National Park, Hamlets and Protected Marine Area of the Gargano
Did you know that the Gargano Promontory, the north-eastern part of Apulia known as the Spur of Italy, in the Province of Foggia, is the point in Italy closest to the Croatian coast?
With a varied landscape, between the Tavoliere and the Adriatic Sea, the Gargano has a particular microclimate with mild temperatures even during the most torrid summer months. The Gargano National Park is a protected natural area, a veritable ecosystem of over 400 hectares. One of the largest and most beautiful parks in Europe, it is famous for its ancient plants – Beech Trees, Cedars and Oaks – and for its rare fauna – Fallow Deer, Foxes and Wild Cats.
It comprises the Tremiti Islands – a marine reserve – the Protected Marine Area and the Umbrian Forest Nature Reserve, the access road of which is that of our hotel, 10 km away. Don’t miss the Museum of Ancient Crafts and the Fallow Deer and Mouflon reserve.
The Charm and History of Vieste
In summer, Vieste can be easily reached by car, bus or train. In Vieste we will pick you up with our free shuttle bus.
Founded by the Greeks, it has gone through Roman, Byzantine, Lombard and Borbonic domination, each of which has left traces in its monuments and urban architecture. In Vieste you can visit the medieval hamlet with its narrow streets and white houses, connected by buttress arches, the Castle built by Federico II in 1240, let yourself be moved by the wonderful panorama of the sea, the Cathedral, a remarkable example of 11th century Apulian architecture and the mysterious sour stone, or chianca, where the pirate Draguth Rais had his enemies decapitated.
From 15/05 to 15/09, we offer you the Vieste Card, free public transport and discounts for shopping, museums and excursions. Silvia Panzer
Let yourself get carried away with all the legends concerning Pizzomunno, the limestone rock that emerges along the coast of Vieste.
To make your stay an even more tasty experience, in our Restaurant you will find the food and wine heart of Gargano, with its traditional dishes, the strong tastes of its oil, wine and all the natural Apulian products.
Cultural, Nature and Sports Tourism
- 900 m: The Salata, WWF reserve, with early Christian tombs, with a sea cave
- 700 m: the sea of Vieste with its various beaches…
- 6 km: Vieste and its old city centre: Civic Museum – Malacological Museum – Cathedral – Svevo Castle and poetic view of Pizzomunno
- 11 km: Peschici, with its beaches, old city centre, caves
- 30 km: Rodi Garganico with the new port
- 35 km: in the hinterland, Vico del Gargano, the city of love, with Castle, city walls and old city centre
- 50 km: the lakes of Varano and Lesina
- 40 km: Mattinata with its beaches, the delightful town and 2 important archaeological sites, Monte Saraceno and Agnuli.
- 60 km: Monte Sant’Angelo
- 90 km: San Giovanni Rotondo, with the sanctuary of Padre Pio
Main Events in Vieste
23 April – procession of San Giorgio, with fireworks, horse race on the castle beach and concerts
9 May – festival of the patron saint Santa Maria di Merino, with procession and fireworks
June – Gargano Olympic Triathlon, international sports event
From June to September – Viestestate, series of musical, theatrical and cinema events
August – blue-fish feast
1st Saturday in September – Santa Maria Stella Maris festival, with journey of the Madonna by boat
September – pilgrimage along the old pilgrim trail of Sammechelere, in the heart of the Gargano National Park.
Christmas – living nativities in Vieste and nearby villages
Sea Excursions and Adventure Trails
Go on one of our guided tours, with the monuments, sanctuaries, processions and pilgrimages evoking ancient Gargano rituals, trekking, water sports, horse riding in the National Park or cycling along the cycle trails, with discounts and special prices.
Some of the proposed Trips:
- Sea Caves of Vieste and Mattinata
- Tremiti Islands
- Umbrian Forest
- Monte Sant’Angelo – San Michele Cave and San Giovanni Rotondo – Sanctuary of Padre Pio
Contact us to take one of our boat trips or guided tours: