Castro Marina

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    4,44 Kmq


    Via Fratelli Bandiera

Castro marina, a village of fishermen at the feet of the medieval city

Castro marina is well known for its crystal waters and its main attraction is surely represented by the sea caves which are situated in the northern area of the town. During the Hellenic domination (4th century B.C.) the zone was used as extractive cave; it is during the Middle Ages that it became a little rocky centre with its small port.

The most famous cave is the one called della Zinzulusa which has been discovered in 1793 and whose name comes from the stalactites hanging from the entrance vault as pieces of rags. The cave, visited by thousands of tourists all over the year, is rich of stalactites and stalagmites which have very strange and fantastic names: il corridoio delle Meraviglie (the passage of wonders), Sentinella (sentry), Aquila (eagle), Prosciutto (ham), Spada di Damocle (the sword of Damocles). Within the cave a paleo-river flows and in its waters we can find some particular shellfishes which have been not involved in the evolution of species.

Another famous cave is the one known as Romanelli; unfortunately it is not possible to visit it but it is well-known because it shows one of the most ancient evidences of figurative arts realized during the Paleolithic Age. It is also possible to reach other caves from the sea as the Palombara and the Rotundella. From the second half of the 19th century Castro marina became an important tourist and bathing centre thanks to the idea of a Jewish merchant who started building some holiday homes (in some cases it is still possible to admire, within them, valuable mosaics which date back to 1892).

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  • How to reach Apulia:

    By plane

    Bari Airport: Karol Wojtyla. Brindisi Airport: Papola Casale. Foggia Airport: Gino Lisa

    By train

    Trenitalia links the main Italian cities of Apulia

    On highway

    A14 from Bologna through Foggia and Bari to Taranto

    A16 from Napoli; in Canosa it converges with A14.

Secular olive-groves with crooked trunks appearing as real natural sculptures.

Secular olive-groves

Symbol of the flora of the whole region is the olive tree, which characterizes the territory from the Tavoliere to the end of the Salento with immense fields.

Secular olive-groves

The olive trees with their beauty and charm, given by their secular crooked trunks, embody the history of Apulia thanks to their millenarian presence on the territory. They are the oldest and largest group of millenarian vegetal specimens in the world.

Self- vegetation and animal species in Apulia.

Horse of the Murgia

A huge number of biotopes of vegetable and animal species characterizes the region, even if only the 7% of the territory has been declared protected area. The Apulian self-vegetation is marked by woods, the Mediterranean maquis and the so-called ganga (rocky pasture).

Pink flamingos in the salt marshes of Margherita di Savoia

The region shows two national parks: the Gargano National Park with many areas and reserves and the lakes of Lesina and Varano, and the Alta Murgia National Park.