What to do on the Gargano in September

The 6 beaches of the Gargano to visit in September

Mild temperatures, mass tourism far away.
In September the Gargano is wonderful.
We decided to recommend 6 beaches not to be missed on the Gargano:

1 Vignanotica beach

Vignanotica beach is located on the coast road between Vieste and Mattinata.
It is an enchanting beach, surrounded by white cliffs.
The beach is characterized by small white pebbles and fantastic sea and land caves that provide shade.
From the second half of September the beach is not equipped with shuttle service, restaurant and toilet.
If you are looking for more info on Vignanotica click here.

2 San Felice beach

San Felice beach is located on the coast road between Vieste and Mattinata.
The name of the beach derives from the Tower of San Felice, a tower built in 1540 near the beach.
This tower was part of the defensive system of the Gargano to protect itself from the coastal invaders.
The beach is sandy with a shallow seabed, suitable for everyone.
With a nice swim or renting a pedal boat you can reach the Architello of San Felice, one of the symbols of the Gargano.

3 Pizzomunno beach

Located at the foot of the historic center of Vieste, it is a sandy beach with a shallow seabed.
The beach is famous for Pizzomunno, a very white limestone rock.

The Pizzomunno beach

4 Mattinatella beach

Mattinatella beach is located in the Mattinata area, on the coast road between Mattinata and Vieste.
The beach is made up of very white pebbles, which shine in the sun.
In the first week of September it is possible to rent a pedal boat, or a transparent canoe to visit sea caves, pristine beaches and secret sea stacks, starting from Mattinatella beach.
To reach Mattinatella beach, follow the dirt road for Maricoltura Mattinatese (click here).

5 Chiancamasitto beach

Chiancamasitto beach is located in the Macchia area, Monte Sant’Angelo.
The beach is characterized by chianche, flat boulders used as a solarium.
The chianche form small natural pools, ideal for cooling off in complete relaxation.
Chiancamasitto is a completely wild public beach, with no restaurant or toilet facilities..

The pools of Chiancamasitto

6 Cala Molinella beach

Cala Molinella beach is located in the territory of Vieste, on the coast road between Vieste and Peschici.
Cala Molinella is a sandy beach with shallow water.
The beach is characterized by the Trabucco DI Molinella, an ancient fishing machine from the Gargano.
Every Tuesday and Thursday you can watch fishing on Trabucco, booking the experience.
Near Cala Molinella there is the homonym Eco Villaggio Calamolinella, ideal for a stay immersed in nature.

In the beaches of Vignanotica, Mattinatella and Chiancamasitto the sun goes behind the mountains before sunset.
We recommend these beaches in the morning.

Visit Gargano National Park by MTB or E-Bike

September is the ideal time to organize MTB and E-Bike excursions.
The mild temperatures are ideal for organizing an excursion or a series of excursions.

Sentieri Panoramici sul Gargano

Sentieri Panoramici sul Gargano

The Gargano offers the possibility to choose between excursions with panoramic paths or visit beauties such as the Umbra Forest.
The promontory of the Gargano National Park offers routes with trails of varying difficulty, to be tackled by MTB (for the most trained) or E-Bike (more accessible to all),

The Foresta Umbra in MTB

We recommend the MooVeng service to be able to rent a vehicle or organize a tour with a guide.
With MooVeng you can take advantage of an APP that recommends the most fascinating routes, giving indications on difficulty, plan, historical and naturalistic information.
This is the smartest way to organize your excursion independently.

The religious holidays of September on the Gargano

September is a month of religious holidays for the Gargano.
September 8th is the Feast of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo.
September 15th is the patronal feast of the Madonna of the light in Mattinata.

The Basilica of San Michele, UNESCO site

The Patronal Feast of San Michele Arcangelo in Monte Sant’Angelo is celebrated on 29 September.
The Feast of San Michele takes place in 3 days and includes a rich program.
Among the many initiatives we include the procession with the Sword of San Michele, on September 29th.
The procession goes around the whole country, with the sword of San Michele, extracted from the case where it is kept, in the cave of the Basilica of San Michele, UNESCO SITE.
The festival involves thousands of pilgrims every year.
Many pilgrim companies reach Monte Sant’Angelo, after days of walking.
The program includes numerous musical events and many initiatives to be able to spend unforgettable days, between sacred and profane. 

The Panoramic Gargano Tour

September is a highly recommended month for visiting the panoramic points of the Gargano with a breathtaking tour.
The mild temperatures and the scarce presence of tourists make the panoramas of the Gargano wonderful.
You can organize the self-guided tour by taking inspiration, or by choosing our proposal of Tour del Gargano (click here).
We recommend starting from Monte Sant’Angelo, visiting the coast of Mattinata, photographing “Baia delle Zagare” and the “Architello of San Felice“, the symbols of the Gargano.

Panoramic view of Baia delle Zagare

The second stop is Vieste, the pearl of the Adriatic.
Vieste, in September, is a very peaceful, relaxed town with breathtaking views.

Panorama of Vieste

Our journey continues towards Peschici, on a coast where there are Trabucchi del Gargano, ancient fishing machines of the Gargano.
We recommend a stop on the Trabucco di Mimì for an aperitif or a dinner overlooking the sea at sunset. (Click here to book).
The return to the starting point takes place passing through the Umbra Forest, a UNESCO site. (click here)

The Best of Gargano, not to be missed

In September, do not miss a visit to the Basilica of Monte Sant’Angelo, a UNESCO site and to the millenary historic center Rione Junno. (info here).

The Rione Junno of Monte Sant’Angelo

We recommend a magnificent excursion to discover the Umbra Forest, a UNESCO site, to discover the deer reserve surrounded by centuries-old beech woods (info here).

The Umbra Forest, UNESCO site

We also recommend not to miss a visit to the Abbey of Pulsano, with a visit to the hermitages of Pulsano (info here).
For an unforgettable experience, do not miss the sunset visit of the Basilica of Santa Maria di Siponto near Manfredonia.

The Basilica of Santa Maria di Siponto

In 2015, an artistic installation by the young Edoardo Tresoldi brought attention back to a little-known site.
The remains of the church have been highlighted by the young artist’s work.
A three-dimensional church was built on the remains of the early Christian Church.
The technique used involves the use of metal meshes woven together.