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The south-west coast of Puglia from Torre dell'Ovo to Taranto

Torre dell'Ovo to Taranto

Going north from Torre dell'Ovo towards Taranto starts a long stretch of coastline with sandy beaches of extraordinary beauty, such as those along Marina di Lizzano. Immediately after this the coast is mostly rocky with some small beaches located inside some enchanting inlets up to Marina of Leporano and, then, a predominantly rocky stretch of coast that reaches the city of Taranto.

Between the Bay of Saturo and that of Porto Pirrone there is the Parco Archeologico di Saturo. Here were found ancient remains dating back to period of Greek colonization.

 

Torre dell'Ovo

Torre dell'Ovo, which takes its name from the coastal tower built in 1473, is a typical seaside village located on a cliff 15 meters high above the sea.

In the sea below the tower there are some ancient megalithic blocks engraved with Greek writings and, in the same area of water, some monoliths called Prateria Pietrificata (Petrified Prairie). They are the result of erosion which created a lawn of rods that give the impression of a prairie, from which they are named.

  • Type of coast: 10% sand - 90% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: easy access
  • City hall: Maruggio
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.302604 - 17.504117 (40°18'9''N 17°30'14''E)

Librari

Librari is a long coastal area, located south of Marina di Lizzano, consisting mostly of beautiful beaches with fine sand and clear sea.

South of Librari the coast is characterized by a series of higher cliffs that reach the height of a promontory down to Torre dell'Ovo.

  • Type of coast: 80% sand - 20% refs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Torricella
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.310328 - 17.494032 (40°18'37''N 17°29'38''E)

Marina di Lizzano

Along the Marina di Lizzano there are several beaches including: Torretta, Bagnara, Le Conche, Palmintiello and Truglione. All of them with white sand and free to access.

This is a wonderful coastline with splendid dunes covered by Mediterranean vegetation and small wetlands covered with plants.

  • Type of coast: 80% sand - 20% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Lizzano
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.332512 - 17.419617 (40°23'31''N 17°26'54''E)

Lido Silvana

Lido Silvana is a charming stretch of sand located in a bay with a small rocky island that can be reached by swimming. The beach has lidos for renting umbrellas and chairs, also a bar and a restaurant.

  • Type of coast: 50% sand - 50% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Pulsano
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.346103 - 17.380242 (40°20' 45''N 17°22'48''E)

Serrone

Serrone is a gorgeous stretch of coast south of Monte d'Arena, here, in a well protected from the wind bay, there is along beach with clear sea.

  • Type of coast: 40% sand - 60% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Pulsano
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.347935 - 17.375757 (40°20'52''N 17°22'32''E)

Monte d'Arena

Along the Monte d'Arena coastline there two bays, namely Baia delle Canne and Baia Montedarena, both with a beautiful a sandy beach and a crystal clear sea.

  • Type of coast: 30% sand - 70% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Pulsano
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.356307 - 17.355480 (40°21'22''N 17°21'19''E)

Marina di Leporano

Marina di Leporano has a coastline consisting of several bays with sandy beaches. Between those bays: the Baia di Gandoli, the Baia di Saturo, the Baia di Porto Pirrone, the Baia d'Argento and the Baia del Pescatore.

The archaeological park of 'Parco Archeologico di Saturo', located in the area between the Baia di Saturo and that of Porto Pirrone, holds archaeological remains dating back to the Greeks colonization and later periods such as: a large Bronze and Iron Age settlement, a Roman villa of the imperial age, II-IV century AD, and a tower of the fifteenth century.

The cooperative PoliSviluppo organises guided tours, educational projects, archaeology workshops and promotion of the park.

Website
www.parcosaturo.it

Office
Cooperativa PoliSviluppo
Via Ancona 25, edif. 8 - 74100 - Taranto

Taranto

Taranto was a important Greek colony and later became an important Greek colony of the Magna Graecia. Unfortunately of its glorious past almost nothing is left, but if you find yourself nearby you should visit the National Archaeology Museum. It contains extraordinary finds such as figured terracotta objects, collections of ceramics and priceless gold jewellery.

  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.475507, 17.230781 (40°28'31.8"N 17°13'50.8"E)

 

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Tourist Offices

Proloco Leporano
+39 349 6171877
Via Roma, 14

 

IAT Lizzano

Piazza Marconi,6

 

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