Are you navigating towards the southern edge of Italy? Then you surely won’t be disappointed. This wonderful region awaits you with several attractions, beaches, and a fantastic culinary experience. You’ll find everything in this article that you need to know about Puglia as a sailor. Keep on reading if you wouldn’t like to miss the best of Puglia.
The article includes the followings:
- Weather in Puglia
- Ports in Puglia: where to take a break on your journey
- Sail in Puglia! Puglia sailing itineraries:
- A complete one-week Puglia sailing tour
- 7 days sailing plan from Porto Cesareo – Sail in Puglia!
- Sailing in Puglia: 1 week San Foca sailing itinerary
- 7 days Puglia sailing trip from Gallipoli
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Owing to its superb Mediterranean climate, Puglia is a perfect holiday destination all year round. Temperatures exceed 20°C in April already and you can also count on sunny weather. Summer is long, hot and dry with temperatures often exceeding 35°C. As a result, water temperatures reach about 20 °C, perfect for swimming. This is the time when Puglia’s beaches become animated with people and the ports fill up with boats.
However, even as autumn comes, temperatures don’t plummet rapidly. They only drop below 20°C at the end of October.
Most of the precipitation falls throughout the winter months, however, they’re mild, temperatures mostly vary between 10-12°C.
Puglia is dominated by southerly winds throughout the summer. The winds blowing from Africa bring hot temperatures and create huge waves on the Salento coast, facing the Ionian Sea.
Another prevailing wind is the north-easterly Tramontane, a cool and rather dry breeze that can ease the swelteringly hot summer days.
When these north-easterly winds blow, the sea becomes completely flat alongside the Ionian coastline-just like a lake-, providing perfect conditions for sailing in Puglia.
The word ‘Salento’ means: ‘sun, sea and wind’; it’s therefore not hard to guess that winds are constantly present in Puglia, even if only of moderate strength. Puglia is a flat area, surrounded by the sea on each side and far away from the mountain ranges, therefore, the winds simply blow through this region.
Would you like to moor somewhere in Puglia? There’re many options to choose from, but we collected some of the best spots for you.
Gallipoli town consists of two parts: the new and the old town. Its port is located where the two parts meet. Every morning dozens of fishermen set sail to supply visitors with fresh fish. The port has 200 berths, lined with colourful trawlers, yachts and boats.
Porto Turistico Marina di Leuca is a port where you can be sure that your boat is 100% safe, every day of the year.
The staff doesn’t only look after your boat, but whilst providing the highest standards of services, environmental issues are also taken into consideration and the best international tricks are being used through the port’s management.
There’re exactly 633 available berths, so there’s a spot for you too if you book in time. There’re also different services available by the marina: bathrooms, showers, Wi-Fi and drinking water.
If you fancy a great sailing experience with some fascinating ports, choose Otranto. The port is located 1.5 km from the city centre and accommodates dozens of boats, yachts and freighter yachts. The port is also home to the fleet of vessels of the Italian Coast Guard and the Customs Agency.
Stazione Marittima, the Maritime Station is also by the port. It provides various services for mooring boats and their owners. The water depth of the berths is 6.4-6.7 m and they’re capable of accommodating boats up to 150 m lengths.
There’re 300 berths in this marina. The bottom of it is sandy and owing to its location it’s a great shelter against the northerly and north-easterly winds. The port is very well-equipped, amongst the many other fantastic amenities, there’re service stations available, for instance.
The water depth here is 2.4 m and the whole marina is guarded by the majestic Torre Cesarea watchtower.
The port of San Foca provides 150 berths. The bottom of the port is sandy and rocky and it’s capable of accommodating boats up to 25 m lengths. For the sailors, there’re various amenities available, including drinking water, electricity, showers, and bathrooms as well as Wi-Fi. The nearby beaches are also all fully equipped.
We’ve put together a perfect itinerary for Puglia so that you don’t have to worry about it.
We recommend Leuca town as a base. Owing to its central location it’s easy to explore the area from here and you can also find more fascinating places to moor at. The area is easily navigable.
Day 1. Santa Maria di Leuca – Marina Serra
15,43 km (9,59 mi)
Day 2. Marina Serra – Porto Badisco
21,15 km (13,14 mi)
Porto Badisco is a real little fishing village. If you’re looking for a relaxed town where Italian traditions continue undiminished and where the old architectural designs are preserved, visit Porto Badisco.
Day 3. Porto Badisco – Otranto
12,09 km (7,51 mi)
Otranto town is the easternmost point of Italy where you can explore several attractions, such as the Torre Pinta catacombs, the cathedral that dates back to 1088 and some fascinating churches too. The town is famed for its unique horse breed, the ‘murgese’. Not to mention that owing to its sandy beach, it could also be a perfect choice for families.
Day 4. Otranto – Torre dell’Orso – San Foca
19,91 km (12,37 mi)
In the close vicinity of San Foca is to be found Grotta della Poesia, a natural swimming pool in the middle of a cliff. It attracts hundreds of visitors daily with its crystal-clear waters. In addition, the nearby Torre dell’Orso Beach is also worth a visit. With its golden sand dunes, it’s a perfect beach for a whole-day relaxation.
Day 5. San Foca – The Cesine Nature Reserve – San Cataldo
13,38 km (8,31 mi)
Day 6. San Cataldo – Torre Chianca
12,19 km (7,57 mi)
Day 7. Torre Chianca – Almini Grande – Leuca
89,97 km (55,90 mi)
Day 1. Porto Cesareo – Sant’Isidoro 5,71 km (3,55 mi), Day 2. Sant’Isidoro – Santa Maria al Bagno 13,17 km (8,18 mi) Day 3. Santa Maria al Bagno – Gallipoli 9,53 km (5,92 mi) Day 4. Gallipoli – Torre San Giovanni 26,42 km (16,42 mi), Day 5. Torre San Giovanni – Torre Pali 10,06 km (6,25 mi), Day 6. Torre Pali – Santa Maria Leuca 15,08 km (9,37 mi), Day 7. Santa Maria Leuca – Torre Vado – Porto Cesareo 74,87 km (46,52 mi)
Day 1. San Foca – The Cesine Nature Reserve – San Cataldo 13,38 km (8,31 mi), Day 2. San Cataldo – Torre Chianca 12,19 km (7,57 mi) Day 3. Torre Chianca – Brindisi 31,85 km (19,79 mi) Day 4. Brindisi – Torre Santa Sabina 27,23 km (16,92 mi), Day 5. Torre Santa Sabina – Torre Canne 21,35 km (13,27 mi), Day 6. Torre Canne – Savelletri 7,15 km (4,44 mi), Day 7. Savelletri – San Foca 109,15 km (67,83 mi)
Day 1. Gallipoli – Santa Maria al Bagno 9,53 km (5,92 mi), Day 2. Santa Maria al Bagno – Sant’Isidoro 13,17 km (8,18 mi) Day 3. Sant’Isidoro – Porto Cesareo 5,71 km (3,55 mi) Day 4. Porto Cesareo – Torre Colimena 13,34 km (8,29 mi), Day 5. Torre Colimena – Lido di Silvana 34,15 km (21,22 mi), Day 6. Lido di Silvana – Lido Bruno 15,29 km (9,50 mi), Day 7. Lido Bruno – Parco naturale regionale Porto Selvaggio e Palude del Capitano – Gallipoli 83,77 km (52,05 mi)
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Hopefully, our article put you in the mood for sailing in Puglia. Now, you also know which ports and islands to choose for mooring if the wind blows you there. HELP ME TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOAT