Area Marina Protetta di Torre Guaceto

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Area Marina Protetta di Torre Guaceto

Area Marina Protetta di Torre Guaceto
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Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area (MPA) is located in southeastern Italy (southern Adriatic Sea), it covers about 2220 ha and it was established by the Mininster of Environment with a Decree on December 4, 1991. The MPA, falling within the municipalities of Brindisi and Carovigno, has a coastaline of about 8 km from the Apani area till the littoral of Punta Penna Grossa and it extends from the shoreline to 50 m depth. The management authority of the reserve is a consortium composed by the Municipal districts of Carovigno and Brindisi and the no-profit association World Wildlife Fund (Wwf-Italy) Torre Guaceto, besides a MPA, is also a State Natural Reserve extending for about 1.200 ha, having a marine front of 8 km. It was established by the Ministry of Environment, with a Decree on February 4, 2000. Besides the reserve includes the wetland of international interest "Torre Guaceto" according to the Ramsar Convention. Within the framework of the EU programme "Natura 2000" and of the linked Italian programme "Bioitaly", the Region Apulia, according to the EU Habitat Directive 92/43 proposed Torre Guaceto as a site of Communitary Interest named "Torre Guaceto Macchia San Giovanni". Furthermore, the Region Apulia individuated the wetland of Torre Guaceto as a Zone of Special Protection (ZPS) according to the EU directive 79/409 "Birds". The Site of Communitary Interest includes a marine priority habitat for the EU, the Posidonia oceanica meadows. The Management Consortium of Torre Guaceto has approved the management plan of the Site of Communitary Interest (Dir. 92/43 EC) "Torre Guaceto Macchia San Giovanni". The document has been sent to the Ministry of Environment for its approval. Torre Guaceto MPA is divided in three zones, according to the different protection: A Zone, no-entry, no-take zone; B Zone, the General Reserve; C Zone of Partial Reserve. The coastline is characterized, along the western sector, by a series of small subrectangular coves with pocket beaches, until the eastwads projecting promontory of Torre Guaceto. At east of this promontory the coast is mainly sandy, with reduced rocky formations and low rocks emerging right in front of the promontory and eastwards from it (little isles of Apani), and is characterized by a regular, sinuous coastline. The eastern coastal sector, furthermore, is incised by ten little valleys oriented from South to North, some continuing also underwater. The inland part is devoted to the typical agricultural practices of the area, continuing the plant cover present also outside the Reserve, with secular olive trees, mixed cultures, and red soils, not covered by vegetation. In the area between the road and the coast, terrains are in a more natural condition. The spatial succession ranging from beach, dune, and Mediterranean scrub ends up with agricultural areas (mainly vegetable gardens) and some reforestation. The second coastal stretch, developing southwards, does not include neither dunes nor beach. It is characterized by a low and rocky coast, with small beaches and whose vegetation reaches the coastline. The dunes of Torre Guaceto maintain their maximal expansion, since there are wide stretches of grey dunes that reach 15 m in height. The dune environment is diverse and is characterized by habitats of interest for the EU such as: dunes with meadows of Brachypodietalia and annual vegetation; mobile littoral dunes with Ammophila arenaria ("White Dunes"); annual vegetation of marine deposition lines, and the coastal rocks with Mediterranean coastal vegetation, with endemic Limonium spp.. The waters facing on the coast are inhabited by bird species with strong affinity for marine environments (e.g. divers, grebes, petrels, cormorants) and for swamps, like those of the order Anseriformes, that often rest and forage in the waters of the marine reserve). Many anatids rest in marine waters both during migration and in other periods of the year, when they are not active. The submarine landscape is constantly characterized by two subsequent escarpments, parallel to the coastline and with a medium slope. These escarpments are divided by flat surfaces due both to erosion and, mostly, to deposition. The rocky midlittoral is characterised by the presence of red algae as Laurencia sp, and Corallina elongata and by a Cystoserietum that forms belts along the rocky littoral. The rocky infralittoral is characterized by photophylous algae and by sea urchin barrens and encrusting alge accompanied by the few animal species that resist the grazing activity of sea urchins. Posidonia oceanica meadows are one of the most characteristic habitats of the sandy infralittoral. The intricate morphology of the meadows forms a series of microhabitats that provide both food and shelter to numerous organisms, from fish and crustaceans to sponges, bryozoans, hydroids, anthozoans and bivalve molluscs. Patches of Cymodocea nodosa are also present. In the C zone there are stretches of precoralligenous formations with many organisms in perfect state; particularly numerous are both the yellow and the white sea fans (Eunicella cavolini, Eunicella singularis). Also the bryozoans Sertella sp. e Myriapora truncata are very common. Coralligenous formations are comprised between 22 and 30 m depth, with discontinuous distribution and forming a series of patches on the sandy bottom. Coralligenous formations become scarcer at depths greater than 30 m, reaching a depth of 45 m, where the sandy bottom is replaced by mud. Muddy bottoms are inhabited by a rich fauna of molluscs, brittle stars, sea stars, sea cucumbers, vagile and tubiculous polychaetes, with various types of tubular protections. Torre Guaceto AMP has obtained the Emas II Registration (Reg CE 761/2001) in 2005. In relation to the individuated driving forces (touristic diving, visits on federal properties and nearby areas, illegal fisheries, outflow of water from the Canale Reale and from the wetland, marine pollution) the environmental analysis for the EMAS registration of the Reserve set objectives of environmental conservation. Torre Guaceto is included in the SPAMI List, according to the Barcellona Convention.
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Gorgeous spot, terrible amount of plastic waste
Jul 2021
Very beautiful scenery, but I have never seen a natural protected area with so much garbage, plastics and microplastics on the beach and in the sea. What a shame. No awareness-raising campaigns for visitors, hardly any garbage bins. This is something the local authorities urgently need to address if they want to keep the park accessible for visitors.
Written 30 July 2021
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Bill K
Neive, Piemonte, Italy26 contributions
Gorgeous spot
Feb 2021
One of the most beautiful beaches along the Alto Salento coastline, and there are many to choose from! It is part of a larger nature preserve, for which Italy deserves great credit.
Written 17 February 2021
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The Big Gay Podcast from Puglia
Puglia, Italy631 contributions
Nature even for the naturist.
May 2020
With a backdrop of sandy dunes, wetlands and marshes inhabited by a range of wildlife including amphibians and birds, Torre Guaceto is a wonderful area to walk, explore and experience nature. There is even a marine reserve for turtles.

