The Trabocchi Coast in Abruzzo

If you prefer a quiet spot to relax listening to the placid waves of the Adriatic Sea, Abruzzo coast can offer solitary wild beaches where is possible to spend a laid back day, walking the dog or simply reading a book. This is possible on the Trabocchi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage-protected famous for its traditional wooden fishing structures – the Trabocchi.

The Trabocchi coast starts from Ortona and ends in Vasto and it is characterized by dramatic coastlines with high cliffs and pebbly beaches of unique beauty such as Punta Aderci, a suggestive Regional Nature Reserve established in 1998 and located in the town of Vasto.

Let’s discover the 5 unmissable beaches on the Trabocchi Coast

San Vito Marina beach

San Vito Marina, with its rugged coastline, flaunts beaches of rare beauty, marked by pebbles and sand and topped by towering sandstone cliffs.

Calata Turchino, so named for the sea that almost merges with the hues of the sky, along with its proximity with the trabocco, is one of the most picturesque places.

It’s worth it to visit the coves of Rocco Mancini and Valle Grotte (shared with the neighbouring municipality of Rocca San Giovanni), wild beaches and pebbly beaches lapped by the crystal clear sea, deep at just one meter from the shore.

Punta Aderci beach

The beach of Punta Aderci is part of the evocative Regional Nature Reserve established in 1998 and located in the Municipality of Vasto.
This stretch of the Abruzzo coast is characterized by the rock that overlooks the crystalline sea.

There are numerous marine aquatic species and many avifauna species that nest in the reserve. The beach of Punta Aderci is the ideal place for those who like to practice water sports like snorkelling because many species can be admired near the reef. There are no catering services in the immediate vicinity of the beach, so we suggest you to organize a packed lunch.

Punta Penna beach

The beach of Punta Penna is one of the most beautiful and suggestive of the whole Costa dei Trabocchi. The beach of Punta Penna is located near Punta Aderci, inside the Punta Aderci Nature Reserve: a protected area that hosts numerous species of flora and fauna of community importance, such as the small fry, which lays the eggs right on this beach, in addition to the herring gull and the gabbianello.

The beach is wide and several kilometres long, it is composed of fine golden sand and surrounded by dunes and a turquoise sea of unparalleled beauty.

San Salvo Marina beach

The beach of San Salvo, a long, wide and sandy beach, lies a few kilometres from the city centre. The beach slopes gently into the sea through shallow water, and towards the North the beach is characterized by the presence of coastal dunes and dense natural vegetation, one of the last remaining of the ancient Adriatic dune system.

In summer it is very frequented by tourists from all over Italy and there are many accommodation facilities along its coastline, such as hotels, b & b, restaurants, pubs and bars.

Fossacesia Marina beach

Fossacesia Marina is a town that welcomes thousands of tourists every year and has been repeatedly awarded the coveted Blue Flag by the FEE for its clear water.

The beach,surrounded by the typical Mediterranean vegetation, is narrow and long and is mainly composed of white pebbles that alternate with splendid bays of light coloured sand. The sea has a a deep blue when you move away from the coast.

Don’t miss in the immediate vicinity of Fossacesia Marina other two unmissable beaches: Torino di Sangro and Vallevò .

Don’t miss it! On the Costa dei Trabocchi, you can live a unique experience. The ancient fishing machines located on stilts, today have been converted into the dining facilities where you can enjoy traditional Abruzzese seafood dishes.

The “Pesce Palombo” restaurant combines the tradition of seafood cuisine of the Adriatic Sea with the structure famous throughout Italy for its ancient history. For this reason, the “Pesce Palombo” Restaurant can leave you an unforgettable gastronomic experience combined with an equivalent emotional experience in the Costa di Trabocchi.

The fish restaurant is located on the Trabocchi coast in Fossacesia in the province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region.

Best time to visit Abruzzo

The best time to visit the region Abruzzo in Italy is from May until September, when you will have a pleasant temperature.The summers are hot and dry, suitable for a sun vacation.

The Adriatic Sea has a water temperature that is very mild; in summer it reaches 28 degrees. It is possible to bath from the end of April to the beginning of October.

Trabocchi Coast Hotels – Where to Stay

Best luxury hotel: La chiave dei Trabocchi 4*, San Vito Chietino

Best for a stylish stay

This charming hotel on the Adriatic coastline is located in San Vito, a picturesque village stretched along a rocky spur on the Turchino headland. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a private bathroom with free toiletries and shower. During the stay, you can enjoy a swim in the hotel’s pool or a trip to the nearby beach.

Best mid-range hotel: Hotel Sporting 3*,Casalbordino

Perfect for a family holiday

Located on the beach, Hotel Sporting provides a free buffet breakfast with fresh orange juice. Guests can also enjoy some meals on the terrace overlooking the sea.The hotel features an outdoor pool with a fountain. Free parking and free bike rentals are available. The hotel offers entertainment to children on the beach in a private area. Punta Aderci Natural Reserve is 2.5 km away.

Best budget hotel: B&B dei Transumanti

Excellent location

B&B dei Transumanti is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Ortona, offering a charming environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay

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