The beach of Campomarino is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline of Salento and Puglia, set in the municipality of Maruggio awarded with the 3 Sails of Legambiente.
The crystal clear caribbean sea, also called the seven colors, is framed by high dunes of clear sand that extend for miles on both sides of the town. The beach, both free and equipped, descends into the transparent seabed that allows, even for those who are not experts, to venture into fascinating diving to discover the underwater world.
Campomarino also boasts a modern and welcoming marina divided in two, the area dedicated to fishing boats and the tourist area.
The beach of Campomarino is watched over by the Torre delle Moline which, like the many others along the Salento coast, was built to spot in time the Saracen incursions from the sea. The tower dates back to 1473 and is called so because in this area were obtained, from the rocks, the stones for the construction of mills, used for grinding cereals.
Characteristics of this area are the Dunes of Campomarino which extend over 40 hectares and can reach up to 10 meters high and which are distinguished by being among the best preserved dunes in Italy.
The Dunes are a unique scenario and the view that opens before the eyes of the visitor is impressive, their grandeur is perfectly embedded in the lush Mediterranean vegetation typical of the place, preserving the natural beauty of these places.
The summer evenings are charming and lively, enlivened by markets, open-air shows, nightclubs and walks along the seafront. Do not miss the sunset by the sea, suggestive and very romantic. But Campomarino is also the ideal starting point to visit some of the most interesting tourist destinations in Puglia and, in particular, in Salento and Valle d'Itria.
A charming town of Messapian origins that can be reached in a few minutes by car. Absolutely to visit are the ancient megalithic walls, the remains of the moat that bounded the city and the necropolis, now enclosed in an Archaeological Park of extreme interest. Do not miss the Fonte Pliniano, which takes its name from Plinio il Vecchio, the old town dotted with narrow streets, the Mother Church, the Jewish Quarter and many noble palaces rich in history.
Manduria is also the fulcrum of the production area of the red wine DOP Primitivo di Manduria, a wine famous throughout the world and produced exclusively in this area and in many wineries are offered tastings and guided tours of vineyards.
If you want to stay on the coast, you must visit Torre Colimena, a small fishing village and the Salina dei Monaci, a protected natural area of strategic importance for the flora and fauna composed mainly of migratory birds that populate it, an ideal place for birdwatching, jogging and outdoor walks.
These areas, together with the Coastal Dunes, the Chidro River (very appreciated by scuba divers), the Palude del Conte, the Bosco dei Cuturi and Rosa Marina, make up the Parco Naturale del Litorale Tarantino Orientale, which develops between the coast and the hinterland of the municipality of Manduria.
Lecce, the capital of Salento, is famous for the baroque that can be admired in the portals of the palaces and in the facades of the many churches, first of all the Basilica di Santa Croce, which wind along the streets of the old town. The Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre, the Sedile and the Palazzo dei Celestini with their incredible baroque exuberance, the Church of Sant'Irene, the Cathedral and the Castle of Carlo V are all close by.
Getting lost in the alleys of the old town is a wonderful experience for all the senses because the view is captured by the color of the buildings, churches and monuments that populate it, while the sense of smell is conquered by the typical smells of Salento cuisine.
Once you arrive in Puglia, you must also visit the Valle d'Itria, a green valley dotted with an infinite number of Trulli and Masserie surrounded by vineyards and olive groves bordered by dry stone walls and extended as far as the eye can see among the hills of the Murgia.
It is one of the most fascinating areas of Puglia and from Campomarino you can easily reach by car the wonderful most popular places such as Ostuni, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica, Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Alberobello and many other villages where you can immerse yourself in the culture and traditions, get lost in the flavors and aromas typical of this area rich in specialties at the level of food and wine and culture.
Taranto is the capital of Magna Graecia, also called the City of the Two Seas because it is bathed by the Great Sea and the Small Sea. Absolutely to visit is the National Archaeological Museum Marta where you can admire the Ori di Taranto and a vast collection of archaeological finds from all over the province.
Brindisi, also known as the Gateway to the East since ancient times for its strategic importance to Roman troops and Venetian merchants afterwards. Even today, the port of Brindisi still has important tourist and commercial connections, especially from and to Greece and Albania.