What are the best beach destinations in Italy? If you say “the Blue flag beaches” you are right but not entirely. Those are for the international travelers. Italians go to many other stunning locations that not all foreign visitors know about.
Every year in June Italian environmentalist association Legambiente and Touring Club Italiano publish a guidebook called “Guida Blu” with official ranking of the most beautiful and environmentally-friendly Italian sea and lake beaches. The best ones are awarded 5 sails (“vela” in Italian).
This year a small town of Posada, Sardinia, became the absolute winner. It has not only clean beaches and sea views but is steeped in history and traditions, with its roots going back to the times of Etruscan civilization. That is what makes Guida Blu destinations different from Blue Flag beaches: the highest number of sails is awarded to the destinations that not only have excellent environmental standards of water quality but also preserve historic sites and landscapes, promote local food and wine, provide livelihood for local producers and artisans. So the Guida Blu is far more interesting for those, for whom a holiday is more than just bobbling in the sea.
Other top destinations from Guida Blu include Santa Marina Salina, on Salina, the greenest of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily. There are some fantastic hikes up on the volcano Fossa delle Felci, museums and spectacular traditional celebrations. Pollica, in the province of Salerno, Campania, is third on the list. It is immersed in the Cilento national park and has mouth-watering traditional food and beautiful architecture.
Santa Marina Salina, Sicily
You can buy Guida Blu on Italian Amazon.
Photos from Legambiente.it