For an unforgettable boat tour among flamingos and herons
A narrow lake of brackish water located in northern Apulia, between the Tavoliere and the Gargano promontory, Lake Lesina is connected to the Adriatic, from which it is separated by a long dune, Bosco Isola, between 1 and 2 kilometres wide and 16 kilometres long.
In the eastern part of the lake is the Lake Lesina Nature Reserve, a state-protected area established in 1981. This 930,000-hectare reserve in the province of Foggia was originally an animal repopulation area.
Be sure to stop by Lesina Marina, one of the most popular seaside destinations in the summer. Less than 10 kilometres from the city, don’t miss the Abbey of Santa Maria di Ripalta, to admire what remains of this vast architectural complex founded in the Middle Ages by Benedictine monks, later home to the Cistercian order.
For fantastic views, we recommend taking a boat trip around the small San Clemente Island, where you can observe many species of birds that live there - from pink flamingos to cormorants, from red herons to grey herons and wild ducks. On the island, which you can admire at low tide, the remains of a Roman villa dating between the 2nd and 1st century BC have been found.