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Day-trips from Vieste

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Beaches

The most obvious move is to the beaches: head for the small one between the promontories or to the north, San Lorenzo, with fine, soft, gently shelving sand, or finally, just south of town, Pizzomunno, which is also sandy. They all go in for the grill-pan variety of sunbathing with rows and rows of sunbeds. Slightly less crowded, if you’re lucky, is the marvellous Scialmarino beach, 4.5km up the coast towards Peschici. Nicest of all is the small Baia di San Felice, squeezed between two headlands and backed by pine trees, just before you get to the Testa del Gargano, several kilometres south of town.

Boat trips

If you want to swim away from the crowds, consider an organized boat trip to the grotto-ridden coastline around the headland of Testa del Gargano. Boats leave for the three-hour grotto excursion from next to San Francesco church. If you really want to get away from it all, you could rent your own boat for the day.

The interior

The interior of the Gargano promontory can make a cool break from its busy coast, and though there’s not much public transport, apart from the odd bus from Vieste, San Menaio and Rodi Garganico, you can rent mountain bikes or fix up jeep safaris or pony trekking. The tourist office in Monte Sant’Angelo should be able to help you organize any of these. Terry at Casa Giulia also arranges tours and rents out cars and mountain bikes.

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