The Tremiti Islands

Le tremiti Islands they are an archipelago in the Adriatic Sea, 12 nautical miles north of the Gargano promontory. The entire Tremiti area is a protected natural marine reserve.

The archipelago is made up of the islands of:

  •  San Domino, larger, with a beautiful coast, on which the main tourist structures are located also thanks to the presence of the only sandy beach of the archipelago (Cala delle Arene).
  • San Nicola, the main landing point, where the main monuments of the archipelago are located.
  •  Capraia (also called Caprara or Capperaia), uninhabited, which offers fascinating coves.
  • Pianosa, a rocky plateau which is also completely uninhabited and about twenty kilometers away from the other islands.

Then there are the Scogli di Cretaccio and La Vecchia where legend has it that before every storm the ghost of an old woman appears (hence the name of the rock) intent on spinning.
For the quality of the sea, the archipelago has been repeatedly awarded the Blue Flag.
The sea has unique characteristics and even the coast, with suggestive rocks such as the haystacks or the rock of the elephants, is worth the crossing. To move between the islands and visit the coast, you can join a boat tour.

On the island of San Nicola we find the abbey of Santa Maria a Mare, built in 1045, which preserves admirable fragments of Romanesque-Byzantine mosaics: the painted cross over three meters high, perhaps made in Tuscany in the XIII century and the Badiali castle adjacent to the church. The islands are also called Diomedee Islands, since according to legend it was Diomedes who created them: the valiant hero of the Iliad first created the Sub-Apennines and the Gargano with two huge boulders from the destroyed fortress of Pergamum; then having other pebbles left in his hand, he would have thrown them into the sea, forming the Tremiti Islands.

Probably the best way to enjoy the crystal clear waters is to rent a dinghy and visit this marine paradise independently, because the beaches are very small and often crowded, and not always easily reachable on foot. On the island of San Domino there are the sandy Cala delle Arene and Cala Matano, not far from the haystacks, stacks that are located in the strait between the island of Il Cretaccio and that of San Domino.

The Tremiti islands are the northernmost point of Puglia, they fall within the Gargano National Park.

Due to its singular history, the population of the Tremiti Islands speaks the Neapolitan dialect.
In 1783, Ferdinand IV of Naples established a penal colony here, the remains of which can still be admired today, bringing guards and convicts from the capital of the Kingdom to the islands. In 1843 Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies decided to repopulate the islands by sending fishermen from Ischia, experts in navigation and maritime works.tremiti Islands

The story of the confinements to the Tremiti continued also in the 900s, in 1911 about 1300 Libyans who opposed the Italian colonial occupation were confined to the Tremiti while in the fascist era it hosted numerous political opponents, including the future President of the Republic Sandro Pertini.

How to reach the Tremiti Islands

In the summer period 2 ferries depart from the port of Vieste, with a travel time of approximately 2 hours.
It is also possible to reach the Tremiti islands from Rodi Garganico (minor route) or even from the ports of Peschici and Manfredonia.
For info on the ferries, you can contact the travel agencies in Vieste or consult the articles dedicated to ferries to the Tremiti Islands

 

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