After Greece, Italy is the country with the longest coastline in Europe. Every summer, hundreds of thousands of travellers from all over the world come to Italy to enjoy its spectacular beaches that border with the Tyrrhenian, the Adriatic and the Mediterranean Sea.
Wondering where to spend your next holiday? If Italy is on your travel list this summer, you should definitely spend some time discovering some of these remarkable beaches:
1. Berchida, Nuoro (Sardinia)
The beach of Berchida, which stretches from Capo Comino to Orosei, is characterized by its clear sea, shallow waters, secluded reefs, spectacular coves and white-sand beaches. This beach, not yet a mass tourism destination, is considered one of the most pleasant bays in Europe. Berchida can be reached by following a dirt road from Capo Comino to Posada.
2. Punta Prosciutto, Porto Cesareo (Puglia)
So beautiful it almost seems unreal, Punta Prosciutto, or “Li prisuti” as the locals call it, is a beach located between the provinces of Taranto and Lecce. Known for its natural park Palude del Conte and rich vegetation, this beach is a magnificent oasis in one of Salento’s most beautiful locations.
3.Capo Vaticano, Vibo Valentia (Calabria)
In Tropea, one of the jewels of Calabria, you can find some of the smallest but most stunning beaches of Capo Vaticano. The water in this region is crystal clear, making it the ideal location for snorkelling and diving. And of course, if you visit Capo Vaticano,you have to stop by the Grotticelle cove.
4. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa
This beach is renowned for its white limestone cliffs and Natural Park, a sanctuary where Loggerhead Sea Turtles come every year to lay their eggs. With its white-sand beach, vivid colours and intense blue water, Rabbit Beach looks like a place straight out of a fairy-tale.
5.Cala Violina, Maremma (Tuscany)
Looking for a place that doesn’t get swarmed by tourists? In Cala Violina you can relax in peace surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation. Maremma is a beautiful and rustic location, where you can unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature.
6. Lido di Classe, Ravenna (Emilia Romagna)
This stretch of coast is located just south of Ravenna and can be reached by crossing the Natural Park of Po Delta. If you love to go cycling, this area has some great bike routes and observation platforms.
7. Chiaia di Luna, Ponza Island (Latium)
Unfortunately Chiaia di Luna, considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Lazio, is rather difficult to visit. Due to risk of collapse, the cliff is no longer accessible on foot. You can however reach the beach by sea. If you can rent a boat, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit this spectacular location.
8. Cala rossa, Favignana (Sicily)
Considered the most beautiful beach of Favignana, Cala rossa is characterized by its flat rocks (perfect for sunbathing) and clear water. As the beach is not easily accessible, this might not be the ideal holiday destination for families with children.
9.Spiaggia delle due sorelle, Ancona (Marche)
If you decide to visit the beautiful Riviera del Conero, stop at the port of Ancona. Hop on a boat and head over to the “Spiaggia delle due sorelle”, a secluded paradise located far from mass tourism sites. A mountain path will lead you to the bay; from there you’ll have a great view of the beach and of the two magnificent white rocks that emerge from the sea.
10. Cala Bianca, Salerno (Campania)
Cala Bianca, a small and intimate beach, is a place of zen ideal for those who wish to escape their daily troubles. Whether you enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling or hiking, Cala Bianca will not disappoint. If you have the time, stop by the Cilento National Park. It’s definitely worth a visit!