Punta Penna Grossa -PPG- within the reserve is one of the most popular family beaches in the Valle d’Itria.

PPG is a 20-minute drive from Ostuni and Brindisi. There’s a 5-minute walk to the beach from the main car park. Parking arrangements change from mid-late July until early September when you are directed to the northern car park. This has a €5 flat fee including the trolley bus that loops from the car park to the beach and back again (a 4-minute journey each way).

You can wait from 10-20 minutes to get on depending on the queues. But it’s worth it.

Another 50-minute walk beyond the torre will take you to one of Puglia’s best known naturist beaches.

During the summer season PPG has a private lido with umbrellas and loungers for hire. There is a public bar, public toilets. There are small lockers and charging points for mobiles and tablets.

PPG has accessible facilities, including chairs that can be used by those who need assistance to get over the sand and into the sea.
Written 19 May 2020
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John M
16 contributions
Beautiful. Needs signage
Oct 2019
Beautiful area with a beach that locals flock to at weekends. There is a sanctuary for injured turtles where you can get quite close to these magnificent animals. There is an information centre miles from the beach which we gave up trying to get to so we had to make do with the local signage which is a few informative signs but little else. We enjoyed it and the beach and dunes are beautiful but there are too many unmarked trails. We had a car and apart from tourist coaches we saw no public transport.
Written 16 October 2019
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London, UK7 contributions
Enjoyable visit, beautiful scenery
Aug 2019 • Family
We went to Torre Guaceto in the middle of August. As expected the beach was busy, like everywhere in this part of the year. The trains from the parkings to the beach are frequent in this period, to manage the higher number of visitors. The water is green/blue and transparent; see is normally calm. There are many fishes that one can see easily snorkelling. Kids and teenagers will enjoy that.
They organise visits of the natural reserve which are worthy to discover the area. We visited the We did is with the family and adults and kids, enjoyed. Our guide was Giovanni and he was good. You can see turtles, walk in the wetlands, enjoy small remote beaches. On the beach you may find some stones, plants and branches that are not removed regularly. But this is normal I think because it is a natural reserve.
Worth a visit.
Written 15 August 2019
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Marco Okello S
102 contributions
Probably the best beach in the area Monopoli-Brindisi
Aug 2019 • Family
The Torre Guaceto's beach is simply fantastic.
The water is crystal clear and the beach (sand) is very nice and peaceful.

If you are looking for a wonderful beach in the area between Monopoli and Brindisi, this is the place to go!
Written 5 August 2019
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Debbie D
High Wycombe, UK21 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Lovely clean scenic area. Well worth a visit. This is a lovely part of Italy to visit with family, and friends.
Written 24 July 2019
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Been a few places
Epsom, UK1,082 contributions
Has potential for hikes but visitor information lacking
Jun 2019 • Couples
Came to the Torre Guaceto national park to do some walking and experience some nature but came away underwhelmed and dissapointed.

We saw one sign to a visitor centre from the main road when coming to the national park but didn't see another so headed to the parking, where you pay €5 to park and ride to the beach. Trains are every 10 minutes. Most people came to use the beaches (which seem to also include a nudist beach) but we came to walk.

On arrival in the park itself, we saw a couple of signs pointing to various buildings but they were closed. We checked out the beach, where you can rent beds and umbrellas for lots of money and then found a sign detailing the way to Torre Guaceto/tower. The path hugs the coast line (we'd been hoping for some more inland trails) and terrain is so mixed that the best footwear are some neoprene sandals, as in parts you are walking on the sand, but at other times sharp rocks. We'd come in flip flops which did the job but were not ideal.

The views along the trail are pleasant, looking across the various bays to the tower. Part way round we saw signs to what we thought was an observatory/hide overlooking the wetlands, but when we got there we found a sad owl in a cage and another empty building. From there we continued to the tower finding the rest of the path better signposted. The tower was nice enough but nothing special - it's not even particularly tall. Having visited we walked back through the wetland area, but couldn't see any of it due to high reeds and a lack of observation points/hides, and then back along a road. Our walk overall was just over 8km and it wasn't at all difficult. The visit was OK - it could have been a lot better, with better marked trails and places to appreciate nature. Wouldn't rush back and we came away dissapointed.
Written 29 June 2019
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San Vito dei Normanni, Italy462 contributions
A trip in nature
Jun 2019
It's netto to have a trip in this natural reserve during the week because a lot of people during the summer we are present.
Is a natural Reserva with some sand beach very nice
Written 21 June 2019
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Ashburton, Australia11 contributions
Adriatic Oasis
May 2019 • Couples
Great place to swim and walk. Water clear and shallow. About a 7km return walk to the Torre from the car park- ideal to burn off some of the food and wine.
Written 3 June 2019
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