Tremiti Islands

Tremiti Islands

Uncontaminated nature, crystal clear water, the variety of colours of the soundings, the fascinating history, all this makes the Tremiti Islands a tourist stop over point which no lover of the sea should miss out on....
 

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The islands can be easily reached from Foggia by helicopter and from the main coastal locations nearby, by means of motorboats and hydrofoil. They include: the island of S. Domino, the largest and the most popular for tourists and completely covered by a luxuriant pine forest in Pino d'Aleppo; the island of S. Nicola, the administrative, historical and religious capital; the island of Caprara which may owe its name to the caper plants or more probably to the presence of wild goats, the distant and uninhabited Pianosa and some rocks amongst which il Cretaccio and la Vecchia. There are a lot of tourist attractions. The splendid Cala delle Arene, Cala degli Inglesi, Cala Matano, present on S. Domino, can easily be reached on foot to spend whole days in the sun bathing in crystal clear variously coloured water. It is possible to get away from the most crowded areas and reach the remaining splendid bays that surround islands with small craft. It is also possible to admire the beauty of the coastal formations like rocks (Scoglio dell'Elefante), isolated crags (I Pagliai) and natural arches (l'Architiello). Then there are the mysterious caves: Grotta delle Viole with its vertically rocks, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Grotta del Sale where the smuggled salt was hidden, the Grotta del Bue Marino, 70 m in length and the ancient refuge of the monk seal with the overhanging high cliff called Ripa dei Falconi where the Eleonora's falcon, the Peregrine and the Cory's Shearwater nest. These birds, according to legend, represent the incarnation of the warriors of Diomedes buried here on returning from the Trojan War. In the dark nights their song can be heard. It is similar to cries and laments and is considered the cry of warriors for their lost hero. It is also possible for tourists to sail around the islands on the numerous ships belonging to a co-operative, which operate in the summer showing the beauty of the Tremiti coast. On S. Domino there are some Diving Centres where, amongst other things, you can book a guided tour both along the most interesting soundings around the Islands and aroung the site where the statue of Padre Pio is emerged. This statue sculpted by Mimmo Norcia was placed there in 1998 at a few metres of depth on the bottom near the Scoglietti on the island of Caprara. However, the Tremiti islands are not only sea. A visit to S. Nicola means a trip back into the past: just by looking at the walls of the Fortress you can relive the history of a warring abbey still struggling against the Saracen or Dalmatian pirates. The Medieval cloisters, the Renaissance one and St. Mary church with its Polyptych and the wooden Crucifix, this is just a selection of the splendid architectural work to be admired on the island of S. Nicola. In the summer period, the most important events on the Tremiti islands include a typical confectionery and cake festival and a medieval historical procession in S. Nicola. The religious events include the patron's feast day the "Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary" which is celebrated on the 15th and 16th August. During this celebration, the image of the Madonna is taken on procession both by land around the town's streets and by sea around the islands on a fishing boat, which has been appropriately adorned. On the same days, the inhabitants of the island organise other events like an enormous fry-up of fish in the Town Square and the greasy pole. Tourists are guaranteed a comfortable stay by the numerous hotels, boarding houses, inns and campsites. Enormous mullets, dentex, giltheads, amber-jacks and other typical seafood make a holiday in these splendid islands an unforgettable experience.