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The south-west coast of Puglia from Gallipoli to Porto Cesareo

Gallipoli to Porto Cesareo

Starting from Gallipoli and going towards Porto Cesareo the coast has many interesting places and some of the best beaches of Puglia, such as those of Rivabella and Padula Bianca.

Porto Cesareo, at the end of this part of coastline, is a popular seaside resort with sandy beaches and clear blue sea. There are here two important nature reserves: the Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Selvaggio e Palude del Capitano and Riserva Naturale Regionale della Palude del Conte e Duna Costiera. Porto Cesareo is also home of the marine protected area of Porto Cesareo.

 

Gallipoli

The city of Gallipoli jutting out into the Ionian Sea, is divided into two parts: the mainland town and the city centre located on an island connected to the mainland by a bridge built in the seventeenth century.

Of great interest is the nature island of 'Sant'Andrea, about a mile off the historical centre, characterized by the presence of wild animals, such as the Seagull Corso.

  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.055278 - 17.976679 (40°3'19''N 17°58'36''E)

Rivabella

Rivabella is a nice white sandy beach with clear sea. Along the beach there are beautiful sandy dunes covered with Mediterranean vegetation.

This is a centre of particular interest for the remains of a Roman villa and some Neolithic burials.

  • Type of coast: sandy
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Gallipoli
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.084573 - 18.011097 (40°5'4''N 18°0'39''E)

Padula Bianca

Padula Bianca is a stretch of coast located north of Gallipoli. There is, here, a fine white sand beach with dunes covered with Mediterranean vegetation and crystal clear sea.

  • Type of coast: sandy
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Gallipoli
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.097311 - 18.011956 (40°5'50''N 18°0'43''E)

Lido Conchiglie

The coastline of Lido Conchiglie is mostly rocky and thus not particularly suitable for bathing. The town centre itself is located on a rocky hill called 'montagna spaccata' (split mountain).

In this part of the coast were found broken clays and ceramics which show that the area was already inhabited during the Palaeolithic period.

  • Type of coast: reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: access difficult
  • City hall: Sannicola
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.106568 - 18.011183 (40°6'23''N 18°0'40''E)

Santa Maria al Bagno

The town of Santa Maria al Bagno extends around the tower of the Fiume di Galatena, built in XVI century to defend the sources of fresh water. The coast is mainly rocky but low, allowing easy access to the sea.

Santa Maria al Bagno is a place of great historical interest with the remains of tombs excavated in the rock located along the nearby coastline.

  • Type of coast: reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: access difficult
  • City hall: Nardò
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.130385 - 17.995563 (40°7'49''N 17°59'44''E)

Santa Caterina

Santa Caterina is a seaside town with a small harbour and a rugged coast with only few small stretches of sand.

In the Baia di Uluzzo there are several caves, including the Uluzzo and the Cavallo. Inside these caves were found significant traces of the Palaeolithic period.

  • Type of coast: reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Nardò
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.140188 - 17.983554 (40°8'24''N 17°59'0.7''E)

Porto Selvaggio

The coast of Porto Selvaggio is rocky, jagged and characterized by the widespread presence of pine forests and Mediterranean vegetation. Along the coast there are few towers such as Torre dell'Alto, Torre Uluzzo and Torre Inserraglio.

This stretch of coast is home of a nature protected area called 'Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Selvaggio e Palude del Capitano'.

  • Type of coast: reefs
  • Services: no
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Nardò
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.152260 - 17.966603 (40°9'6''N 17°57'59''E)

Sant'Isidoro

Sant'Isidoro is a small coastal town named after a XVI tower located along the coast. It overlooks a small bay with a beach, about 1 km long, with waters particularly low and calm thanks to the protection of a small island located at the outside edge of the bay.

  • Type of coast: 80% sand - 20% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Nardò
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.218909 - 17.926475 (40°13'8''N 17°55'35''E)

Torre Squillace

Torre Squillace is a seaside area which takes its name from the square tower overlooking the coast. It is located next to a small bay with a strip of white sandy beach and some low cliffs.

  • Type of coast: sandy
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Nardò
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.235554 - 17.912056 (40°14'7''N 17°54'43''E)

Porto Cesareo

The resort of Porto Cesareo is made up of about 18 km of coastline with white sandy beaches and crystal clear sea. Off the coast there are a series of small islands, the largest of which is called Isola dei Conigli. The whole area of Porto Cesareo is home to the nature reserve called 'Riserva Naturale Regionale della Palude del Conte e Duna Costiera', which also includes an extensive marine area.

  • Type of coast: sandy
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: yes
  • City hall: Porto Cesareo
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.257075 - 17.891585 (40°15'25''N 17°53'29''E)

 

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Tourist Offices

Nardò
+39 0833 836928
c/o Sedile Piazza Salandra

 

Porto Cesareo
+39 0833 569086
Vai S. Pellico, 32

 

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