Torre Guaceto has been granted status as a nature reserve since 1991, which includes a stretch of coast just under 8.5km in length. There are 3 areas to the reserve: the long stretches of sandy beaches themselves, the wild Mediterranean plants and herbs, plus an area of wetlands with diverse bird life
Puglia beaches are diverse and beautiful; from the sandy and rocky beaches of the Adriatic to the ‘Maldives’ beaches with azure clear water on the Ionian. The beaches of Torre Guaceto are no exception; long sand beaches are protected by rolling sand dunes behind them, and outcrops of rock between the sand create naturally protected bays, which are fabulous for dreaming days away under the gorgeous Puglian sun.
How to get to Torre Guaceto
One of my personal favourite aspects of Torre Guaceto: no cars allowed! To actually get to the beaches in the reserve, or take part in any of the activities (see below), you need to park at either the North or the South beach car park, just off the Bari-Brindisi motorway (SS16).
Punta Penna Grossa (Northern beach car park): take the Serranova exit off the SS16, and follow the signs to Punta Penna Grossa beach
- Full day parking (car): €4
From here you can either walk through the nature reserve to the coast, or alternatively take the shuttle to the beach which runs on the hour, every hour, from 9am-5pm and costs €2 per person
You can also rent bikes from the car park area, and then cycle around the natural reserve, picking your swimming spots as you go! Just remember to take water and we recommend a picnic with you also.
Apani (Southern beach car park): take the Apani exit off the SS16, and follow the signs for Area Servizi Apani
- Full day parking (car): €3
From the car park you can take the Sea Train or rent bikes to cycle through Torre Gauaceto (see activities below for more info on both).
What is there to do at Torre Guaceto?
The simple answer is A LOT! There are a huge number of activities around Torre Guaceto that you can do independently, or organised by guides in the area. The sheer number of activities available means that you could easily spend a fortnight at Torre Guaceto without even coming close to exhausting all it has to offer!!
- The Visitors Centre (AL GAWSIT) is located near Serranova (follow signs to Borgata Serranova), where you will find a wealth of information about the reserve, its biodiversity, there is also a botanical garden and much more!
- Trekking with a guide through the nature reserve is available all year round, with routes with varying levels of difficulty to suit everyone. The treks last about 2.5 hours and take place in the afternoon.
- Bicycle Trekking. Get on 2 wheels with a rental bike from the centre and explore nature and beaches at your own pace….what is not to like?!
- Snorkeling is available from June –September where beginners through to advanced snorkelers can get their sea fix equipped with flippers and a mask and go exploring life under the waves of the reserve.
- Diving; courses or activities, depending on ability, run from June – September as well.
- The ‘Little Train of the Sea’ runs from both Punta Penna Grossa and Apani, June – September, and this little electric train offers you the chance to explore Torre Guaceto from the comfort of your ‘train’ seat and on foot, with stops for swimming and relaxing along the way.
- Other activities include sailing and astronomy observation classes.
…….and after all those activities, some beach relaxation is definitely in order!
If you are looking for the perfect spot for your stay near Torre Guaceto, take a look at the villas below of a selection of villas to rent in Puglia near the nature reserve.
Villa rentals Puglia, Torre Guaceto: