Salento, the most beautiful beaches on the Ionian coast

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With a coast of about 70 km, mainly sandy, the part of Salento overlooking the Ionian sea offers landscapes of amazing beauty. The beaches, from Porto Cesareo to Leuca, are like postcards with crystal clear sea that are worth seeing if you are on holiday in Salento. In this short guide, we point out the most beautiful beaches of the Ionian.


Punta Prosciutto

At the north end of the Ionian coast of Lecce there is the enchanting Punta Prosciutto, with white sandy beach and crystal clear sea that recalls Caribbean panoramas and which is considered as one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Going further south we find: Torre Castiglione, Penisola della Strea, Colle Belvedere.

Torre Castiglione owes its name to the tower erected in the 16th century by the Charles V, of which, however, only ruins remain. It is about fifty meters of beach, with only a small area of ​​sand. Further south there are the dunes of Padula Fede, with very popular bathing establishments and a luxuriant Macchia Mediterranea, and Torre Lapillo, a bay, dominated by the homonymous watchtower of the 16th century.

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The name recalls the characteristics that distinguish the bay for its unspoiled nature, its pine forests and the Macchia Mediterranea. The area is part of the protected area of ​​ Porto Selvaggio and Palude del Capitano Regional Natural Park. Inside the park, the famous natural limestone coastal cave, the Grotta del Cavallo, is part of a large system of natural caves in the area.

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Traveling along the coast towards South you get to Gallipoli, “the pearl of the Ionian Sea”, with some of the most beautiful beaches on the entire coast: Baia del Pizzo and Punta della Suina, characterized by a thick and luxuriant pine forest and a sea with blue reflections.

Punta della Suina

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This beach deserves its success not only among the local inhabitants, but also among the tourists, thanks to its low and sandy coast, characterized by the presence of dunes behind it.

Torre Pali

Particularity: the sixteenth-century tower from which it takes its name, today is completely surrounded by the waters of the sea and it is about 15 meters from the coast.

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The name of the beach speaks for itself, evoking beautiful exotic landscapes. The beach, an expanse of white, pink and golden sand, with natural dunes, is characterized by a transparent sea.

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