One of the geographical features of Italy that attracts visitors from around the world is the fact that the country shares 84% of its boundaries with the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas. There are 4,225 miles (6,800 km) of some of the most pristine beaches and resort facilities in Italy. In fact, the only problem you will encounter is which beach (or beaches) of the over 200 that you will find there is the one or ones to choose.
photo by archer10 (Dennis) SLOW
Since the primary beaches which are viewed as the more popular destinations are usually crowded during the peak beach season, you might want to consider one of the following 5 lesser known Italian beach resorts in order to escape all those people:
Arzachena – the Costa Smeralda region of Italy is the home to the spectacular summer resort known as Arzachena, the preferred vacation destination of some of Italy’s millionaires. It is well known for its beaches made of slightly pink-colored sand and its rocky shoreline while at the same time having waters that are so clear you will get an outstanding view of the marine environment.
Castiglione della Pescaia – the impressive medieval castle that dominates the landscape is the primary landmark that identifies this quaint seaside villa. It is situated in the heart of the popular region of Tuscany and was once an extremely prosperous fishing village. With its clear waters, excellent accommodations, and sandy beaches, it is a popular destination.
Lampedusa e Linosa – the Italian peninsula’s southernmost area located 125 miles (200 km) off the coast of Sicily is the city of Lampedusa e Linosa, an area that international travelers and naturalists oftentimes refer to as an idyllic paradise. It is comprised of three islets including Lampedusa, Lampione, and Linosa which are easily accessible by ferry.
Otranto – located in Lecce Province along the Adriatic sea is the historical city of Otranto with its clear blue waters, pristine beaches, and a vacation atmosphere that is nothing short of ideal. At one time, it was both a port run by the ancient Greeks and the Romans. It was also ruled by the Aragonese, Byzantines, and Normans during different periods in history.
Tropea – here you will find some of the most impressive landscape and scenery surrounding the area known as Calabria. Seasoned international travelers recommend Tropea and will tell you that the most amazing feature of this area is that it contains some of the most spectacular yet uncrowded beaches in the world.
Along the panoramic beaches lie the historical rustic fishing villages and natural harbours, while the Positano and Portofino beaches are now exclusive destinations favored by the locals and tourist alike. These are away from the popular resort beaches of Rimini.
Hotels in Otranto
Hotel San Giuseppe
Average Price: €65
Average Rating: 9.5
Hotel Victoria Resort
Average Price: €65
Average Rating: 8.1
Hotel Rosa Antico
Average Price: €80
Average Rating: 8.9