Torre Guaceto nature reserve is a protected area between the coast of Ostuni and that of Brindisi, inside the territories of the towns of Carovigno and Brindisi itself.
It is a natural reserve of particular beauty and importance. The area is characterized by the presence of fresh water, which helped the growth of exensive woodlands and varied species of animals. Inside there are several habitats and landscapes, including: a marine reserve with rocky and sandy seabeds; a wet and marshy area inhabited by amphibians and birds; sand dunes; and long sandy beaches.
The wetlands, fed by brackish water ponds, are an important feature of this reserve. Along the coast lie sandy dunes formed by the action of the wind.
The place is called after a tower, part of a series of towers existing along the coast. These were built in the 16th century as a defense system by the Aragonese family.
The natural area is divided into three zones that correspond to different types of protection and specific natural features. The most important area, zone A, has a full proection status. Here hiking is possible but only with previous permission. The other two zones, B and C, are have a partial protection status.
A walking trip that lasts 3 hours along paths of low and medium difficulty. Shorter excursion also available for children and beginners. Only on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and on Sunday afternoons.
This cycle excursion lasts 3 hours along fixed paths. Bikes can be rented on site. Available on Tuesday and Sunday.
Sea-watching/snorkelling excursions allow you to view the seabed of the marine reserve. The duration of this excursion is around 1 hour and 30 minutes, including preparation time. This activity is accessible to anyone. All necessary equipment can be rented on site and is available only from June to September.