Gargano… also known as "the sunshine Mountain", is that land that stretches in Apulia towards the Adriatic Sea to form the spur of Italy. An area of outstanding natural beauty of almost 2,000 Sq. Kilometres with open sandy beaches, secluded ones and all with a backdrop of a mountain range nestling charming villages just waiting to be explored.
This is a region with strong links with the wider Mediterranean culture reflected in the type of food grown: olive groves gently sloping down to the sea, competing with orchards breaming with sun ripened citrus fruits. Still largely unspoilt by mass tourism, the Gargano boasts the “Foresta Umbra” a Nature reserve internationally known for the variety of plants and animals. “Oasis Lago Salsa” affiliated to WWF plays host to over 200 species of birds including flamingos, a true paradise for bird lovers! You will be enchanted by the sight of wild orchids with the most amazing shades of colours, we recon there are almost 100 different varieties to see in the wetlands of lake Salso
Gargano is also the destination for believers from all over the world to the resting place of Padre Pio designed by the Architect Renzo Piano at San Giovanni Rotondo .
Monte Sant’Angelo is known from the middle ages as the Archangel’s route, starting from Mont Saint Michel in France Crusaders and pilgrims made the long journey stopping at other places of worship: Santa Maria di Stignano, San Matteo in San Marco in Lamis, the Sanctuary of the Incoronata near Foggia and San Leonardo di Siponto near Manfredonia, the latter was home to the Knights Templar. Most of the “Via Sacra Longobardorum” is signposted for walkers.
The Gargano offers a wide choice of accommodation: from well-appointed Hotels to B&B to self-catering, camping and even farmhouse holidays.
Popular destinations are Vieste, Mattinata, Rodi Garganico, San Menaio e Peschici. And yes, we have a whole set of Islands to visit: the Tremiti Islands. Blessed by long sunny days and evenings, clear waters and the ever-present aroma of Mediterranean plants and trees all around, is an ideal destination.
Lastly a word about our cuisine: fresh and local produce every day! with recipes passed on from grandmother to daughter. Ciao, see you soon!
Thanks for the translation: G Wilson P.A.
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