Hiking Gargano

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Hiking Gargano

Days / Nights
7 / 6
Type
Self-guided
Difficulty

Level 3: Moderate

Ideal for people reasonable fit and healthy, who can walk 2-5 hours per day. Walkings on a variety of tracks, with loose gravel, some stony segments. Ascent or descent of 1 or 2hours.

per person from
590,00

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Walking trip in the Gargano peninsula, Puglia

Self-guided tour – 7 days

The Gargano peninsula is one of the most unknown and yet unspoiled areas of our tiny Italian heel. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, its position, combined with a karstic soil and different microclimates, creates the perfect habitat for a wide range of botanical and animal species.
Can you name another place where is possible to walk among wild orchids, Mediterranean scrub and pinewoods perched on white cliffs? And do not forget the Umbra Forest beechwood (declared UNESCO site in 2017), as well as kestrels, deer and ‘Podolica’ cattle at pasture.
While wandering around the Gargano National Park, it is very easy to be amazed one-step after another. And Gargano is fascinating not just for its natural heritage, but also for its ancient history.
The Daunians, a tribe of conquerors from the other side of the Adriatic, got here in the VII century BC, leaving a culture of funerary steles and geometrical pottery. During medieval times, Gargano became an extraordinary pilgrimage centre, where people from all over the Christian world used to gather at Saint Michael sanctuary. For this reason, Gargano was known as the ‘Holy Mountain’.
This beautiful area will amaze you with stunning landscapes, relaxing paths into the woods and captivating history. Not to mention the delicious and genuine cuisine and mild local manners.
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Itinerary

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DAY 1: MONTE SANT'ANGELO

Arrival in Monte Sant’Angelo and check-in. Welcome briefing with a member of Puglia Hiking Tours staff.
Free time to visit the historical city centre: discover the medieval castle, the Sanctuary – today a UNESCO site and one of the most beautiful natural caves of the world! –, the Santa Maria Maggiore church with its frescoes, the ‘Junno’ old district with its whitewashed low houses. If you get hungry during the walk, do not miss one of the many delicious bakery around!

Saint Michael Sanctuary – Old district – local bakery products

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DAY 2: MONTE SANT'ANGELO - MATTINATA

–/+12 km

The first of your hiking trails in Gargano starts in Monte Sant’Angelo, approximately 800 m a.s.l. From here, you will smoothly descend towards Mattinata and the coastline, walking on hidden ‘tratturi’ – ancient shepherds paths  –, between terracings and dry-stone walls. Passing through a shady pinewood, you will reach the bottom of Carbonara Valley.
After a few kilometres, between country lanes and olive groves by the sea, you will finally get to the small town of Mattinata.

Elevation: +50 mt, -750 mt   +/- 4 hours

Woods – Sea – Olive trees

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DAY 3: MATTINATA LOOP

+/- 10 km

Today’s walk will give you the opportunity to go up to the nearby Monte Saraceno and to discover its ancient Daunians necropolis, the place where this fierce population used to bury important members of the community.
From here, you can enjoy a stunning view of the Gargano white coast, together with the Mattinata plain landscape, full of olive groves and fields.
A trail through the Mediterranean bush will take you to the renowned pebble beach of Mattinata. After a refreshing swim, a quiet path will take you back to your accommodation.

Elevation: +/- 300 mt   4 hours

Monte Saraceno and Necropolis – walk on the cliff – Mattinata shore

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DAY 4: MATTINATA - MONTE SACRO

15 km - alternative: 7+4 km

Say goodbye to the white Mattinata, and get ready for a nice walk in the hidden green ‘mulattiere’, old countryside trails originally walked by pack animals like mules.
You will pass through Ripe Rosse, a red limestone cliff overlooking the bay, until you will reach the Tagliata valley.
This is a perfect example of Gargano inland. It is easy to find the typical natural rainwater pools of the area, named ‘cutini’, in a scenery dotted by rolling hills, wild orchids, kestrels, and ‘podolica’ cattle at pasture.
The last climb of the day will pay off all your efforts: once on the top, take a deep breath end enjoy the silent ruins of the Monte Sacro Abbey, a jewel placed in the deep forest of the so-called Holy Mountain.

Elevation: +1050 mt, -450 mt   6 hours

Alternatively, you can take a shorter itinerary, which is as rich as the longer one in terms of natural beauties! Your morning hiking starts anyway from Mattinata and, after a couple of hours in the lush nature of Gargano National Park, you will reach your accommodation for lunch. In the afternoon, a gentle path will lead you to the marvelous ruins of Monte Sacro Abbey.

