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Vieste is a great base for exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding rugged land of the Gargano, including Peschici, Rodi, the Tremiti Islands and Monte Sant’Angelo. Today, the attraction of both Italians and visitors from further afield has affirmed that Vieste is one of the most popular destinations, making it one of the Apulia Region's capitals of tourism.
Visiting Vieste should begin with an excursion to Oasi la Salata, characterised by early-Christian necropolises and an evocative natural landscape with two natural springs. Continue your visit by checking out one of the symbols of the city, the Pizzomunno white monolith, then move on to the medieval historic centre, strolling down the lanes lined with local artisans' workshops, churches and souvenir shops, then head over to the Jewish Quarter, the cathedral and the Svevo Castle. A visit to the cathedral is a must; built in the second half of the 11th century, just 100 metres from the castle. The building has survived countless events throughout history, like when it was sacked several times and destroyed by the Saracens.
Thanks to its favourable position and the wind that blows in the entire area, Vieste is also the place to go for water sports like kitesurfing and windsurfing. Above all, Vieste's success as a tourist spot is due to the sea and beautiful coast, and to its history made of cathedrals, castles, "trabucchi", coastal towers, marvellous sea caves, and ancient abbeys like the one atop Mount Gargano.
From San Lorenzo to Punta Lunga, passing through to Pizzomunno and Scialmarino, holidays in Vieste guarantee picture-postcard beaches with fine white sand and crystal-clear water. Another beach to definitely visit is San Felice, nestled between the "Architiello", a symbol of Vieste's coast, and the cliffs topped by a 16th century watchtower. From here you can admire a view of the city of Vieste from a distance, completely immersed in nature, and set out to explore the nearby sea caves of “Contrabbandieri” and “Campana Piccola”. Set far back in a small bay San Felice is in an ideal where it is shielded from the wind, while the facilities available, including beach umbrellas, deckchairs, restaurants and cafés, make it a great place for families with children. Campi Beach, Porto Greco, Porto Piatto and Cala della Pergola are also great spots. The seabed is another main attraction for snorkellers and scuba divers. You can't miss the enchanting sea caves and the coastline with its countless bays and inlets. Amongst the over 26 sea caves in the area, the most worthy of mention are la Sfondata, la Grotta delle Sirene, la Grotta dei Sogni, la Tavolozza and la Grotta Smeralda. So take a look at the holiday packages to Vieste and get ready for a new unforgettable adventure.