Gargano is located in the northern part of Puglia, an area almost entirely mountainous, where you’ll find lush vegetation, crystalline beaches and attractions such as monasteries and churches. Here are 5 experiences you must try during a visit to this area.
Cool off in the Umbra Forest
One of the not-to-be-missed attractions in Gargano is the Umbra Forest, a preserved location which is ideal for walks, picnics under the oak trees and unexpected meetings with deers on the trails. The name of the forest comes from the Latin umbra-umbrae, which means dark in Italian.
Lago di Varano
Enjoy the sunset from the Lago di Varano
This Lake, as well as the one in Lesina, is one of the two coastal lakes in the Gargano area and one of the few in Italy. Nearby, you can go for walks, observe birds and fish. It is separated from the sea by a strip of land, 10 km long and 1 wide, covered with thick vegetation.
Shrine of San Michele Arcangelo
Visit the cave at the Shrine of San Michele Arcangelo
The cave at the Shrine of Monte Sant’Angelo is worth a visit simply for its history. According to sayings, the Archangel Michael appeared four times at this location, in 490 BC, in 492, 493 and then in 1659. In the small town on the coast, you can enjoy one of the typical products of the region: waffers filled with taosted almonds, with caramelized honey.
Swim at the Pizzomunno Beach in Vieste
The city of Vieste, also called “The Pearl of Gargano”, has been awarded the blue flag several times for its waters. The beach of Pizzomunno is one of the most famous, featuring a 25 meters high limestone monolith, which, according to legend, would be a young man from Vieste petrified on the beach from the pain of losing his lover at sea.
Visit the Tormaresca Winery in Minervino Murge
To visit the Tormaresca winery, you simply have to travel a few kilometres from the centre of Gargano and reach Minervino Murgia, in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani. For many years, the Antinori family has produced “great wines from indigenous grapes from Puglia”, such as Primitivo, Negroamaro, Fiano pugliese, Aglianico, Nero di Troia and Moscato Reale.