What to see and do in Peschici

Hidden among the gentle curves of the  Gargano ,  Peschici is a pearl set on the Adriatic coast, a place where history blends with natural beauty in a magical union. Its description reveals itself as a ritual of enchantment, where past and present dance together in a harmonious embrace. Located about 13 km from Camping Village San Michele,  Peschici  dominates the surrounding landscape from a high cliff overlooking the sea. The picturesque town on the Gargano coast, crowned by dense woods and extensive pine forests, winds its way through a network of narrow streets overlooked by white houses, which often end in a picturesque dome.

The most beautiful beaches in Peschici

Peschici's beaches are like pages of golden sand bathed by the crystal-clear blue sea. The most beautiful and not-to-be-missed beaches are:

1. Baia di Peschici: One of the most famous beaches, it is characterised by golden sand and crystal clear waters. The bay is surrounded by cliffs and offers a spectacular view of the town of Peschici.

2. Spiaggia di Zaiana:  This beach is known for its fine sand and turquoise waters. Reached by a short walk, it is an ideal choice for those seeking tranquillity and natural beauty.

3. Spiaggia di Manaccora: Located north of Peschici, this beach offers a wilder and less crowded environment. Its crystal-clear waters and the presence of cliffs make it particularly attractive.

4. Spiaggia di Calalunga: Characterised by a long stretch of golden sand and shallow waters, Calalunga Beach is perfect for families with children. It also offers the possibility of practising sports activities such as windsurfing.

6. Spiaggia di Procinisco: Accessible only by sea or via a path, this beach offers a more intimate and secluded experience. Its crystal-clear waters and panoramic views make it a special place.

7. Spiaggia di San Nicola: Located south of Peschici, this beach is surrounded by hills and offers a quieter setting. The clean waters and clear sand make it ideal for a relaxing day.

8. Spiaggia di Calenella: A lovely beach with fine sand and clear waters. Accessible via a short walk, it offers a relaxing and picturesque atmosphere.

9. Spiaggia di Gusmay: This is located near the tourist resort of the same name and offers a beach with facilities. The soft sand and crystal clear water create a pleasant environment for visitors.

The medieval castle of Peschici

At the centre of the village stands the castle, a sentinel of time that offers a spectacular view of the coast. From its summit, the gaze embraces the intense blue of the Adriatic Sea, while the cliffs make the horizon a picture of pure enchantment. The Medieval Castle of Peschici stands on a rock overlooking the sea of the beautiful town. It was built by the Normans between the 10th and 11th centuries to defend the town from pirate and Saracen attacks. During the reign of Frederick II, the castle was enriched with the building of the splendid tower, known as the 'Rocca Imperiale' . Currently, it is possible to visit the lower part of the Castle, which houses the Torture Museum with an exhibition of more than 60 pieces. For information on opening hours and guided tours, please call 0884/962289.

The best and most interesting activities to do in Peschici

In Peschici, a town overlooking the Gargano sea, there are many interesting activities to do to fully enjoy the unique atmosphere and natural beauty. Here are some things you can do in Peschici:

Explore the Historic Centre: Getting lost in the alleys and narrow streets of the historic centre of Peschici is a fascinating experience. Admire the white houses, cosy squares and breathe in the unique atmosphere of this village overlooking the sea.

Climb up to the Castle of Peschici: Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view by climbing up to the Castle of Peschici. From here, you can admire the town, the sea and the surrounding landscapes.

Peschici beaches: Spend time at the beautiful beaches of Peschici, such as Baia di Peschici, Spiaggia di Zaiana and many others. Relax on the golden sand and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Read more

Sea Caves Boat Trips Explore the sea caves along the coast with a boat trip. These excursions offer spectacular views and the opportunity to discover unique rock formations. Find out more. Read more

Walking and Trekking in the Gargano National Park: Enjoy the nature of the Gargano National Park and the Foresta Umbra with a walk or hike. The trails offer breathtaking views and the chance to explore the local flora and fauna.

Dinner in typical restaurants: Savour the local cuisine in one of Peschici's typical restaurants. Try dishes based on fresh fish, local olive oil and Apulian specialities.

Handicraft Shopping: Explore handicraft shops to buy local souvenirs, ceramics, jewellery and local products.

Visit Churches and Sanctuaries: Discover Peschici's historic churches, such as the Chiesa Matrice and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Calena. In addition to their religious value, they offer works of art and enchanting views.

Attend Local Events: The Patron Saint Elia has been venerated as the patron saint of Peschici since the time when, according to legend, he put an end to the invasion of locusts that severely damaged the harvests and thus the economy of the town, which at the time was based solely on agriculture and fishing. As early as the first days of the second week of July, the entire town prepares to celebrate the Saint in anticipation of the evocative and colourful procession on 20 July that winds through the decorated streets of Peschici.