Holidays to Marina di Ugento are ideal for families, thanks to the friendly atmosphere, large supply of good restaurants and beaches that rival the Caribbean’s.
Tip of the stiletto
Marina di Ugento stretches along the southern end of Italy’s stiletto heel. Families have been flocking here for years for the beautiful Caribbean-like beaches, which back onto a huge nature reserve filled with marshes and fragrant pinewood trees. There are a couple of towns to explore, whether you’re looking for a lively atmosphere or somewhere a little more laidback.
Torre San Giovanni
To the north, you’ve got the bustling Torre San Giovanni. The hub of this Roman harbour town is the long beachfront promenade, packed with everything from pizzerias to ice-cream parlours. At the marina end, you’ll come to a square with a black-and-white chequered lighthouse above it. This is the setting for al fresco theatre performances, food festivals and concerts during the summer months.
Quieter Torre Mozza is a 10-minute drive to the south. The landmark here is the crumbling tower that was built to defend it from invaders in the 16th century. A wide, sandy beach stretches along the shoreline. And as there’s just a handful of bars and restaurants, it has a more laidback vibe than its northern neighbour.
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