Elevation: +750mt   3+2 hours

Ripe Rosse cliffs – Monte Sacro Abbey

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DAY 5: MONTE SACRO - MASSERIA SGARRAZZA

+/- 16 km

Leaving Monte Sacro and taking the old Saint Michael pilgrims’ route, you will get to the extreme south-east border of the Umbra Forest.
Thanks to the peninsula isolation over the ages, you will have the chance to walk through extraordinary maple woods, monumental oaks of different species and magnificent beech woods, now belonging to the UNESCO heritage. Once out of the green forest, a path amid pastures and Mediterranean scrub will lead you to Masseria Sgarrazza, a real farmhouse still in business.

Elevation: + 350 mt, – 650 mt   6 h

Umbra Forest – Pilgrims’ Path – Podolica cattle – Orchids

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DAY 6: MASSERIA SGARRAZZA - VIESTE

+/- 12,5 km

You will head again towards the coast, across olive groves, pines and scents of rosemary and thyme. You will notice Vieste from far away: perched on a white cliff, overlooking an astonishing turquoise sea, its magical atmosphere makes it the town of lovers.
Take some time for a walk in the narrow alleys of the old town centre, a visit to the imposing medieval Basilica, or an unforgettable ‘trabucco’ experience.

Elevation: +100 mt, – 450 mt    5 h

Gargano National Park – Vieste – Trabucco

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DAY 7: VIESTE

After breakfast, check out and end of services.

On request

You can book an extra day in Vieste: the perfect way to take advantage of the white long beaches, or take a boat trip (weather permitted!) to explore the several sea caves and coves along the Gargano coastline, or even to reach the famous Tremiti Islands.

This year, maybe more than ever before, everyone in the world has a great desire to travel and hang out again. All our tours will be discounted by 20%.


LOW SEASON

MARCH, APRIL, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER
740, € 590 per person

HIGH SEASON

MAY, JUNE, SEPTEMBER

860, € 690 per person

This tour is available in March, April, May, June, September, October, November.
If you prefer to walk in Puglia in other periods of the year, contact us and we will find a suitable solution for you.


  • 6 nights in typical guest houses/ original farmhouses/ 3-4* hotels, with breakfast
  • 3 dinners (beverage not included) on Day 2, 4, 5
  • Luggage transport
  • GPS device rental with uploaded tracks or outdoor smartphone with app
  • Accident and luggage insurance
  • FULL assistance

City taxes to pay on site, where required.

Below are some extra services you can add to your tour. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.

  • Half board supplement (dinners): on request
  • Single room supplement: 25€ per night
  • Private Transfers: on request

We have selected for you the best local farmhouses in the countryside or 3/4-star hotels (depending on availability), equipped with all the comforts a traveller may need. Here are the typologies:
Monte Sant’Angelo: hotel in the heart of old town centre.
Mattinata: high ranked farmhouse with swimming pool.
Monte Sacro: authentic farmhouse with swimming pool in the Gargano National Park.
Contrada San Salvatore: a real farmhouse, with a view over the surrounding woods with a view on the sea.
Vieste: boutique hotel in old town centre, with a stunning view on the bay.

[actual accommodation could be based on availability]

On request and upon availability we can offer 5-star accommodation options, too.

This is a self-guided tour, i.e. you are free to explore at your own pace. We book your hotels, we provide assistance and the Garmin eTrex Touch 35 GPS (or, alternatively, IP68 smartphones), which you will use to follow the path that we have planned for you. During the tour, you will probably meet other guests lodging in the same accommodations for the same tour or similar. Aside from the pleasure of getting to know other wandering lovers, you will always be free in departure and arrival times.

Our tours tell about Puglia in every way – in the altimetry, too! Puglia is a hilly region surrounded by the sea: that’s what you will find stage by stage. Some of these stages are almost completely flat; others are funny up-and-down paths; some have short climbs and sprints, which will bring out the adventurer inside you, if even only for some hundred metres.

We thought up an itinerary achieving the very difficult aim of showing you the most beautiful corners of our region, by riding on the most impressive paths. The tour is suitable for anyone who is relatively used to hiking, whatever the age.

Anyway, it is always a pleasure for us to listen to your needs and customise the tours in order to offer you the best experience ever!

The average daily path is  about 15 kilometres. Some stages are even shorter (around 10 km) and only one longer (around 20 km).

The towns of departure and arrival (Monte Sant’Angelo and Vieste) can be reached by several bus lines (Marozzi, Ferrovie del Gargano), departing from Foggia (provincial capital city, served by Trenitalia the National Railway Network). Bus schedules may vary, so before your trip we will be happy to help you with all the updated information you need.
In any case, on request there is also a private transfer service with driver from all airports, stations and ports in Puglia and beyond.

FULL assistance
Customers have one of our assistants at their disposal 24 hours a day, in case of any problem or need.
On the day of arrival, the guests meet our assistant for a welcome briefing, during which he/she provides them with the equipment (maps, GPS device, etc.) and with useful information about the route and GPS/smartphone use. In the event of unexpected issues, he will sort the problem out or suggest how to find a solution.
He is available to help you during the daily stage and give any advice.

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