The Abruzzo coast is around 125km long and stretches from Martinsicuro, on the borders of Marche, to Vasto which is within swimming range of Molise.
In the middle is the port of Pescara and the buzzing summer resorts of Francavilla al Mare and Alba Adriatica.
The coast is a long lazy drive past miles of sandy beaches bathed in clean water with some of the best value hotel accommodation you'll find anywhere in summer.
The onshore and offshore breezes provide above average windsurfing conditions and those keen can choose between Giulianova, Francavilla al Mare, Ortona, Torino di Sangro Marina, Lido di Casalbordino and Marina di Vasto etc.
The latter, and the worryingly entitled Punta Aderci, are also good for canoe enthusiasts. Here the sea is rocky (in every sense) and ideal for exploring.
Our suggestions for day trips on or near the Abruzzese coast: