Most beautiful beaches in Puglia

Are you heading to Puglia and still cannot decide which place to choose for your summer holidays? The following list of the most beautiful beaches in Puglia could help you with your choice.

1. Baia dei Turchi, Otranto

Baia dei Turchi is an enchanting beach of fine white sand bordered by rich Mediterranean vegetation. A place can not to be missed for its beauty and for its great natural importance.

Baia dei Turchi, Otranto, Puglia, Italy
Baia dei Turchi, Otranto, Puglia by Kaus

2. Santa Maria di Leuca

Santa Maria di Leuca is a renowned tourist resort, and can be found in the extreme edge of Puglia, also called “finibus terrae” (within the confines of the Earth). In fact, there is nothing else to see just the sea.

Santa Maria di Leuca, Puglia, Italy
Santa Maria di Leuca by Patrick Nouhailler

3. Porto Cesareo

Porto Cesareo is an example of golden sand beach with shallow and crystal clear sea. Its blue waters enchant tourists who make their way every year to this area of Salento. With its golden dunes it is a real natural paradise.

Porto Cesareo, Puglia, Italy
Porto Cesareo by Hydruntum

4. Torre dell’Orso

Torre dell’Orso is a pretty seaside resort where you can spend a pleasant and enjoyable holidays in Salento. The beach is large with fine sand, surrounded by a dense Mediterranean pine forest and featured by a lookout tower.

Torre dell'Orso beach, Puglia, Italy
Torre dell’Orso beach by Emanuele Petrachi

5. Torre San Giovanni

Torre San Giovanni is a large marina, which offers primarily long beaches of fine sand and clear water. It is featured by the numerous small islands that are located just a few meters from the coast.

Sunset on Torre San Giovanni, Puglia, Italy
Sunset on Torre San Giovanni by Krystal 981

6. Roca Vecchia

The beach of Roca Vecchia, or as it is better known by locals Roca li Posti, mainly consists of a rocky cliffs and boasts azure sea. It is located in the territory of Melendugno agricultural and tourist center at the Adriatic coast of Salento. This beach is sheltered from the winds and the water is almost always calm.

Roca Vecchia, Grotta della Poesia, Puglia, Italy
Roca Vecchia, Grotta della Poesia by Freddyballo

7. Santa Caterina (Nardò)

One of the most beautiful sea places in Puglia is also Santa Caterina, a small village on the Ionian coast between Porto Cesareo and Gallipoli, close to the beautiful Natural Park of Porto Selvaggio.

Santa Caterina (Nardò), Puglia, Italy
Santa Caterina (Nardò), Puglia, Italy by Paul Barker Hemings

8. Santa Cesarea Terme

Considered one of the small wonders of Salento, Santa Cesarea Terme is unique for its rocky coastline, sea towers and prehistoric caves. The sea is crystal clear but also deep. The area is also known for the natural hot springs.

Porto Miggiano, Santa Cesarea Terme, Puglia, Italy
Porto Miggiano, Santa Cesarea Terme by Daniele Peterlini

9. Marina di Marittima

The wonderful landscape that surrounds the white strip of sand that forms the beach makes Marina di Marittima one of the most popular of Salento. It is bordered by lush Mediterranean vegetation and overall it has nothing to envy to the most famous exotic locations.

Marina di Marittima, Puglia, Italy
Marina di Marittima by Salento81

10. Torre Sant’Andrea

Torre Sant’Andrea can be found in the province of Lecce, just 3 kilometers from Torre dell’Orso. Its main attraction is the rocky towers rising from the sea, which are very similar to those in Algarve, Portugal.

Torre Sant'Andrea, Puglia, Italy
Torre Sant’Andrea by Freddyballo

11. Punta Prosciutto

Being one of the wildest beaches of Salento, Punta Prosciutto is also one of the most popular beach among those who love unspoiled nature. The beach is surrounded by woods and by the typical Mediterranean sea.

Punta Prosciutto beach, Puglia, Italy
Punta Prosciutto beach by Hydruntum

12. Polignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare is situated on a high rugged rock, at the coastline washed by the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. You will never forget the atmosphere of this blue flag beach not only during the day but also in the evenings.

Polignano a Mare beach, Puglia, Italy
Polignano a Mare beach in the evening by Giorgio Galeotti

13. Spiaggia del Castello, Vieste

The main tourist center of Gargano is nothing other than the town of Vieste. Right here you will find one of the most iconic beaches in all of Italy – Spiaggia del Castello. The beach boasts a unique 25 meters high rocky tower called Pizzomunno, probably the most photographed site throughout the region.

Spiaggia del Castello with Pizzomunno, Vieste, Gargano, Puglia, Italy
Spiaggia del Castello with Pizzomunno, Vieste by pizzodisevo

14. Marina di Pescoluse

Marina di Pescoluse also known as Maldives of Salento is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach of Salento. With its wide and 4 miles long coastline, Pescoluse is a paradise that you simply must see. Beautiful sunsets, the great colors of the sea and sky make it perfect for unforgettable holidays.

Marina di Pescoluse, Puglia, Italy
Marina di Pescoluse by Maredilizzano

So these are the most beautiful beaches in Puglia. If you have already been to Puglia and found some additional beaches that should be included in this list, please let us know below in the comments and we will add them.

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