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Regional Nature Reserve of Punta Aderci (CH)

The Regional Nature Reserve of Punta Aderci, with its homonymous rocky promontory, protects one of the most evocative and spectacular stretches of the Abruzzo coast, which alternates wide and sandy beaches with natural cliffs with bays and coves of suggestive beauty.

It was the first reserve to be set up in Abruzzo in the coastal strip (1998). The Reserve extends for about 285 hectares from the beach of Punta Penna in the territory of Vasto (Ch) at the mouth of the Sinello river, on the border with the municipality of Casalbordino (Ch). To the north of the Port of Vasto lies a wide inlet with a wide beach of light and thin sand that slopes gently in the crystal clear sea, ideal for canoeing and diving routes. The seabed is rich in clams, tellinas and crabs. At the edge of the beach, in the shade of the cliff, the characteristic coastal dunes extend, giving the landscape a wild and very scenic aspect. Here the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean scrub reigns: the erygium, the gramigna of the beaches, the sparti, the convolvoli, the coloured silene, the ginestrino of the sands, the myrtle, the sea lily. From the beach it is possible to climb up a flight of steps on the top of the cliff, from where it is possible to reach the promontory of Punta Aderci, skirting the asphalt road and continuing on the dirt road that crosses the plateau and allows you to reach the highest point of the promontory (m. 26). From here you can admire the entire reserve and the underlying seabed and enjoy an extraordinary view that, at sunset, draws the profiles of the mountains of the three national parks: Majella, Gran Sasso-Laga and Monti Sibillini. Continuing along the way we reach the splendid and solitary pebble beach of Mottagrossa. Above the beach it is possible to follow a panoramic path (20 m above sea level) of about 3 km that allows you to discover, on foot or by bicycle, a unique landscape, divided into large pine forests on the sea, valleys and stretches of Mediterranean scrub. The dunes and the river environment offer an ideal environment for many species of birds, such as herons, grebes, terns, cormorants, the marsh harrier and the little fratino that stands out not by chance in the logo of the reserve. The Reserve is always open to visitors all year round and access is free. At the Information Point of the Reserve, on the beach of Punta Penna, open in the summer season, you can rent canoes to discover the coast from the sea or rent mountain bikes to explore the dunes and along the sea.

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Photos by courtesy of : 1: Debora di Donato -  3,4: Ernesto D'Adamo


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