When someone mentions the “Conero” we immediately think about its wonderful beaches such as Numana’s or Sirolo’s, crowded during summer by sea lovers. Conero Park offers many other attractions for those who look for an holiday in contact with nature throughout the year and especially in autumn, when the leaves are tinged with warm colors and the crowds of beach tourists are far away.
The Park has 6,000 hectares of white limestone cliff that creates spectacular scenery with cliffs, stacks and rocks overlooking a sea of innumerable shades of blue. It’s also a site exceptionally rich in flora and fauna, with 470 different species of butterflies and 10,000 birds of prey that annually fly over its skies making it a privileged place for birdwatching. Moreover, thanks to the many excavations in the area, were found more than 3,000 Picene tombs rich in relics and ancient objects perfectly preserved, some of which can be seen in the Numana’s Antiquarium, where the tomb of the Princess of Sirolo is the absolute protagonist, with the two carriages as part of her grave goods.
The riches of Conero Park can be discovered mostly on foot along one of the many trails that cross the Mount and where observe the coast from above. Thanks to Forestalp, a tour operator specialized in environmental tourism, you can do guided trekking to discover the beauty of the Park, allowing you to enjoy exceptional views over the sea: as the path that reaches the North Belvedere through hardwood forests and Mediterranean scrub or the easy hike that leads to a particularly impressive observation point from which you can admire the Two Sisters, two stacks rising from the water placed in a quite charming setting.
Conero Park can be visited by bike or on horseback too, through specific paths marked in the map that can be found at the Park Visitor Center. For horse lovers, in Massignano, there is "The Corbezzolo", which is a stables and a farm holiday, where they breed fifty horses, they have riding lessons suitable for all levels, and they also organize horse riding through Marche’s green hills or on Mount Conero up to the beach, possibly at dawn to enjoy a stunning landscape.
The good thing about Conero Park is its proximity to sea, mountains and hills, which allows to alternate different experiences, not to mention the historic beauty offered by the small villages that dot the Park: as Camerano with its impressive underground caves, Numana and Ancona with Roman and Piceni ruins or Sirolo with its historic streets and the unmissable walk on the square’s belvedere, with an exceptional view of Mount Conero and the coastline.
In Conero there’s no shortage of opportunities to experience a real contact with nature.