Do you like to fit in a few centimeters of sand, almost glued to the closest umbrella? And are you wondering if there are beaches on the Adriatic coast far from the mudding crowd? The answer is yes, they exist and we can find them along the “green coast” which is located in Molise.
These few kilometers of coast (less than 40 km), therefore, which belong to one of the smallest Italian regions, namely the Molise area. This region is perhaps well-known for its mountain resorts, such as Capracotta, to 1363 m. But the coast, although not too long, offers all the amenities with its hotels, restaurants and campsites. The most important coastal cities is Termoli; its port you can reach the Tremiti Islands by ferry and Croatia (click here to book a ferry).
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Starting from the North of Molise, just after the border with Abruzzo, we find Marina di Montenero. It continues with Petacciato, and shortly after we meet Torre Petacciato; the Saracen tower is located instead in the North of the town of Termoli, where we also find one of the two beaches frequented by local residents and the neighboring ones. Sant’Antonio beach is the longest, almost 10 km away and is very well equipped. It has also received the blue flag (the beach in the past was also awarded the green flag which is given only to the child-friendly beaches). Its fine sand and its clean waters fully justify these awards, not to mention the wonderful spectacle that offer the walls of the Borgo and the Castello Svevo, the southern end of the beach.
All the ancient village is very impressive and in town you can visit the Cathedral dedicated to S.Basso, with its beautiful facade of Alfano Termoli. The Cathedral was built in the sixth century, burnt down by the Turks only to be restored in the eighteenth century.
The other beach of Termoli is to Rio Vivo, in the South side of the city, much less extensive than that of St. Anthony, but equally interesting, especially for those who practice water sports, windsurfing and sailing; about it here is also the circle of the wing that organizes regattas.
Campomarino Lido is located before the border with Puglia; This beach has been awarded the blue flag and also comes with beautiful fine sand dunes and pine trees that offers the possibility, after a swim in a crystal clear and calm sea, with no need to rest in the shade of umbrella (there are areas equipped alternated with free). Close to the beach there is the Oasis of Bosco di Ramitelli. A Campomarino is worth visiting the Church of Santa Maria a Mare, the twelfth century, with its beautiful frescoes.
Returning to the North area of Termoli, we find many beaches, like in Petacciato Marina; this area is much more wild and reserved, and even here the beach has received the Blue Flag. The town of Petacciato is located 7 km and has a beautiful Romanesque church, dedicated to St. Rocco.
Climbing further we find the Marina di Montenero which is in fact the beach of the town of Montenero di Bisaccia, that is 16 km. Also you got many places to visit in the countryside: as for example the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Bisaccia.
After relaxing on the beach we recommend to try the local specialties, rich in tradition and taste. It is certainly the best way to end your day!