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The south-east coast of Puglia from Otranto to Marina di Andrano

Otranto to Marina di Andrano

The coast just south of Otranto is rocky, high and moslty jagged with spectacular views over the Adriatic sea. Towards the end, along Castro Marina, there are some of the most interesting coastal caves of Puglia. Of these two are certainly worth a visit: the Grotta di Zinzulusa and that of Romanelli. Can also be found here the hot springs of Santa Cesarea Terme and some beautiful beaches located inside nice small bays.

 

Otranto

Otranto, situated on the Adriatic coast of Salento peninsula, is an ancient town that recently became part of the World Heritage as a Site Messenger of Peace. It also is a member of the club 'The most beautiful villages in Italy'. Of great interest is the Cathedral of the Annunciation with a beautiful mosaic, made between 1163 and 1165 by the monk Pantaleon.

  • Type of coast: sandy
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.148411 - 18.487194 (40°8'54''N 18°29'13''E)

Faro della Palascia

Faro della Palascia si located on the high reefs south of Otranto. It is the eastern point of the all Italian territory and also the official demarcation point between the Adriatic and the Ionian sea.

  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.107399 - 18.519929 (40°6'26''N 18°31'11''E)

Porto Badisco

The beach of Porto Badisco is enclosed in a beautiful bay with crystal clear sea and Mediterranean vegetation. Here, in 1970, was discovered a cave, then called 'Dei Cervi', containing important paintings made with bat guano and dating back to the Neolithic period, between the sixth and fifth centuries BC. Continuing south, towards Santa Cesarea Terme, is another cave, the 'Grotta di Striara', the witches' cave.

  • Type of coast: sandy
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Otranto
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.081645 - 18.482259 (40°4'53''N 18°28'56''E)

Santa Cesàrea Terme

Santa Cesàrea Terme is a famous area characterized by the presence of thermal springs of sulphurous waters that flow in four caves: Gattulla, Solfurea, Fetida and Solfatara. The use of thermal waters in this area has an ancient origin. In fact, the first use of sulphurous waters and mud baths date back to the second century BC.

  • Type of coast: mainly reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: difficult access
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.031010 - 18.450051 (40°1'51''N 18°27'1''E)

Castro Marina

Castro Marina is a bathing and fishing village whose coastline is defined by cliffs and inlets with a sea of unique beauty. Along the coast can be seen on a variety of sea life.

  • Type of coast: reefs
  • Services: no
  • Facilities for the disabled: no easy access
  • City hall: Castro
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.000772 - 18.423723 (40°0'2''N 18°25'25''E)

From Castro Marina to Marina di Andrano

Just south of Castro Marina there some very interesting marine caves that should be seen:

Grotta Zinzulusa. The coastal cave of Zinzulusa, believed to have been formed by marine erosion during the Pliocene, derives its name from the dialect "Zinzuli", for the particular form of stalactites hanging from the ceiling of the cave as if they were hanging rags, when viewed in the light of the sun.

Grotta Romanelli. It formed during the Paleolithic period and it was the first Italian cave to return the remains of art, with zoomorphic themes, painted on walls using bones and stones. The cave is 35 meters long and consists of a single open large room visible from the outside. It is accessed from the sea but the entrance inside is prohibited.

Other caves in the area are the Grotta Titunna, the Grotta Titunneddra and the Grotta Palummara.

Marina di Andrano

The Marina of Andrano extends for a length of about 3 km, with stretches of cliffs that alternate with small beaches. The main beaches in this part of the coast are:

La Botte, which his a long portion of coast characterized by fine sand and clear waters.

Marina della Torre, divided in two parts: Il Fiume, so named for the presence of a source of fresh water, and the Grotta Verde, a marine cave that, reflecting sunlight in its waters, changes colour to emerald, from which the name.

Acqua Viva is coastal inlet with freshwater springs.

  • Type of coast: 20% sandy - 80% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Andrano
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 39.971096 - 18.406728 (39°58'15''N 18°24'24''E)

 

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Tourist offices

IAT Otranto
Piazza Castello

IAT Castro Marina
+39 0836 943340
Piazza Dante

 

IAT Santa Cesarea Terme
+39 0836 944043
Via Roma 15

IAT Poggiardo
800 551155
Porta d'ingresso Area Archeologica Parco dei Guerrier

 

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