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Parks and nature in Salento

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“The Regional Nature Park of Porto Selvaggio, covers an area of 1100 hectares in the municipality of Nardò and is part of an area by the sea, where reforestation has been started since the 50s. The landscape, which used to be bare and rocky, is nowadays characterised by a thick pine forest, surrounded by the wonderful Ionian Sea. The habitat is mostly covered by forests, but there are also pseudo-steppe paths, the habitats rich with grasses and annual plants and jagged cliff. The visitor has the chance to watch foxes, weasels, hedgehogs, chameleons and, during the bird migration season, also blackbirds, thrushes and hoopoes, beside the lesser kestrels and the kestrels. A few metres away from the coast, it is also possible to visit he Palude del Capitano (Marsh), where there are the “spunnulate”, that is to say caves, the result of karst phenomena, whose vault has collapsed creating small salt-water lakes.”
  • 125 locals recommend
Premise
“long sandy beaches crystal waters free shuttle bus service from the main parking area tranquil paths to walk ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Park
“Altra attrazione naturalistica adatta a tutta la famiglia è il parco delle Dune Costiere, dove poter passeggiare nei periodi freddi e fare il bagno in quelli caldi. Another naturalistic attraction suitable for the whole family is the park of the Coastal Dunes, where you can walk in cold periods and bathe in warm ones.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Campground
  • 1 local recommends
Campground
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“L'Oasi, di 380 ettari, è un ambiente umido tra i più importanti dell'Italia meridionale, ultimo superstite della vasta zona paludosa e boscosa che si estendeva da Brindisi ad Otranto. All’interno dell’area protetta ci sono zone boschive caratterizzate dalla presenza di pini, lecci e querce. Il cuore della riserva è però costituito dalle paludi di acqua dolce, qui la vegetazione è costituita prevalentemente da canneti a cannuccia di palude. Vi sono inoltre numerose specie di orchidee spontanee che durante i mesi primaverili fioriscono donando ulteriori colori a quest’area. Gli animali che popolano la riserva sono numerosi, in primavera è possibile osservare il volo delle coloratissimefarfalle”
  • 38 locals recommend
Park
“Il parco naturale Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca si trova lungo la costa addriatica del salento ed offre tantissimi sentire in riva al mare. I sentieri si percorrono ammirando i tipici muretti a secco e le tipiche costruzioni in pietra salentine "le paiare" e piante tipiche del posto con dei colori fantastici. The natural park Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca is located along the Adriatic sea of ​​Salento and offers many feel the sea. The trails run through admiring the typical dry stone walls and stone buildings typical of Salento "the paiare" and plants typical of the place with fantastic colors.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful pine forests and huge sandy beaches, although it can get very crowded in high Summer”
  • 24 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Playground
“Tonino the owner, will always help you and advice you nice simple, friendly place for a coffe or a fast sandwich”
  • 9 locals recommend
Playground
Playground

Beaches

Beach
“Torre Guaceto - this is a WWF Natural Reserve; its name comes from the Arab Gawsit meaning “land of fresh water”. Since 1975 it has been declared a wetland of international interest and in 1991 a protected marine area has also been constituted. The reserve covers an area of nearly 22 km2 and 8 Km of coastline spread around the ancient fortified tower and is one of the best-preserved stretches of coast along the Adriatic coast. The nature reserve is a protected area between the coast of Ostuni and that of Brindisi, at Serranova. It is a natural reserve of particular beauty and importance. The area is characterized by the presence of fresh water, which helped the growth of extensive woodlands and varied species of animals. Inside there are several habitats and landscapes, including a marine reserve with rocky and sandy seabeds; a wet and marshy area inhabited by amphibians and birds; sand dunes and long sandy beaches. The wetlands, fed by brackish water ponds, are an important feature of this reserve. Along the coast lie sandy dunes formed by the action of the wind. The place is called after a tower, part of a series of towers existing along the coast. These were built in the 16th Century as a defence system by the Aragonese family. The natural area is divided into three zones that correspond to different types of protection and specific natural features. The most important area, Zone A, has a full protection status. Here hiking is possible but only with previous permission. The other 2 zones have a partial protection status ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Beach
“Go here to have one of the best views and admire one of the highest bridges in the area! Go down from the stairs and make the trekking tour of the canal.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Beach
“This beautiful bay has an amazing white beach with cristal waters. Fantastic especially out of season when it is still empty. The town itself holds a small amusement park and a shopping street.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Beach
“The 1st sight of the sea through the pine forest is worth the car park fee itself! Fun and friendly bar with music plus beds and umbrellas. Can get €€€ in peak summer but just nearby is lots of free beach all surrounded by pine forests.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Beach
“Spiaggia attrezzata con servizio ristorante all'interno del Parco Naturale Regionale Isola di Sant'Andrea e Litorale di Punta Pizzo. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Beach
“Sandy beach stretching on for kilometers, with clear blue water, great for kids. Unbeatable sunset.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Beach
“The jet set place and the St Tropes of Puglia's. Severla beach clubs on the rocks. 58 km, ca 40 min.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful pine forests and huge sandy beaches, although it can get very crowded in high Summer”
  • 24 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“Wunderschöner Wandersteig entlang des Meeres von Ponte Ciolo aus Richtung Novaglie, nach ca. 2,2 km erreicht man die Höhle "Grotte delle Cipolliane".”
  • 6 locals recommend
Trail
“ Inserita entro i confini del Parco Porto Selvaggio solo da pochi anni, la Palude del Capitano, una delle aree S.I.C. del Salento (Sito d’Interesse Comunitario), è separata dal mare da una scogliera bassa che si conclude, muovendo da sud verso nord, in una delle poche baie sabbiose del comune di Nardò. Entro i suoi confini vive rigogliosa una vegetazione interessante e spesso rara, frammista a tracce dell’uomo preistorico. Negli ultimi anni le indagini archeologiche hanno portato alla luce una villa romana e restituito alla comunità un antico unguentario colmo di monete d’argento, un vero tesoretto. In questo contesto archeologico e balneare, il fenomeno carsico ha sagomato numerosi specchi d’acqua dolce, localmente chiamati spundurate, ossia sprofondate; in altre parole, “doline di crollo”. In esse abita una fauna altrettanto interessante e particolare. La Palude del Capitano è un vero gioiello: la si può attraversare facilmente seguendo le piste sterrate che la solcano, soprattutto in periodi di bassa marea o comunque non dopo forti piogge. L’area intermedia tra il mare e la macchia è infatti una vera palude che quando la marea sale, o la pioggia scende, diventa impraticabile. Qui però non ci sono canne ma si trovano un mare di salicornia e ciuffi aguzzi di giunco. La palude è facilmente aggirabile, comunque, scegliendo l’itinerario che la abbraccia, partendo dal parcheggio del Frascone. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
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