Your holidays in Salento

Porto Cesareo, also known in the local dialect as Cisarea, is located in the heart of the Salento plain, in its north-western part, inheriting its name from the ancient Terra d’Arneo. This area is famous for its extensive Salento farmhouses, witnesses to the agriculture and culture of the area.

The territory of Porto Cesareo stands out for its enchanting coastline, characterized by wide stretches of very fine sand, dunes enriched by typical mediterranean vegetation, wetlands of great ecological importance, suggestive cliffs, and small islands. Among these, the Isola Grande stands out for its beauty and naturalistic importance, also known as Isola dei Conigli, a true natural jewel covered by a dense pine forest of Aleppo Pines and acacias. The Isola della Malva also deserves a special mention, contributing to the biological richness of the area, which hosts more than 200 plant species. This exceptional biodiversity led to the establishment of the Protected Marine Natural Area of Porto Cesareo in 1997, aimed at protecting a natural heritage of inestimable value.

The original fishing village, significantly developed in modern times around the historic Torre Cesarea, is now recognized as one of the most attractive seaside resorts and cultural centers of Salento. Its pristine and wild nature makes Porto Cesareo a dream destination for nature lovers, attracted every year by about 90,000 visitors.

Punta Prosciutto Beach

Punta Prosciutto represents one of the pearls of Salento, an area of rare natural beauty that has attracted attention not only nationally but also in Europe, leading to important initiatives for the protection of its unique ecosystem. Punta Prosciutto beach stands out for its white and very fine sand, which extends along shallow and transparent waters, creating an almost paradisiacal landscape, ideal for families thanks to the safety that offers the low depth of the water and the wide visibility. This magical place attracts not only those looking for tranquility and relaxation but also young people and sports enthusiasts, thanks to the possibility of practicing activities such as windsurfing, sailing, and diving. Punta Prosciutto is, therefore, the perfect destination for those who want to immerse themselves in nature without giving up adventure.

Torre Lapillo

Torre Lapillo, another gem in the territory of Porto Cesareo, is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and golden beaches, framed by ancient watchtowers that stand majestic guarding the coastline. This location is a perfect mix of history and nature, offering breathtaking scenery that remains impressed in the memories of visitors. The wide and welcoming beaches are ideal for long days of sun and sea, while the transparent waters invite underwater explorations, discovering seabeds rich in marine life. Torre Lapillo is a real paradise for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, who can live unforgettable experiences here, exploring a submarine world full of colors and biodiversity.

What to see around Porto Cesareo

The surroundings of Porto Cesareo offer many opportunities for discovery and adventure, further enriching the experience of those who choose this corner of paradise for their holidays. In addition to the enchanting beaches of Punta Prosciutto and Torre Lapillo, the surrounding area invites you to discover other jewels of Salento.

Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South,” is a treasure of Baroque art, with its streets adorned with historic palaces, churches, and squares that tell centuries of history and culture. Walking through the historic center of Lecce is like traveling back in time, where every corner reveals timeless architectural beauty. Not to be missed are the Duomo, the Basilica of Santa Croce, and the Roman Amphitheater, which testify to the historical and cultural importance of this city.

Gallipoli, on the opposite side of the Ionian coast, is another unmissable destination. This ancient fishing town, surrounded by walls that overlook the sea, offers a fascinating mix of history, culture, and nightlife. Its crystal-clear waters, white beaches, and vibrant atmosphere make it the perfect place for both relaxation and immersing themeselves in summer nightlife.