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“The Regional Nature Park of Porto Selvaggio, covers an area of 1100 hectares in the municipality of Nardò and is part of an area by the sea, where reforestation has been started since the 50s. The landscape, which used to be bare and rocky, is nowadays characterised by a thick pine forest, surrounded by the wonderful Ionian Sea. The habitat is mostly covered by forests, but there are also pseudo-steppe paths, the habitats rich with grasses and annual plants and jagged cliff. The visitor has the chance to watch foxes, weasels, hedgehogs, chameleons and, during the bird migration season, also blackbirds, thrushes and hoopoes, beside the lesser kestrels and the kestrels. A few metres away from the coast, it is also possible to visit he Palude del Capitano (Marsh), where there are the “spunnulate”, that is to say caves, the result of karst phenomena, whose vault has collapsed creating small salt-water lakes.”
  • 127 locals recommend
“Have you ever wondered why the soil in Puglia looks so redish? Why do you often find red striped in the stones used to build Puglia's traditional stone buildings? The Grotte di Castellana are beautiful natural caves, among the most important in Italy. You will be taken on a trail inside the caves, no need for hiking experience just non-slippery shoes are recommended. Ideal for children and anyone interested in knowing more about the geology and landscape of the area They can be visited on rainy days, however there will be water inside two days after the rainfalls as water takes time to penetrate down the earth.”
  • 88 locals recommend
“Coastal & marine nature reserve with a 16th-century tower & visitor center with a museum.”
  • 87 locals recommend
“The "Parco Nazionale del Pollino" (Pollino National Park) is the largest protected area which has been recently established in Italy. It involves the Southern Apennines in Calabria and Lucania. It stretches out from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Ionian Sea, from Cozzo del Pellegrino to Serra Dolcedorme, from Piani di Campolongo, Novacco and Lanzo, to Piani del Pollino, from the rivers Argentino and Abatemarco, to the ravines of Lao and Raganello, to the streams Peschiera and Frido. The territory, large and unpolluted, preserves rare and exceptional endemic species, like the Bosnian Pine (Pino Loricato), the Golden Eagle and the Roe Deer. The natural places, covered with large beech tree woods, snow, formed by dolomitic rocks, morainic deposits, glacial cirques, scattered with gorges and caves, are enriched with paleontological sites, like Grotta del Romito and Valle del Mercure, and archaeological sites dating back to the Greek colonization, with Sanctuaries, Monasteries, Castles, Historical Town Centers like Laino Castello, environments characterized by rural life, popular feasts, ethnic-linguistic minorities of Albanian origin of the 15th-16th century. The whole Park area includes Pollino and Orsomarso massif. It is a mountain chain belonging to the Southern Apennines, at the border between the regions of Basilicata and Calabria, in the heart of the Mediterranean area. Its mountains represent the highest peaks of Southern Italy, covered with snow most of the year, from November to May. From its summits, over 2,200 meters of altitude above sea-level, you can see westwards the Tyrrhenian coasts of Maratea, Praia a Mare, and Belvedere Marittimo, and eastwards the Ionian coast from Sibari to Metaponto. The nature and culture of Pollino, the global frame of its physical and human heritage, which is manifold and complex, wide and differentiated, go from naturalistic, geomorphological, vegetational, botanic, and faunistic values to a unique landscape and historical, archaeological, ethnic, anthropological, cultural, and scientific values. The most "prestigious" and famous area is made of Dolomitic rocks, calcareous ramparts, fault walls of tectonic origins, precipices, very deep gorges, karst caves, the so-called "timpe" or gorges of volcanic origin, swallow holes, plateaus, meadows, high altitude pastures, morainic deposits, glacial cirques, erratic boulders. The park is about 50 Km far from San Nicola Arcella.”
  • 48 locals recommend
“Altra attrazione naturalistica adatta a tutta la famiglia è il parco delle Dune Costiere, dove poter passeggiare nei periodi freddi e fare il bagno in quelli caldi. Another naturalistic attraction suitable for the whole family is the park of the Coastal Dunes, where you can walk in cold periods and bathe in warm ones.”
  • 27 locals recommend
“La residenza è sita all'interno del parco | The residence is inside the park”
  • 28 locals recommend
  • 1 local recommends
“Questa località è la spiaggia più vicina al residence insieme a San Cataldo . Qui trovate spiaggia libera e lidi attrezzati su sabbia fine e acqua Cristallina.. Seguite dal residence le indicazioni . Una volta arrivati al bivio con la litoranea seguendo il cartello le Cesine a sx trovate un parcheggio con navetta per i lidi , se proseguire più avanti vedete a sx una staccionata di legno e delle macchine parcheggiate. se volete fermatevi e troverete la spiaggia libera. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
“The Umbra Forest nature reserve is a protected natural area located within the Gargano National Park. It extends in the central-eastern area of ​​the Gargano, about 800 meters above sea level. The name "umbra" derives from the Latin: gloomy, shady, as then, and as in part today, it appears. From 7 July 2017 its old beech woods have become part of the UNESCO heritage”
  • 36 locals recommend
“Il parco naturale Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca si trova lungo la costa addriatica del salento ed offre tantissimi sentire in riva al mare. I sentieri si percorrono ammirando i tipici muretti a secco e le tipiche costruzioni in pietra salentine "le paiare" e piante tipiche del posto con dei colori fantastici. The natural park Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca is located along the Adriatic sea of ​​Salento and offers many feel the sea. The trails run through admiring the typical dry stone walls and stone buildings typical of Salento "the paiare" and plants typical of the place with fantastic colors.”
  • 6 locals recommend
“Great place for hiking, exploring, driving, sightseeing, photography... I could go on and on. The trees are just gorgeous. You have to see it for yourself. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
“In the spur of Italy, Gargano is replete with beautiful fishing villages, dark and ancient forests inland, fine sandy beaches but also rugged cliffs, secret caves and picturesque coves. A perfect hub for eco-tourism and relax. The most popular and fashionable town in Gargano is the medieval village of Vieste, with its narrow streets and white houses, dominated by a stunning 13th century castle. Among the most beautiful beaches we recommend Mattinata beach, especially the coastal area of Baia delle Zagare, with its famous stacks a few metres from the shore. If you like fresh fish you have to try a dinner at trabucco, a traditional wooden fishing platform on the coast where you can watch the fishing process, help out if you want, and dine leaving you with a very memorable experience. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
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“E un'area molto caratteristica, con paesaggi indimenticabili in cui sono presenti molto grotte con tracce di insediamenti che partono dal neolitico fino al tardo Novecento It is a very characteristic area, with unforgettable landscapes in which there are many caves with traces of settlements that start from the Neolithic to the late twentieth century”
  • 22 locals recommend
“Beautiful pine forests and huge sandy beaches, although it can get very crowded in high Summer”
  • 26 locals recommend
“Bellissima foresta perfetta per passeggiate, escursioni, percorsi ciclistici in mountain bike, picnic all'aria aperta con aree attrezzate - Beautiful forest perfect for walking, hiking, mountain biking, outdoor picnic with equipped areas”
  • 15 locals recommend