The Adriatic coast could well be Italy’s least known coastal area, meaning the good news is it isn’t saturated with tourists in the way that some of its coastal cousins might be.
Many towns in Le Marche are easy to stroll around without fear of crowds or queues, and many of the regions beaches are tranquil, secluded places that offer complete sanctuary from the world.
The Adriatic coast of Le Marche has beaches in abundance, and many of them are beautiful and can only be accessed by boat. Read on to find out about some of our favourites.
Adriatic Coast: Riviera del Conero
This stunning section of coastline known as the Conero, or Riviera del Conero is a beautiful stretch of cliffs and private coves and many can only be reached on foot or by boat, ensuring complete solitude for visitors.
The hamlets of Portonovo, Sirolo and Numana offer blue flag bathing, a handful of seafood restaurants, and fabulous azure waters. Enjoy some gelato in the piazza in Sirolo and take in the views of the cliffs, the sandy Urbani beach below, and even Croatia’s coastline on the horizon on a clear day. Offering scuba diving, fishing and snorkelling, the Conero is a must-see on a trip to the Adriatic coast.
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Adriatic Coast: Urbani Beach
This panoramic beach is one of the most picturesque on the Adriatic Coast. Chalky white cliffs form its backdrop, while the clear azure waters give it perfect contrast. Offering complete tranquility, there are only two restaurants/snack bars and a huge stretch of sandy shore. Urbani sits in the shadow of the huge Monte Conero which blocks out the sun during the afternoon, so arrive in the morning to top up that tan.
Adriatic Coast: Porto Recanati
A favourite of ours and Italian tourists, this beachfront boulevard is lined with hotels, guest houses and seafood restaurants. The waters are clear and shallow, perfect for family-friendly bathing, and the promenade is wide and busy with walkers, tourists and cyclists.
Inland, the town of Recanati is home to plenty of shops, bars and restaurants and makes for an ideal place to holiday (vacation). Visit the Castello Svevo, the Museo del Mare and the Picture Gallery – all within easy walking distance.
Adriatic Coast: Mezzavalle Beach
One of Conero’s lesser known beaches, this secluded area is popular with local people, and it’s no surprise as to why. With only one restaurant and no sunbeds for rent, it is both quiet and beautiful. Be sure to bring your own umbrella and gear for a day of sun, surf and fun.
Situated in the Conero National Park, a small car park is located in the hills above the beach, and then it’s a 15-minute hike down the path to Mezzavalle. If you don’t fancy such a climb, boats are available to take you there and back.
Adriatic Coast: Due Sorelle Beach
This scenic beach, with powder-white sand, is one of the best beaches on the Adriatic coast. From the Italian meaning “Two Sisters”, it gets its name from the two tall white rocks that sit at the end of the beach, just out to sea. Only accessible by boat or by a steep pathway, the beach is uncluttered, uncrowded and uncontaminated.
During the summer a ferry leaves the port of Numana at 9:00 and 10:00 each morning, and returns at 12:30 and 15:00.
If you prefer to hike and take in the countryside views that surround it, the Passo del Lupo trail is located north of Sirolo. Just bring your own lunch as there are no restaurants on the beach.
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