Porto Cesareo

Travel Guide
Porto Cesareo showing a sandy beach and general coastal views
Gaze up at the imposing medieval watch towers that rise above the shoreline. Relax on pristine sandy bays.

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.

Hotel Mediterraneo
Hotel Mediterraneo
3 out of 5
Via Sant Isidoro 119, Porto Cesareo, LE, 73010
The price is $95 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3
$95
per night
Dec 2 - Dec 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Porto Cesareo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (52 reviews)
Disappointing family run Hotel
"I booked & paid for this Hotel in May, ie 5 months in advance yet when we arrived the did not apparently know we were coming. There was no room ready, and we had to wait over an hour, after a long journey before we were given a room. When we left 2 nights later, they tried to charge us for the room, ..."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Hotel Mediterraneo
Le Dune Suite Hotel
Le Dune Suite Hotel
4 out of 5
Strada Dei Bacini 72, Porto Cesareo, Lecce, 73010
The price is $134 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
$134
per night
Dec 7 - Dec 8
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Porto Cesareo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (22 reviews)
"Great beach and hotel. Half board deal was great. Really nice dinner every day."

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

Le Dune Suite Hotel
Patria Palace Hotel Lecce
Patria Palace Hotel Lecce
5 out of 5
Piazzetta Riccardi, Lecce, LE, 73100
The price is $224 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
$224
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lecce. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (304 reviews)
"Great check in. Loved the rooms. Great service"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Patria Palace Hotel Lecce
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residence Tabù
Residence Tabù
Via Dei Bacini - Scala Di Furno, Porto Cesareo, Lecce, 73010
Stay at this apartment in Porto Cesareo. Enjoy free parking, a terrace, and a snack bar/deli. Popular attractions Scala di Furno Beach and Torre Chianca Beach ...
2.5/5 (2 reviews)
Un posto meraviglioso, peccato x la struttura 👎
"Monolocale pieno di umidità , nella prenotazione c’era letto matrimoniale invece nella struttura era una cameretta a ponte con due letti uniti insieme, pulizia 😱non ne parliamo in compenso il pedonale dell’accoglie molto gentile e disponibile. Basterebbe poco per avere una struttura adeguata alla ..."

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2019

Residence Tabù
Shabby Studio in Porto Cesareo near the see
Shabby Studio in Porto Cesareo near the see
Sant' Isidoro, Puglia
Stay at this apartment in Porto Cesareo. Enjoy onsite parking, a garden, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Spiaggia di Porto Cesareo and Spiaggia di Torre ...
Shabby Studio in Porto Cesareo near the see
Appartamento Porticciolo
Appartamento Porticciolo
Via Bissolati, Porto Cesareo, Lecce, 73010
Stay at this apartment in Porto Cesareo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Pietro Parenzan Museum of Marine Biology and Spiaggia ...
Appartamento Porticciolo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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