The Natural Reserve of Punta Aderci protects the most beautiful and interesting naturalistic stretch of coast of Abruzzo and it’s among the most beautiful natural reserves in Italy: a succession of sandy and pebbly beaches, high cliffs and cliffs, agricultural landscapes and scrubland Mediterranean, green and blue shades of a stretch of the Adriatic from which it is easy to be amazed.
The Reserve extends from the beach of Punta Penna, adjacent to the Port of Vasto, at the mouth of the river Sinello. The promontory of Punta Aderci characterizes the entire area embracing the park and the underlying sea floor, offering a 360 ° view over the entire Reserve, which is the background, in the evening, the red of the sunset that draws the profiles of the mountains of the three national parks: the Majella, the Gran Sasso-Laga and the Sibillini Mountains.
The landscape is rather articulated with flat stretches cut by cliffs near the coast line, slopes that descend to the sea, dunal systems, wet areas such as the "little lake" of Mottagrossa and the alluvial plain of the Sinello. Along the sandy or rocky beaches, grow communities of plants resistant to brackish, heat and wind according to a sequence that, from the inland shoreline, sees pioneer plants first settle -as the ravadel- then species of the mobile dune - like the grasses of the beaches - and finally those of the fixed dune up to the appearance of the shrubby plants and the Mediterranean scrub. Among the dunes, the water, thanks also to the presence of clays, stagnates favoring the establishment of reed beds.
The dunes and the river environment lend themselves well to nature observation and bird watching. Here they winter and stop many species of birds such as herons, grebes, terns, cormorants, the marsh harrier and the little brother that stands out by chance in the logo of the reserve. Inside, towards the cultivated plateaus, we find the cappellaccia, the caprossa, the small luì and birds of prey like the minor albanella, the kestrel and the buzzard.
Punta Aderci is a reserve to discover slowly on foot, mountain-biking on the old railway track, canoeing or simply enjoying the tranquility of the pebble beaches of Libertini and the small beach of Punta Aderci, where offshore are easily seen dolphins of the genus Stenella, and in some cavities it is possible to admire the Halymenia floresia, considered the most beautiful red alga in the Mediterranean.