After this long period holed up in the house, who doesn’t dream of running towards the sea for a dip in the blue? Quarantine, masks, self-certification outings, home working and rowdy children around the house, have exacerbated our desire to go to the beach. According to the latest government indications, safety measures must be respected: distancing between beach umbrellas and sunbeds while regions will take care of the free beaches. The bathing season, one of the main activities of the Italian tourism-related economy, is about to take off. Surely the numbers of the past years will not be reached, but we will enjoy it, you bet! Fortunately, Italy allows us to enjoy a spectacular sea and enchanting beaches (this year 12 more blue flags) along its 7,500 kilometers of coastline. From Sardinia to Tuscany, passing through Sicily, Calabria, Apulia and Campania. We are spoilt for choice.
Looking fro transparent sea and white beaches
Sardinia or Apulia? Both magnificent regions with a sea that has nothing to envy to the Caribbean. The Gulf of Asinara or the Salento beaches are among the most beautiful in Italy and beyond. International tourism has always focused on Costa Smeralda, the Maddalena Archipelago or the Gulf of Orosei which up to now have made Sardinia one of the favorite locations for the jet set. In recent years Apulia has also carved out a place of honor.
Salento is a wonderful destination for young people for music festivals, but the beaches are also lovely. The Gargano remains one of the beloved places in particular its most famous beaches such as Vignanotica or the Baia delle Zagare. Journey through fragrant pine forests and natural water pools close to the sea. Sicily fascinates with its colorful Mediterranean spots. We have San Vito Lo Capo in Trapani or the Scala dei Turchi near Agrigento where the white rock – shaped by the wind and water – is combined with the turquoise sea. Without forgetting the Island of rabbits in Lampedusa and Cala Junco bay in Panarea. And in Sicily let’s not forget to eat the famous fish couscous.
Wild beauty or equipped beaches?
One of the best known and most beautiful spots in Calabria is certainly Tropea. Under the balcony of a delightful village, overlooking the sea, there is a tongue of white sand and a splendid transparent sea. The clear seabed is a real paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers.
Even those who want a really quiet place are spoilt for choice. Along this stretch of Tyrrhenian coast, up to Capo Vaticano, there are countless coves, some reachable only on foot, with steep paths between the rocks or along small steps carved into the stone. Campania also boasts wonderful seaside resorts and one of the most famous among VIPs. We think of Capri or Ischia. Those who love wild places can opt for Punta degli Infreschi in Marina di Camerota in Cilento (Campania). Another beautiful spot is Baia di Erchie, a small fishing village halfway between Salerno and Amalfi.
Fishing villages overlooking the sea
Tuscany offers breathtaking views. Two fabulous beaches in the Grosseto Maremma: Cala Violina in Follonica and Marina di Alberese. Cala Violina is part of the Bandite di Scarlino Nature Reserve.
The beach is squeezed between two promontories and is famous for its fine white sand. Moving to Liguria, we could choose the Baia del Silenzio which stretches between the colorful houses of Sestri Levante and has a fishing port too. But there is also the beach of San Fruttuoso in Camogli and Varigotti, in the Savonese area. Without forgetting, of course, Cinque Terre. After this long winter, we want holidays, to relax and distract the mind. So let’s start by thinking about what to pack and run towards the sea.