Between dunes and wetlands
Exploring the Marine Protected Area of Torre Guaceto, not far from Brindisi, you will discover a great variety of landscapes within a fairly short stretch of coastline. Clay or rocky cliffs with small inlets alternate with stretches of low, sandy beaches with dunes up to 10 metres high.
The rocky seabed is a paradise for freedivers and divers teeming with underwater fauna, while a lush posidonia grows on the sandy bottom. In the wetland, numerous birds such as the marsh harrier, moorhen and grey heron find shelter among the reeds. Every birdwatcher will be enchanted.
The nature reserve is surrounded by Mediterranean scrub and the wetlands from which Torre Guaceto gets its name: it comes from the Arabic gaw-sit meaning 'place of fresh water' because of the water springs along the coast.
The five islets in front of the shore are part of the reserve. There is also a rehabilitation centre for sea turtles and a Saracen tower to defend against pirate raids. Offshore, dolphins and minke whales can occasionally be spotted.