Le Marche: beaches galore on Italy’s east coast
Seaside resort:

Le Marche in brief


Visit Le Marche for family-friendly beaches, medieval buildings, Gioacchino Rossini’s home, seafood specialities, cycling, walking and thousands of palm trees.


Eastern Italy

Nearest airport:

Ancona Falconara

Key resorts & areas:

Pesaro, Gabicce Mare, Senigallia, San Benedetto del Tronto, Riviera del Conero

Major sights & activities:

San Terenzio cathedral, Musei Civici, Villa Ruggeri, Rocca Roveresca, Palazzo Ducale, Chiesa della Croce, cycling, walking

Best time to go

May to September; July and August is the peak season

Did you know?

Le Marche has 180 km of coastline punctuated by 17 Blue Flag beaches, 26 resorts and 9 marinas.


Beach holidays in Le Marche


Le Marche is a beautiful 180 km section of Italy’s east coast stretching from Gabicce Monte in the north to the Sentina nature reserve in the south.

The area is characterised by a variety of beaches, lively resorts and historical towns and villages, as well as plenty of spectacular natural scenery. While it’s a popular destination for Italians, overseas tourists have yet to discover the area in their droves.

With such a long coastline, Le Marche’s beach destinations are fairly numerous. Some of the most popular ones are outlined below:



Located at the northern end of Le Marche’s coast, Pesaro is a popular destination, particularly with families. Levante is the best if you’re taking young children thanks to the safe waters, while Baia Flaminia is a secluded section of the beach perfect for a quieter holiday.

Pesaro has a historic centre ideal for sightseeing. Some of the main attractions include the Palazzo Ducale, the Musei Civici and the cathedral. In addition, the house where opera composer Gioacchino Rossini was born is also open to the public. He is honoured with an annual opera festival in August.


Gabicce Mare

Gabicce Mare can be found in the far north of Le Marche and is essentially an extension of the Rimini Riviera. Both sand and pebble beaches can be found here, including the secluded Baia Marina di Valluga, along with plentiful amenities for cyclists and a lively nightlife.

It’s worth heading up the highest point of the area, Gabicce Monte, to experience the bars and restaurants there and to enjoy the amazing views along the road to Pesaro.



Senigallia has 13 km of Blue Flag-awarded golden sand - known as the Velvet Beach - along with some excellent restaurants and some history, making it a lovely beach holiday destination.

One of the main sights to see is the 15th century Rocca Roveresca fort, which is often cited as a great example of military architecture reflecting the influences of periods from the Roman era through to the Renaissance.


San Benedetto del Tronto

San Benedetto del Tronto is one of the most popular resorts in the southern part of Le Marche. It has a wide sand beach lined with an incredible 7,000 palm trees. The southern section of the front contains the best beaches and 10 themed gardens.

Other attractions include a 15 km cycling path and the old town with its narrow streets and castle. It’s worth visiting the area to eat out, as the resort has its own speciality, a mixed fish stew called brodetto alla sambenedettese.


Riviera del Conero

The Riviera del Conero is a stretch of the Le Marche coast that’s especially popular for beach holidays. It includes Ancona, a port city with excellent beaches such as sandy Palombina to the north, Della Vela to the south and the wild Mezzavalle beach.

Sirolo near Mount Conero is another attractive part of the riviera. Notable beaches here include San Michele beach with its clear waters, the black pebbled beach of Sassi Neri, Urbani and its pine wood backdrop, and the Two Sisters beach, which takes its name from the pair of rocks that rise from the sea.


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