Going back to Termoli
It is something about Molise that keeps bringing you back. On my last visit I heard about Tremiti Islands so I knew I had to come back to Termoli. Staying in Termoli is the best way to visit these Islands.
This time we stayed in a fantastic B&B in the centre of town, Dimora Monsignore . It’s very convenient, close to many bars, restaurants and the local port plus you can park your car right outside at no extra cost. Owners Nicola and his wife Tonia will provide you with a five-star service, delicious breakfast with gorgeous homemade cakes and bread. With prices from only 70 euros per room per night (in low season) it’s a great place to stay.
As mentioned in a previous post , Termoli is quite a small place, it just took 10 min walk to the beach. Even in mid-September it was still quite warm and sunny. As expected the beach was almost empty, Italians consider 27 degrees to be too cold to be on the beach!
As the evening draw in, we walked towards the historical center. An ‘aperitivo’ watching Termoli’s magical sunset is the best option. In this town there are many good choices for dinner but this time we eat at Trattoria Tipica L’Opera here you can find delicious dishes and wines typical of Molise at a very reasonable price.
A day Tour to the Tremiti Island
From Termoli to the Tremiti Island a ferry ride is under one hour and boats departs as early as 8:40am. Thanks to Nicola we found Giusseppe, a very friendly captain with his boat ‘Maria Grazia’ based in the Tremiti Islands. For a full day around the islands including lunch and local wine Giuseppe will be happy to charge 60 euros per person. We were the only couple on his boat but he was kind enough to keep his word and took us out for the day.
Where are the Tremiti Islands?
Tremiti Islands are in the Gargano Peninsula, in the province of Foggia, Puglia. It is the only archipelago in the Adriatic coast made up of several small islands, among them San Domino, San Nicola and Capraia Island. The waters are just the most majestic aquamarine, so clean that you will think for a minute you are sailing in the Caribbean! Our first stop was in the Island of Caprara just above the ‘Padre Pio’ statute under the ‘Cala dei Pesci’, a feast of beautiful fishes of all sizes and colors were all around the statute.
Our next stop was at the San Domino Island. Here we visited ‘Grotta del Sale’ (Salt Cave) where Giuseppe dropped anchor and cooked a delicious lunch while we were snorkeling. He served us with a local soup, the ‘Tremiti Brodetto’ a pasta based tomato fish soup, simple but utterly delicious! After a couple of jars of local wine and dessert we finished our trip going around the unique San Nicola Island, the smallest and most populated island of all. Here you can admire the Fortress and Santa Maria Abbey, which from our boat looked exactly like Casterly Rock from the Game of thrones!
Trattoria Tipica L’Opera – +39 0875 808001
Dimora Monsignori B&B – +39 327 872 3945
Captain Giuseppe ‘Maria Grazia’ Boat – +39.389.0304586
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