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5 beach types in MARCHE region

Jun 9, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by Elisabeth Ernst

The Italian beaches are open again. The summer season is about to begin. This year, thanks to Corona, beach guests do have with 10 sqm per beach set and a distance of at least 1.5 m to the next one extra much space on the beach. Also, the beaches and the sea of Marche region feature a series of green and blue flags standing for clean water and beaches. Remains only the question: which beach to choose?  Today I will take you with me to the fabolous Marche region with its FIVE different types of beaches. 

There are those who absolutely need a sandy beach. In Marche region there are even two types of sandy beaches: the normal sand or the very fine 'velvet' sand. Also, there is a mixture of sand and very small pebbles.

For those - like me - who do not like the dried sand between the toes too much, there are beaches with pebbles or with bigger stones or even rocks or the 'massage beach' as I call it. But let's have a closer look at the different beaches, moving from the very fine velvet sand to the rocky beach.

  • The velvet sand beachThe finest beach in Marche region can be found in Senigallia. a posh seaside resort with hotels along the lungomare and a pedestrian area with its fortress. In the first 10 days of August there is usually - in normal summers - the Jamboree summer festival with cabriolets, rock n' roll and petty coats. The fine sandy beach is also known as the 'velvet beach' featuring a slow and family-friendly entrance to the sea. 
    Terrazze Marconi velvet beach Senigallia
  • The sandy beach
    The most common beach structure is the very normal sand with which excellent sand castles can be built. This kind of beach can be found in the very North of Marche region - in Gabicce Mare at the boarder to Emilia Romagna and just adjacent to Cattolica, or in the charming sea-town of Pesaro being also the home town of the famous composer Gioacino Rossini. Also, the most Southern part of Marche region, from Porto San Giorgio to Cupra Marittima, Grottammare and San Benedetto del Tronto feature this very classic sandy beach with a gentle entry to the sea. Along the Riviera delle Palme (Grottammare and San Benedetto del Tronto) there is a nice lungomare and cycling path along the beach under thousands of palm trees.
    San Benedetto del Tronto. Sand beach

  • The sand-pebbles beach
    When testing during my very own vacation the different beach types of Marche region, I especially liked the beach at Numana, a small fishing village at the foot of Mount Conero. Its beach is an excellent mixture of sand and small pebbles and can also be found in Marcelli-Numana or in the colourful Porto Recanati and Porto Potenza Picena.
    sand-pebbles beach at Nuovo Natural Village

  • The pebbles beach
    A very small part in the Southern part of Marche region - exactely Porto Sant Elpidio - offers a white pebbles beach. Sure, building sand castles or other pieces of art is not possible there. But I definitely like the beach there. No dry sand between my toes or anywhere else. In Porto Sant Elpidio there are no hotels, but just two holiday villages that are directly at the beach, without any street to be crossed. Very familyfriendly.  In the evening, a walk along the long lungomare passing a pinewood to the centre with its weekly shoe market absolutely pays off. 
    Pebbles beach at Holiday Village

  • The rocky or stoney beach
    In the very centre of Marche region, in the Conero National Park there is the Portonovo bay with only very few hotels, some excellent fish restaurants - and its 'massage beach' as I call it. If you do not a take sunbed or deck chair, but just take your towel with you, you  get a free and very natural massage on top :). The beach features bigger stones or smaller rocks ensuring a crystal clear water.  There are 2 or 3 serviced beaches and a free beach.
    Massage beach Portonovo


Italy is changing and softening their (entrance) regulations nearly on a weekly basis. So, what is the actual status quo about travelling to Italy?

  • All persons - including vaccinated and recovered persons -  need a negative PCR test that is not older than 48 hours before arrival. 
  • Before arriving in Italy, the preregistration form needs to be completed.
  • Once you are in Italy and you are moving within Italy, the persons need to be vaccinated (not longer than 6 months), recovered (not longer than 6 months) or have a negative PCR test (not older than 48 hours).
  • In the yellow regions (at the moment all Italy except Friuli-Giuliani-Veneto, Molise and Sardegna) bars, restaurants, museums and sights are open. There are movement restrictions in place from 23:00 until 05:00. In the white regions (Friuli-Giuliani-Veneto, Molise and Sardegna) there are no movement restrictions. From June 21 whole Italy shall be listed as 'white' and hence without movement restrictions. 
  • A nose-mouth mask has to be worn in public places indoor and outdoor as soon as persons from another household are close. 
  • The minimum distance to others, not family-related persons, is 1m.

And for the beach? Public and serviced beaches are open. It is recommended to reserve a place as the space per beach set (2 sunbeds + 1 sunshade) is 10 sqm and the distance to the next beach set or sunbed shall be at least 1.5m.  Free beaches in Marche region will be either have a permanent staff and sanitation equipment in place or will be regularly controlled. As the management of the beaches is different from region to region, from resort to resort, it is recommended to contact the local authorities or the hotel to protect your space at the beach.

And what to do in Marche region? Check out our recorded 20 minutes webinars to learn more and get inspired. 


Topics: #mdmdmc, #dmcitaly, #summerinitaly, #marche

Elisabeth Ernst

Written by Elisabeth Ernst

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