Porto Selvaggio

Info Porto Selvaggio

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    193,24 Kmq


    Piazza Cesare Battisti 2

Porto Selvaggio, Regional Natural Park

Porto Selvaggio belongs to the territory of Nardò and it has been declared protected area and Regional Natural Park in 1980. In the past, the zone was covered by an oak tree forest which has been destroyed because of the agricultural requirements. In the 1950s it began a reafforestation procedure, practiced also in other areas of the peninsula, through the planting of Aleppo pines. The protected area extends over 420 hectares, for the greatest part covered by woods. It is worth mentioning the presence of the wonderful Mediterranean maquis with alternate imposing falaises, sheer to the sea. Along the high and indented coast we find numerous caves such as the cave of Capelvenere, that of Cavallo (horse) and that of Uluzzo, in the homonymous bay, where important fossils of big mammals have been found.

For those who love underwater diving, the waters of Porto Selvaggio offer the possibility of visiting many caves such as the grotta Verde or the grotta delle Corvine, which once, when the sea-level was lower, were inhabited by human beings. The park is also rich in archeological resources, indeed it is possible to admire a lot of evidences of an autochthonous culture called uluzziana, which developed in the area about 31.000 years ago. Their peculiarity was the employment of calcareous little plates to build instruments and half-moon ends.

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    Trenitalia links the main Italian cities of Apulia

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    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.