Torre Dell'Orso

Info Torre dell'Orso

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    92,31 Kmq


    Via San Nicola

Torre dell'Orso, dunes and beaches alternate with high cliffs

On the coast road between San Cataldo and Otranto, the territory offers an extremely interesting natural panorama, with dunes and beaches alternate with high cliffs. The name Torre dell’Orso comes from the presence of a 16th – century sighting tower, today in ruins.

The buttonhole flower of this stretch of coast is the well-known holiday resort Torre dell’Orso, which is famous thanks to its beautiful sandy beaches and its clean crystal clear sea due to the strong undercurrents of the Canale d’Otranto, which has been titled many times Bandiera Blu (blue flag).


The beach is nearly 1 km long and it is framed by high rocky walls with a great number of caves, once used as storehouses by the fishermen. In the middle of the bay stand two twin stacks called Scogli delle due sorelle (rocks of the two sisters). In Torre dell’Orso, it is possible to practice windsurf, thanks to its winds favouring water acrobatics.

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Useful information for tourists

Useful information for tourists in Apulia

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    Identity card for community citizens; passport for extra-community tourists

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    • Carabinieri 112
    • State Police 113
    • Firemen 115
    • Finance Police 117
    • First Aid 118
  • 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.