When you come to Abruzzo for a holiday, you’re choosing a region where nature is still the main attraction: surrounded mostly by mountains and hills, some of which are covered with green plants and trees, this region is a great holiday destination. Read on for Abruzzo best beaches.
Here you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking views, or treat yourself to a traditional lunch or dinner made with local produce in the classical tradition, which is still so much in evidence in Abruzzo.
Compared to the rest of the Adriatic, the beaches on the Abruzzo are special – it is one of the few countries in the world where you can ski in spring and go for a swim in the afternoon.Its coastal areas attract tourists who enjoy the clear water and beautiful beach surroundings.
The Adriatic coastline of Abruzzo stretches over 130 kilometres which means that there is definitely a beach for you as there are so many beaches in Abruzzo that will satisfy your needs: from the trendy beaches of Pescara Centro to the natural surroundings of Torre di Cerrano surrounded by pine groves.
With high numbers of Blue flag beaches, find out the 5 Abruzzo Best Beaches with our guide.
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Pescara beaches are arguably the best beaches in Abruzzo – each of the beaches has their own style of restaurant and atmosphere to offer.
The beach is made up of a long and wide beach equipped from the tourist point of view and is suitable for children because the seabed slides gently allowing the smallest of the house to bathe and play in the sea in total safety.
The beaches are composed of fine-grained golden sand and separated from the road by a promenade with a palm-shaded cycle path. Long rows of breakwater cliffs are positioned a few meters from the shore in order to protect the coast and mitigate the erosive action of the sea.
Most of the beach is given in concession to the bathing establishments, at these you can rent equipment such as deckchairs, umbrellas and sunbeds and organize beach-volley, soccer and tennis games just a few meters from the sea.
Some establishments also have baby areas where the little ones at home can play with inflatables and castles. The amplitude of the Pescara beaches means that they are never too crowded, even during the summer months.
By night: Pescara is a vibrant and modern city, with the largest tourist harbour on the Adriatic. In the evening, you can join in with the famous Italian past-time of ‘promenading‘ along the palm-lined beach road, dine in one of the many good restaurants or simply choose from the fantastic selection of Italian ice-cream.
As well as high fashion shopping, Pescara provides good nightlife, including many music festivals. The warm and friendly atmosphere makes it appealing to people of all ages.
Don’t miss: Get a great view of Pescara from the striking and new Ponte del Mare pedestrian bridge over the River Pescara. It is almost 500 meters long and part of a project to create an uninterrupted cycle path connecting Ravenna with the very tip of Puglia at Santa Maria de Leuca.
Torre del Cerrano beach
If you are looking to find a quieter beach, then the beach of the Torre del Cerrano is amongst the most natural of all Abruzzo Beaches. It is within the Torre del Cerrano Protected Marine Area and boasts, for this reason, sandy shore and seabeds to be breathtaking.
The coast is several kilometres long and access to the beach is through the pine forest that surrounds it; the sand is fine and light in colour. The beach is frequented above all by families with children because the sea beds are low and allow even the youngest children to swim safely.
A curiosity: The Torre del Cerrano, or Cerrano, was an ancient watchtower of the Kingdom of Naples on the Adriatic coast and is one of the few to have reached us still intact despite repeated Saracen attacks in the 17th century.
Pineto is a small, soft sandy seaside town set on Teramo’s coastline. Pineto has all that one expects from any seaside town on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. Unlike in many other coastal towns here, the town does not extend to the coast itself, but is separated from the beach by a railway line and a pine grove,from which the town gets its name.
The beaches of Pineto are characterized by the presence of a large pine forest behind it that descends to the sea and offers some shelter during the hottest hours of the day.
Its beaches are almost entirely run by the bathing establishments where you can hire equipment such as deckchairs, umbrellas and sun beds as well as water sports equipment. The seabed slopes gently down and you have to move far from the coast before they become deep.
DOG- FRIENDLY : at the beaches of Pineto there is an area dedicated to dogs. The free beach accessible to four-legged friends is located at Via XXV Aprile.
For those that prefer to bicycle – Pineto is where the Adriatic’s bicycle path the ‘Corridoio Verde Adriatico’, does actually manifest in its name, you will ever so briefly feels that you are riding in a green-framed corridor along the beach.
Alba Adriatica beach
The beach of Alba Adriatica, one of Abruzzo best beaches, is located in the homonymous seaside resort between Tortoreto Lido and Villa Rosa di Martinsicuro, in Abruzzo. Alba Adriatica is famous for the characteristic colour of its sand, in fact, it is also known as the Silver Beach.
The beach is broad with low and sloping seabeds perfect for families. The beach of Alba Adriatica is for the most part given in concession to the establishments, chalets, where you can rent equipment such as: umbrellas, deckchairs, sunbeds, canoes and pedal boats. During the day, events are organized to entertain guests both on the sand and in the water.
The promenade along the beach has a long cycle path and offers shade with maritime pines, palm trees and evergreen vegetation. In the immediate vicinity there are accommodation facilities, restaurants and clubs.
The beach at Giulianova Lido is known as one of the seven sisters – the pearls that nestle along the coast, as are the tourist resorts in the province of Teramo. Stretching almost two kilometres along the coast, there’s a promenade and cycle track running the entire length.
The beach of Giulianova is almost entirely given in concession to the bathing establishments where you can rent equipment such as deck chairs, umbrellas, beds and equipment for the practice of water sports.
Many of the establishments, also called chalets, have fields for playing football, beach volleyball and tennis; they also have play areas for the little ones of the family where they can have fun with inflatables and castles on the sand under the watchful eye of mom and dad. There are very few free beaches and usually stormed in the summer months.
Seaside resorts are normally chosen for a relaxing beach holiday, but Giulianova has so much more to offer than just the beach. It’s surrounded by the magnificent natural parks of Abruzzo, including the Gran Sasso and Majella national parks nearby.
There are also fabulous grottos to visit with their amazing rock and limestone formations, such as the “Grotta del Cavallone” that Gabriele d’Annunzio immortalised in his poems.