Abruzzo seacoast

Martinsicuro
Martinsicuro – Photo © abruzzoturismo.it

The coastline of Abruzzo is varied, where the low and sandy shores to the north contrast with the inclined shores to the south.

The sette sorelle (seven sisters), seven seaside resorts in the province of Teramo, from Martinsicuro to Silvi, the Pescara and the Francavilla al Mare beaches, offer high level accommodation, night-clubs, and in Pescara itself, even a modern marina.

To the south the scenery changes radically: from Ortona to Vasto and as far as S. Salvo, sloping shores surrounded by the rich Mediterranean vegetation appear on the coastline. They too, are well equipped for a pleasant holiday.

The nostalgic fishing past emerges between S. Vito and Fossacesia, where the travocchi, singular fishing huts built on piles, are still today used by the local fishermen.

Where to stay in Ortona

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Trabocco
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Northern coast itinerary

A 130 kilometers of coast for all tastes!

The Abruzzo coastline is not all the same, but offers wide, sandy shores, high, jagged cliffs, narrow creeks, pebble beaches and in some places it is positively wild.

There are hundreds of hotels, guesthouses, campsites, residential hotels and private flats ready to satisfy all the needs of the holidaymakers. Whereas the numerous sports facilities, farming holiday centers, stables and the water fun parks are there to enrich the seaside holiday with healthy, enjoyable, physical activities. Arriving in Abruzzo from the north, Martinsicuro is the first town to be reached: wide, sandy beaches, good hotel and sports facilities, and a beautiful Tower embellished with renaissance friezes, invite the tourist to a peaceful, enjoyable stay. Tortoreto Lido follows with its beach adorned with palms and marine pines, several hotels, campsites, discos, sports centers and a beautiful water-fun park.

Where to stay in Martinsicuro

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Where to stay in Tortoreto Lido

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Giulianova
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Further south is Alba Adriatica with its beach edged by a pinewood. It has about 50 hotels, numerous residential hotels, flats and villas. Next is Giulianova Lido, providing a good mooring and berth for pleasure crafts. The upper town offers, apart from the many shops, art galleries and antique shops, a municipal picture gallery with very interesting paintings, an impressive renaissance cathedral, a striking Tower and the beautiful ruins of the antique medieval walls. Following on we come across Roseto degli Abruzzi: well-equipped beach, with a small tourist harbor, 35 hotels and a beautiful town hall villa.

Where to stay in Alba Adriatica

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Where to stay in Giulianova Lido

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From Northern to Central coast itinerary

Immediately after Roseto, we find Pineto with its pinewood right on the beach, a beautiful seafront, and about 40 hotels. Silvi is on the territorial line between Teramo and Pescara with a 4 kilometers long beach, good hotel facilities, night clubs and many cultural and sporting enterprises. Very close to Montesilvano Marina, famous for its long sandy shores and its large hotels with facilities for congresses, there is Marina di Citta’ S. Angelo with stretches of pebbly beach and rich in Mediterranean vegetation.

Where to stay in Roseto degli Abruzzi

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Where to stay in Pineto

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Pineto
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In less than 15 minutes it is possible to reach Citta’ S. Angelo village where we can admire the XIII century collegiate church of S. Michele with its 1500’s portico, the little one of   S. Chiara and S. Agostino’s church. Carrying on down south there is Pescara, a modem, young city, where the metropolitan life can be enjoyed without having to give up the entertainment of a provincial one. The word “boredom” does not come into the tourist’s mind when the full possibilities are discovered: the incredibly long beach, the many hotels, the night clubs, the tourist harbor, the sports centers, and the many cultural bodies.

The visitor should not miss the chance of visiting the birthplaces of Gabriele D’Annunzio and Ennio Flaiano, the antique Bagno Borbonico with the Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo (Museum of the Abruzzo People ) and the cathedral of S. Cetteo. From Pescara, with extreme ease, it is possible to visit the countryside: hills, mountains, the National Park of Abruzzo, and that of the Majella, the small piedmont towns. The choice is embarrassingly wide.

Where to stay in Pescara

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Torino di Sangro
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From Central to Southern coast itinerary

We leave Pescara for Francavilla al Mare, well-known not only for its beach, but for having been patronized by Gabriele D’Annunzio and the artist, Francesco Paolo Michetti, who, in his studio, gave hospitality to artists and intellectuals. Many hotels, campsites, private villas and flats, numerous clubs all create together a good seaside resort.

From Francavilla, going inland, we arrive at Chieti in a short time. It is one of Italy’s most antique cities that still boasts Roman, medieval, and renaissance ruins bearing witness to antique splendors.

Here, it is a must to visit The National Museum of Archaeology where the famous statue of the Guerriero di Capestrano (the Capestrano warrior) is. After Francavilla the coast changes appearance and before getting to Ortona the beach changes to high, jagged cliffs interspersed with small beaches.

Where to stay in Francavilla al Mare

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Where to stay in Chieti

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From here there are boat trips to the Isole Tremiti (Tremiti Islands). Continuing south, San Vito Chietino offers a flat beach which, further down, changes to rocks where we can still find several “travocchi”, archaic instruments used for fishing. Here D’Annunzio, in the picturesque Hermitage, set his Trionfo della morte and so immortalized one of these machines: “lu travocche di Capo Turchino”, describing it with particular concern for detail.

Where to stay in Isole Tremiti

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Where to stay in San Vito Chietino

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Vasto
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Chieti’s coast itineraries

Moving further south, the beach, once again, becomes level and Fossacesia, Torino di Sangro and Casalbordino share the long, sandy shore. At Torino di Sangro it is still possible to see the dunes that, up to twenty years ago, were a common feature of the Abruzzo coastline.

A few more kilometers and we come across the gulf of Vasto Marina. The long beach has adequate facilities, there are agreeable hotels, sports centers, and several campsites.

The historic center, in the upper part, offers various points of interest: the Castello of the XIII century, the Palazzo d’Avalos, built in the 1400’s, the bell-tower of Santa Maria Maggiore. On the border with Molise there is the last seaside resort, San Salvo Marina. Here, too, there is a long beach and numerous residential settlements.

Where to stay in Fossacesia

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Where to stay in Torino di Sangro

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Where to stay in Casalbordino

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Where to stay in Vasto Marina

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