San Foca

Seaside resort of Salento, San Foca has fine sandy beaches, a small port and various premises both for nightlife and eating. The coast is mostly sandy, interspersed with rocky stretches. A Beautiful and long promenade for romantic walks
Sandy beaches meets the rocky coast

San Foca is a tourist destination on the Adriatic coast of Salento, at 15 km north of Otranto and interposed between Roca and Torre Specchia. The tourist town by the sea, offers a summer holiday full of comfort for the satisfaction of conflicting requirements, being provided with different scenarios, which are appreciated by various types of residents.

Beach lovers find in San Foca very long and wonderful sandy stretches. Cliff lovers and fishermen, have access to some islets and rocky banks, especially one which can be reached both swimming and by raft / boat. In the inlet to the north there are some rocks. It has a small port, just rebuilt, for docking of private boats and buying your fresh fish in the morning. The promenade of San Foca, large, beautiful and in excellent state allows long walks in the moonlight.

In San Foca, there are some typical restaurants, most of which are addressed in the cuisine of seafood, but one, Il Vagabondo, is specialised in cuisine based on our local meat. It is also possible to taste dishes such as sea urchins and shellfish, into two kiosks, near the coast (for example ‘Captain Morgan’). Many premises, different types, distributed in the town, or adjacent to it, clubs like the “Mediterraneo” (techno-house music), the “Koiba” (commercial music), the “Mamanera” (which constantly organises Reggae music evenings ), pubs and disco-pub. Crystal clear sea due to the currents and winds. So San Foca is a town that embraces an important stretch of coastline, divided by two beaches (not the only one but certainly the most important), on either side the port: Brigantini beach and beach degli Aranci (‘Marangi’ in Salento dialect) and the clear sea, reflecting the rays of the sun, especially at dawn.


San Foca was born as a fishing village, which, mooring boats in the main inlet, began to build small temporary lodgings. Gradually the accommodations became real homes, up to the modern tourist destination known and appreciated. The Torre di San Foca, which is part of the system of defensive towers against enemy incursions, was probably built in 1569.

The Torre has a square base and develops with a truncated pyramidal body. Built with regular blocks of tuff, it houses the offices of the harbour master’s office in a modern way. In the past it communicated to the north with Torre Specchia Ruggeri and to the south with the Torre di Roca Vecchia.



by car

Coming from north, drive up the motorway A14 to Bari. From here continue southward along the motorway Bari – Lecce. Once you reach Lecce, go along the provincial road to – Merine – Vernole – Melendugno until arriving to San Foca.

by train

By train (Trenitalia) salento is reached along the Adriatic (Milan, Bologna, Pescara) or through the Rome – Caserta. Once in Lecce FSE bus can be used that will take you to San Foca.

by plane

By plane you can reach Salento with a stopover in Brindisi, where you will choose to wait for the terminal that connects the airport to the center of Lecce or rent a car. If you choose the first option you can continue using the FSE bus to San Foca.