Torre Pali

Torre Pali, a fraction of Salve, is a seaside resort in the province of Lecce not far from Gallipoli.

In ancient times it was called Marina di Sant’Antonio because of a small church dedicated to the saint. Subsequently the name Pali prevailed due to the many wooden poles found on the shoreline after the storms. The tower, one of many built in the 16th century with a lookout function, was initially built on land but is now completely in the sea following coastal erosion.

Torre Pali
Torre Pali ©

What to see

Being a seaside resort, Torre Pali beach is renowned for its crystal clear waters. Since 2009, it has received the Blue Flag recognition several times.

The scenery that opens up to the eyes of the observer is an alternation of sand and rocks like the one found a few meters from the beach, called Isola della Fanciulla, with a seabed rich in sea urchins and molluscs, to which numerous legends are linked.

What to do

Torre Pali in Salento is a small town truly recommended for those seeking peace and tranquility but also a wide choice of accommodation facilities. It is very characteristic to go to the small tourist port which hosts the mooring for small rental boats and take walk near this place. It’s impossible not to stop for lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants that offer traditional local dishes based on very fresh fish.

For all lovers of excursions, those by boat with a guided tour of the Leuca caves are highly recommended: the departure is from Torre Pali to admire the beauty of the coast up to Santa Maria di Leuca, between one dive and another in the clear and crystal clear, perhaps tasting local products right on board the boats that organize the tours.

Furthermore, from Torre Pali you can easily reach many other places in Salento such as Gallipoli, Porto Cesareo, Santa Maria di Leuca or Lecce, beautiful places to visit, rich in culture and history, but also famous for their summer nightlife.

Come arrivare

In aereo:

  • Brindisi Airport 120 km
  • Bari Airport 240 km

On the train:

Arrive by train to Lecce, and from there use the local railway networks until you reach Salve (10km from Torre Pali), another alternative, once you reach Lecce, can be the excellent Salento bus service present throughout the period summer.

By car:

  • From Brindisi: SS613 direction Lecce. Before arriving in Lecce, take the SS694 Tangenziale Ovest junction, after a few km take the SS101 junction for Gallipoli. Continue on the SS274 and follow the signs for Santa Maria di Leuca and take the Salve – Torre Pali exit and continue to the Marina di Torre Pali following the signs.
  • From Bari: SS16 towards Brindisi and continue until Lecce without ever changing direction once you reach the SS613 follow the directions above.
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