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Gargano: photo description (Gargano)

Gargano is a historical and geographical Italian region of Apulia, consisting of a vast isolated mountain massif of several peaks that form the backbone of the Gargano Peninsula jutting into the Adriatic sea. This Peninsula is often called "spur of the Italian boot. The highest peak is Monte Calvo - 1065 metres above sea level. Most of the Peninsula is about 1200 sq. km. - is part of the national Park of Gargano, founded in 1991, the year in the province of Foggia.

The Gargano Peninsula is partly covered by forest, which is called the Foresta Umbra, is Europe's only remaining places where you can see ancient oaks and beeches that once met almost all over the continent. Here is the Apennine deciduous forest ecosystem.

The Gargano coast is littered with beaches. Small towns of Vieste, Peschici and Mattinata are world famous seaside resorts. Two major salt lakes of the Peninsula - Lesina and Varano are located in the Northern part. The mountain of Monte Gargano has long been considered one of the most visited places of pilgrimage - it is the oldest in Western Europe, the sanctuary of the Archangel Michael.

Today on the Gargano Peninsula, the thriving tourism and is actively developing appropriate infrastructure with hotels, restaurants and campsites. Especially popular Marina di Lesina. Among the attractions of the Gargano can also be called the Abbey of Santa Maria di Ripalta, volcanic rocks of "Black stone" and the Church of San Nazario. Every year in the towns and villages of the Peninsula, various activities were conducted: for example, in may, the regatta is held San Primiano, and in August, celebrates the day of San Rocco.