In Salento there is a beach famous for its seabed, for its clear waters and breathtaking views: it is the beach of Torre dell'Orso, one of the wonders of Salento that every year attract thousands of tourists coming not only from Italy, but from any part of the world. These 900 meters of silver-colored beach they are a real delight to spend a few days at sea. Here is everything you need to know to visit Torre dell'Orso and live an experience you won't easily forget ...
- How to reach us
- Free beach, lidos and bathing establishments
- Where to sleep in the surrounding area: hotels, campsites and villages
- What to see in the surroundings
- What to do in Torre dell'Orso
- Curiosity: The legend of the two sisters
- User questions and comments
How to reach us
Getting to Torre dell'Orso is quite simple. In fact, the area can be reached both with the By public transport from the most important urban centers both with their own cars.
- From Lecce: it is about 64 km away, reachable in 33 minutes by car via the SP1, SS16 or SP298 / SP366. It can also be reached by bus in about 1 hour. Take line 165 for 2 stops and continue on line 101 for 8 stops
- From Brindisi: it is about 71 km away, which can be covered in 56 minutes by car via the SS613. You can also get there by bus in about 1 hour and 43 minutes. Take line 165 for 3 stops and continue on line 101 for 8 stops.
- From the Salento Airport: Brindisi-Papola Casale (BDS) airport is about 74 km away. Private transfers are available to Torre dell'Orso / San Foca / Otranto. Prices from € 32,00 per person, travel time about 1 hour and 20 minutes. More info
- Directions: Get directions
Where to park
Parking in Torre dell'Orso is not a big problem. The streets overlooking the sea offer several public car parks for a fee marked by the traditional "blue stripes". In the innermost streets (in any case close to the sea), it is possible to park without paying provided that the parking is carried out according to the law (in the correct sense, not near intersections, etc.).
They are also available private pay parking. There is one near the bridge about 200 meters from the beach with daily prices from € 4,00 / 5,00 (Società Parcheggi di Lombardo & C - Get directions).
Free beach, lidos and bathing establishments
Torre dell'Orso beach is well organized thanks to the presence of beaches and bathing establishments. By staying at one of these structures you can enjoy the beach without worrying about having to bring umbrellas, sunbeds, etc. as well as having more than prepared entertainment available to have fun in the hottest hours.
In the less crowded months, prices start from € 15,00 per day for umbrella + 2 sunbeds, and increase significantly in high season (in the week of August it starts from € 35,00). If you prefer a free solution, don't worry: the Torre dell'Orso beach is in fact also free for large stretches.
Here are some recommended beaches of the beach:
- The Caribbean of Salento: FB Page - Website - Get directions
- Baia d'Oriente: FB Page - Get directions
- Lido La Sorgente: FB Page - Website - Get directions
Where to sleep in the surrounding area: hotels, campsites and villages
The Torre dell'Orso area, in addition to being rich in beauty, is also full of hotels, residences and places to stay overnight. Given the beauty of the places we recommend one of the many residence a short distance from the sea. In this way you can enjoy all the relaxation you need in absolute and complete autonomy. For the more extreme, however, there is the possibility of staying in the camping of Torre dell'Orso, immersed in the pine forest that runs along the beach.
What to see in the surroundings
Torre dell'Orso offers various attractions of interest, starting with Old Town with the old Watchtower, passing through the stacks of the two sisters, up to the Grotto of San Cristoforo, inside which a graffiti dating back to the third century BC was found
But that's not all, the fraction is also one ideal base for discovering the other marinas of Melendugno and Salento. Having a car at your disposal, you can visit its surroundings with extreme ease.
Here are some of the things to see absolutely:
- The Old Town and the Watchtower (Get Directions)
- La Grotta San Cristoforo (Get directions)
- The Grotta della Poesia and the archaeological area of Roca Vecchia (1,6 km away, 5 minutes by car - Get directions)
- Otranto and its beaches, including the Baia dei Turchi (15,7 km away, 22 minutes by car - Get directions)
- The city of Lecce, taking advantage of a comfortable walking tour that includes the must (64 km away, 33 minutes by car - Get directions)
What to do in Torre dell'Orso
The area is full of activities to do throughout the day. From bathing establishments to nightlife, Torre dell'Orso offers many alternatives to those who want to visit the place. A short distance from the beach you can have fun in the playground The Gardens of the Sun, or practice water sports at KITE Salento.
Torre dell'Orso is in fact famous for being a true paradise for fans of scuba diving thanks to the clarity of the sea, comparable to that of one of the most famous Caribbean islands. Plus the cliff is a great place to go dive into the transparent waters of the sea. If you want to enjoy one instead nightlife of all respect, try one of the many clubs that line the Torre dell'Orso beach.
Curiosity: The legend of the two sisters
Torre dell'Orso is not only sea, but also legend. The story that hovers over this place has to do with the two stacks who watch over the area.
The legend has as its protagonists two beautiful sisters, who had decided to go to the coast to look for a little cool from the heat of the hinterland. Arriving at the cliff, one of the two sisters, kidnapped by the sound of the sea waves, approached the edge and, as if hypnotized by the water, the smell of salt and the roar of the waves, threw herself into the sea to become one. with that place. The impact with the water, however, made the illusion disappear and the first sister regained control over her mind, realizing that she would soon die. Thus began to ask for help and the second sister, hearing her cries for help, threw herself into the sea to save her. However, the attempt was in vain and both died in the waters of Torre dell'Orso. The sea, which has now become their eternal home, transformed them into the two stacks that can still be seen today.