Info Mattinata

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    87,36 Kmq


    Corso Matino 68/70

Mattinata: sea, mountains and a wonderful view

The town of Mattinata stands on the central-southern side of the Gargano promontory. Sea and mountains characterize this territory, where it is possible to admire golden beaches, clean cliffs, hilly pastures, Aleppo pine, holms and oak woods.

Here we find the most typical aspects characterizing the area of the Gargano National Park. The panoramic street climbing the promontory shows beautiful seaside panoramas and, from the Sellino Cavola pass, it is possible to see the whole territory: in particular you can admire the twin tops of the Monte Sacro dominating the olive tree and pine hills surrounding the plain; the coast shows high cliffs and beautiful stones and gravel beaches standing in the ravines.

From the coast of Mattinata, through caves, bays, tree-lined slopes falling sheer to the sea, you reach the Baia delle Zagare (Bay of orange flowers), famous for its two stacks which lie at few metres from the shore. It is possible to reach the bay not only by boat but also by land. The beautiful stacks are considered as one of the most important symbols of the naturalistic beauties of Apulia and, in particular, of the Gargano National Park; they are made of white and dazzling stone. One of the two stacks is particularly fascinating because of its form which makes it appear as a perfect arch.

Through the bays of Mattinatella, Mergoli, Vignanotica, the white and imposing calcareous front appears exalted in its eccentric forms, surrounded by the silver green of the olive-trees, the light green of the succulent plants with the red-orange Indian figs, the bright green Aleppo pines, the dark green Mediterranean maquis, the sky blue-cyclamen of the fragrant rosemary and the bright yellow brooms: this beautiful picture is framed by the blue of the sea and the sky.

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    By plane

    Bari Airport: Karol Wojtyla. Brindisi Airport: Papola Casale. Foggia Airport: Gino Lisa

    By train

    Trenitalia links the main Italian cities of Apulia

    On highway

    A14 from Bologna through Foggia and Bari to Taranto

    A16 from Napoli; in Canosa it converges with A14.

Secular olive-groves with crooked trunks appearing as real natural sculptures.

Secular olive-groves

Symbol of the flora of the whole region is the olive tree, which characterizes the territory from the Tavoliere to the end of the Salento with immense fields.

Secular olive-groves

The olive trees with their beauty and charm, given by their secular crooked trunks, embody the history of Apulia thanks to their millenarian presence on the territory. They are the oldest and largest group of millenarian vegetal specimens in the world.

Self- vegetation and animal species in Apulia.

Horse of the Murgia

A huge number of biotopes of vegetable and animal species characterizes the region, even if only the 7% of the territory has been declared protected area. The Apulian self-vegetation is marked by woods, the Mediterranean maquis and the so-called ganga (rocky pasture).

Pink flamingos in the salt marshes of Margherita di Savoia

The region shows two national parks: the Gargano National Park with many areas and reserves and the lakes of Lesina and Varano, and the Alta Murgia National Park.