Some of the best beaches in Puglia are located just in salento Peninsula. We would indicate some of them: Torre Lapillo Bay and Punta Prosciutto beach in the seaside area of Porto Cesareo. We have added some pictures that can give a small idea of what we are talking about.
The best periods in general are June until middle of July and second half month of August until September when the beaches are almost desert and just for you. So the ideal period to explore the beaches in Salento is May, June until 15 of July; from 15 of August, and September until 15 of October. From 15 of July up to 15 of August there are a lot of residential tourists and the beaches are quite crowded. August is “peak season” in Italy so you will find highest prices for everything, also for your accommodation. Choosing June and September up to October you will save money and you will receive the best hospitality. In August we suggest to stay in the park of the Villa enjoying the beautiful swimming pool properly serviced.
Starting from Porto Cesareo, 25 chilometers far from Villaconvento in front of Jonian sea, well known thanks to its wonderful beaches, you could visit some of the best beaches of all Salento area. The city of porto Cesareo has more than 15 kilometers of sandy beaches basically located in Torre Lapillo Bay and Punta Prosciutto. In addition, Porto Cesareo is famous for its fishmonger’s shops and restaurants which offer a buona cucina mediterranea. Very charming the seaport area with its archipelago and its fishermen’s small boats.
Porto Cesareo has more than 15 kilometers of sandy beaches, the best of all southern Puglia. In Italy you can find similar beaches in Sardegna, some parts of Sicily and Calabria. The beaches of Porto Cesareo together with the Turkish Bay near Otranto, Baia Verde in Gallipoli and the ones between Gallipoli and Santa Maria di Leuca are very beautiful. The location of Torre Lapillo is a Bay of about 5 kilometers which is delimited by two ancient watchtowers: Torre Lapillo and Torre Chianca. It’s one of the whitest and finest sand of all Puglia. In addition, the sea water is deep few centimeters for several meters starting from the coastline so it is a perfect place for family with babies or for people who like to sit in the sea water and read a book or simply relax. Punta Prosciutto is the same as Torre Lapillo in terms of sand colour and coarseness, but it has something more: 8 meters high sandy dunes and maquis. Torre Lapillo is around 5 kilometers distant from Porto Cesareo, while Punta Prosciutto around 10 kilometers.
From Porto Cesareo and its beaches you can easily get to Gallipoli, Otranto, Santa Cesarea Terme, Tricase, Santa Maria di Leuca San Cataldo. You could see the fantastic Porto Selvaggio Park, Porto Miggiano, Porto Badisco