Itinerary: San Nicola, San Domino, Capraia
Tremiti Islands are a nature reserve of Gargano National Park with crystal-clear waters, secret caves and wild coastline
Tremiti Islands cover an area of 3 square kilometers with approximately 496 inhabitants and are located just a few nautical miles north of the Gargano promontory, in the south of Italy.
The archipelago of Tremiti Islands, bordered by the Adriatic Sea, consists of three main islands: San Nicola, San Domino, and Capraia. The archipelago also includes the small uninhabited island of Pianosa, as well as several rocky islets, such as Cretaccio and La Vecchia. Tremiti Islands are part of the Gargano National Park, which was established in 1991.
The archipelago of Tremiti Islands is a little paradise surrounded by the blue and transparent waters of the Adriatic Sea wich is here a rich Marine Reserve. This protected area is a magic place, where you can discover secret caves, crevices, walls and shipwrecks of ancient times when sailing vessels used to sail along these marine routes. Today, this archipelago, first of all, is a paradise for scuba diving lovers, who will find invaluable spots to practice that activity.
The island of San Nicola, despite being the smallest one of the three main islands, is the historic and artistic center of the archipelago. It is the location of an ancient fortress that houses the fifteenth-century Benedictine abbey, called Santa Maria a Mare. The island features mostly a rugged coastline with large rocks and cliffs along the sea. It also allows you to enjoy wonderful sunsets with beautifully pink skies so even the amateur photographers can take great pictures here!
San Domino is the largest Tremiti Island. It offers beautiful sceneries and also many turist facilities, several hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Navigating around the coastline you will find beaches, peaks, and cliffs or small charming creeks following each others ensuring many different amazing views. Visit Cala delle Arene, a small beach and Cala Matano, with sandy beach, that drops sheer to the sea. San Domino rugged coastline is rich in caves, those of Viola, Sole, and Bue Marino are the most beautiful ones.
Carpaia is an uninhabited and mostly rocky small island, with sparse vegetation. Also, on this islet, you can find some creeks and grottos of interest such as Grotta dell'Amore (cave of love), Grotta Turchese (turquoise cave), due to the beautiful turquoise color of the water, or Grotta dei Misteri (cave of mysteries).The most expert divers can plunge in Punta Secca, where the waters are very deep and the seabed is exposed to strong currents.
All these islands offer outstanding opportunities to scuba dive in wonderful places, but it is also a special place where to discover the rich and varied nature by walking, hiking or biking.
So, undoubtedly, you can spend on the Tremiti Islands a very special and unforgettable holiday!