Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.
-Anna Akhmatova, poet
We did not get to visit the city as we slept somewhere right outside it, but this was setting us 5 min ride from Baia de Turchi.
I am not a fan of crowded beaches as spectacular as they might be. I need to have my space on the sand and in the sea, so when I woke up in the morning and it was not even 7, i said to myself, i need to take advantage of this and so off I went for an early swim in the sea.
Baia dei Tuchi @7AM
Follow the sign roads and you'll end up in a huge improvised parking. As it was very early there was no other car in the parking so we nicely asked the parking guards to let us park the car as we just wanted to stay a little bit. After your park follow the signs to the sea......
And you end up to this
continue your trip on the already made paths (make sure you pay attention at the spider webs)
and you'll get to a wide sandy beach with the sea only for you alone.
Here some more pictures...i highly recommend waking up early
"A heavenly white beach, nestled in the cliff, embellished with the scented Mediterranean scrub and in the shade of the pine forest. In the area of Otranto, the Baia dei Turchi (the Bay of the Turks) is part of the protected Oasis of Alimini Lakes and boasts the Blue Flag and 5 Sails of Legambiente." If curious about the name "According to the legend, this was the bay where, at the end of the 15th century, landed the Turks who were sailing to Otranto for the terrible massacre of the inhabitants." (Source)
Torre di Sant'Andrea
"The Adriatic Sea boasts many highly touted beaches featuring clear water, white sand, and gorgeously rugged landscapes. However, the looming rocky towers of Torre Sant'Andrea make the waterfront of this small Italian fishing community stand out even within that generally picturesque context." (Source)
"Visitors can lounge on the beach, swim through weathered arches, and even cliff dive (if they know what they're doing)." (Source)
Grota de la Poesia
"Is a Romantic and delightful natural pool to the shores of the Adriatic sea, south east Italy coast right next to the little town of Roca vecchia (also known as Roca). The pool is accessed by diving or walking down the artificial steps which were cut into the rocks (can get a bit slippery sometimes). The water is crystal clear and great for snorkeling due to the many fish that swim around joyfully, just make sure no one is about to dive and hit you while snorkeling. Near by there is also an archaeological site, which features many Greek and Latin engravings." (Source)
The earlier you go the less people there are.
Would you jump?
And from here, we took the roads to the white city