18 paths to discover

Find your pace in the Conero Park

The Conero Park is a protected environmental oasis that offers, in its unspoilt nature, paths immersed in nature with breathtaking views overlooking the sea and precious historical milestones. There are 18 paths to be covered on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, with itineraries suitable for everyone, where Monte Conero embraces the sea and offers unique emotions. The park is particularly spectacular in spring for the flowering of the broom and in autumn for the strawberry tree. For more details visit the official site www.parcodelconero.org. A map with all 18 paths of the park is available at the IAT offices in Numana.

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Trail n° 301 a/b

Trail n° 301 a/b

CONERO MOUNTAIN RING

  • Difficulty:
  • Intermediate
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  • Duration:
  • about 2 hours
  • Itinerary
  • Get by car up to the top of the Conero Mountain proceeding on the road going from Sirolo to Portonovo. At approximately 1 km from Sirolo at a crossingroad on the right you have to go up. Park the car. From there on the left the trail n. 301 starts, paved. Follow it and take the directions to the belvedere. You can enjoy the breathtaking panorama toward the bay of Portonovo and Mezzavalle beach. From this point go back to the trail n. 301/b and after twenty minutes you will be in Pian dei Raggetti. Here the landscape is toward the south coast and the interland hills. Going up the trail in the woods you will return to the initial parking.

  • Trail n° 302

    Trail n° 302

    WOLF PASS PATH WITH VIEWS OF THE TWO SISTERS

    • Difficulty:
    • easy
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  • Duration:
  • 1 hour
  • Practicability:
  • walking
  • Environment:
  • vouthern slope of Monte Conero partially included in the natural reserve. Of exceptional geological interest is the outcrop of majolica, the oldest lithological formation in the Park area. The majolica is very evident in the so-called 'plates', huge, smooth, light grey slabs of rock ending in the sea. Along this characteristic stretch of high coastline are small beaches with white rocks and of incomparable beauty.
  • Vegetation:
  • cultivated areas, thermophilous Mediterranean scrub (holm oak, strawberry tree, laurel tree, mastic tree), reforestation pine forest, rocky vegetation (violaciocca, red valerian), halophilous vegetation (sea fennel called "paccasasso" in the local dialect), scree partially consolidated by broom and Ampelodesmosmauritanicos. Perched on the rocky ridges above the Due Sorelle beach is the arborescent euphorbia, a true botanical jewel of the park as it is not found elsewhere in the Marche region or along the Adriatic coast north of the Gargano.
  • Wildlife watching:
  • Woodland and scrub nesting passerines (chaffinch, blackcap, Sardinian warbler), diurnal birds of prey (sparrow hawk), marine wintering birds (cormorants and coral gulls), common and herring gulls. Possibility of observing the peregrine falcon. Mammals include foxes.
  • Itinerary
  • Path 302 starts at the Sirolo cemetery and walks along a dirt road that runs alongside the walls, soon reaching a crossroads (junction with Path 301) where you must keep to the right and then take the second small road that climbs to the left and leads to an olive grove. Here the route continues along a path that enters the thick Mediterranean scrub and along which there are evocative views of the beaches of Sirolo, Numana and the lower coast as far as Civitanova Marche. The route then reaches the "Passo del Lupo", a spur of rock overlooking the sea that represents one of the most evocative points of the Conero Park and from which there is a spectacular view of the small bay of Due Sorelle. Please note: It is forbidden to continue and descend towards the Due Sorelle beach.

  • Trail n° 303

    Trail n° 303

    FROM SIROLO (NEAR THE CEMETERY) TO SASSI NERI BEACH

    • Difficulty:
    • easy
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  • Duration:
  • 45 minutes
  • Practicability:
  • by foot, on horseback, by mountain-bike
  • Environment:
  • southern slopes of Monte Conero in the nature reserve, as far as the wide pebbly beach. Further on, the coast becomes rocky with numerous boulders.
  • Vegetation:
  • reforestation pinewoods (pine of Aleppo) and completely wild areas. The broom is wide spread while in the area closest to the sea we find widespread broom while in the part closest to the sea we find the Pliny's Reed.
  • Wildlife watching:
  • starlings from the scrub (passerine warble,nightingale), marine wintering birds (Great crested grebe, Cormorant), herring and black-headed gulls.
  • Itinerary
  • Same starting point as of the Itinerary n. 2 but take the first road on the right towards the sea, you go to the left, surpass a farmhouse and go down to a pine forest. Arriving at a crossing point turn right, go into a small forest of deciduous trees, and continue until you find to two restaurants open only in summer season. From here go down to "Sassi Neri" beach, the beautiful and characteristic beach with "Black"rocks due to the presence of mussels and seaweeds.

