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Le Cesine nature reserve

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Le Cesine nature reserve, managed and protected by the WWF, is one of the last stretches of marshes that once extended between Brindisi and Otranto. It is an area with different natural habitats, dunes, wetlands, drainage canals, mixed forest and Mediterranean vegetation. There are also two ponds, Salapi and Pantano Grande, fed by rainwater and separated from the sea by a strip of sand dunes.

The reserve is home to unusual plants and numerous species of birds. Currently it includes 380 of the 620 acres of wetland in the area and is located by 'Le Cesine' farmhouse, used as a guest and visitor centre.

The Reserve is open all year round.

Tours are held on Sundays and public holidays at the following times:-
- from 1 October to 31 May starting at 10.30
- from 1 June to 30 September starting at 16.30

During the summer there are guided visits on weekdays. Groups and schools can visit the oasis daily, by appointment.

Bird watching is possible during certain periods.


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We don't know of any itineraries organised in this nature reserve. If you know of any itineraries/escursions organised by this park then let us know the details and we will be glad to list them.


Info centre Le Cesine nature reserve

  • SP San Cataldo - San Foca
    Masseria Cesine
    73029 Vernole - Lecce

Telephone: +39 329 8315714
Email: lecesine@wwf.it
Website: www.riservalecesine.it