Photo by Kayman2016. Immersed in the Mediterranean scrub of Southern Italy there is a dream place, nestled in the Apulian coast. This is Porto Cesareo , a small town that attracts hundreds of tourists every year for the summer season thanks to its fantastic beaches .
These beaches extend for several km and include not only the sea, but also unspoiled nature, as evidenced by the flora and fauna of the place: in this place if you are lucky you could see herons, caretta caretta turtles and egrets , all surrounded by myrtle. juniper, thyme and much more.
If you are curious to know more, here we have reported the most beautiful beaches of Porto Cesareo in Puglia, it could be a good idea for a holiday not to be forgotten.
Porto Cesareo

beach Torre Chianca

beach Punta Prosciutto beach

Rabbit island, Porto Cesareo

Torre Lapillo beach


1 – Porto Cesareo
beach The first beach we are talking about is of course the urban beach of Porto Cesareo, probably the most comfortable and easy to reach, located less than 4 minutes walk from the marina and the Torre Cesarea , but above all full of services for any kind of tourist, from groups of young people to families with children.

  • beach type : sand
  • beaches / bathing establishments : there are beaches equipped for the rental of umbrellas and deck chairs
  • Characteristics : close to the center, close to the Cesarea tower and the Museum of Marine Biology, fine white beach, full of services
  • How to get there: for those who stay in the municipality of Porto Cesareo, the beach is within walking distance, it is less than 4 minutes’ walk from the marina. Get directions

2 – Torre Chianca beach
Photo by Andrea Fistetto. In Torre Chianca the transparent water and the fine sand beach attract tourists from all over Italy every year. The area has several lidos and bathing establishments which you can use, although you will also have the free beach, which you can easily access.

  • beach type : sand
  • beaches / bathing establishments : there are beaches equipped for the rental of umbrellas and deck chairs
  • Features : easy access, fine white beach, crystal clear water, landscape
  • How to get there: From Lecce take bus 104 and change to 110 after 7 stops. With the car take the SS01 or the SP4. Get directions

3 – Punta Prosciutto beach
Photo by Kayman2016. The Punta Prosciutto Beach of Porto Cesareo, also known as Palude del Conte, is made of soft white sand, virgin and uncontaminated.
It is a unique beach of its kind, made of dunes that run through it and lush vegetation, which is part of the Regional Natural Park.

SEE ALSO : Punta Prosciutto, how to get there and where to sleep

  • beach type : sand
  • beaches / bathing establishments : there are beaches equipped for the rental of umbrellas and deck chairs
  • Characteristics : sandy bottom, transparent water, the stretch of free beach and rather crowded
  • How to get there: from Lecce take bus 104 and change to 110 after 7 stops. By car, take the provincial road 122 towards Torre Lapillo: after Torre Colimena turn right. Get directions

4 – Spiaggia delle Dune
Photo of Hydruntum. Among the beaches of Porto Cesareo, a short distance from Torre Chianca, there is the Spiaggia delle Dune . With thick vegetation behind it and crystal clear water in front, this beach made of very fine sand is perhaps the most “urban” of those in Porto Cesareo. Inside you will find all the comforts, including an excellent restaurant a few steps from the sea.

  • beach type : sand
  • lidos / bathing establishments : present restaurant / lido with all services
  • Features : panorama, restaurant not far from the beach, equipped beach
  • How to get there: From Bari, by car, take the SS16. There is no public transport to get to Spiaggia delle Dune. Get directions

5 – Spiaggia dei Conigli (or Isola Grande)
The Spiaggia dei Conigli (or Isola Grande) is very special. Located on a small island not far from the coast of Porto Cesareo, it can be reached by fishing boats and special “boats”. However, the nature on the island is completely unspoiled and represents an excellent alternative for those who love the “wild” sea.

  • beach type : sand
  • lidos / bathing establishments : there are no lidos on the island
  • Characteristics : uncontaminated sea, uncrowded, and a little difficult to reach the island, absence of beaches
  • How to get there: from Lecce take bus 104. By car, take the SP 4 / SP119 / SS101. Then take the ferry that leaves from the port. Get directions

6 – Torre Lapillo beach
Photo by Dread83. Torre Lapillo Beach is a must in Porto Cesareo. With its facilities a stone’s throw from the beach and affordable prices, it attracts visitors throughout the summer season. Here, easy access to the beach, made of fine sand and crystal clear sea, perfect for a relaxing swim even for the little ones, will allow you to enjoy a relaxing day without worrying about anything.

SEE ALSO : Torre Lapillo beach in Puglia: info, images and how to get there

  • beach type : sand
  • lidos / bathing establishments : some lidos are available
  • Features : affordable, crowded beach
  • How to get there: from Lecce take the bus 104 and change to 110. By car, take the SP4 or SP359. Get directions

Other beaches in the surroundings
It is good to underline that there are many other beaches that are worth a visit in the surroundings of Porto Cesareo. Although they are not part of the municipal area, these can be easily reached if you have your own means of transport available. Here are some of the most beautiful:

  1. Porto Selvaggio (in the Municipality of Nardo, 16 km away / 18 minutes by car – Get directions)
  2. Sant’Isidoro (in the Municipality of Nardo, 6.3 km away / 10 minutes by car – Get directions)
  3. Santa Maria al Bagno beach (in the Municipality of Nardo, 21 km away / 25 minutes by car – Get directions)

How to get to Porto Cesareo

  • By car : Porto Cesareo is 42 km from Lecce (40 minutes by car), 66 km from Brindisi (56 minutes by car), 145 km from Taranto (1 hour and 20 minutes by car), 186 km from Bari (2 hours by car). car).
  • By train : the reference station is that of Lecce, connected to all the main Italian cities. From Lecce take advantage of private transfers, or in summer, of the “Salento in Bus” coaches (about 1 hour journey).
  • By plane : the reference airport and the ‘Casale’ airport of Brindisi (Salento Airport). From here reach Lecce by private shuttles / transfers (just over 40 minutes) and then move by bus to Porto Cesareo (1 hour).

Where to sleep in Porto Cesareo: hotels, resorts and b & bs

Sleeping in Porto Cesareo is very simple. In fact, the area is full of B & Bs, hotels, resorts and holiday homes for all budgets and needs. We bring you some that will pamper you with their comforts, but there are many others to discover:

  • Samana B&B: Via Lago di Lesina, 73010, Porto Cesareo
  • Club Azzurro Hotel & Resort: Via Club Azzurro 40, 73010, Porto Cesareo
  • Masseria Tenuta Quintino: SP 359 Km 4.800, 73010, Porto Cesareo
  • Discover other hotels and b & b in Porto Cesareo from € 50.00 per room

Things to do around Porto Cesareo
Photo by. [D]. If you want to explore the Porto Cesareo area you can take advantage of the boat rental or diving facilities . Furthermore, you could always visit the Natural Park with its beauties as well as take a tour of the architectural beauties of the area, such as the recently restored Torre Lapillo tower. Below you will find information on companies that deal with water sports in the Porto Cesareo area:

  • Io Salento – Rental & Transfer:
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  • Orca Diving Center:
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