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The 7 most interesting and must see parks in Puglia

Gargano national park

The national park of the Gargano is located north of Puglia in the province of Foggia. It is a big park, one of the largest of Italy, with many different and interesting areas. Some of these are located along the coast and include beaches and coastal caves. Others are located inland and mainly constituted by forests, such as the Umbra Forest. There are also wetlands, such as the Lesina and Varano lake; and marshy areas like those of Fratarolo and Sfinale.

Different organisations located in different parts of the park organize excursions. There are also free to walk paths all around the park.

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Alta Murgia National Park

The National park of the Alta Murgia consists of several areas including the Mercadante forest, the Pulicchio, the sinkhole (dolina) of the Pulo, the valley of the dinosaurs, the Difesa Grande forest and some ravines.

The park was established to protect various species of typical plants of the area and a large number of wild animals.

The park management body organizes various excursions inside the park of varying length and difficulty, both by bike and on foot.

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Terra delle Gravine natural park

The Regional park of the Terra delle Gravine, located in the southern part of the Murgia, is a large protected area of Puglia with rocky environments, wetlands, swamps, forests and ravines.

The area protects various species of plants and trees typical of the area, such as the fragno, the holm oak, the hornbeam and the ash trees.

The Terra delle Gravine association organizes long walks in different parts of this vast park.

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Protected nature reserve of Torre Guaceto

The Nature reserve of Torre Guaceto is a WWF protected area located along the Adriatic coast of Puglia, between Ostuni and Brindisi.

It is an area of particular interest not only for the inland areas rich in wetlands, sandy dunes covered with Mediterranean vegetation and beautiful beaches, but also for the marine protected area of outstanding beauty.

The management body organizes various types of excursion, both by bike and on foot.

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Le Cesine nature reserve

The State nature reserve Le Cesine is a WWF protected area characterized by several different habitats, such as wetlands, dunes, canals, woods and Mediterranean vegetation.

In this area there are two lakes, the Salapi and Pantano Grande, separated from the sea by a series of sandy dunes.

During summer guided tours are organised on weekdays only. For groups and schools, it is possible to visit the reserve every day, but only by reservation.

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Natural park Litorale di Punta Pizzo and Isola di Sant'Andrea

The Regional natural park of Punta Pizzo and Isola di Sant'Andrea is located on the Ionian coast of Apulia, just south of the town of Gallipoli.

It is characterized by pine forests, steppes, Mediterranean vegetation and wetlands.

You can visit the park along a number of predefined routes, either on foot, by bike or on horseback. Each of these routes allows the discovery of several different natural ecosystems, each with its own particular characteristic.

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

This is an interesting park located on the Adriatic coast of Salento between the town of Otranto and that of Santa Maria di Leuca. The park covers vast areas of natural, historical and scenic interest.

There are many interesting sites to see such as inlets, pine forests, archaeological sites and views overlooking the sea. The area also includes a large number of fortified masserie and defensive towers along the coast.

The park's management body organizes various excursions in all territories both by bike and on foot.

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