Sant’Andrea is unique, a monument erected by the nature, to mock the human sculptural art. The seaside resort, Marina of Melendugno is interposed between Torre Dell’Orso and Frassanito. A distinctive feature is the presence of large rocks and islets in the sea, sculpted by the waves, known as ‘Faraglioni’. The cliff has mainly crumbly consistency and draws evocative details: caves, arches and coves. From time to time there are some sandy coves, popular with families, that can be reached by dinghy (on which they place food and equipment) from the sea if there is no direct access, in fact some are reachable directly, others only when swimming or by taking boat.
The main beach, surrounded by a residential complex is easily reachable by a short flight of stairs or a landing point with inclined platform (the latter is also used to lay small boats into the sea, mainly from fishermen). On either side of the beach, two hills cut the winds, making the sea calm and peaceful. On one of them there is the lighthouse and right next to it there is a ‘cult’ Bar of the Salento, the ‘Babilonia’ (pub and pizzeria with summer concerts). Behind the beach you find another restaurant / pub, ‘Il Porticciolo’.
The coast, a few kilometres long, possesses distinct points with specific names in Salento dialect: “Lu Tafaluru”, “the Punticeddha”, “The Column”, “Punta te Lu Pepe”, “The Bastimento”. The photographers often choose the points for postcards, attracted by the particular scenery and the activity of the natural colours of the sea, with blue / green shades. The sea, in fact, can be experienced from different perspectives.
For lovers of diving there is “La Punta Te Lu Pepe” (with various natural springboards). The fishermen have many natural platforms, besides having some shoals, popular with divers. Who wants to relax and enjoy the sun, prefers the free beach, close to the two well-known premises above mentioned. Several bands took turns on summer nights, adding beautiful pages to a rich album of memories (“Subsonica”, “MaoMao,” “Reggae National Tickets”, “Negroamaro”, “Fratelli di Soledad “, “Africa Unite” , “Negrita”).