Avoiding the Busy Tourist Season in Eraclea Mare, Italy [TRAVEL JOURNAL]

Eraclea Mare beach, Eraclea Mare, Italy
Above: Eraclea Mare beach on a May evening, Eraclea Mare, Italy

In May Eraclea Mare is a serene oceanfront destination, especially for those who despise the touristy beach scene. It may be busy in summer, but in spring we had the beach all to ourselves! Read on to find out how we spent our time during our five-day stay in Eraclea Mare. 

Our Day Trip Hub

Our visit to Eraclea Mare was a five-day mini vacation spent touring around northeastern Italy while my two brothers were in town. This is not the way Ian and I typically like to travel, but we did see a lot during those five days! We rented a diesel-powered Ford C-Max and visited VeronaVeniceBologna and San Marino by day, resting our heads in our beachside bungalow at night.

A Bungalow by the Beach

When deciding where to stay, we landed on Eraclea Mare because of two things: affordability and beachside location. With two bedrooms and a kitchen, our small bungalow had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Split among four of us, it was a steal! It was also within driving distance to several Italian cities we planned to visit during our stay.

Relaxing Times in this Beachy Ghost Town

Looking back, there’s a good chance I had gelato every day in Eraclea Mare. Despite there being practically no one around town, businesses were open (though not very busy). Our host recommended a reservation if we planned to go out to dinner in town.

Tourism is seasonal in Eraclea Mare. It’s typical for businesses to open up for regular hours after Easter.

Besides eating too much ice cream, we explored the town and beachfront by foot and shopped for groceries to cook our own meals. At the recommendation of our host, we planned a pizza night at Pizzeria Brian. It was delicious!

On to Milan

After five busy days in Northern Italy, my brothers headed back to the States, and Ian and I returned to Milan to spend the final weeks of our Europe trip there.


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About the Author

Diana Southern
In March 2014, Diana called it quits on her traditional American working life and set out to explore the world with her partner in crime (and love of her life) Ian Norman. They now live a sustainable life of full time travel, working for themselves and seeking adventure at the same time. Here on North to South, Diana documents their journey in achieving and maintaining this "road less traveled" way of life.

2 Responses

  1. Hotel bibione December 24, 2014 / 9:53 am

    Congrats for a captivating vacation. It was an excellent choice! What’s your next destination?

    • Diana Southern December 24, 2014 / 2:15 pm

      Thanks 🙂 Next we’re heading up to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the snow and do some skiing! We’ll definitely be back to Italy soon, too.

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