Stunning beaches with blue-green water line the picturesque coast of Porto Cesareo. Majestic vestiges from medieval times add a rustic flair to the scenery, providing a cultured vacation in addition to the sun and sea. Enjoy its vast lagoon surrounded by hotels and restaurants.
The region’s highlight is the Torre Lapillo Beach, featuring white sand and pleasant water. Compared to other regional beaches, Toree Lapillo is relatively unknown and so draws fewer crowds. Walk into the shallow water for some distance before it reaches knee height.
Differentiating this bay from the commune’s many other striking bays is the Lapillo Tower built in the 1500s. Marvel at the structure that stands tall over the beach. Climb the steps to reach the top for excellent views. Its design includes three arches beneath the steps.
Another of the commune’s top sandy stretches is Punta Prosciutto Beach. Walk along the beach to discover the family-oriented area and a wilder section at the other end. Discover the other towers of the region, including Torre Cesarea and the ruins of Torre Castiglione.
Set up a tent at one of the area campsites to be closer to the region’s scenic nature. Many fishmongers and restaurants serving fresh fish are popular in the commune.
Avoid the crowds in May and September. Visit between those months for the hottest weather. Winters are fairly mild, not too cold for a relaxed stroll.
Porto Cesareo is in the Puglia region on the Salento Peninsula sticking out of Italy’s base. It lies on the west coast, around a 20-minute drive northwest of Nardò. Arrive at Brindisi-Salento Airport and travel south for 41 miles (66 kilometers) to reach the commune.
With countless unspoiled sandy havens, it is no surprise Porto Cesareo is known as the Maldives of Italy.