Pescoluse is a beautiful marina between Torre Pali and Torre Vado, known for its golden beaches with waters that slope gently from the coast.
Pescoluse and its golden sandy Beach and the Channel of Fano

The marina of Pescoluse, a district of the small town of Salve, is located on a stretch on the Ionian coast between Torre Pali and Torre Vado, more precisely at the same height as the ‘channel Fano’. The marina is very small and compact and well known for its beaches. The coast, low and sandy, is characterised by the presence of dunes. The sand is fine and golden. The coast faces south and its actual position allows Pescoluse to enjoy until sunset crystal clear water.

The natural beauty of the place is so beautiful that a stretch of the coast has been dubbed “The Maldives of Salento”, you’ll find here two beaches, “le cinque vele (The five sails) and ‘The Maldives’ offering maximum comfort and relaxation for the most demanding tourists. Pescoluse, however, is not confined to the beautiful coastline and mesmerising marina, it is also famous for the archaeological excavations, immersed in a green environment, standing out are here the dolmens and the channel of Fano. The channel was formed about 10 million years ago due to continues limestone erosion, while walking this offers a different landscape to admire, a pleasant and stimulating environment to enjoy nature and history.

There are numerous hiking, walking and cycling tours organised from here. Starting from Salve or from the surrounding areas, you are able to move in a beautiful landscape dotted with dry stone walls and pajare. In the local area you’ll find also some karst phenomena called “inghiottitoi” (sinkholes), entrances of underground cavities where you’ll find springs of fresh water. This unique feature is typical for the area, considering that Puglia has particularly poor surface watercourses.


The channel of Fani is a place full of stories where prehistoric men have come and gone, monks and many other civilisations. The Messapi in fact settled in this area, probably during the Bronze Age, exploiting the natural defensive position.

Quite a few monks came and gave life to a religious community, and even today, along the east ridge of the canal Fani you can admire their crypts, such as the famous Basiliana Crypt, ‘painted’ among the many floral examples presented by nature, with colours and smells that seduce and relax. Legend has it that one night farmers were awakened by happy dancing girls, perhaps nymphs, maybe fairies, by flute melody, and shortly after disappeared into a pit near the channel, in order to never reappear again.



by car

You’ll arrive by car by driving on the Adriatic A14 down to Bari. Follow the highway towards Brindisi-Lecce, hence to Lecce. From there, take the rind road with exit Leuca. About 10km before Leuca, you’ll find the exit to Pescoluse.

by train

Arrive by train to Lecce. From here you can continue by taking the local bus connections to Leuca or rent a car, which we recommend.

by plane

Arrive by plane at the airport of Brindisi, from there take a train to Lecce or rent a car.