Welcome to Parco del Conero
Only minutes from Ancona but a world unto itself, Parco del Conero (aka Parco Regionale del Conero) is stunning, with limestone cliffs razoring above the cobalt blue Adriatic, and crescent-shaped, white pebble bays backed by fragrant woods of pine, oak, beech, broom and oleander trees. Walking trails thread through the 60 sq km park, which is a conservation area. Remarkably still off the radar for many travellers, the park retains a peaceful, unspoilt air found nowhere else along Le Marche's coastline. Its highest peak is 572m Monte Conero, which takes a spectacular nosedive into the sea. The vineyards that taper down its slopes produce the excellent, full-bodied Rosso Conero red wine.
Parco del Conero encompasses the cliff-backed seaside resorts of Portonovo, Sirolo and Numana, all of which make fine bases for exploring. Boat trips from Portonovo and Sirolo are the best way to cove- or beach-hop.