Puglia’s Beaches – Ideal for the Lovers of Sun and Sea

Puglia is with no doubt one of the most beautiful regions of Italy and maybe the only one with such an abundance of amazing beaches with crystal clear blue seas that are voted amongst the best in the world.

A few of our favourite ones are listed here below…

Grotta della Poesia, Roca Vecchia, Melendugno
A natural pool near the town of Roca where swimming is sheltered in this deep cave which has the shape of a pearl.

Torre Dell’ Orso, Melendugno
A very popular and well-known beach between Lecce and Otranto. A beach edged by forest, quieter in the southern end than the northern end. A short walk from the car park you will enjoy a fantastic view of the Due Sorelle (two sisters), a pair of rocks near the coast which can be reached either by swimming or a kayak, a perfect spot for cliff diving.

Torre dell Orso
Torre dell’ Orso

Torre di Roca Vecchia, Roca
A “gathering” of caves, inlets and limestone islands conform the Torre di Roca Vecchia near the famous Grotta de Poesia. Stone steps bring you to the beach from where you can swim through a narrow channel to explore a long-abandoned island with its watch-tower, the Tower of Maradico. A very quiet beach with exquisite scenery.

Torre Lapillo, Lecce
Non-Italian travellers to the region call this area a pearl and a hidden gem. Fabulous white sandy spotless beaches. Lovely seascapes. This is one of the favourite beaches of locals as well as Italians visiting Puglia. It is a beautiful area with seawaters for all ages and definitely safe and joyful for children. And close by you will definitely have the pleasure to taste the best of the local cuisine including fresh seafood at extremely reasonable prices.

Punta Prosciutto, Porto Cesareo
The place with the strange name… Punta Prosciutto is another paradise on earth! A beach that has been voted amongst the 29 best beaches around the world. This is for us a breathtaking place. And we strongly believe that if you do like the sea and life at the beach then you should consider visiting. If you are on holidays around Lecce or plan a holiday in Puglia do consider a close by place to stay.

Spiaggia della Purità, Gallipoli
A captivating beach with golden sand, one of the cleanest and purest beaches in Salento. The ancient city walls surround the beach which overlooks St. Andrea island with its emblematic lighthouse.

Mora Mora Beach, San Foca
Near Salento’s capital Lecce, this very peaceful beach lies on the Adriatic coast. The pure white sand is surrounded by shrubs on one side and the sea on the other. An idyllic display of natural beauty.

Costa Merlata, Ostuni
Costa Merlata’s beaches are within a twenty-minute drive from the town of Ostuni. The drive is beautiful through olive groves and coastline shelters, inlets and corners between its rough ridges, a perfect spot for swimming. Park near Santa Lucia and walk the coastal path to find your perfect spot.

The Maldives of Salento, Pescoluse, Salve
A heavenly stretch of shoreline proud to be compared with the Maldives. Situated in the southern tip of Italy embracing the Ionian Sea, it is considered to be one of the best beaches in Puglia with adorable crystalline blue waters. The Maldives of Salento expanse from Torre Pali in the north of the area through Pescoluse and end in Torre Vado.

Puglia Beaches - Pescoluse - The Maldives of Salento
Pescoluse – The Maldives of Salento

Lama Monachile, Polignano a Mare
A white sandy beach with cliffs on each side, popular during summertime, where the annual cliff diving World championship takes place. Perfect for swimming and snorkelling with calm waters and several caves and tunnels to be explored. But very small overall.

Lama Monachile, Polignano a Mare
Lama Monachile, Polignano a Mare

Read on about our favourite beaches in other destinations:
Lefkada
Corfu
Zakynthos
Mykonos
Santorini
Athens
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