Pescara. Is. Stunning.
That statement is about as clear as I can get. Pescara’s beaches are a slice of heaven; a step away from the bustle of the city. This was by far our favourite destination on the trip, largely due to the fact that this is where I was visiting family I had not seen in years and that it was nice break from the days of constant walking and go-go-go. We had 3 days of rest and relaxation that was much needed in order to charge our batteries for the days we had ahead of us in Rome.
Pescara is located in the Abruzzo region of Italy along the Adriatic coast. At last census, Pescara had just under 117,000 residents. However, it does not have a small-town feel, it has very much the feel of a moderately-sized city. There are hoards of restaurants to eat at along the beach with everything from pizza to gelato.
We arrived in Pescara via train from Venice which felt like an eternity, but was really just under 5 hours and cost us around 29EUR. The Pescara train station was nothing to speak of, most of the shops were closed by the time we got there and the toilet seats had no seat flap which was awkward. We walked the 15 minutes to our apartment which was right across the street from the most beautiful beach. Our apartment was homey and HUGE and more than enough to get us through the next couple of days. Since we were the roof unit, we had our own rooftop terrace which boasted views of the beach on one side, and the other side was enclosed as to offer privacy from the facing apartments.
We started our night off getting gelato and meeting up with my cousins. The next day consisted of the beach, the beach, and the beach. We took a break during the afternoon to eat at my cousin’s beachfront restaurant Calypso and I have to say, if you are ever in Pescara, you need to come here because the pizza is AMAZING. They also offer an enclosed dining area at the back at night for more casual-fine dining.
The beach is lined with lounge chairs and umbrellas as far as the eye can see, however, they are all owned by a company or by residents and in order to use them, you have to rent them. Luckily, we used my cousin’s umbrella so we didn’t have to but if you are ever looking to rent one, you should ask your host or hotel who to rent them from.
Our first night, we spent the night getting as authentic of an Italian experience as possible by eating dinner with my family at their home. So much cheese, so much meat! I was in heaven. The next morning, we set off for Ortona which is about 45 minutes outside of Pescara. We went to a secluded beach on the edge of some castle ruins that was unreal. It was a pebble beach with large boulders jutting out into the water to presumably break the waves. The water was CRYSTAL clear. I had never seen water this clear. We laid out on the boulders and relaxed – there were only 4 other people on the beach!
We made our way back into Pescara where we walked through the shops in town, and stopped by my cousin’s store which is to die for! They have amazing, unique accessories and apparel that you for SURE have to check out on their instagram here. After shopping, we walked along the beach to their new pedestrian bridge that basically loops around the far end of the beach. It offered a stunning view of the sunset with the pinkest sky I had ever seen. We ended the night at my cousin’s restaurant where we said some sad goodbyes and turned in for the night.
The next morning we headed off to Rome! I think an important thing to note here is that we had originally planned to take the train from Pescara to Rome which would have involved switching trains but because we happened to be travelling on a holiday, it made the train schedules even weirder. Thankfully, my cousin told us there was a bus first thing in the morning that we were able to buy tickets for the morning of. The windows on the bus offered more views of the country-side than the train ever could and we were able to see more of the landscape of Italy in this bus. We drove through tunnels that went through mountains and over bridges that crossed valleys. It was just stunning. Also a plus, I believe the bus was only about 12EUR !
Let me know in the comments below if you have ever been to Pescara or if this post put this city on your list for the future!