With Le Marche situated along the Adriatic Coast, it should come as no surprise that there are some amazing beaches. Le Marche is lucky enough to have one of the highest number of Blue Flag beaches of any region in Italy – 17 in total – and when you visit any of them you wont fail to be impressed. The sand is golden, the sea is crystal and most of them are just a day trip away from Hotel Leone.
You will be spoilt for choice as Le Marche boasts both sandy as well as pebble-stoned beaches with some located near towns and others that are completely immersed in nature. From the popular beach resort of San Benedetto del Tronto which is perfect for families to the secluded paradise of Mezzavalle, there is a beach for everyone!
There are three different types of beach in Le Marche: bigger, livelier seaside towns with great party life, atmosphere, tourists and promenades, smaller beaches offering more privacy and frequented by locals and rocky alcoves and limestone cliffs prime for exploring.
If you’re looking for the ‘real Italian’ beach experience head for the paying areas and get your sun umbrella and loungers (you need them!). You will have all the facilities you could wish for all around you – changing rooms, showers, toilets, childrens playgrounds and restaurants and bars.
Adriatic Coast Beaches
Riviera del Conero
The completely unspoiled nature reserve of Monte Conero, known as the “Riviera del Conero” is a magical land of azure seas lapping gently onto beaches of ivory sand. Many of the best beaches can only be reached by boat or by hiking or cycling through the surrounding oak forests.
In the Riviera del Conero there are a number of beaches to choose from:
Sirolo (The Jewel of the Riviera) is a historic town perched on the cliffs and has some great seafood restaurants set around the piazza. Head towards the beach and you will find small coves with beach front tattorias serving up great value fresh fish. If you head towards Sirolo do make the extra effort to reach “Due Sorelli” beach which is probably the most attractive and secluded stretch of coast and is only reachable either by boat or on foot down an exhilarating track.
Numana (The Lady of the Riviera) is further south with a marina and wide, sweeping sandy beach with breathtaking views of the Conero Riviera and where you will find lots of water-sports, beach sports, bars and restaurants.
Portonovo (The Green Bay) Apart from the main beach at Portonovo where you will find a good choice of restaurants and bars it is well worth the extra kilometre walk to get to Mezzavalle Beach a rare paradise where the natural environment has been preserved. There are a network of hiking trails where you can explore the surrounding vegetation and discovers the wildlife ponds.
Portonovo is also home to a Napoleonic Fort and the Romanesque church of Santa Maria that was completed in 1048.
Porto Recanati (The Sofa of the Riviera) has nine kilometres of gravelly beach and shining waters. It is an old fishing town and has a traffic-free promenade, some interesting shops and playgrounds for children.
The southern part of Porto Recanati still preserves the remains of Potentia, a roman maritime colony founded in 184 ac.
Porto Potenza Picena has a large shady park and 2 kilometres of gravelly sand beach, clear blue sea and has a line of restaurants along the beachfront and different play areas for children. It is near the medieval hill-town of Potenza Picena with its magnificent 18th century Villa and gardens at Giardino Bonaccorsi.
Civitanova Marche has a north and a south beach (north and south quays) which are divided by the port where you will see luxury yachts on one side and clam boats on the other and from both you can see the profile of Monte Conero in the distance. The north beach is a wide sandy beach with breakwaters which has both private and public beaches with restaurants along the beach front and a promenade which runs from the north to the south beach. The south beach is a pebbly beach with plenty of restaurants along the beach front, a palm tree-lined promenade, large children’s playground and a kite surfing school. There is a designated cycle path so you can cycle along the promenades and free bicycle hire is available opposite the Cristo Re church.
Civitanova Marche has a beautiful town square, Piazza XX Settembre, which is the heart of the town and hosts a large flea market on a Saturday morning which sits around these attractive public gardens within the piazza.
Porto Sant’Elpidio in the heart of Le Marche’s shoe industry with a narrow strip of beach, a number of good restaurants, children’s play areas and with a pine woodland at the northern end of the beach.
Porto San Giorgio was once an ancient port and now a pleasant seaside resort with a thriving port.
With a lovely sandy beach, some great seafood restaurants and regular summer art and fashion markets.
Riviera del Palme
The stretch from Pedaso heading south through Cupra Marittima, Grottamare and San Benedetto del Tronto is known as the Riviera del Palme and these beach resorts do seem to merge into one.
Pedaso is our nearest beach and is just south of Porto San Giorgio. It is a small seaside town with both pebble and sandy beaches and some lovely restaurants on the beach edge. Pedaso is know in the area as the “mussels” beach as these molluscs are cultivated from the concrete pillars that lie just off the gravelly beach.
Cupra Marittima has a 2.5 km golden sandy beach with crystal clear water and a promenade and cycle path which leads to Grottamare and San Benedetto del Tronto.
Grottamare has 5 km of impressive fine sandy beach with a shallow seabed making it one of the safer beaches for children. It has a palm tree lined seafront and a pretty traffic-free promenade which has some great examples of seaside liberty architecture.
San Benedetto del Tronto has 8km of wide sandy beach and palms trees growing in the sand as well as a wide promenade lined with just a few thousand more palm trees giving it a touch of tropical charm. There are a number of beach front restaurants where you can try the fresh fish caught from the local port. San Benedetto del Tronto doubles as one of the most important fishing ports on the Adriatic.