When it comes to breathtaking beach destinations, one such hidden gem along the Puglia’s coastline is Punta Prosciutto Beach (its literal translation would be “Ham Point”). This is a pristine stretch of sandy shoreline, which promises crystal-clear turquoise waters and a tranquil atmosphere.
It is located on the Ionian coast just south of Torre Colimena along the coast road that connects Porto Cesareo and Torre Lapillo.
The beach has been defined by the Telegraph as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world to see once in a lifetime. What makes it so extraordinary is the long stretch of white sand with dunes up to eight meters high covered with typical Mediterranean scrub.
The beach is approx. 2 km long and most of it is free access. You can also find some “lidi” which offer all sort of paid services (sunbeds, umbrellas, bars, restaurants, entertainment, sailing courses, boat rental, etc)
How to get to Punta Prosciutto
Punta Prosciutto is located in the municipality of Porto Cesareo, approximately 50 kilometers southwest of the city of Lecce.
By Car: If you are traveling by car from Lecce, take the SS101 highway towards Gallipoli, and then follow the signs for Punta Prosciutto. Once you arrive, there are parking areas available near the beach. It is advisable to arrive early, especially during the peak summer season, to secure a parking spot.
Public Transportation: If you prefer public transportation, we advise you to visit the website of Lecce Province with all info and timeline on bus lines. Here below we provide the map with all the bus lines serving the Salento area.
Things to Do and See in Punta Prosciutto and Nearby
Punta Prosciutto Beach is renowned for its breathtaking beauty. With its fine white sand and clear turquoise waters, it offers a picturesque setting for sunbathing and swimming. Take a dip in the gentle waves and let the cool water wash away your worries.
Explore the Natural Reserve of Palude del Conte: adjacent to Punta Prosciutto Beach it is a coastal wetland of exceptional ecological value. Take a leisurely stroll along the trails and observe the rich flora and fauna that thrive in this protected area. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the presence of various bird species, including herons and flamingos.
Visit the Coastal Town of Porto Cesareo: just a short distance away from Punta Prosciutto, you will find the charming coastal town of Porto Cesareo. Explore its picturesque harbor, indulge in fresh seafood at local restaurants, or simply wander through the narrow streets and soak up the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere.
Visit the Salina dei Monaci, a natural saltwater lagoon renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and unique ecosystem. With its shallow turquoise waters and surrounding salt flats, Salina dei Monaci is a haven for migratory birds and a sanctuary for nature lovers.
Discover the Historic City of Lecce: If you have extra time, make sure to visit the city of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South.” Immerse yourself in its rich history and admire the impressive Baroque architecture that adorns its streets. The Basilica of Santa Croce and the Piazza del Duomo are must-see landmarks.
Enjoy Water Sports and Activities: Punta Prosciutto Beach offers an array of water sports and activities to keep adventure enthusiasts entertained. From snorkeling and scuba diving to windsurfing and sailing, there is something for everyone. Explore the vibrant marine life beneath the surface or try your hand at windsurfing as you feel the sea breeze in your hair.
So, pack your sunscreen, grab your beach towel, and embark on a journey to this hidden gem along Puglia’s coastline. Punta Prosciutto awaits, ready to enchant you with its beauty and tranquility.