A holiday on the Gargano cannot be said to be complete without visiting the Tremiti Islands. Defined as the “pearls of the Adriatic“, they are located about 12 miles from the Gargano coast and are a treasure chest of incredible beauty waiting to be discovered. There are five islands. San Domino, the largest island, San Nicola, administrative center of the archipelago, Capraia, completely uninhabited, Cretaccio, the smallest island of the archipelago and the island of Pianosa, about 11 miles away from the others and integral marine reserve.
The unspoiled nature, the crystal clear water and the variety of colors of the seabed of these islands attract thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. But what makes the archipelago an irresistible stop is also the charm of its history that is lost between myth and legend. In fact, it is said that the islands were born thanks to the hand of the hero Diomedes who threw five boulders brought with him from Troy into the sea which re-emerged in the form of islands. Legend also has it that Diomede was buried on the Tremiti Islands and that his men were transformed by the goddess Aphrodite into seabirds, called “diomedee”, which still today continue to mourn the death of their leader with their song. This is why the Tremiti Islands are also called “Diomedean Islands“.
To reach the Tremiti Islands, just embark from the ports of Vieste, Rodi Garganico or Peschici on comfortable and fast ferries with daily departures.