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The south-west coast of Puglia from S.M. di Leuca to Torre Mozza

S.M. di Leuca to Torre Mozza

The western lower part of the Puglia coast is mostly rocky and high with many beautiful natural caves that should be seen.

A few kilometres to the north the coast starts to flatten with some coastal bays with beautiful beaches and clear blue sea.

Going further north, towards Torre Mozza, is the famous beach of Pescoluse, a 5 km long beach of extraordinary beauty with coastal dunes and Mediterranean vegetation.

 

Santa Maria di Leuca

Santa Maria di Leuca, located at the extreme southern tip of Puglia, is a seaside resort located between Punta Méliso and Punta Ristola. It is a charming town with a small harbour and some interesting things to see. Among those a tower of the sixteenth century, known as Torre dell'Omomorto, so called for the human bones that were found inside, and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Leuca, also called De Finibus Terrae (the end of the world).

  • Type of coast: reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 39.796353 - 18.356695 (39°47'46''N 18°21'24''E)

From Leuca to Marina di Felloniche

The coastline stretching from Santa Maria di Leuca to Marina di Felloniche is marked by high and remarkably beautiful cliffs, along which there are some beautiful caves, including:

Grotta del Drago. It takes its name from a rock, located outside the cave, that looks like a dragon. It is about 60 meters deep.

Grotta della Stalla. The name of this cave seems to derive from the fact that it was used by fishermen as a refuge. This cave is one of the most beautiful of the coast.

Grotta dei Giganti. Cave of exceptional palaeontological interest. There were found here teeth and bones of elephants, five bronze coins of the era of Constantine VII, fragments of Byzantine ceramics and various glasses.

Grotta del Bambino. In this cave have been found remains which date back to the Neanderthals, such as the remains of an elephant, a rhinoceros and human tooth of a child, hence the name of the cave.

Grotta delle Tre Porte. So called because the access is characterized by three large cavities.

Grotta del Presepe. This is a limestone cave with interesting sculptures. It is called 'del presepe' because its stalactites recall the Nativity of Jesus.

  • Type of coast: high cliffs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: access difficult
  • City hall: Santa Maria di Leuca
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 39.795751 - 18.355343 (39°47'44''N 18°21'19''E)

Marina di Felloniche

Marina di Felloniche is a strip of fine sand enclosed on both sides by low cliffs. The beach is very nice, well equipped and the sea is a clean and crystal clear one.

  • Type of coast: 20% sand - 80% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Patù
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 39.807577 - 18.325957 (39°48'27''N 18°19'33''E)

Marina di San Gregorio

Marina di San Gregorio is a resort area built around a coastal tower. It is an area of particular historical interest in that, during the Messapian period, here stood the ancient port of Vereto, of which some remains that can still be seen, like some buildings near the port and a Messapian dock. The coast of this seaside area is mostly rocky with a small stretch of sand in the south.

  • Type of coast: 30% sand - 70% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Patù
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 39.809904 - 18.319091 (39°48'35''N 18°19'8''E)

Torre Vado

Torre Vado is a seaside village with a small harbour which takes its name from its tower on the coast. It is a coast scenically very characteristic for the hills covered with olive trees that reach the sea.

  • Type of coast: sandy
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Morciano di Leuca
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 39.830225 - 18.277549 (39°49'48''N 18°16'39''E)

Marina di Pescoluse

Marina of Pescoluse is a coastal strip for the most part still untouched, with a beautiful sandy beach of about 5 km long and dunes covered with Mediterranean vegetation.

The area is beautiful and well maintained. Over the years it has been recognized, to this part of the coast, the prestigious Bandiera Blu (Blue flag) for the quality of the beaches and sea.

The area of Pescoluse is also important from the archaeological point of view: can be seen here a dolmen and a tomb of 2500 B.C.

  • Type of coast: sandy
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Salve
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 39.835811 - 18.265446 (39°50'8''N 18°15'55'E)

Torre Pali

Torre Pali, named after the sixteenth-century tower, is a small harbour village and a seaside resort with a sandy beach, dunes covered with Mediterranean vegetation and crystal clear waters.

Torre Pali and the municipality of Salve, to which it belongs, have been awarded many times with the Bandiera Blu (Blue flag) thanks to the clear sea and clean beaches.

  • Type of coast: sandy
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Salve
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 39.838316 - 18.209002 (39°50'17''N 18°12'32''E)

Lido Marini

Lido Marini is a stretch of coastline that extends for about 2 km. It consists, for the most part, of a long white beach with a clear sea and shallow waters. Along this beach there are various organized lidos.

Lido Marini faces the so called 'Secche di Ugento', an area of a few square km of a particularly low seabed. Since the time of the Romans these shallow water have created problems for navigation, often leading to destruction of ships.

  • Type of coast: 50% sand - 50% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Ugento
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 39.850507 - 18.181150 (39°51'1.8''N 18°10'52''E)

Torre Mozza

Torre Mozza is named after the sixteenth-century tower partially collapsed over the years and for this reason called 'mozza'.

The coast of Torre Mozza is formed by a long stretch of white sandy beach with a typical Mediterranean vegetation and a crystal clear sea. This stretch of coast is rich in channels and brackish basins.

  • Type of coast: sandy
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Ugento
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 39.859106 - 18.162396 (39°51'32''N 18°9'44'E)

 

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Tourist Offices

S. Maria di Leuca
+39 0833 758161
Lungo Mare Cristoforo Colombo, 53

 

Salve
+39 0833 520550
Piazza Concordi

 

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