In summers the waters of the North Coast are blissfully warm, a painter’s box of blues and greens; the coastline offering sandy beaches as well as rugged prehistoric coves and romantic grottoes. You will discover all this with our tour of the North coast of Otranto. Also the tour can be combined with an Italian course.
During the tour of the North coast of Salento you will discover:
- Alimini Lakes and beach. Alimini beach faces the homonymus lakes, which is part of the marine protected area. The long beach is characterized by white sand dunes separating the beach from the promenade, and a rich Mediterranean vegetation which hosts, among others, endangered species.
- S. Andrea and its beautiful landscape: little bays and cliffs, rock arches emerging from the sea
- Roca with its archeological site and the Poesia Grotto, a spectacular spot marked by a cave some 5 m high looking out to sea. You can either swim as far as the cave or reach it by boat.
- The coastline is dented with narrow strips of sandy shore, once bordered with sand hillocks covered by a glory of psammophyious (sand vegetation) plants. Lying at the feet of precipitous cliffs are enchanting little beaches that change shape according to the irregular and impulsive rhythm of the waves beaten back by the cliffs.
- Torre dell’Orso: lapped by turquoise cristal-clear waters, in summer its white, extra-fine sand beach is literally stormed mostly by youths and families. On the right side of the bay, at short distance from the seashore, two cliffs rising out of the blue waters, called Le Due Sorelle (two sisters), have become the postcard image of Salento. According to a folk legend, two sisters dived into the choppywaters and when they realized they would never be able to reach the shore, the gods turned them into two beautiful sea stacks. Along the cliffs are numerous sea caves rich in graffiti and traces of prehistory.