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Marina di Pescoluse: the Maldives of Salento

by Apr 8, 2017

Marina di Pescoluse, also known as “le Pescoluse”, is a pearl of Salento, and one of the most popular tourist resorts in the whole of Puglia: beaches of fine white sand, crystal clear sea water, beaches surrounded by greenery, free beaches, well-equipped bathing establishments and well-organized, equipped with entertainment and catering.
 The nickname “Maldives of Salento” is linked to the colour of the sand: the sand is very white and this is due to the calcareous rock from which the sand originates. Marina di Pescoluse welcomes tens of thousands of Italian and foreign tourists, especially in summer and in particular in August.

Marina di Pescoluse: where is it and how to reach it

The marina of Pescoluse, belonging to the marine area of Salve, a small town in the province of Lecce, is a beautiful piece of land enclosed between Torre Pali and Torre Vado, on the Ionian coast of Salento.

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The Maldives of Salento are far from the main tourist centres and attractions:

  • 80 km from the provincial capital Lecce
  • 40 km far from Gallipoli
  • 16 km far from Santa Maria di Leuca
  • 70 km far from Porto Cesareo
  • 18 km far from Tricase Città and 26 km far from Tricase Porto
  • 40 km far from Castro Marina
  • 40 km far from Santa Cesarea Terme
  • 60 km far from Otranto
  • 77 km far from Torre dell’Orso and San Foca
  • 35 km far from Maglie

View the map of Pescoluse

The internal road system, considering optimal traffic situations, allows easy access to Marina di Pescoluse from the Salento capital Lecce. You will have two possibilities:

  • from Lecce go in the direction of Maglie on the SS 16 State Road, then take the exit for Santa Maria di Leuca on the SS 275 State Road and, once you have reached Alessano, you just have to follow Salve;
  • from Lecce, take the ring road in the direction of Gallipoli (SS 101) and once you reach Gallipoli continue along the road Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca and take the exit Salve.

Acknowledgements and prizes obtained

Marina di Pescoluse has received important awards from the FEE (Foundation for Enviromental Education), Legambiente and the Italian Paediatricians over the years.

  • Since 2009 the Fee has recognized the Marine of Salve the prestigious award of the Blue Flag.
  • In 2010 the Marina di Pescoluse obtained the recognition of the 4 Sails from Legambiente.
  • Since 2013 Green Flag for paediatricians, award for those beaches suitable for children.

Last but not least, the beaches of Pescoluse have given hospitality to numerous female specimens of Caretta Caretta turtles waiting sweetly.
By clicking on this link you can learn more about this beautiful endangered species.

Marina di Pescoluse beaches: what are the most important beaches

There are several beaches in the area, as well as many services offered by the many bathing establishments and beaches. Below are some of the most famous beaches.

Cinque Vele: paradise for children, relaxation for adults

Cinque Vele Beach aspires to position itself as a real “resort” of the shores with its services Restaurant, Mini Club. King Size beds with sea front for adults, “floating pearls” (inflatable dehor to relax in the water) and mini park with full-time baby sitting and baby garden. Reservations are required as the available seats are numbered. The restaurant offers the first fruits of the territory in a gourmet key, interesting evening events with live music (the “Dinners Show” jazz).

Maldive del Salento Lido: white sand and unparalleled welcome

Maldive del Salento Lido is a full service lido because it has a truly complete range of services: free wi-fi, a well-stocked newsagent, a man-woman coiffeur service, horse riding, beach volleyball, jet ski, fitness and restaurant and bar service. This lido winks over even those with disabilities. Particularly particular is the giant deckchair located at the entrance of the access road leading to the beach: it has become a real tourist attraction for souvenir photos.

Agribeach Eden: organic restaurant and pet friends always with us

The lido is set in a very relaxing and beautiful green context.
The baby park allows your children to have fun in absolute safety. The restaurant uses raw materials from the owner’s farm and also offers vegan and vegetarian dishes on the menu. The bar offers a café service and a wide choice of centrifuges. Last but not least, our animal friends are welcome and can swim in the sea in an area specially reserved for them.

The list is not to be considered exhaustive: for further information you can read our article “Marina di Pescoluse Lidi: what they are and what they offer”. For those who want to experience the sea tout court, the Maldives of Salento offer several free beaches, located between one beach and another.

Maldives of Salento and surroundings: Where to eat and where to sleep

Maldives of Salento and surroundings: Where to eat and where to sleep
We have indicated the places where you can relax and cool off during the hot summer days. Now it’s time to suggest the best places in Pescoluse and its surroundings, to eat local cuisine, local recipes and typical food, whether it is included in a menu of fish and meat. We at Foodismo like to remember that whatever your day/evening, romantic or with friends, in our land you eat well everywhere at reasonable cost. Obviously, in the Salento area there are restaurants for all budgets: from the trattoria to the farm, passing through a refined and complex cuisine of Michelin star chefs. Having said that, we present you with a small list, a sort of handbook on where to eat.

Restaurant pizzeria Ikarus and its excellent cuisine: eat meat or fish without spending a fortune

Ikarus is a restaurant open all year round, just 100 metres from the sea. Wide spaces and high number of seats.
It offers two types of menu: fish and meat. The average cost per person, including wines, is around 25/30 € per person and obviously depends on the type of menu you choose (the fish menu is slightly more expensive than the meat). Moreover, inside the restaurant there is a pizza corner and the pizzeria is also take-away.

