Torre Guaceto is a nature sanctuary and a marine reserve, a stretch of unspoilt coast where time seems to have stood still. The park covers an area of approximately 1000 hectares of land and 2000 hectares of sea, stretching along seven kilometres of the Adriatic coastline.
The last man-made construction along this stretch of coast is the ancient tower of Guaceto built in 1500 by the Aragonese as a lookout point to warn of invasions by the Turks. The tower has not needed any restoration and is in its original state. It sits on the headland cliffs, raised over the sea and dominates the reserve, an amazing area of biodiversity.
The biodiversity can be seen by looking at the century-old olive trees and forests, interrupted only by walls and winding paths. The sand dunes leading to the sea are surrounded by ancient juniper trees and, in the summer, are dotted with lilies. The sea itself is crystal clear and is home to lobsters, octopus, many species of fish and coral reefs. A paradise of nature and colours, Torre Guaceto is the perfect place to be in harmony with nature.
The Visitor Centre, 3km inland at Serranova, will provide you with all the information you need to enjoy the reserve whether you want to walk or cycle the trails within the nature reserve, snorkel or scuba dive in the marine reserve or just want to know more. The Visitor Centre organises nature walks, cycle trekking (including bike hire and safety equipment) and guided snorkelling trips. There is also a small museum at the Visitor Centre providing information on the history of the area and the different species of plant and animal life to be found in the reserves. There is a small snack bar but it’s probably better to pack up a picnic to take with you.
The beaches at Torre Guaceto are sandy, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving are encouraged. No boats, fishing or animals are allowed in the Marine Reserve or Nature Sanctuary. As well as the free beaches there are a number of beach lidos close to the Marine Reserve, including Stabilimento Balneare and Punta Penna Grossa just to the north.
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