Within 15 minutes drive of Casa Lorenzo and Nardò there some of the best beaches in Italy. If you are looking for beaches in beautiful towns, Santa Maria al Bagno and Gallipoli will suit you. If it’s secluded coves you’re after, Porto Selavaggio (Wild Harbour) will be your choice. If you just want sand and sea, Lido Conchiglie or the Baia Verde have beach clubs where you can pay for sun beds and shades, or public beaches, where you can throw down your and dive in the sea. All have soft white sand, warm water, and crystal clear, blue sea. And of course the sunshine, which pretty much goes without saying, from May until October.
Lido Conchiglie – is probably the closest to Nardò. This video was taken in April, and while there are more beach clubs in the Summer, the beach is a couple of kilometres long, so there is always plenty of room on the public beach. Its soft white sand makes it a favourite for families.
Baia Verde – less than 20 minutes drive from Nardò is a favourite for the ragazzi (young people). There are beach clubs, which stay open until late into the evening in the summer. The sea is so clear and blue, and the sand so soft white, you can understand why everyone loves the Baia Verde. The long beach gets busy in August, but in June, July and September its a great place to relax in the sun.
Porto Selvaggio is rated as one of the best secluded beaches in Europe. It takes a bit of effort to get there. You follow a well-trodden path down past facing stands of Macedonian oak, into a cool forest of umbrella pines. The beaches are secluded, pebbly, sandy, coves, with majestic views towards Gallipoli. You need to bring a picnic, but, outside August and weekends, you may have the place pretty much to yourself.
If you like the beaches, then think about discovering the Salento this summer. Nardò makes a great base for a holiday. Casa Lorenzo is in the heart of the beautiful old town, with its restaurants and bars, and only a short drive to the sea.