Titty Twister: frying and ready-made dishes

Cute little place, no frills no grills that offers the typical flavors of Salento: excellent peucce and fried food, all very good and costs are really low. We suggest you stop at the Titty Twister during aperitif hours, returning home or to the hotel directly from the sea, after a day of intense relaxation under the hot sun. You will certainly quench your thirst with smoothies and fresh fruit cocktails in season.

Hotel Picchio: a comfortable 3-star hotel just 5 minutes from the sea

Just five minutes from the sea, this hotel is set on a hill overlooking the marina of Salve. Immersed in the greenery, the Hotel Picchio offers a breathtaking panoramic view. The colours of the sea and the sand of Pescoluse will surely leave you speechless. This structure is far from the noise of traffic and nightlife and guarantees a stay in total relaxation unparalleled. A small hotel with thirty rooms equipped with all comforts:

  • wi-fi free
  • sea view
  • private parking
  • restaurant with typical Salento cuisine for the hotel’s guests
  • outdoor pool
  • free shuttle service to the beaches
  • baby park inside the structure

Gold Hotel & Beach: a small paradise 80 meters from the sea

It is about 80 meters from the sea, on the Leuca-Gallipoli coast. Charming place, comfortable rooms and furnished with style, equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, telephone and TV, safe. Different types of rooms: single, double, triple and quadruple. For greater privacy during your holidays, the hotel offers, on request, apartments and accommodation located inland, far from the property. The hotel offers its guests a bar, a restaurant serving typical local cuisine and fish, and a beach equipped with beach facilities.

Hotel La Conca: spacious, comfortable, modern

A real paradise just 50 meters from the sea, the hotel La Conca is one of the most comfortable structures of Pescoluse: air-conditioned interiors, large TV room, wi-fi free. The restaurant service is only allowed to guests of the structure: the kitchen is available for guests at lunch and dinner. The menu is rich and hearty: dishes and flavors of Salento cuisine based on fish and meat. Excellent agreements with the beaches of the Maldives of Salento

Stays in Masseria to live the experience of the Salento land

Holidays in Salento means living the typical places, living in contact with nature, knowing customs and traditions. If you want this type of holiday, you must stay in Masserie of Salento. In the hinterland of Salve, there are several accommodation facilities that offer this type of service.

Masserie in Salento: farmhouses in the past, accommodation and catering facilities today

The farms are typical rural houses of Puglia, especially Salento, which in the past were used as a storage of agricultural tools, while today have become places, of great charm, used as accommodation and catering. The name “Masseria” derives from the Salento dialect “massaru” which means farmer/colon, placed at the head of all the labourers who were employed in the working of the land of the local nobleman.
For more information read our article “Farmhouses in Salento: farmhouses in the past, accommodation and catering today”.

Main farmhouses and farmhouses in Pescoluse and surroundings

The farms around the Marina di Pescoluse are real gems.
To find them, just follow the signs on the edge of the main roads or follow the “tratturi” or the old semi-asphalted country roads, lined with beautiful dry stone walls.

Farmhouse Tenuta Serre

Immersed in the green, in the typical countryside of Salento, olive trees, red earth and dry stone walls, Tenuta Serre offers its pajare to give you a unique experience of stay (the pajare and lamie we talked about in this article). The property offers breakfast with typical products from Salento, aperitif with typical dishes and tasting extra virgin olive oil, shatsu massage. The beauty of this place is the total detachment from everything that is technological: no TV and no wi-fi zone.

Ancient Masseria del Fano: a fortified farmhouse dating back to 1500

Open to tourists in March 2014, the farm is surrounded by green olive groves of 40 hectares. The place is enchanting, it seems to live in a fairy tale. In the past the fortified farmhouse was a refuge for Basilian monks and travelers, today it is a refuge from the stress and hustle and bustle of modern times. Three exclusive ways of living: deluxe, junior suites and suites and different types of services are related to these three types of room: bathroom in the earthenware room with color therapy, free wi-fi, TV, safe, linen of fine materials, courtesy sets and sofa beds and extra beds for juonior suites and suites. The two suites have room service and terrace with panoramic views of the olive grove and the sea.

What to see in Pescoluse in addition to beaches: monuments and places of interest

If you do not want to live by the sea alone, you can easily reach the nearby town of Salve, just 4 km from Pescoluse, which offers several sites of historical and cultural interest, such as the Astronomical Park of Salento, the oldest organ in Puglia, the Masseria Santu Lasi, etc..
For more information, you can visit the official website of the Municipality of Salve..
Alternatively, you can also visit the karst caves and the watchtower of the Masseria Borgino.

The weather of the Maldives of Salento (live webcam)

This is the real-time information about the climate and weather conditions of the municipality of Salve, where the Marina di Pescoluse is located


The most fascinating images of the Maldives of Salento

Just to make you dream and make you take a little break from work with the mind, we attach some photographs of this magnificent strip of land Salento. Read the captions for more details. We really recommend that you move in time and book well in advance. As you well know, Salento, in summer, in June, July and August, is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the moment in Italy and Puglia. We recommend that you plan your holiday well in advance: you can buy your plane ticket at much lower rates and you can land with your favorite airline at Brindisi Papola Casale, the nearest airport.

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