This article appeared in the Daily Telegraph back in April, but I missed it. Well not wanting to miss an opportunity to promote the local beaches near the trullo (about 30 minutes by car) here is the link to the Telegraphs review. It happens to be one of my favourite beaches too.
Best beaches in Puglia, Italy: Torre Guaceto, Brindisi
This beach in Brindisi, on Italy’s Puglia coast, is known as Torre Guaceto and its location in a nature reserve makes it an attractive escape from overdeveloped beach resorts.
‘Blissfully free from development’: the rugged shores of Torre Guaceto in Puglia Photo: GETTY IMAGES
By Jo Caird
3:03PM BST 30 Apr 2009
Torre Guaceto is a nature reserve and protected area, so while the rest of the surrounding coastline is now home to countless bars, restaurants and hotels, this patch of sand and sea has remained blissfully free from development. Anyone who has experienced frustration at the strict organisation of most Italian beaches will revel in the freedom that Torre Guaceto offers. The fact that it is a nature reserve means that there are plenty of opportunities to observe plant and animal species usually scarce in this part of the world.
The relative lack of amenities for tourists means that only those prepared to rough it a little venture to Torre Guaceto. The beach is popular with Italian families happy to haul a full day’s food and drink with them and set up camp with cool boxes and portable beach furniture. This area of Puglia is becoming increasingly popular with second-home-owning Britons, so expect to hear the odd British voice. Although the visitor centre runs a mini-shuttle service from the distant car parks to nearer the beach, anyone considering coming to Torre Guaceto should be prepared to walk a considerable distance in the hot sun to find their perfect patch of sand.
Aside from the usual Mediterranean beach pursuits (the sea here is clean, warm and perfect for swimming), the visitor centre, two miles (3km) inland at Serranova, organises nature walks (from €11 for adults and €6 for children), cycle trekking (from €17 for adults and €8 for children, including bike hire and safely equipment) and guided snorkelling trips (from €20 for adults and €14 for children, including equipment). There is also a small museum at the visitor centre that provides information on the history of the area and the different plant and animal species to be found there.
Check out the website for details of one-off events, such as open-air theatrical performances and star-gazing evenings (+39 0831 990 882, www.riservaditorreguaceto.it, Via Santana, 6, Carovigno). Torre Guaceto is also one of Puglia’s top locations for kite-surfing.
Sporting Club Torre Guaceto offer beginner, intermediate and advances courses for adults and children from the age of 10. The courses are limited to six students per group and last six hours, over three or four sessions (+39 347 627 2032, www.sportingclubtorreguaceto.com).
Bars and bites
The area’s nature reserve status means that you won’t find any restaurants nearby, but there is a snackbar that serves drinks and sandwiches, which is open every day. At the visitor centre there is an informal barbeque restaurant serving meat and not much else. For more complete meals there are beachside eateries further up and down the coast at Specchiola and Apani. Nearby Carovigno has several excellent restaurants, including the elegant Osteria Già Sotto L’Arco (+39 0831 996 286, www.giasottolarco.it, Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, 71).
Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flies to Brindisi’s Papola Casale Airport from London Stansted. The airport is a 13.5-mile (22km) drive from Torre Guaceto. Bari’s Palese Macchie Airport is further away (68 miles/ 110km), but is also served by flights from London Stansted and London Gatwick by Ryanair and BA (www.ba.com) respectively.