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The Costa dei Trabocchi: a dream sea

The Costa dei Trabocchi it corresponds to the last southern stretch of the Abruzzo coast, about 40 km of coastline that starts from Ortona and reaches Vasto. It is characterized by the presence of the famous “trabocchi ”, wooden stilts suspended over the sea.

These traditional fishing machines are built with boards and beams  that the sea carries to the beach, tied together by wires and ropes and connected to the mainland by narrow walkways.

THE  overflowing are the ancient keepers of these buildings and in the past they used these “colossal spiders”, as Gabriele D’Annunzio defined them, to fish without facing the risks of fishing in the open sea.

The trabocchi, after a few years of neglect and neglect, are now protected and safeguarded  thanks to a law of the Abruzzo Region that promotes its recovery and enhancement as  important cultural and environmental heritage. It is possible to admire these ancient fishing machines from a privileged point of view: the sea.

Trabocco Trave

Starting by boat from the tourist port “Le Marinelle” in San Salvo Marina and sailing along the coast we meet the Botanical Garden, the only dune garden in the entire Adriatic coast. After the sandy and golden beach of Vasto Marina we cross the first overflow: Trabocco Trave. It was built in 1930 and stands in one of the historical places of the city of Vasto, where the ancient port of the Roman city of Histonium was present. A small bay of sand, pebbles and rocks from which it is possible to admire the monument to the Bather and the Golden Gulf of Vasto. In this area there are bays and coves surrounded by lush vegetation with a view that leaves you speechless.

Cungarelle Overflow

This trabocco takes its name from the dialectal meaning of this stretch of sea, it was built in 1938 by Bernardo, Orlandino, Luigi, Domenico and Tommaso Verì for Luigi Ialacci who used it to fish until 1955. After years of disuse and almost completely destroyed, in 2006 the reconstruction works were started and since 2012 it hosts a restaurant that prepares typical dishes of the Vasto tradition.

Punta Penna and the Punta Aderci Trabocco

Continuing along the coast we see the  Trabocco Grotta del Saraceno  built in 1904 and accessible since  Grotta del Saraceno Village  or from the sea.

Not far away it reveals itself in all its beauty, the Punta Aderci Nature Reserve  (or Punta d’Erce), a protected natural area established in 1998 by the Abruzzo Region. The reserve occupies an area of 285 hectares and from its promontory overlooking the sea, you can admire the snow-capped peaks of Gran Sasso and Majella. 

An integral part of the Reserve is the wonderful beach of Punta Penna , repeatedly reported as one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy, is one of the few places on the Adriatic coast, where you can see the sun setting over the sea. The wild and free beach is enriched by sandy dunes that give hospitality to the refectory , symbol of the Nature Reserve.

In these waters of a thousand shades the  Trabocco Punta Aderci,  surrounded to the north by the  Mottagrossa beach  an expanse of pebbles surrounded by pine forests and south of the  Spiaggia dei Libertini , reachable by a staircase not far from the promontory.

In this uncontaminated and protected area it is possible to dive into the crystal clear waters, snorkel to admire the seabed and enjoy all the charm of the Costa dei Trabocchi.

Abruzzo Skipper offers days or aperitifs at sunset to discover the Costa dei Trabocchi and its turquoise sea.