Walking to Torre Guaceto, Puglia

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Torre Guaceto is a nature reserve close to Ostuni in Puglia. Named after its eponymous torre (tower), we were looking forward to exploring it on foot. Last Sunday morning, bright and early, we donned our walking gear and headed off to see it for ourselves.

It was a perfect winter’s morning: sunny, clear and – when out of the chilly Tramontana – quite warm too. Parking the car in a sandy car-park close to the main road, we set off on foot.

Torre Guaceto l ©ornaoreilly.com

As it is winter, the beaches are currently deserted, bar a few walkers such as ourselves, and cyclists on trail or mountain bikes. I can only imagine that things will be different in summer, but how different I do not know, as, being a nature reserve with limited access, there is a long walk to get to many of these isolated beaches.

Torre Guaceto l ©ornaoreilly.com

Torre Guaceto is close to the ‘White City of Ostuni’ and the busy town of Carovigno, about half an hour north of Brindisi. Between the torre itself and the visitor’s centre are several coves dotted with rugged sandy beaches. Between the beaches we walked through Mother Nature’s garden; there is no other way to describe the wonderful natural flora we walked past on the sandy paths as we threaded our way from beach to beach.

Torre Guaceto l ©ornaoreilly.com

Torre Guaceto l ©ornaoreilly.com

Medieval watchtowers, such as Torre Guaceto, are dotted along the coast of Puglia. I have read that they were built by the Emperor Charles V in order to keep an eye out for possible invaders.

Torre Guaceto l ©ornaoreilly.com

Torre Guaceto is a large protected nature reserve and, as such, is completely different to other beach areas close by where bars, restaurants and holiday homes jostle for position along the shoreline.  Apart from a visitor’s centre, there is no development here and in winter is wild and unspoiled.

Torre Guaceto l ©ornaoreilly.com

In the summer season, though the visitor’s centre runs a shuttle bus to an area near the tower, you would have to be prepared to walk quite a distance to find your spot on one of these perfect beaches.

Torre Guaceto l ©ornaoreilly.com

Torre Guaceto l ©ornaoreilly.com

Torre Guaceto l ©ornaoreilly.com

Torre Guaceto l ©ornaoreilly.com

Being a nature reserve, it is full of wonderful plant life and I have read that there is, apparently, a turtle sanctuary there too. Details can be found on their website, click HERE.


Orna O’Reilly

Ostuni, Italy


8 thoughts on “Walking to Torre Guaceto, Puglia

  1. Beautiful photos and writing, as always.
    Your posts are always positive , informative, and envy inspiring! I can’t wait until I can grab my walking sticks and do the same!

    • Thanks Linda. We love exploring and walking. And Puglia is perfect for both of these pursuits. We have a long list of places we are dying to visit just as soon as the weather warms up a tad. Glad you find my posts positive and informative. As for envy inspiring….you don’t do too badly yourself! 🙂

    • Thanks Karen. I think many local families visit these beaches in summer, bringing food and beach chairs in order to be able to spend an entire day. We will definitely revisit regularly now that we have discovered this magical nature reserve.

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