TRAVEL RECIPE #3
THE WILDLIFE OF GARGANO
Are you a couple or a family? Do you like the sea and unspoiled nature? Do you love hiking and mountain? This travel idea will leave you speechless.
The Gargano, the heel of Italy, offers this and more. Located in a part of Italy which is not easily accessible, it offers his guests many untouched places far from mass tourism. We would like to direct you to a resort nearby, easily accessible, not far from the sea and in a strategic position as Agriturismo Giorgio. Located 500 meters from the center of Mattinata, it offers the possibility to reach the sea in just 10 minutes and other locations just minutes away by car.
INGREDIENTS FOR A FAMILY
- Send us a request with your information, using the button below. In this page, you can find indicative prices for a week for the various types of apartments.
- Book a flight: we recommend the airport of Bari, Naples or Pescara. In the sidebar you will find two applications for searching flights (Momondo and Google Flights).
- Rent a car for the time you need. Find the Best Deals here
- A GPS or a detailed map of Apulia
- Trekking equipment for your mountain walks
- Among other things, bring with you a hat, suncream, and sunglasses. Bear in mind that the sun in Italy may cause damage to your skin. Watch Help a Dane
With this recipe, you can relax in a farmhouse in the countryside with all the amenities, try the local cuisine and get round with the nightlife of a typical Apulian village as Mattinata. During the day, you can explore the places and features of Gargano. We quote below just some of the most characteristic.
Baia dei Gabbiani, also known as Vignanotica. Famous for its cliffs and pebble beach. It was once a beach reserved for nudists.
Indicative rates for a week from 27th May to 3rd June 2017
(For half board, there is a further reduction for children 0 to 15 years)
Baia dei Gabbiani, also known as Vignanotica, is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches of the Gargano. You find it after few curves, park the car and continue with a “rough” free shuttle bus. There are two equipped beaches that rent umbrellas and sun loungers for around €15 a day. You can also choose to stay in the shadow of the cliffs or bring your own umbrella with you. The beach closes at 19:00 (last shuttle bus at 18:45)
GPS: 41°45’40.4″N 16°09’25.6″E
Parking: paid in the GPS point (€5.00 full day).
Restaurants: there are two restaurants by the beach which offer salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes with different selections and decent prices.
A boat trip to the sea caves of the Gargano is an excursion that you should not miss. There are about 20 caves which can be seen between Mattinata and Vieste. From the harbor of Mattinata leaves regularly a boat that performs this type of excursion that lasting about three hours. You can request more information at the resort.
GPS: 41°42’40.0″N 16°04’37.9″E
Restaurants: along the coast of Mattinata there are several restaurants. We can advise you “Trattoria Dalla Nonna” with a beautiful sea view.
If you like hiking, this is a path that you should try. You start from the GPS pin and climb up to Vignanotica for about 2 km, following the sea on one side and the mountains on the other. Coffee-break down to the beach in Vignanotica and back to the parking spot. Do not forget your camera for the spectacular view.
GPS: 41°45’08.8″N 16°09’01.0″E
Parking: free parking along the road and on the GPS pin
Restaurants: there’s a restaurant about 1500 meters before the trail called “Monte Barone” that we strongly recommend. It offers a panoramic view of the sea and very fresh dishes at reasonable prices.
Vieste is the gem of Gargano. To get there, you have about 40 kilometers of driving (be aware, 30 of them in twists and turns), but well worth it. You can spend a full day in Vieste taking advantage of its sandy shores. We also suggest visiting the old town full of shops and typical workshops. Also very characteristic is the monolith “Pizzomunno” which you can find on the coast “Enrico Mattei”.
GPS: 41°53’16.3″N 16°10’50.7″E
Parking: Paid in GPS point (€3.50 all day) but also in town. Be aware of the Limited Traffic Zone
Restaurants: the town is full of restaurants and pizzerias. We recommend: Ristorante Principe (excellent fish soup), il Grottino (with beautiful sea view), La Casa della Bruschetta (very cozy)
The beach of Mattinata is certainly one of the most renowned beaches of the Gargano. For guests of the farmhouse, you also have the advantage of having it close. It is possible to reach by shuttle bus (10 minutes) or with bikes. We recommend wearing beach shoes because of the large pebbles.
GPS: 41°42’36.1″N 16°04’20.9″E
Parking: free for the guests of the resort
Restaurants: there are several restaurants by the beach. We can recommend “Restaurant Tio Pepe” and “Trattoria dalla Nonna”
The Umbra Forest is the pulsing lung of the Gargano. Rich in vegetation (beech, maple, oak) and also fauna (wild boars, foxes, deer and wild cats). In the GPS point, there is also a little lake. There are several marked trails that you can follow on your own (do not forget your GPS). Or you can rely on an environmental guide (ask for information at the resort or write to us).
GPS: 41°49’07.5″N 15°59’44.9″E
Parking: free along the road
Restaurants: there is a Trattoria Foresta Umbra not far from the GPS pin (to be booked). Another option is the packed lunch.
The oasis Lake Salso is a protected natural area managed by the WWF. In the course of the years, observers have been able to count more than 200 different species of birds including herons, pink flamingos, storks. The oasis is the perfect place for bird watching and for the close contact with nature. From the official website you can book guided tours within the park. Official Website
GPS: 41°32’24.8″N 15°53’27.1″E
Restaurants: there is a great restaurant in the oasis of Lake Salso that we can recommend, which offers dishes based on fish.
Monte Sant’Angelo is located not far from Mattinata, after a series of curves. Once you park your car, you can visit the Aragonese Castle and the St. Michele Arcangelo Church (World Heritage Site). The village is very typical, with all whitewashed houses and is full of shops selling local products.
GPS: 41°42’26.0″N 15°57’04.7″E
Parking: paind in the GPS pin (€5 full day)
Restaurants: there are several restaurants within the town. We would like to remember: Ristorante Pizzeria Al Barone and restaurant Le Clarisse.
The Pugliese cuisine as well as the Garganica, is a typically Mediterranean cuisine. Among the many typical products, we would like to remember:
- the podolico Caciocavallo: you recognize it by the intense yellow color. It is made by the cow’s milk grazing free in the Gargano area.
- the “Paposcia”: a typical focaccia bread, commonly stuffed with meat, mozzarella and rocket
- the Monte Sant’Angelo Bread: a special bread with a soft and crispy crust and soft and compact interior. You can find it in “loaves” of 2 kilos and over
- Olive Oil: olives from Gargano produce a high-quality olive oil