The Sea

For your holidays in Salento…Tenuta Masseria Chicco Rizzo to discover the ancient pleasure of being in contact with nature

“Lu mare, lu sule e lu ientu”…the sea, the sun and the wind

The Peninsula of Salento is bathed by the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea.

It’s the sea that first attracts so many tourists to the Salento. The crystalline clarity of its waters, its beaches of finest sand nestling between rocky cliffs and the beauty of many of the settlements along its coastlines have made this land a very popular destination for the whole world.

Since the Tenuta Masseria Chicco Rizzo is located in the very heart of the peninsula, it is the ideal starting point for beach goers to reach our many beautiful bathing spots. Another advantage of being placed in the centre of the peninsula is that our guests can always choose to head on any day for a coast that is out of the wind. Because it juts out into the seas, the sunny Salento peninsula can often be quite windy and sits right in the path of the scirocco, which blows up hot and damp from the south-east, and of the tramontana that blows down cool from the north… hence the expression “lu mare, lu sule e lu ientu” (the sea, the sun and the wind).

Closer to the Adriatic Sea and to the Marinas of Melendugno  it only takes 10 to 15 minutes in the car to reach Roca Vecchia, where you can dive from the old town walls that stand tall above the sea. Or you may choose the enchanting rocks of Sant’Andrea with its evocative arches, the “Poesia” chosen by the National Geographic as one of the world’s most beautiful natural swimming pools, or the stupendous beaches at Torre dell’Orso and Alimini.

In only 15 to 20 minutes, you can also reach the sheer cliffs of Otranto and of Santa Cesaria, or the lower ones at Porto Badisco, the sheltered waters of Baia dei Turchi, Castro or the Ciolo, all of them transparent and crystalline.

It takes a little longer – about 20 to 30 minutes – to reach the great expanses of white sands of the beaches at Punta Prosciutto, the ones at Ugento known as the Salento Maldives, at Santa Maria di Leuca and at Gallipoli.

Last but not least, make sure you don’t miss out on the wild and untamed landscape at Porto Selvaggio.


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