Torre Guaceto Natural Reserve & Protected Marine Area

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This destination in southern Puglia is a natural paradise with the Mediterranean bush and a marine protected area of sandy coves and translucent water ideal for scuba and snorkel. There is even a beach which has been awarded 3 Sails by Legambiente (an Italian environment protection association) – an honor given only to the most beautiful beaches.

Torre Guaceto at a glance

  • Coastal destination with islands

  • Birdwatch at Lesina Lake and Varano

  • Adventure through the ancient Umbra forest by bike or horse

  • Explore sacred caves

  • Walk on ancient paths filled with history

Credit Consorzio di Gestione di Torre Guaceto, ph Giuseppe Lanotte (4)

Discover the Marine Reserve

No boats, fishing or animals are allowed in the Marine Reserve or Nature Sanctuary, making it a safe and tranquil paradise for those wishing to scuba or snorkel. Experienced guides skilled in multiple foreign languages can be hired. The crystalline waters are home to lobsters, octopus, many species of fish and coral reefs. The beaches at Torre Guaceto are especially sandy, making for a relaxing day at the beach. 

“The Via Francigena is an old pilgrimage route that actually begins in the cathedral city of Canterbury in England and ends in Puglia”

Hike along the coast through natural and cultural areas 

Walk past century-old olive trees and juniper forests, down winding paths filled with history.  The sand dunes leading to the sea are often dotted with lilies in the summer. The Cammino Materano is a slow mobility path that starts by important places of worship and follows Roman and medieval secondary roads. The Via Francigena is an old pilgrimage route that actually begins in the cathedral city of Canterbury in England and ends in Puglia, which historically held ports of embarkation for the Holy Land.

credit Consorzio di Gestione di Torre Guaceto - ph Giuseppe Affinito (4)

Cycle the ancient road Materan path 

The Materan Path in this area, through the municipalities of Serranova, Carovigno, Ostuni, extends into the natural oasis of Torre Guaceto, allowing you to enjoy the wonderful coastal areas rich in biodiversity as well as the architectural-artistic evidence of those inland. Through a path of eucalyptus trees and low flowering Mediterranean maquis, after only ten kilometers you begin to glimpse the city of Carovigno, with its characteristic old town dominated by the Dentice di Frasso Castle. 

“The Torre Guaceto oasis has a landscape mainly of shrubs and small trees but some juniper, myrtle, thyme and oak can also be found here”

Birdwatch in RAMSAR wetland Torre Guaceto

Its name comes from the Arab Gawsit meaning “land of fresh water”. Since 1975 it has been declared a wetland of international interest. Here you can enjoy various landscapes, some sandy and some rocky, with 8 kilometers of coastline. This place is a haven for birds and the destination a must-visit for those who want to see them. 

Horseback ride into the sunset in the Oasis of Torre Guaceto

There is nothing more romantic than Puglia on horseback. This Oasis has a landscape mainly of shrubs and small trees but some juniper, myrtle, thyme and oak can also be found here. The Oasis has more than a 3000-year-old history and getting to know it by horse makes the experience even more memorable.

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