Italy's coast tempts you with some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe: In the west they are nestled into the Ligurian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea. In the east, the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea enchant you. Whether you want to relax in hidden coves or enjoy a pizza at a table neighbouring celebrity: Italy makes this possible - "Bella Italia" stands for the best beaches and gastronomy of the highest quality. We will take you to the south and introduce you to the best beaches in Italy. Dramatic sunsets and sensual moments are guaranteed.
The "Jewel of Calabria" is deserving of its nickname - the spectacular beach will enchant you with its turquoise-blue water at first sight. A few on-site restaurants will delight your palate after an active day by the sea. The natural, less-commercialised beach promises rest and relaxation in front of spectacular rocky scenery. Perched on the steep cliffs above the coast is the historic town of Tropea.
Our tip: Look out over the beach from the village. You will never forget this magical sight.
300 metres long, the beach Marina Grande extends along the Amalfi coast south of Naples. The well-attended beach, equipped with comfortable, lovingly arranged lounge chairs and umbrellas attracts both national and international stars and starlets. A variety of restaurants and bars ensures the best food with a fantastic view. Boat tours give you a view of the nearby shores and hidden coves. On the rocks above the beach Marina Grande is the picturesque village of Positano, where pastel-coloured houses provide you with a wonderful postcard motif.
Our tip: Let the evening fade away with a glass of Italian red wine overlooking the water.
The sweeping beach of Mezzavalle promises you pure nature. Old oaks and strawberry bushes beat their roots in the green slopes in front of the partly sandy, partly stony sand strip. The phenomenal panorama of the slopes entices you to follow the steep path down to the beach. There you can swim undisturbed in crystal clear waters as a reward. The access to paradise is made both by the path from the slopes and by boat or by the road from Poggio.
Our tip: Take binoculars with you and watch the animals.
Cala la Gavitella beach is one of several small bays below the charming village of Praiano. Surrounded by steep cliffs, Gavitella offers enough sand to bask in the sun. Equipped with the natural pool Fontana dell'Altare, two piers, a small bar and a fish restaurant, Gavitella has everything you need to be blissful. The dwarf bay also offers a picturesque view of the island of Capri. The challenging access is over 400 steep steps, but worth it in any case.
Our tip: Enjoy freshly caught seafood on the beachfront restaurant.
The wonderful sandy beach stretches for many kilometres and it lies on the seashore of the picturesque city of Caorle. The historic town offers both atmosphere and a good tourist infrastructure for your beach holiday. The eastern part falls off very gently, the western part of the beach, however, is very well suited for swimmers. You can enjoy Italian delicacies all day long in the numerous restaurants on the shores. You may also let your dog run around in a designated section.
Our tip: Build a sand castle with the whole family.
The easternmost city in Italy, Otranto, is located on the heel of the Italian boot near Lecce in the province of Puglia and links the Adriatic with the Ionian Sea. With its white sand and turquoise water, the bay looks like a picture book. The historic town provides the beach visitors with exquisite wine, delicious pasta and regional cheeses. For suitable accommodation hotels and apartments of all price ranges are available nearby. The steep cliffs provide an impressive backdrop while you swim or sunbathe.
Our tip: Snorkel and discover the colourful underwater world.
The famous island of Elba houses on its north side Campo all'Aia, a sheltered and somewhat hidden bay with a wide sandy beach. Wooded headlands extend into the deep blue sea, creating dreamy views. For families, the beach is very suitable, because swimming lessons are offered daily for all ages. Holidaymakers can rent sun loungers and umbrellas at the beach bar, where fresh fish and delicious drinks are served. A small bridge leads over to the beach of Procchio. The beach Campo all'Aia, however, is much less crowded.
Our tip: Photograph the sunset over the sea.
On the small island Marettimo, with 700 inhabitants, west of Sicily, is the small beach Scalo Maestro. Calm, crystal clear water provides the ideal conditions for snorkelling and swimming. The rugged rocks and grottos are reminiscent of a bizarre lunar landscape and offer plenty of adventure and exciting discoveries. You can reach the village of the island from the Sicilian town of Trapani by hydrofoil. Well-paved trails allow safe passage and fabulous views.
Our tip: Take an island tour by boat from the beach.
Just north of the settlement of Maratea, Acquafredda di Maratea is surrounded by coves and wooded headlands. Clear, blue water gently washes up onto the dark grey sand and blends in wonderfully with the beach rocks, water caves and cliffs in the rustic setting. The numerous couples, who come from all over Europe for the perfect wedding photo, know that too. Sunbeds and umbrellas can be rented conveniently and easily on-site, allowing you to set up your diving and swimming activities.
Our tip: Have a picnic overlooking the sea.
As you know, Sardinia has top beaches on offer: West of Sa Pinnetta and near the beach of Su Giudeu , the beach of Tuerredda spreads in southern Sardinia. The fabulously beautiful stretch of coast, with its fine sand and azure blue sea, is perfect for the photo spread of a glossy magazine. Bars and restaurants by the sea provide delicious refreshments and delicious seafood. The coast and its warm waters are ideal for activities such as kayaking, paddling and snorkelling. During the months of July and August, the beach is very busy.
Our tip: Experienced swimmers can visit the island of Isola di Tuerredda about 200m away by sea.