Torre Dell’Orso

Torre Dell’Orso is on the Adriatic coast of Salento, with very fine sandy beach, protected by two rocky ridges and crystalline sea. A sought-after tourist destination, it consists of a pretty village embraced by an enchanting sandy expanse.
The “Caribbean” of Salento

One can not express how loyal the inhabitants of Salento are to Torre Dell’Orso and its stunning beach, just underneath Sant Andrea, north of Otranto and south of Roca. A long white stretch about 1.5 km long with fine sand (absolutely no pebbles), embraced by two rocky ridges (who defend it from the winds of the North and South, hardly ever rough sea), from the back protected by a cool pine forest, offering a refuge from the burning sun, caressed by a gentle sea breeze. Beautiful sunrise, with sunlight kissing the sheet of pale blue water, giving blue-green hues.

The bay of Torre Dell’Orso is divided into different parts with distinctive names. The most northern part of the beach is called dell’Orsetta (for its proximity to Torre Dell’Orso, from which the town takes its name). Party free beach and partly private with an equipped lido. At the center is the ‘Li Tamari’ beach, mostly free, interposed between the Orsetta lido and the Lido ‘Baja of the East’. Extreme south instead we have ‘La Sorgente’, so called due to a source which forms a small channel that flows into the sea.

From the beach we can see the impressive ‘le due sorelle’ (two sisters), 2 large rocks (which grow mainly in height), so called because they like each other and resemble two human figures. The ‘Two Sisters’ and the Tower are the symbols of this beautiful tourist destination. In the torre dell’Orso the beach has well equipped lidos and free parts of the beach. Both offer you stunning moments and views over the crystalline water. The Tower stands up high on the ridge ad dictates the laws of peaceful coexistence between man and nature.

The Village laying behind, on of its kind, provided its tourists everything they need: breakfast with steaming croissants, delicious ice cream, entertainment and nightlife, romantic walks along the beach, disco-pubs. In some summer nights you can watch form the tower the fireflies on the beach (small fires lit by groups of friends, awaiting the dawn while singing). The main walking route: Spiaggia dell’Orsetta, piazza Principale, corso, ‘Giardini del Sole’, piazza della Luna. Everything well connected. Near the beach we have the central square, completed in June of 2013 with a large free space bordered by benches and trees. In the middle we have a fountain which, without delimitation, has spurts of varying height and sequences, loved by children, playing there all day. In the main square there are useful services, bars and cafes, a pharmacy, a butcher, greengrocer, fishmonger. and much more.

The ‘Giardini Del Sole’ complex, a park with games and sport facilities: beach volleyball, tennis, soccer, miniature golf, water carting for children, various playground, game room, restaurant / pizzeria ‘Vesuvius 2’ with great pizza by the meter. Adjacent to the ‘Giardini Del Sole’ a beautiful residential neighbourhood, with the Piazza ‘Piazza della Luna’, the confluence of a number of walking paths. The square with shops, pubs and restaurants (one of which, ” Blue Moon ‘loves to entertain guests with group dancing and animation not insistent) is the area of most recent housing construction in the area. Boasting a very clear sea thanks to the currents of the Strait of Otranto, with the wide beach of fine silver shining sand, Torre Dell’Orso is a tourist destination of the Adriatic Salento, which has never disappointed visitors or tourists, who increasingly love to come back, becoming true veterans and lovers of this pearl of the Adriatic.


The name derives from the presence, on the coast, of a 16th century tower (the Torre Dell’Orso) used (like all the towers on the Salento coast) in the past to spot Turkish, Saracen and pirate ships, bound for Salento.

According to some hypotheses bear, it would refer to the monk seal (it is known that this mammal lived in the area, the last sightings date back to 1970). More likely it would be due to Urso, the surname of the probable owner of the agro in antiquity. According to a further interpretation, having the coastal towers named after saints, its name must have been Torre di Sant’Orsola, hence Torre dell’Orso. Another thesis of the toponym is given by the fact, that under the tower, there is a rock that abstractly represents the profile of a bear (looking at the beach, with the tower on your left, you will notice a rock formation depicting the profile of a bear with well defined muzzle and ears).

Over the years, weathering erosion has changed this appearance, but is still clearly visible. Recent studies have ascertained that the bay, in the past, constituted the port of the ancient sanctuary city of Roca, and was a fundamental stopover for navigators who came or went to the other Adriatic shore. In particular, the route that connects the bay of Valle dell’Orso, in Albania, and the bay of Torre dell’Orso, constitutes the shortest route (about 80 km) that sailors can complete. This fact has led us to believe that Virgil, when he wrote. And of the Orient there is a curved breast in the form of an arch, to which of rope instead of a long boulder there is a back forward, where frothy the sea strikes and fringes . In its horns it has two rocks, or rather two towers, which with two arms welcomes the sea inside, makes it a port and hides it; and above the port far from the quarrel is the temple. ” Although many places in Salento attribute to them the reference of these verses of the Aeneid.



By car

Coming from north, drive up the motorway A14 to Bari; continuing southward along the highway Bari – Lecce. Once you reach Lecce go along the provincial road to – Merine – Vernole – Melendugno – Torre dell’Orso.

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 take you up to Torre dell’Orso.

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 bus to Torre dell’Orso.