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Natural park Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca and Bosco di Tricase

The park

 

The Regional natural park Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca and Bosco di Tricase is a protected area of Puglia that extends on the Adriatic coast from the lighthouse of Punta Palascia, located near Otranto, down to Santa Maria di Leuca.

It is an area of great natural interest thanks to the inlets, meadows, pine forests, olive groves and the characteristic coast overlooking the Adriatic sea.

The area is also interesting for the prehistoric remains found in the Zinzulusa and Dei Cervi caves, for the presence the old Roman lighthouse, Torre del Serpe, and for the fortified masserie and defensive towers along the whole coast.

The wildlife that can be found here include birds such as kestrels, buzzards and peregrine falcons.

The Management Committee of the park organizes walks, cycle paths, historical and cultural itineraries to discover the beauty of the park.

 

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Excursions

Sentiero Orte-Palascia (Otranto)

This is a walking and cycling excursion. Departure is from Masseria Orte with arrival at Faro della Palascia. Track length 7 km, for a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Sentiero Terre Rosse (Santa Cesarea Terme)

This is a walking excursion of a length of 1 km and a duration of 1 hour. Departure is from Litoranea Porto Badisco-Santa Cesarea Terme with arrival at Masseria Grande.

Sentiero grotta Carlo Cosma (Santa Cesarea Terme )

Walking and biking excursion of 700 meters for a duration of about 30 minutes. Departure is from the Strada Comunale San Giovanni with arrival at the SP319 Santa Cesarea Terme.

Sentiero localita' Scute (Santa Cesarea Terme)

A walking and biking excursion of natural, geological and historic interest. Departure is from the SS363 Vitigliano-Santa Cesarea Terme with arrival at the Strada Comunale San Giovanni. Length of the excursion is about 1 km and 200 metres, for a duration of about 30 minutes.

Sentiero Masseria San Giovanni (Santa Cesarea Terme)

Walking and biking excursion of natural and historical interest. It starts from the SP319-Cerfignano Santa Caesarea Terme and arrives at the SP319 Cerfignano-Santa Cesarea Terme. Track length is of 1 km, for a duration of 20 minutes.

Sentiero Parco della Pineta (Santa Cesarea Terme)

This walking and cycling excursion is of length of 1 km and a half, for a duration of about 45 minutes. Departure is from the SP319 Cerfignano-Santa Cesarea Terme with arrival at the Pineta Park.

Sentiero Castello Aragonese Parco delle Querce (Castro)

This tourist excursion explores the history, plants and wild animals of the area. Departure is from the Castello Aragonese with arrival at the Parco delle Querce. The walk lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes, for a duration of 2 km and a half.

Sentiero Belvedere (Marittima)

A short walking trip of only 400 meters with departure from Arenosa in Marittima and arrival at Via Litoranea, SP 358 Acquaviva-Arenoza. The journey takes about 30 minutes.

Sentiero di Torre Lupo (Marittima)

This tourist excursion is of 1 km and 300 meters in length, and a duration of 45 minutes. Departure is from the Villa Comunale di Marittima with arrival at Torre Lupo. The tour can be done on foot or by bike.

Sentiero dell'Acquaviva (Marittima)

This is a bike and walking excursion of about 3 km for a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Departure is from the Villa Comunale di Marittima and arrival is at the Seno dell'Acquaviva.

Sentiero Capolupo-Tuttosse (Marittima)

This is a walk of about 1200 meters for a duration of 45 minutes. It starts from the SS117 Marittima-Arenosa and arrives at Torre Lupo.

Sentiero Torre del Sasso (Andrano)

This is a panoramic and nature itinerary, either on foot or by bike, that will take you to discover the characteristic fauna and flora of the area. Departing from Andrano and arriving at Tricase. Path length is of about 6.5 km, for a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Sentiero Campomarino (Andrano)

This is a 600 meters walking trip. It starts from Via Campo Marino and arrives at Tratturo Saccuddi. It lasts about 30 minutes.

Tratturo la Chianca (Andrano)

A biking and walking trip from Parco Pertini to Vicinale La Chianca. The length of this excursion is of 2 km, for a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Sentiero via Vecchia Mare (Andrano)

A 500 meters walking excursion for a duration of 20 minutes. From Via Mare Provinciale SP168 to Via Toscanelli.

Sentiero Saccuddi (Andrano)

Short walking excursion of a length of 400 meters and for a duration of about 20 minutes. From Via Contrada Madonna del Lattarcio to Via delle Carrube.

Sentiero Progetto Contrada Rurale (Tricase)

Tourist bike excursion of about 3 km and a half, for a duration of 2 hours and 45 minutes. Departure from Via Ruggiero Lauria and arrival at Piazza Galilei.

Sentiero di Torre Nasparo (Tiggiano)

This is a cycling excursion of 6 km and a half for a duration of 1 hour. Departure and arrival from Piazza Castello in Torre Nasparo.

Sentiero Vie del sale (Corsano

A walking excursion of a length of about 1 km and 800 meters for a duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes. Departure from Marina di Corsano, near Scalamasciu, and arrival at Marina di Corsano, near Funnuvojere.

Sentiero Grotta Azzurra (Alessano)

Tourist walk excursion that starts from Via Vespucci to go to the Grotta Azzurra. It is a walk of a length of 500 meters and of a duration of 20 minutes.

Sentiero del Ciolo (Gagliano del Capo)

Short walk trip (400 meters)departing from via Ciolo and arrival at Ponte Ciolo - Litoranea SP358 Novaglie-Leuca. It has a duration of about 30 minutes.

Sentiero Canale delle Menghe (Santa Maria di Leuca)

This is a walk trip with departure from Via Doppia Croce (SP214) and arrival at Via Masseria Li Turchi. Length of the path 300 meters for a duration of 20 minutes.

Sentiero Lungomare di Leuca (Santa Maria di Leuca)

This is a tourist excursion of about 800 meters for a duration of 30 minutes. The path leads to the discovery of nature, history and geology of the area. Departure is from Piazza Galilei and arrival is at Via Doppia Croce.

 

Info centre Natural park Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca and Bosco di Tricase

  • Castello Spinola-Caracciolo
    Piazza Castello
    Andrano - Lecce

Email: info@parcootrantoleuca.it
Website: www.parcootrantoleuca.it