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Castro Marina
Travel Guide

Puglia showing general coastal views, a marina and kayaking or canoeing

Explore the caves and coves adorning the spectacular coastline of this marina district at the foot of Castro’s dramatic cliffs.

Marked by the sails of countless white boats and tired fishermen at work, Castro Marina is the stunning portside district of Castro. It is the traditional hub of the area, with a fishing culture amid picturesque cliffs, verdant hills and the sapphire hues of the Adriatic Sea. Sunbathe on the scenic rocky coastline at the foot of the dramatic cliffs.

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while sitting on the rocks and cool down with a swim in the crystal clear water. Rent a boat to take out on the Adriatic Sea and discover some of the caves in the rock formations, such as the Grotta Palombara and Grotta Azzurra. Grotta Zinzulusa is full of stalactites, stalagmites and an internal lake, among other fascinating natural features. Go diving or snorkeling through the subaquatic caves of the region.

Stroll through the main port for a glimpse into the local culture of Castro Marina. Find the old port near the marina’s plaza and pick out your favorite boats. Paddleboats, canoes and wooden fishing vessels are usually docked here. Enjoy seafood from the restaurants of the marina and relax with a cappuccino in a café.

Make your way to the upper part of Castro for the quaint alleys and piazzas scattered throughout this charming village. Capture aerial photos of the Castro Marina district, incorporating the cliffs and the sea. Among the best viewing platforms is in the Aragonese Castle, which dates back to the 1500s. Make sure to visit the ruins of the nearby 12th-century cathedral and 10th-century church.

Enter the marina area for free. It is open at all times. The Castro Marina is in the southern end of Castro at the southeastern tip of Italy’s boot heel. It is part of the Salento coast in the region of Puglia, on a promontory separating the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea. Drive south from Lecce for about 45 minutes to get here. See nearby towns, such as Gallipoli, Maglie and Otranto.

Orsa Maggiore
Orsa Maggiore
3 out of 5
Via Litoranea per Santa Cesarea 303, Castro Marina, Castro, LE
The price is $54 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated in Castro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zinzulusa Cave and Diocesi di Castro di Puglia. Castro Marina and Cala dell'Acquaviva are also within ...
3.9/5Very Good! (34 reviews)
Nice location, nice staff
"Great location, room very clean and smelling great, beach view, air con (old but works well), car parking, concierge speaks English very well, staff polite and helpful. Highly recommended hotel."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2017

Orsa Maggiore
Hotel Piccolo Mondo
Hotel Piccolo Mondo
4 out of 5
Via Litoranea, per Santa Cesarea Terme 238, Castro, LE
Situated in Castro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zinzulusa Cave and Diocesi di Castro di Puglia. Castro Marina and Cala dell'Acquaviva are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (86 reviews)
A stunning place
"We had a very enjoyable stay, the hotel is very elegant and the location breathtaking, The (salt water) pool area is particularly nice. Staff were very helpful and friendly. The rooms were spacious and simply decorated, the only downside was that we had a memory foam mattress which we personally ..."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019

Hotel Piccolo Mondo
Hotel Degli Ulivi
Hotel Degli Ulivi
3 out of 5
Litoranea Santa Cesarea Terme 51, Castro Marina, Castro, LE
The price is $83 per night from Jul 2 to Jul 2
Situated near the bay, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Diocesi di Castro di Puglia and Castro Marina. Zinzulusa Cave and Cala dell'Acquaviva are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (10 reviews)
Friendly and Helpful Staff
"The hotel staff were super helpful. The hotel was perfectly located between the marina and the old town. Good value for money also."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Hotel Degli Ulivi
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Apartment "the Window ON THE Sea" With View ON Baia
Apartment "the Window ON THE Sea" With View ON Baia
Castro Marina, Puglia
Situated in Castro Marina, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Castro Marina and Diocesi di Castro di Puglia. Cala dell'Acquaviva and Zinzulusa ...
Apartment "the Window ON THE Sea" With View ON Baia
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