Gargano – attractions on the Italian peninsula, what to eat and where to go?

Since we have direct flights to Bari, Apulia has become one of Poland’s favorite holiday destinations. However, Gargano, a peninsula known as the offshoot of the Italian shoe, is still a little-known part of the region. And it has attractions to offer that you won’t find anywhere else! See for yourself.

The coast and rock caves – the highlights of Gargano

Gargano’s best showcase is the coast. Rocky, full of nooks, hidden coves and charming beaches. It is best to see them from the sea. From the deck of a boat, pontoon or kayak, admire the dazzling white limestone cliffs reflecting in the turquoise waters of the sea. The water is crystal clear and even in the Caribbean the colors are enviable! However, the biggest attraction of Gargano are the rock caves that are only accessible from the sea† There are several dozen here. Apparently they used to be used by smugglers and pirates to hide valuable loot … Today they receive tourists, among others a speedboat trip to the caves is an item on the agenda, not to be missed while you are here† Each cave has its own name – there is a cave for swallows, bats, tomatoes, a bell cave or a cave with “two eyes”, named after two openings in the vault through which you can see the sky.

After an exciting cave cruise relax on the beach in one of the coves – my favorite is spiaggia Vignanotica hidden between high cliffs. But there are numerous here. You may even be able to find a beach that no one else can reach.

The most beautiful towns on the Gargano Peninsula – what to see?

There are no hotel giants on Gargano, the parking garages aren’t blocked by tour buses, and the sight of crowds of tourists following a guidebook or lining up to famous attractions is a rarity here. You will find accommodation in one of the many family guest houses, agriturismos or campsites hidden in pine forests and olive groves on the coast† It is best to visit by car, guided by the roads that wind through the hills. You will come across small towns with white houses crowding side by side on the slopes. Visit charming Peschici with a maze of narrow streets and enjoy dinner with a view of the sun setting over the sea. In Vieste climb the hill with the cathedral that dominates the medieval buildings. Looking towards the bay stretching at the foot of the town, look for the emblematic rock “club” – a limestone monolith pizzomunoassociated with the legend of great unfulfilled love. Pizzomuno was a fisherman who was in love with the beautiful Cristalda. Jealous of his love, the mermaids kidnapped the girl, and he petrified with despair and longing for his beloved … Go inland, go to Monte Sant’Angelo with a cave and the sanctuary of the Archangel Michael built around it. Or take a walk in the charming Vico del Gargano† Among the maze of streets in the old town, look for Vicolo dei Baci, the alley of kisses, a favorite place for meetings between lovers.

Gargano delicacies – what to eat on the peninsula?

Monte San’t Angelo is known for its dumplings panzerotti† They are made from yeast dough, filled with mozzarella and tomatoes, for example, and deep-fried. I know what you’re thinking. This dish doesn’t fit the model of Mediterranean cuisine hailed by nutritionists…just like melted on a grill caciocavallo cheesedrips directly onto crispy toast. The locals love such delicacies. But there is also something to experience for lovers of a light kitchen. Gargano is Italy’s vegetable garden† In the spring you eat here thin wild asparagus and young broccoli shootsthat are added to pasta (orecchiette, strozzapreti or garganelli, you probably know them from pictures where women in aprons roll them on wooden planks in the street). In summer, fragrant, sweet tomatoes ripen, which are then dried in clusters for the winter.

You can eat in seaside pubs fresh fish and seafood (The camp site where I used to live had a refrigerated truck with morning catch fish every morning and there was always a line to get there). If you want to dine in a unique setting, look for a restaurant located on a trabucco – a traditional wooden “machine” for catching fish† What for dessert? Maybe crunchy tarallic, a kind of obwarzanek with different flavors? or thistle to mature, ie waffles interspersed with, for example, almonds in honey? I choose ice cream anyway, preferably with pistachio cream!

Leave a Comment