Le Marche offers 180 kilometres of coastline, 26 seaside resorts facing the Adriatic Sea defined by beautiful beaches, picturesque bays, 9 marinas and 16 Blue Flag beaches.
The varied landscape allows those who decide to take a vacation by the sea to choose between different types of beaches and to visit the natural beauty of the inland; a large number of itineraries in the villages above the sea or in the cities are available so as to discover their rich historical and cultural heritage. The seaside resorts offer services that can meet the requirements both of the families and of the young: they are designed to respect the territory and can be the perfect destination for a relaxing vacation.
The coastal landscape of The Marche, so varied in shapes and colours, offers a journey full of emotions: you can choose among wide fine sandy beaches, small rocky creeks, with rocks and palm trees, and white cliffs overlooking the Adriatic Sea, which is framed between the green countryside and the very long ochre strands.
The Northern coast, the so-called “Riviera delle Colline”, features cliffs, coves and inlets creating an amazing landscape. The beaches are sandy and white, in particular the long one in Gabicce Mare. From here you can start a tour , enjoying breathtaking views in the heart of the Regional Park of Monte San Bartolo, for approximately 20 km, and reach other amazing beaches, such as Pesaro and picturesque fishing villages, such as Casteldimezzo, Fiorenzuola di Focara and Santa Marina Alta.
Heading to the South, there is the coast of Ancona: we find Senigallia, a town boasting ancient origins and famous for its velvet beach: 12 km of fine sand. It’s an ideal seaside resort, thanks to the many accommodation facilities, the bathing establishments and the renowned restaurants. Driving South we arrive at Ancona, the capital city, having a longstanding maritime tradition, situated in one of the most beautiful stretches of the Adriatic coastline, the Riviera del Conero, located in the homonimous regional park. This protected area features a series of bays, steep cliffs and hidden beaches. A must see site is the so-called Due Sorelle (Two Sisters) beach, named after two large rocks emerging from the water.
The particular shape of the territory allows enjoying a marvelous sunrise and sunset by the sea. The grassy cliff of Monte Conero, plunging into the sea, offers a spectacular scenery: it interrupts the flat shore and creates a nice stretch of pebbled beaches, rocks and steep cliffs that plunge into the sea.
Down south, along the coast of Macerata, lies with Porto Recanati, also known as the “Salotto della Riviera”, a modern seaside resort boasting 8 km. of sandy and pebbled beach, comfortable accommodation facilities and lovely corners of the old maritime village, built around the fifteenth century Castello Svevo. Nearby is Civitanova Marche, with a long sandy beach to the North, rocky to the South, divided by the fishing port and the marina. The town gives the chance to practice different sports, to go to trendy places and enjoy shopping in the many outlets in the area bearing the prestigious Made in Italy brands. Porto Sant’Elpidio, an amazing old maritime village, now a lively seaside resort, marks the beginning of the so called “Verde Riviera Picena”: pebbled and sandy beaches and clear water , surrounded by green hills. This Riviera boasts authentic maritime villages and seaside resorts such as Porto San Giorgio, Lido di Fermo and Pedaso to the South.
In the very South of the coastline there is the well-known “Riviera delle Palme”, between Cupra Marittima, Grottammare and San Benedetto del Tronto. Popular for its large beaches, its approximate 7,000 green palms, and the old Medieval villages, real balconies overlooking the sea, the Riviera delle Palme is a perfect destination for families, thanks to the beauty of the pine wood, the fine sand and the quiet atmosphere.
A few miles to the South, the landscape shows typically Mediterranean notes: evergreen shrubs, palm trees, bougainvilleas and oleanders and such a rich vegetation evoke exotic essences and overseas scents. A bicycle path leads to Grottammare, the Pearl, known as the town of oranges, with its 5 km of fine and sandy beach. The long and wide beach is one of the main attractions of San Benedetto del Tronto, a well-known seaside resort surrounded by the countless green palm trees. San Benedetto del Tronto is also known as The Queen of the Sea; its history is well witnessed by the many museums scattered throughout the city, like the Maritime Culture Museum. Wide sandy beaches can also be found in Porto d’Ascoli, in the very South of the region.
Along the coast different sports can be practiced: windsurf, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving, kitesurfing, swimming and beach volley. The sea, with its rich fish wildlife, is the ideal place for scuba diving; there are qualified scuba diving schools and diving centers with recharging stations, that can guarantee quality material and assistance at any level of immersion.
The Marche boasts 16 blue flags, certifying criteria of sustainability and respect for the environment, in terms of tourism. The standards also include: modern purification systems, sorted waste collection, limited traffic, large pedestrian areas, bicycle paths, environmental education and information, nice street furniture.
Along the 180 kilometers of the coast it is possible to dock in 9 marinas. In the province of Pesaro and Urbino the marinas are in Gabicce Mare, Pesaro and Fano; in the province of Ancona in Senigallia, Ancona and Numana; in the province of Macerata in Civitanova Marche; in the province of Fermo in Porto San Giorgio, the best equipped marina of the Adriatic Sea, with 900 moorings; in the province of Ascoli Piceno the marina is in San Benedetto del Tronto. The overall capacity is for approximately 5,000 berths.