The Adriatic coast and beaches of Le Marche Italy
The best beaches in Le Marche guide
The Adriatic Coast of Le Marche has many blue flag beaches, most are sandy, have break waters to provide safe swimming and every Adriatic resort has its own particular charm and supply of great shopping and restaurants.
Adriatic Sea, Le Marche Italian private & public beaches
Every beach resort on the Adriatic Sea in le Marche has its own public beach (spiaggia libera). These parts of Le Marche’s beaches are free to use, not quite as well kept and as clean as the private beaches, but if you try a few different areas you will often find something quite acceptable.
If you want the real Italian Beach holiday experience you will need to try one of the private Italian Adriatic beaches identifiable by their banks of umbrellas and sunbeds that stretch as far as the eye can see. These beaches are usually quite inexpensive, considering they provide changing rooms, hot showers, toilets, children’s playgrounds, sports, restaurants and bars.
Highest Number of Blue flag beaches in Italy
Le Marche Adriatic resorts have the highest number of beaches of any region in Italy with European Blue Flag awards for well-kept beaches. This ensures that the beach has good water quality, clean sand or pebbles, good environmental management, safety and other services.
The Adriatic coast resorts of Sirolo & Numana
The Conero national park has twin resorts to the South of Portonovo that are both well worth a visit. Sirolo is a historic town perched on the pine clad cliffs, it is home to some great seafood restaurants set around and off a romantic piazza. Drive down the road from Sirolo to its small coves with beach front tattorias serving up great value and very tasty fresh fish. Continue south to the marina and sweeping beach of Numana.
Numana has a clean sandy beach with lots of watersports, beach sports, bars restaurants and later on night clubs. You will find subacqa, scuba diving and an archeology museum documenting the history of the Piceni people.
At the most southerly end of this Le Marche beach resort there is trampolining, go-karts and mini golf. The wineries at Conero are amongst the best in Le Marche, producing dark, hearty Rosso and Conero and fresh crisp white wines. Try and visit Garofili near Loreto for a free tasting and a wine purchase or two.
Le Marche beach – Portonovo
Drive East from Loreto and Osimo or South of Ancona into the vine clad hills of the Conero national Park and follow the signs through the pines to this sandy Adriatic beach and bay. You will find a great variety of restaurants and bars and on a windy say when the surf is up there are also many locals surfing sizeable waves.
Portonovo is also home to a Napoleonic Fort and the Romanesque church of Santa Maria that was finished in 1048. It is unusual to find a Norman structure and shape like this in Italy
Head South of Numana and the next Adriatic resort is sandy Porto Recanati, it has funky shops and a selction of playgrounds for the kids. Its proximity to Ancona, Recanati, Osimo and the shrine and museums at Loreto make it a great place to visit
The South beaches promenade has a range of childrens playgrounds with strange climbing frames and zipwires, at night the cool and funky locals head for the beach front bars that transform into nightclubs playing the latest in Italian House and electronica.
This Adriatic resort’s heart is in Piazza XX Settembre which has lots of fashion shops, a cool oasis of green gardens and an amazing fish market. It is also the place to head to on Saturday morning with an enormous market, selling everything and is the best place for leatherware shoes and handbags.
The North beach or lungomare Nord has arguably a better beach. Note that you must visit Cocoloco a for its incredible range of Ice Creams and Fresh Fruit
Travel inland from Civitanova Marche to Civitanova Marche Alta, for Summer events within its medieval walls. The modern art gallery or Galleria d’Arte Moderna often hosts exhibitions from important artists.
Porto Potenza Picena
To the north of Civitanova Marche is Porto Potenza Picena – it has a fine a big shady park and sandy beach and is near the medieval hilltown of Potenza Picena and the magnificent 18th century Villa and gardens at Giardino Bonaccorsi.
Porto San Giorgio
This Adriatic Coast has historic importance for the trade it allowed into and out of the Roman town of Fermo. It is now an elegant Adriatic resort with a lovely sandy beach, a thriving port and some great seafood restaurants where you can “mangia bene spende poco”. There are regular Summer art and fashion markets and its home to some great nightlife.