- Due Sorelle: Beautiful beach only accessible by boat
- Mezzavalle: beautiful beach without rows of beach beds
- Portonovo: hip beach with delicious eateries
- Sirolo: beach in a bay with nice village
- Numana: old fishing village with wide sandy beaches
- Porto Recanati: our favourite, child-friendly and clear
- Civitanova Marche: long sandy beach, loved by Italians
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The beach is named after the two impressive rocks (Due Sorelle) that lie in the sea and also symbolize the Riviera del Conero. In 2019, this beach was voted the most beautiful in Italy by Skyscanner.
Please note, Due Sorelle can only be reached by boat from Numana. This departs at various times from the port of Numana and takes you to your b e mood within half an hour. The boat trip alone is quite an experience in itself! The boat will pick you up again at 15:00. In the high season, extra boats are used. Check the website for extra info: www.traghettatoridelconero.it
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to reach Due Sorelle via the ‘Passo del Lupo’, a walk from the Sirolo to a viewpoint. The path from this vantage point to Due Sorelle is forbidden to walk due to risk of landslides.
Do not forget to bring enough water and a parasol, there are no further facilities at this location. Because the water is so clear you can snorkel well directly from the beach.
For the sports enthusiasts there is also the possibility to rent a kayak / sup and paddle along the coast towards Due Sorelle. You can actually rent a kayak on almost every beach along the Riviera.
North of Portonovo is Mezzavalle, a beach for real adventurers and nature lovers. You only reach this beautiful bay via a real steep descent (and therefore climb on the way back), where it is advisable to wear good shoes.
Because the beach is only on foot and more difficult to reach, it is usually quieter than at other coastal places at Monte Conero.
The walk down is definitely worth it and you will be rewarded with beautiful views and a quiet beach stay (depending on time and month).
Please note: there are no sunbeds and umbrellas for rent here, so bring your own beach equipment. You can use showers and toilets and there is a small restaurant.
The beach of Portonovo is currently ‘the place to be’! Very popular among the hip Italians and also called ‘baia verde’ as it is completely enclosed by the greenery of the national park. Also the lovers of fresh fish will certainly get their money’s worth here as you are in the middle of the famous wild mussel ‘Moscioli’ area. You will find here right on the beach just the many mussel boats that are waiting to sail out the next day.
For the real culinary connoisseurs among us, we would like to point you to Clandestino Susci Bar. The restaurant of the Italian chef Moreno Cedroni with now two Michelin stars.
In addition to sun, sea and beach, you can also make a nice cultural trip to the eighteenth-century watchtower ‘La Torre Clementine’, the Romanesque church Santa Maria di Portonovo and the two inland lakes Lago Profondo and Lago Grande. Ideal for bird watching. Or rent a canoe / kayak to admire the Due Sorelle from the water.
You can park directly at the beach, but in the summer months there is a large parking lot at the roundabout before you enter Portonovo. Here you pay a daily rate and you can take the shuttle bus to the beach. We also recommend that you bring water shoes here.
This is the most famous beach of Sirolo with a beautiful bay and great views of Monte Conero. Here you will find impressive cliffs and natural caves on the right side of the beach. It is therefore advisable to bring your water shoes. On the beach you will find several restaurants where you can enjoy delicious fish dishes. Spiaggia Urbania also has a free area.
Leave on time for a free spot in the parking lot just above the beach (parking beach Urbani). If it is still full, you can try it higher up the hill (Via Bosco) and then walk down via the landscaped forest paths. In Sirolo itself there are some larger parking spaces. You can then walk down through the center (15-20 minutes) or take the shuttle bus (1 euro).
Advice in high season: Let us reserve beach beds and a parasol a day in advance and possibly a table in the restaurant for lunch. Drive to the beach (parking beach Urbani) and drop off your belongings and family here, then drive yourself until you have found a place and walk down quietly.
Spiaggia di San Michele
This bay is located north of Sirolo and can be reached on foot from the center of Sirolo. You walk via a steep road through the forest to the beach, or you take the shuttle bus for 1 euro. The beach has a free part and a paid area with sunbeds, bars and restaurants. You will find large pebbles as a subsoil here and the water gets deep quite quickly.
Numana is an old fishing village and is located just south of Sirolo. It consists of two parts, Numana Alta and Numana Bassa. Numana Alta is located on top of a hill and has a historic center with colorful narrow alleys, squares and beautiful houses.
Walk from the main square towards the ‘Monumento al Pescatore’ (made by Johannes Genemans, a Dutch artist) from here you have a beautiful view over the Riviera.
Take the famous stairs ‘Via La Costarella’ down and imagine yourself in former times when the fishermen walked via these stairs to the port from where they used to go out to sea. The stairs are set between colourful authentic houses surrounded by lush flowering flower boxes.
Numana Bassa consists of the lower modern part with harbor and a long wide sandy beach overlooking Monte Conero. From the port the boats leave several times a day towards the beach of Due Sorelle. Within half an hour you sail towards the beach. Highly recommended, just the boat trip is quite an experience in itself! It is necessary to make a reservation, check the carrier’s website for additional info: www.traghettatoridelconero.it
In summer, a ‘mini-cruise’ is offered 1 time a week from Numana along all the beaches of Monte Conero.
You can park in Numana along the boulevard and harbor.
Porto Recanati is a cozy coastal village and 1 of our favorites for a pleasant day at the beach. The colorful boulevard is car-free, the beach is elongated (small pebbles) and the sea is very child-friendly due to the construction of small rocks. In addition, in the summer there is always room on a beach bed and you can easily park your car at the beginning of the boulevard.
There are also places with ‘free beach’ where you can put down your own towel.
On the north side of Porto Recanati there is a free stretch of beach (Spiaggia Fiumerella) where dogs are allowed, also in the water. On the south side there is beach club ‘Pineta Beach‘ where there is a secluded area with beach beds where dogs are welcome.
Parallel to the boulevard is a pleasant shopping street with boutiques, bars and gelaterias. In the summer, this street is often car-free in the evening and you can stroll between the Italian families and locals.
During the summer months there is a large market on the boulevard all day on Sundays. Here you can also go for clothes / shoes / household items.
You can park in the streets behind or in the parking lot (paid) directly at the beach (corner Via Garibaldi / Via Kennedy).
The sandy beach of Civitanova is one of the longest in Le Marche. On the ‘lungomare sud’ you will find some free beaches, on the north side you can park your car for free at Chalet Bussola and turn right after 50 meters. If you want to park on the boulevard, come on time, here it can be busy and traffic jams for a parking space.
The city itself is a bit larger and lends itself well to shopping and (hip) dining. Around the central square you will also find nice bars to have a drink and an aperitivo. The beach is therefore a favorite among the Italians in the summer months (especially in August) and can be very busy.
The higher ‘Civitanova Alta‘ is a beautiful medieval borgo and definitely worth a visit.
In the north of Civitanova you will find sandy beaches and shallow water, the southern beaches consist of small pebbles and deeper water.