Surrounded by the stunning coastal landscapes of Gargano National Park, Peschici is perched atop a dramatic karst cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea. It’s renowned for its whitewashed Puglian architecture and Slavic-built castle, together with a fisherman’s sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Things to do in Peschici
Wander between the whitewashed houses and domed-roof buildings that cluster in the historic heart of Peschici and are considered typical of Apulian Coast architecture. Climb from the old harbour through the narrow and winding alleys while soaking up views of the Tremiti Islands and Pelagosa.
Relax at enchanting Zaiana Beach, one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the Gargano. Rent a beach umbrella, swim in the crystal-clear waters, then grab a sundowner from the beach bar while watching the sun sink below the Adriatic horizon.
Get up close to ancient instruments of torture as you explore the dungeons of Castello Medioevale, a 10th-century castle built by Slavic mercenaries. Browse the museum’s old jewellery, tools and clothing that date from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, then take in the panoramic bay views from the castle’s small garden.
Walk from Peschici to the boat-inspired Sanctuary of the Madonna di Loreto, which was built by a devoted group of fishermen after surviving a stormy night. Its whitewashed design features a hull-inspired nave and square bell tower and houses old oars and fishing tools donated over the years as votive objects.
Getting around Peschici
Peschici is around 2.5 hours’ drive from Bari International Airport and 1.5 hours from Foggia. Buses connect Peschici with surrounding towns and villages, while the centre of town can easily be explored on foot.