Between a day at sea on the beautiful beaches of the area, and a visit to the heritage thatApulia offers, you can not miss a day at the marvelous nature reserve and protected marine area "Torre Guaceto". In this naturalistic oasis you will be able to witness and walk among thousands of different animal and natural species, being able to appreciate how much beautiful nature mother offers. Do not waste your time and come to discover this and many other wonders that Apulia offers to you, like Alberobello, the Apulian pottery or any enogastonomic tour. Check the availability of our exclusive Tenuta Trullo Mastro Francesco, for 8 + 1 persons with heated outdoor pool and private garden, of the wonderful Villa Falgheri, for 6 + 1 people with swimming pool and private garden, and Antica Pietra ideal for 4 + 1 people with private pool and outdoor whirlpool, to experience a magical holiday in the renowned Apulian land!
The Torre Guaceto Marine Nature Reserve is a protected marine area of Apulia, established in 1991 and located on the Adriatic coast of the high Salento, a few kilometers from the centers of Carovigno and San Vito dei Normanni and 27 km from Brindisi. It is classified as a Specially Protected Area of Mediterranean Interest.
The shoreline is extremely varied, in particular at the southern side where the coastline consists mainly of a clayey cliff. Near the Tower, and for some hundreds of meters compared to the northern side of the area, the coast sees the prevalence of rocky cliffs that form small inlets, while only towards Punta Penna Grossa the coast is low and sandy.
In the protected nature reserve of Torre Guaceto the Posidonia oceanica meadows represent one of the most characteristic habitats of the sandy seabed, creating a series of microhabitats that are a source of food and shelter for numerous organisms. On the rocky seabed there is the important presence of some algae, sea lettuce, sea umbrella and peacock tail. After a certain depth, the calcareous red algae dominates the flora.
Inside the nature reserve we find the Torre Guaceto which houses several species of sea turtles. The tower acts as a real veterinary hospital for sea turtles found along the coast in poor condition. The dedicated intervention guarantees them the protection and the subsequent throw-over. Recently, the reserve has become a real recovery center for the local wildlife.
Many birds and mammals in need of veterinary care are located inside the nature reserve. In Torre Guaceto, birds and mammals will be stabilized and will spend the period necessary to regain their strength, before the return to freedom, which will take place in the safe place par excellence, the protected area. Those that need special care and subsequent rehabilitation, however, once recovered, will be transferred to the regional center.
Today the users of Torre Guaceto can admire a completely renovated tower and inside it the imposing historical-artistic installation of a Roman ship built for the Reserve. The new arrangement of the Aragonese Tower made it possible to make the place a symbol of the Reserve, a real museum. It is possible to carry out guided activities inside the Aragonese Tower, upon reservation.
Not only is an incredible and impressive show waiting for you inside the nature reserve, but you will also have the opportunity to help these little animals in need of help. Do not waste your time and come to discover this and many other wonders that Apulia offers to you, like Alberobello and the Apulian pottery. Check the availability of our exclusive Tenuta Trullo Mastro Francesco, for 8 + 1 persons with heated outdoor pool and private garden, of the wonderful Villa Falgheri, for 6 + 1 people with swimming pool and private garden, and Antica Pietra ideal for 4 + 1 people with private pool and outdoor whirlpool, to experience a magical holiday in the renowned Apulian land!