• Beach & Coast,  Salento

    Porto Selvaggio

    The Regional Natural Park of Porto Selvaggio and Palude del Capitano has been instituted in 2006, it covers 1000 hectares and is located in the Lecce Province along the west coast of Salento between Porto Cesareo and Gallipoli. It includes Porto Selvaggio Park (instituted in 1980) and the Palude del Capitano and is a must-see during any holiday in Salento.   Porto Selvaggio (literally Wild Port) is a rocky cove between the two watch towers Torre dell’Alto and Torre Uluzzo. It covers an area of 400 hectares circa and is mainly covered by a dense pine wood, olives, eucalyptus trees and Mediterranean macchia (scrub-land) of acacias and brooms; it also…

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    Bari Land,  Beach & Coast

    Polignano a Mare

    Polignano a Mare is a town in the province of Bari. Its origins date back to the Neolithic period (5th millennium BC), it was known as Neapolis during ancient Greek times and became an important trading center and seaport under the Romans. Polignano a Mare is a pearl on the Adriatic Sea, the oldest part of the town lies on limestone cliffs and overlooks the sea. Of particular interest are his natural caves scattered around its territory where several remains of prehistoric human settlement have been found. But most important and characteristic are the caves along its coast. Dug by the force of the sea which has shaped the rocks over the…

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    Beach & Coast,  Gargano

    Peschici

    Peschici is a small village in the province of Foggia, its territory is part of the Gargano National Park. It is a popular seaside resort with a marina and is one of the finest tourist destinations in Puglia. It has, very often, been awarded with the blue flag, by Foundation for Environmental Education, for the beauty of its coasts. The village is perched on a rocky promontory above the sea and the ancient area still retains original features of the medieval village. At the top of the rocky promontory there is the medieval castle and all around the village there are several remains of the ancient fortification walls and towers.…

  • Beach & Coast,  Gargano

    Mattinata

    Mattinata is a quiet and picturesque village along the Southern coast of the Gargano Promontory and is part of the Gargano National Park. This whitewashed village, with little houses facing the sea, is built on top of two hills and surrounded by mountains Monte Sacro and Monte Saraceno which create a wonderful backdrop to the village with vast green olive groves to complete this beautiful landscape. The area around Mattinata is a heaven for orchids hunters and lovers: being part of the Gargano National Park, it is home to more than 60 different species of wild orchids, the richest area in Europe. It’s economy is mainly based on fishing and…

  • Beach & Coast,  Salento

    Oasi Le Cesine – Nature Reserve

    Le Cesine has been a nature reserve since 1977 and is the most beautiful WWF protected oasis in Puglia. It is one of the most important wetland in Southern Italy and the only surviving area of marshland that once covered the coast between Brindisi and Otranto. Its name comes from the Latin Seges which means uncultivated or abandoned area. Located along the coast between San Cataldo and San Foca, the reserve covers over 600 acres and also includes 6km of coastline. Although most of the landscape is covered by wetland, the reserve includes different environments: cultivated areas, the Mediterranean maquis, dunes and beaches, reed groves and water channels, marshes and…

  • Beach & Coast,  Salento,  Top 10 To See

    Gallipoli

    Gallipoli is a wonderful town in the province of Lecce and is undoubtedly a must-see in the Salento area. Its name derives from the original Greek name ‘Kalé polis’ meaning ‘beautiful city’. Located along the Ionian coast, the town is divided into two parts: the new and also bigger part is of recent construction and is where the main public buildings and businesses are located. The old part of the town is on a small walled island connected to the mainland by a 6th century bridge. Aside of the bridge there is the Aragonese Castle, it was built in the 13th century and is one of the few castles washed…

  • Beach & Coast,  Salento

    Brindisi

    Brindisi is the capital of the homonym Province of Brindisi. Located at the northern border of the Salento sub-region, the city and its fortune were built around its port, the most Oriental in Italy and one of the most beautiful and crowded in the Mediterranean Sea. The city is indeed better known for its port and is usually visited by travelers departing for or arriving from Greece, however it is a fascinating city rich in history and culture and it is worth a visit through its old city center. According to a legend, it was founded by the Greek Diomede returning from the Trojan War but its origins most likely date back to…

  • Bari Land,  Beach & Coast

    Bari

    Bari is the capital of its province and of the Puglia region, it is also in the middle of the so called Bari Land. Third largest city in Southern Italy, its metropolitan area has about one million inhabitants. The city overlooks the Adriatic Sea and due to its favorable location and its port (the largest passenger port in the Adriatic Sea) has become over the time one of the largest malls in Southern Italy and a strategic point in the Mediterranean for international trade and politic-cultural contacts with Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Since 1930 the Fiera del Levante has been held in Bari, it is the largest fair…