From the wonders of the lower Salento to the breathtaking beauty of the Tremiti Islands, the sea in Puglia represents a value that must be preserved and protected at best.
This is why the Region has, over time, identified four protected marine areas, of exceptional environmental and landscape value, to protect the habitat, species and places, regulating the management of the permitted activities.
In Puglia, the marine protected areas, also called AMP, are four: the Salso Lake Oasis of Manfredonia, the Tremiti Islands Nature Reserve, the marine protected area of Porto Cesareo and the marine protected area of Torre Guaceto.
Today we will talk about the latter, as it is only 10 km from Masseria Baroni Nuovi and allows, to those staying inside our farmhouse in the province of Brindisi, a range of activities that will enrich our suitcase when returning from a holiday in Salento.
Located on the Adriatic coast of upper Salento, not far from the cities of Carovigno and San Vito dei Normanni, the AMP of Torre Guaceto extends over a stretch of coast of 8 km, between Punta Penna Grossa and the rocks of Apani.
Some areas of the Marine Protected Area are totally protected, such as the stretch of sea in front of the tower, but most of the territory is free to swim and, within the Reserve, various activities can be carried out such as guided tours, diving, diving courses, sailing, snorkeling and seawatching courses.
In the Torre Guaceto Reserve, the Posidonia oceanica meadows represent one of the habitats that most characterize the sandy seabed between 3 and 25 meters deep.
In the blue, between the brown and red algae and the sea lettuce, the patella, the sea tomatoes, the sea sponges and the anemones find refuge.
The protected area is easily accessible thanks to the presence of a port and an airport in the city of Brindisi.
By car, to reach the Visitor Center, from the 379 Bari-Brindisi-Lecce highway, take the Serranova exit and continue or take the Torre Guaceto-Punta Penna Grossa exit and take the coplanar sea side to the Punta Penna service area.