San Cataldo is one of the marines of Lecce, having several km long sandy beach, pine woods and being immediately reachable from the city. Immediately north of the natural park “Le Cesine“. In history San Cataldo was the ancient port of Lupiae, whose remains are still visible today.
Located in the northern side of the natural reserve protected by the WWF “Le Cesine” it is just 8 minutes by car from Lecce. The resort has several nightclubs, restaurants, pizzerias. In fact, the ancient village of fishermen, San Cataldo has now become a tourist destination. It has a single parish dedicated to San Cataldo, who plays the role of “branch” of the large parish of Frigole.
In summer, the local association pro-loco, organises the “festival of bread”, eagerly awaited by the citizens of Lecce (a festival during which you can enjoy many culinary specialties of Salento, in particular “Puccia with olives” and “pizzi”, bread mixed with tomatoes and onions, very tasty). In recent times the small port has been valued for boats of small size and low draft, which is widely used by both commercial fishermen, and by athletes throughout the year.
San Cataldo has a sailing club with dinghies and catamarans (surely the most important of the province of Lecce and nationally renowned) located near the ancient Port Adriano. All around the year, on Sundays, it is a appreciated destination by the citizens of Lecce, to enjoy shopping at the Sunday market, stroll down the promenade or eat in on of the excellent fish restaurants.