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Natural oasis of Salento: the park of “Porto Selvaggio e Palude del Capitano”

4 Apr

A dense forest of pines, a cliff overlooking the emerald green of the sea is the panorama that can be admired from the Park that extends around the area of ​​the homonymous bay of Porto Selvaggio for 7 km of coastline and 1500 hectares of surface, in the area of ​​the municipality of Nardò.

The Natural Park was established in 2006 in an area on the sea affected by various reforestation interventions that began in the 1950s. First barren and rocky, today the landscape is characterized by the presence of a dense pine forest inserted in the splendid setting of the Ionian Sea.

The vegetation of the wood is characterized by Aleppo pines, some specimens of cypresses and eucalyptus and by the presence of an undergrowth with wild myrtle, olive trees and spontaneous local vegetation (Macchia Mediterranea), including orchids and rosemary.

Do not fail to spot species such as foxes, weasels, hedgehogs, chameleons and, during the migration period, even the blackbird, thrush and hoopoe in addition to the lesser kestrel and the kestrel.

A few meters from the coast you can also visit the Palude del Capitano where the karst phenomenon has given rise to the “spunnulate”, or caves whose vault has collapsed, forming lakes of brackish water. To find out other natural parks in Salento, read here.

For your holidays, you can stay in one of these houses:

Holiday houses –> https://www.villainpuglia.it/EN/affitti_vacanze/Sant%20Isidoro

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

Natural oasis of Salento: the park of “Isola di Sant’Andrea e Litorale di Punta Pizzo”

28 Mar

The “Isola di Sant’Andrea and Litorale di Punta Pizzo Regional Natural Park”, established in 2006, includes the southern territory of Gallipoli (Punta Pizzo) and the nearby island of Sant’Andrea, where there is a nesting colony of the Corsican gull, unique in all Italy.

The island, with a diameter of only 4.5 km, has no headlands and is easily exposed to the elements of the sea. During the winter season, the central part, being below sea level, remains covered with water.

The coast of Punta Pizzo looks like an environmental mosaic composed of sandy expanses, protected by dunes, local typical vegetation (Macchia Mediterranea), wet and marshy environments. From the strawberry tree to the spiny broom, from myrtle to mastic, from rosemary to thyme, the habitat of the present flora.

In the vicinity of wetlands such as the Li Foggi canal, however, it is possible to peek at the colors of the aquatic avifauna, among which the Knight of Italy stands out. To find out other natural parks of Salento, read here.

For your vacation, you can stay in one of these holiday houses:

Holiday houses –> https://www.villainpuglia.it/EN/affitti_vacanze/Gallipoli

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

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