Ferry to Tremiti Islands

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Tourists traveling by ferry to Tremiti Islands, the "Adriatic pearls", are going to witness the stunning physical beauty and rich history of this complex! 

There is no lie in the term they have been given as "pearls of the Adriatic sea". These five extraordinary islands have too much to offer to the tourists who are traveling by ferry there. Composed of San Domino, San Nicola, Capraia, Cretaccio and Pianosa, this network is a favorite tourist station for years. It is its rich history, myths but also the natural prettiness it provides. Once a penal colony in the times of Roman and Italian leaders, people get the feeling of isolation straight away as they get off. San Domino is the first one you will see since it's where the ferry disembarks. There, no cars are allowed except the ones owned by the residents. San Domino's main attractions are "The Elephant", a giant rock formation giving you the feeling of an elephant drinking water from the sea and the "Cave of Swallows" where the water is so clear that you can watch the fish below the surface. A company in San Domino organizes snorkeling excursions and boat trips to the other islands around.

Moving forward to the capital and most popular, San Nicola, the history of the place will give you chills. Using the elevator or the stairs you can get to the fortified village where the Abbey of Santa Maria a Mare lies. San Nicola was a monk residence for approx. 1000 years and a myth says that whoever tried to move the remains of a monk called Nicolo, hard winds and violent storms started to rise. The tower of the Knight of the Crucifix, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Torre del Pennello, Marinella beach and the caves of the Madonna, Testa di Morte and del Ferraio are definitely sites you have to visit. For the lovers of diving, there are treasures below the sea such as wrecks of World War II planes, the sunk ship of the 16th century Ottoman and Padre Pio, southern Italy's local saint. The three other islands, especially Pianosa (11 miles away) which is forbidden to visit without authorization, are uninhabited but you can always visit them by boat. Capraia is deserted and its famous for its extraordinary landscapes and untouched nature. It is also the best destination for those who like diving. Punta Secca shallows, one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, Secca del Pedagno shallows with its black corals beneath the surface, Grottone, the huge cave and Architiello, where couples exchange promises are not to be missed. 

Book your Tremiti islands ferry tickets in advance due to high demand during summertime and enjoy a delightful vacation!

 

 

Ferry routes to Tremiti Islands

Ferry routes to Tremiti islands occur from Termoli frequently, especially in high season months. Another summer sailing connects Tremiti islands with Vieste port in the province of Foggia in Puglia. Ships dock either in the port of San Domino or in San Nicola, depending on the day and the shipping company you are traveling with. There are many daily routes especially in summer and the duration differs according to what type of vessel you are using.

  • Termoli to Tremiti islands journey with a hydrofoil or a high speed ferry lasts around 1h
  • Vieste to Tremiti islands trip with a high speed ferry has a duration of 1h30m

For more detailed information about schedules and prices, visit our online booking engine and make your reservation in advance. During the high season period the Tremiti ferry routes are very popular, so it is advisable to plan your trip and book your tickets in time.

Tremiti port

The main Tremiti islands ferry port is located in the northeastern side of San Domino while the second in the south of the opposing island, San Nicola. Port of San Domino is close to the town center, so you can just walk in order to find a restaurant to taste the seafood or a bar to drink an Italian wine. The harbor is also the point where taxis, shops and rental offices are available.

No cars are allowed in Tremiti Islands but you can get around easily on foot or by using the mini buses which connect the port with the town. You can also jump from one island to another by taking advantage of the water taxis operating all day.

Keep in mind that most hotels in Tremiti Islands are situated in San Domino!

Places to visit in the Tremiti islands

While in Tremiti islands you will have the chance to visit the unspoiled landscapes and beaches as well as the archaeological sites and the hidden cultural treasures that have made this destination one of the most visited in the Adriatic Sea.

Below, we give you some information of what you are going to see:

  • San Domino is the first one you will see since it's where the ferry disembarks. There, no cars are allowed except the ones owned by the residents. San Domino's main attractions are "The Elephant", a giant rock formation giving you the feeling of an elephant drinking water from the sea and the "Cave of Swallows" where the water is so clear that you can watch the fish below the surface. A company in San Domino organizes snorkeling excursions and boat trips to the other islands around
  • Moving forward to the capital and most popular, San Nicola, the history of the place will give you chills. Using the elevator or the stairs you can get to the fortified village where the Abbey of Santa Maria a Mare lies. San Nicola was a monk residence for approx. 1000 years and a myth says that whoever tried to move the remains of a monk called Nicolo, hard winds and violent storms started to rise. The tower of the Knight of the Crucifix, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Torre del Pennello, Marinella beach and the caves of the Madonna, Testa di Morte and del Ferraio are definitely sites you have to visit. For the lovers of diving, there are treasures below the sea such as wrecks of World War II planes, the sunk ship of the 16th century Ottoman and Padre Pio, southern Italy's local saint
  • The three other islands, especially Pianosa (11 miles away) which is forbidden to visit without authorization, are uninhabited but you can always visit them by boat
  • Capraia is deserted and is famous for its extraordinary landscapes and untouched nature. It is also the best destination for those who like diving. Punta Secca shallows, one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, Secca del Pedagno shallows with its black corals beneath the surface, Grottone, the huge cave and Architiello, where couples exchange promises are not to be missed
  • Cretaccio is situated between San Domino and San Nicola and it is an inhabited clayey rock islet, almost divided into two sections. Scuba divers will love the seabed and they can approach the island by boat

Capraia and Cretaccio can be visited with a Tremiti islands day trip organized from the ports of San Domino and San Nicola.

Tremiti island beaches

Although most of the Tremiti beaches are found in San Domino, all the islands of the complex have beaches, most of them reached by boat.

Below, you can find the most visited:

  • Cala delle Arene is located very close to the port of San Domino, at a distance of 100 meters. The sand is white and fine and the waters clear and swallow. Bathing facilities, bars and restaurants are available
  • Cala Matano, also called “ The beach of the Duchessa”, from the Duchess Matano, is a worth visiting place, accessible by a path and equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas. The singer and composer Lucio Dalla has composed his album Luna Matana from this bay in San Domino
  • Cala dei Pagliai is not equipped and it can be reached only by sea. One of the best sandy and photographed beaches of San Domino
  • Castello Beach, with sand and pebbles is located close to the port of San Nicola, famous for its Castello dei Badiali
  • Cala Pietre di Fucile beach
  • Cala Marinella Beach on the island of San Nicola, is surrounded by cliffs and it is accessible only by sea or on foot. The path leading to the sea is quite difficult as there is a walking distance of almost 3km
  • Cala delle Roselle in San Domino named of the roses that flourish in the region
  • Cala del Sale
  • Cala Zio Cesare, accessible by sea, took its name from the lighthouse keeper of San Domino island
  • Cala di Sorrentino, in Capraia island, is a beach mostly preferred by couples due to the romantic atmosphere of the landscape and the crystal blue-green waters. Some call it “cave of love”

Tremiti Islands Hotels

The hotels in Tremiti islands are mostly gathered in San Domino where you can find plenty of bars and restaurants. There are some in San Nicola but if you like to enjoy the nightlife the San Domino island is a must.

A good choice of accommodation in the Tremiti Islands could be one of the following hotels

  • Hotel Gabbiano
  • Hotel Eden
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