The Gargano peninsula, known as the spur of Italy's heel, is one of the most beautiful places in Puglia.
Various small seaside villages are dotted along the coastline with popular holiday destinations such as Rodi Gargano, Peschici, Vieste and Mattinata. Just inland from the coast are several small charming villages each with its own history, cuisine, culture, and traditions like Vico del Gargano, San Giovanni Rotondo and Monte Sant' Angelo; these towns have centuries of history.
Gargano is noteworthy for the variety of landscapes ranging from the high and rugged coastline from Vieste to Manfredonia, to the low coastline and sandy beaches from Peschici to Marina di Lesina. The heart of Gargano lies in the middle of the peninsula with the amazing Umbra Forest which boasts the largest variety of plant life and vegetation of any Italian forest. The Gargano is graced with 200 kilometres of coast line, an uninterrupted sequence of beautiful beaches, bays, caves and rocks. The most impressive stretch of coastline is the 40 km of high and jagged coast between Vieste and Mattinata. The white cliffs, creeks and coves surrounded by vegetation including pines, bay trees, citrus and olive trees make the Gargano coast unique in the Mediterranean. Along the coast you can admire several ancient Trabucchi, archaic wooden fishing structures. In the caves along the coast line you can find prehistoric settlements and early Christian necropolis that confirm that this stretch of land was inhabited since prehistoric times.