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Natural oasis of Salento: “Bosco e Paludi di Rauccio”

14 Mar

Very close to Lecce, which is just 9 km away, the Rauccio Park represents the latest example of the great system of woods and marshes that in the past extended along the coast between Brindisi and Lecce.

Established in 2002, the park covers an area of over 1500 hectares, the landscape of which is characterized by ponds behind the dunes, where the short course of the Idume stands out. The wood is made up of a dense and intricate holm oak forest and a rich undergrowth where mastic, myrtle and Mediterranean honeysuckle thrive.

In the open clearings, marshes are formed colonized by rare amphibians such as the Italic newt, the emerald toad and the Italic tree frog.

The best known part of the park is that of the holm oak wood (“Rauccio’s wood”), which incredibly survived a total deforestation that took place in the Thirties to obtain wood, and today it is a popular destination for funny trips outside the town on sunny days. To find out the natural parks in Salento, read here.

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Natural oasis of Salento: the park “Litorale di Ugento”

7 Mar

Established in 2007, the “Litorale di Ugento” Natural Park covers about 1600 hectares in the area between Torre San Giovanni and Lido Marini. The reserve is characterized by a profound variety of landscapes that go from sandy beaches to rocky ones

From the place known as “Pazze” to Torre San Giovanni, in fact, the coast appears low and rocky, while from Torre San Giovanni to Lido Marini it becomes sandy and is characterized by a series of low dunes. Typical of this oasis are in fact the so-called “gravinelle“, or karst gullies carved into the rock by the water.

As for the Cesine, this park is also ideal for bird watching, since in the wetlands you can admire migratory birds such as herons, egrets and bitterns. Many other animals populate the woods such as fox, hedgehog, stone marten and badger.

The “Litorale di Ugento” Park is rich in natural habitats. Among rosemary, prickly juniper and pine forests, the rare and colorful orchids stand out.

The “Litorale di Ugento” Natural Park can be reached from Lecce by taking the west ring road towards Gallipoli and with the State Road 274 Gallipoli-Santa Maria di Leuca with the exit at Felline. The visitor center is in Piazza Adolfo Colosso in Ugento. To find out other natural parks in Salento, read here.

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Protected unspoiled oasis, the natural parks of Salento

21 Feb

Lying in the sun for hours isn’t exactly the only work-out you planned to do on vacation? No problem! Sandy beaches and crystal clear sea water aren’t just the only beauties in Salento.

Kilometers and kilometers of coastline touch an uncontaminated territory full of natural riches. The scents and colors of the “Macchia Mediterranea” (the typical flora and fauna of these areas) are awaiting you for a unique sensory experience, where nature, in its raw state, will enchant you.

There are six natural parks in Salento, starting from Lecce up to the most extreme point of the Heel. Let’s go explore them in geographical order!

Bosco and Paludi di Rauccio Regional Natural Park is on the outskirts of Lecce, just 9 km from the Salento capital, and extends over 1596 hectares. Here, we find a beautiful holm oak forest, the sandy coast, some marshy areas where the short course of the Idume stands out, a basin and drainage channels.

“Le Cesine” Nature Reserve is close to Lecce as well, which is about 15 km away, on the Adriatic coast of Salento. The park extends for 620 hectares from the coast south of San Cataldo to Vernole and it is the oldest institution park dating back to 1980.

Porto Selvaggio and Palude del Capitano Regional Natural Park is located on the Ionian side of Salento. Extending over an area of ​​1100 hectares in the Nardò area, the park is characterized by a dense pine forest and has been affected by a series of reforestation interventions that began in the 1950s.

Isola di Sant’Andrea and Litorale di Punta Pizzo Regional Natural Park extends into the territory of Gallipoli, on the Ionian side. The park is home to the only breeding colony of the Corsican Gull.

The Regional Natural Park “Litorale di Ugento” is the most recent to be established (2007) and one of the most interesting and precious areas of the Salento Peninsula, for its naturalistic, historical and landscape value. It covers about 1600 hectares and is characterized by a high variety of natural environments.

Costa Otranto – Santa Maria di Leuca and Bosco di Tricase Regional Natural Park, established in 2006, covers an area of ​​over 3 thousand hectares and affects 12 municipalities in Salento, from Otranto to Tricase, passing through Castro. Breathtaking views along the eastern coast of Salento characterize the park, from the Grotta della Zinzulusa to the Grotta dei Cervi with the pictograms of the prehistoric era.

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