici and Rodi Garganico
Vieste and Peschici are the queens of tourism in the Gargano, famous for their huge sandy beaches suitable for children.
Vieste is commonly referred to as the pearl of the Gargano and is the favorite Apulian destination with over 2 million visitors a year.
The symbol of Vieste is the Pizzomunno, a 25-metre-high monolith to which Max Gazzè dedicated a song participating in the Sanremo festival.
Find out more about Vieste, the romantic city par excellence.
Between Vieste and Peschici is “La Salata“, one of the most important necropolises in the Mediterranean.
Traveling along the coast between Vieste and Peschici you will notice the numerous Saracen towers and the Trabucchi del Gargano, very ancient fishing machines still functioning on the Gargano.
We are in Peschici, a town overlooking the sea, looking east.
The most evocative part of Peschici is certainly the historic centre, a labyrinth of alleys to be discovered.
White houses, craft shops, spectacular sea views, shops where you can try typical local products: this is Peschici!
Do not miss a visit to the Castle and the Torture Museum.
Peschici is famous for having both sunrise and sunset over the sea.
If you are a little lazy for sunrises, you can enjoy the sunset over the sea, perhaps seen from one of the trabucchi of Peschici.
In recent years the trabucchi of Peschici have been transformed into special locations where you can have an aperitif or dine.
Please book well in advance!
Not too far from Peschici is Rodi Garganico (click here), a town perched on the sea with miles of sandy beach and expanses of citrus groves, including oranges and lemons recognized as PGI.
Rodi Garganico is one of the best equipped and strategic ports for reaching the Tremiti Islands.
– Fishing on the Trabucco
One of the unique experiences, suitable for young and old, is certainly to go up and participate in a fishing trip on a trabucco of the Gargano.
The Trabucco is a wooden fishing machine, built by hand and used in antiquity.
There are more than thirty Trabucchi in the Gargano, some of which are in operation.
We recommend that you find out more about the art of trabucco fishing, accompanied by the guides of the association “La Rinascita dei Trabucchi storico”.
The proceeds of this experience go to this association which invests the funds to take care of these sea museums.
Info and reservations on the official website of the trabucchi (click here).
– Monte Sant’Angelo and the Pulsano Abbey
Don’t forget to discover the secrets of Monte Sant’Angelo and its Basilica of San Michele, a UNESCO site.
Monte Sant’Angelo is one of the oldest towns in Puglia and owes its fame to the Basilica of San Michele, located in a cave.
Visiting the Grotta is an experience not to be missed!
More and more people appreciate Monte Sant’Angelo as a tourist destination, cool in summer but close to the sea, an ideal starting point for discovering the beauties of the Gargano.
Do not miss a visit to the historic center of Monte Sant’Angelo, the Rione Junno, with its historic shops, alleys full of history and tradition.
It is possible to spend your vacation in one of the Rione Junno houses, historic center of Monte Sant’Angelo (click here).
In the evening you can stop in one of the many cafes, where you can taste typical products at km0.
Discover Monte Sant’Angelo and its many secrets.
A few km from Monte Sant’Angelo is the Pulsano Abbey, one of the most incredible sites in the Gargano.
Don’t miss a visit to this mystical place.
In the valley you can find 24 caves, used in the past by hermit friars.
There are numerous departing tours of tourist level or suitable for expert walkers.
Discover the abbey of Pulsano (click here). Not to be missed!
– Manfredonia and the Two Basilicas of Siponto
Manfredonia is one of the liveliest cities of the Gargano, famous for its bars, many restaurants and nightlife.
Manfredonia is defined as the gateway to the Gargano
The name comes from King Manfredi, who had founded it a few steps from the now abandoned Siponto, the ancient Roman city.
Manfredonia is the most populous municipality of the Gargano
The singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla, originally from this city, has written numerous songs dedicating them to this town in the Gargano.
Do not miss a visit to nearby Siponto and its two basilicas.
The city of Siponto was very important in Roman times for its port.
A violent earthquake razed the town to the ground in 1223.
Before the recent restoration, the archaeological site of Siponto consisted of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Apulian Romanesque style) and the remains of the flooring of the early Christian church.
In 2015, an artistic installation by the young Edoardo Tresoldi brought attention back to a little-known site.
The remains of the church were highlighted by the work of the young artist.
A three-dimensional church was built on the remains of the early Christian church.
The technique used involves the use of intertwined metal meshes.
Visit the church at sunset to enjoy the changing effects that this work offers with the arrival of night and the play of lights.
Discover the beauties of Manfredonia (click here).
– The lakes of Lesina and Varano
The Gargano is famous for its coastal lakes, in Lesina and Varano.
These are salt lakes famous for the cultivation of mussels, including the oysters of San Michele, unique delicacies in the world.
You can visit the lakes in many ways.
We point out the Green mobility project proposed by ILake (clicca qui), which offers canoe tours at sunset to discover the beauty of Lake Varano.
Visiting the lakes of Lesina and Varano can allow you to “steal unexpected shots”, including a breathtaking view of the Tremiti Islands.
– The Tremiti Islands
Among the things to do and see in the Gargano you cannot miss a visit to the paradise of the Tremiti Islands.
You can visit the Tremiti Islands by boat or helicopter!
– Experiences not to be missed on the Gargano
We have selected the best experiences to do on the Gargano.
Canoe, mtb and ebike, yoga, sup, cultural and food and wine tours, trekking and much more…
Discover the wonderful experiences on the Gargano that we have prepared for you!
You can request the Gargano Green Card in order to have discounts on many of the proposals affiliated with the project.
If you love green experiences you cannot miss it.
Click here to find out more about the Gargano Green Card.
– Trekking on the Gargano
The Gargano is famous for its over 500 km of wonderful marked paths
It is a true paradise for nature lovers.
Many of these paths are crossed by the Via Micaelica, a branch of the Via Francigena del Sud.
Discover also the many panoramic paths, immersed in a wonderful and uncontaminated nature.
Start your journey!
– What to do on the Gargano with children
Are you on the Gargano and want to entertain your little ones?
Here’s what to do on the Gargano with children:
- A day at the farm, spend a day in nature on the Sitizzo farm.
You will be able to watch the production of Caciocavallo Podolico del Gargano and get your hands dirty!
Take part in this fantastic farm experience (click here).
- Ebike in the Umbra Forest to discover the Daini and the Umbra Lake.
Discover the uncontaminated nature of the Gargano.
You will have the opportunity to bring your children and choose between Bike and Trekking.
Find out more about ebikes in the Umbra Forest (click here)
- Fishing on the Trabucco is a magical experience suitable for young and old.
Enjoy being a fisherman for a day.
Book the Trabucchi experience (click here).
– What to do on the Gargano when it rains
It’s raining and you don’t know what to do in the Gargano National Park?
Don’t miss a visit to the Basilica of San Michele (UNESCO site), the Devotional and Lapidary Museum in the Basilica of San Michele.
You can decide to complete your trip with a visit to San Giovanni Rotondo to discover the history of San Pio da Pietralcina (click here).