  • Trail n° 304

    Trail n° 304

    FROM SIROLO (PARCO DELLA REPUBBLICA IN CORSO GIULIETTI) TO SAN MICHELE BEACH.

    • Difficulty:
    • easy
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  • Duration:
  • 30 minutes
  • Practicability:
  • by foot, on horseback, by mountain-bike
  • Environment:
  • marly and clayey cliff which from Sirolo goes down to the sea with a considerable slope. Pebble beach with emerging artificial barriers.
  • Vegetation:
  • eforestation pinewood with presence of indigenous arboreal species of the Conero (holm oak and durmast).
  • Itinerary
  • From the car park go straight in via Giulietti and enter from Parco della Repubblica main entrance, keep on the right and follow the main road up to the point where it crosses a trail going towards the sea. From here go down until finding a bar, keep going through the path (provided with steps) and reach San Michele beach. Keep going on the right you arrive to Grotta Urbani.

  • Trail n° 309

    Trail n° 309

    PORTONOVO BAY RING

    • Difficulty:
    • easy
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  • Duration:
  • 1 hour
  • Practicability:
  • by foot, on horseback, by mountain-bike
  • Environment:
  • Green Bay in the natural reserve with two coastal lakes situated at the foot of the north-eastern side of the Conero Mountain. Crowded seaside resort in summer time.
  • Vegetation:
  • Mesophile Mediterranean maquis with abundance of strawberry tree next to deciduous tree species (hop hornbeam, manna ash), formation of marshy vegetation (common reed and sedge), cattail and other aquatic species in wetlands; pioneer species on the beach (yellow poppy, maritime cabbage).
  • Wildlife watching:
  • in coastal lakes there are resident aquatic birds (marsh bird, little grebe) and the seasonal presence of kingfisher, starlings from the scrub (Sardinian warbler and passerine warbler), wintering species marine (cormorant and small crested grebe). Among the mammals fox and stone martens; among the insects the water-beetle and numerous species of dragonflies. In the lake waters there are the mosquito-fish and Dyaciclops bicuspidatus odessanus (tiny crustacean plankton). Notes: Romanesque church of Santa Maria di Portonovo (1034) and Guard Tower (1716).
  • Itinerary
  • Following the signage from the country road of the Conero (take for the municipal road for the bay) you have to reach the square of Portonovo. From the square take the paved road to the pier (direction Hotel Fortino Napoleonico). At a certain point you skirt the Lago Grande (pon of brackish water with lush grove of reeds). Continue toward the pier, leaving the Hotel fence on the right (see archaeological-monumental emergency n. 3), until you arrive to a majestic guard tower (see archaeological -monumental emergency n.2). Continue on the beach until you get to Santa Maria church. Then continue the itinerary towards lago Profondo, walk on the right bank and continue to a littl alley until you arrive to the departure squar.

  • Mezzavalle Beach Trail

    Mezzavalle Beach Trail

    Mezzavalle / Trave Beach

    • Difficulty:
    • easy
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  • Duration:
  • 30 minutes
  • Practicability:
  • walking only
  • Environment:
  • marly and arenaceous cliff in the North coastal stretch of the Conero Mountain in the natural protected area, small pebble beach delimited from the rising "Trave" rock. Panoramic points. Vegetation: in the initial stretch there are cultivations with of oak, broom specimens. Pliny's Reed cultivations in the rest of the path.
  • Vegetation:
  • in the initial stretch there are cultivations with of oak, broom specimens. Pliny's Reed cultivations in the rest of the path.
  • Wildlife watching:
  • nesting starlings (blue tit, blackcap). Among the mammals we find the badger.
  • Itinerary
  • Take the Conero country road up to KM 5,400, at the crossroad for Varano. Observe two metal gates, on their right side there is an alley that runs along a grove reed. Leave the grove reed on the left and continue along the edge of a cliff. Continue on the right up to a small valley with broom trees and continue downhill until you reach Mezzavalle beach, located between the bay of Portonovo and the original "Trave" cliff.

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