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About Tremiti Islands
They may be hard to spot on a map, but just of 40 km off Italy’s southeastern Adriatic coast sits an archipelago of extraordinary tiny islands. Just rugged landscapes, impressive cliffs and just incredible water. There aren’t even any cars on these islands!
The are 3 main islands. San Domino is the main one for tourists, as it houses all the hotels, restaurants and beaches. San Nicola is the administrative centre, dominated by a fortress and Benedictine abbey. The third island is uninhabited.
When to go
The islands do become very busy in the July and August. As it’s so small and has very limited facilities, the islands does feel busy, but it’s still very manageable. Outside those months, island life is much more laid back.
Seafood is always top of the menu here! Make sure you try a classic spaghetti allo scoglio, a shellfish and spaghetti dish full of whatever has been caught the day and fresh flavours. Capers grow wild across the islands and they often find their way into the local dishes.
Things to do
Go to the beach of course! They’re incredible, especially thanks to the variety, with sand, pebbles and large rock beaches all available. Some of the beaches are only accessible by boat, which are very easy to hire even just for a day. There are plenty of other outdoor activities on offer as well, such as exploring the caves and diving.
Are the hotels by the beach?
Are the hotels by the beach?
All of the hotels are located on San Domino island, as are the main beaches on the archipelago. While some hotels are located in land, that doesn’t really matter because it’s just a short walk to the coastline. The islands are so small, anywhere is within walking distance!
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Why I love Tremiti Islands
It's difficult to not express my love for the Tremiti Islands, as it is where I met and fell in love with my husband, Lucio. A native of Naples, we met while we were both visiting the stunning beach of San Domino.
It's hard not to fall in love in such a paradise; the water is so stunningly blue and crystal clear, the boats just float there in a surreal way. The beach itself has such soft, golden sand, and is the only such one in the Tremiti Islands.
However, love blossomed not just on the beach, but as we ambled through the hills on long hikes and took in the ruins of a fortress on San Nicola from a distance. Our nights were filled with romantic meals and walks on the beach at sunset; it is a truly magical place.
Things worth remembering in Tremiti Islands
The tiny islands get very busy in the summer months so it might be better to plan a visit in late spring or September to get the best deals and still be sure of good weather.
Good shoes and sunscreen are a must! There are no cars on the Islands so make sure you have some good shoes, a water bottle and some sun block, as you will be outside a lot!
Some ferries go straight to San Nicola, but as all the hotels are based on the larger island of San Domino, make sure you book a ticket direct, or at least on a ferry that calls there.
As many of the beaches and bathing areas are wild, it could be a good idea to take along some portable equipment such as a parasol, as well as plenty of food and water.
There are 500 registered residents on the island, but only about 50 live there all-year-round!
The menu at the Da Pio restaurant varies day-by-day depending on that’s day’s fish haul. It’s located on one of the main streets on San Domino, if there is such a thing! It’s worth booking in advance if you desire a table on the terrace in the summer months.Address: Via Aldo Moro 12, 71040 San Domino
The open-air Diomede bar and disco has been the place to be seen on the Tremiti Islands since 1954! It’s open from Easter until October. There’s plenty of space, with shaded seating a good distance from the dancefloor if the music is not to your taste.Address: Piazza Pertini 1, 71040 San Domino
Cala delle Arene Beach
The largest stretch of white sandy beach on the Tremiti Islands in on the east side of San Domino. There’s plenty of free beach, as well as small selection of paid areas with adjoining restaurants. Just nearby are the famous Grotta dell'Arenile caves which can be explored by boat.Address: Cala delle arene, 71040 San Domino
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Scogli dei Pagliai Beach
The most famous beach on the Tremiti Islands is on San Domino and can only be reached by boat. The small sand beach is surrounded by rocks that can also be used for bathing. You are guaranteed crystal clear water here, but despite its remoteness it does get busy and there are a few restaurants and beach vendors in the vicinity. It’s best to ask in your hotel for advice on how to get there.Address: Near: Tamariello, 71040 San Domino
Cala Matano Beach
The Cala Matano bay sometimes goes by its other name, Cale Duchessa. It’s much wilder than the other beaches on the island with pine forests and rocky cliffs all around. It can be reached by footpath, or it is a lovely bay to anchor a boat if you plan for hire one for the day.Address: Viale Amerigo Vespucci, 71040 San Domino
How to get there
No cars are allowed on the Tremiti Islands, so you’ll have to park up your car in Termoli on the mainland and take the passenger ferry from there. Several companies offer services depending on the season with the faster, more expensive option taking 45 minutes and the slower service doing the journey in 1 hour 40 minutes. Make sure you take a ferry that calls at the island where your hotel is located.Address: Via del Porto, 86039 Termoli