The Le Marche region has 180 kilometres of varied coastline and a wide range of seaside resorts to explore. Even though the summer season is fairly short (well for the Italian's anyway), there is plenty to keep you busy. The larger resorts, with a more lively atmosphere, hundreds of hotels, bustling nightlife and many foreign visitors include Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Senigallia, and San Benedetto del Tronto. If you don't fancy anything quite so lively, there are the many smaller resorts, sometimes with less spectacular beaches but never the less equally enjoyable. Here you will find more rented villa's and apartments rather than hotels where Italian families return year after year.
Then there are the places that are totally different - the rocky peninsular of Monte Conero with miles of beautiful walks in the Conero National Park. Here you'll find coves and white limestone cliffs totally unlike any other area alnong the Adriatic. If you would like to visit this delightful area, please ask to see our walking maps and other information on the region.
All the resorts have a very short season, usually they are very busy from mid July to the third week of August. Probably the best time to visit is mid June or at the end of August, when the temperature will be plesant, warm and sunny and there will be plenty of room. Most resorts are more or less closed from mid September through to mid May but we have enjoyed many a bracing walk along the beaches in the middle of winter!
Although all resorts have an area set aside for a free public beach, often it is at the least attractive end and is usually not as tidy as the private parts. If you want the real beach experience, splash out and treat yourself to a sunbed on one of the many pay sections with their rows of umbrellas. They are usually not too expensive and have all the facilities you could want including refreshments, toilets, showers and games areas.
Le Marche has one of the highest number of Blue Flag beaches of any region in Italy. The prestigious award is presented by the Foundation for Environmental Education to environmentally well-kept beaches across Europe. There are strict criteria to meet including water quality, environmental management, safety and other services.
The main resorts from north to south are :
Gabicce Mare *
Porto Recanati *
Porto Potenza Picena
Civitanova Marche *
Porto San Giorgio *
San Benedetto del Tronto *
* indicates a blue flag beach