SPORT

Biking

If you ride your MTB on Mount Conero, the spectacular sights will make you pedal as hard as the adrenaline!

There is a wide variety of trails on Mount Conero, a hardtail suffices for most. For the climb, you can take several dirt roads, or you can take the paved road, then come downhill through the scrub. You can also start from Mount Colombo, near the golf courses. Every season has its own spectacular panorama – but the fun is always great!

If you prefer road cycling, the first section of the 30-km road from Pietralacroce to Porto Recanati is dotted with breathtaking views of the Riviera, for example from the roundabout at the beginning of the road to Portonovo. The road downhill, which leads to the beach, features hairpin bends that the more experienced cyclists will love.

From the Portonovo junction, the road goes through the pine woods of Mount Conero in a series of curves and counter curves. The climb at the junction for Mount Conero is something you can’t miss. Continue to Sirolo, a charming Medieval village that is absolutely worth the visit! The descent take you to Numana, and then on the coast to Porto Recanati through Marcelli.

For those who prefer less challenging itineraries, there are many dirt paths on flat terrain to choose from. We recommend the path along the Potenza river.

Horse Trekking

One of the best ways to explore the colors and the scents of the beautiful countryside outside Ancona – in any season – is on horseback. Rides are organized for beginners as well, and out-of-season excursions include seaside treks.

Horse trekking is ideal for those tourists who love to be in touch with nature and like to take it easy, and a fantastic experience that everybody should try at least once in their lifetime. Come enjoy the unforgettable scenery in company of these magnificent animals that will surprise you more than you can imagine!

Kayak

The Conero Coast is an ideal place for kayak lovers: crystal clear water, uncontaminated coves, a variety of sea caves and the Conero flora will leave you breathless.

Come glide along steep cliffs faces that plunge into the sea, and immerse yourself in an unforgettable seascape!

Start paddling from Passetto, where you’ll see the imposing staircase leading to the beach, the caves and the Seggiola del Papa, a large rock formation. If you launch from Portonovo instead, paddle southward along the spectacular stretch of coastline from Portonovo to Sirolo and Numana, which features beautiful beaches such as Spiaggia dei Gabbiani and Le Due Sorelle, and many hidden coves; paddle northward and immediately after you’ve launched from the pier, you’ll find yourself immersed in the unique scenery of Mezzavalle.

Surf / Windsurf / Kitesurf

These are some of the most widely practiced sports in the areas of Portonovo, Sirolo and Marcelli, especially windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Portonovo and Sirolo are also popular with surfers in winter, in beaches such as Spiaggia della Vela, Molo and Sassi Neri, just to mention a few, where the waves can be spectacular.

Capannina Beach, Sirolo and Marcelli di Numana are popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers year-round.

At Portonovo winds usually blow E/SE and can reach 25/30 knots.
At Sirolo winds usually blow N/S, intense thermal winds can blow up to 20 knots. With the right conditions, starting from Sassi Neri, you can reach Le Due Sorelle, a fantastic beach located on the slopes of Mount Conero that can only be reached by boat.
At Marcelli di Numana, where winds blow N/S and thermal winds usually pick up at lunchtime, the conditions are ideal to enjoy the long beach of sand and pebbles, perfect for those who have yet to try these exciting sports.

Trekking

Trekking is a world of apparent contradictions. You walk outdoors but you grow within. Sometimes you can cover kilometers without effort, sometimes every step can be challenging. Rather than an activity, trekking is a sensation.

Near Ancona, Mount Conero is a trekker’s paradise, that blends mountain and sea, green and blue, inland scents with marine breezes.

Mount Conero offers a wide variety of paths – 18 in total – suitable for adventurous families, curious beginners, experienced trekkers. Along rocky paths, forest trails and across vast meadows overlooking the Adriatic Sea, you will discover untamed flora and fauna and landscapes that shift dramatically throughout the seasons.

Whether it’s your first experience or you’ve trekked around the world, get ready to be amazed!

Sailing

Ancona has many sailing schools and hosts important regattas, such as the Conero Regatta and the World Championship of Offshore Sailing.

Among the many things you can do in the Conero Riviera, sailing is undoubtedly one of the most exciting: Mezzavalle, Portonovo, Le Due Sorelle, Spiaggia della Vela, Spiaggia dei Gabbiani are some of the most striking spots in the coastline.

Start your journey from the tourist port of Ancona and sail south; winds blow mainly from E/SE and N and can reach 25/30 knots. These are the perfect conditions for those who love sailing: adventure and speed, but also peace and quiet. Drop your anchor off any cove, and enjoy a meal of moscioli or crocette paired with a glass of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi.

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