A trip to the Gargano National Park in Puglia, Italy
First week: an exploration of the coast, from Vieste (above).
Note: A disgraceful and embarrassing feature of the Gargano National Park is the deliberate obscuring of public access to beaches such as Spiaggia delle Zagare (below).
Despite being utilised photographically as an emblem for the National Park, access to the best side of this famous beach is illegally blocked by the ugly Hotel Baia delle Zagare, which charges €30 per person out of season to visit the sands. Their staff also actively ‘discourage’ passersby from discovering that there is a public footpath to the other side of the beach which they don’t control. Vergogna!
Colours of Vieste
The only beach (outside of the large towns) that has a brown tourist sign and clearly-marked public access is Cala della Pergola.
Maybe because it is too small and rocky to over-develop and make easy cash from.
There are excellent directions to the public Baia delle Zagare beach here in Italian, but with photos: Le istruzioni foto per foto su come arrivare
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