Ancient Olive Groves & Roman Roads

Dune Costiere Regional Park

This package was coordinated by MEET project parnter Federparchi-Europarc Italy and created by the managers and the people of the protected areas of  Dune Costiere Regional Park.

The tour is provided by the local tour operator  Nicolaus Tour.

This test tour is a result of the MEET project’s objective to develop an integrated strategy to settle an Eco-Tourism Development Model for the Mediterranean Protected Areas that boosts a better seasonal distribution of tourism flows. By participating in this tour you will be part of a small group contributing to the development of a new sustainable travel concept which aims to support conservation and benefit the local communities…

NOTE: This tour is for active travelers interested in culture, local cuisine, cooking and nature. 

Dune Costiere Regional Park: The Protected Area

The Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere, from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonado, covers the territories of Ostuni and Fasano on approximately 1,100 acres along 8 kilometers of coastline and extends until the internal agricultural areas occupied by centuries-old olive groves and ancient farms. The boundary follows the course of the lame-  small erosive furrows, typical of the Apulian countryside- for a total of 55 kilometers; it is included into the List of Sites of Community Importance in Italy (SCI) , with the name of “Litorale Brindisino” and is member of the European network “Natura 2000”, with the target to preserve natural habitats and species of plants and animals in danger of extinction.

The Park, with its numerous natural habitats connected with extensive arable land, protagonists of projects aiming at protecting crops organically, the ancient olive groves; The Traiana Road, archaeological and historical sites with cultural significance, ancient masseria farmhouses and underground oil-mills, the Lame, rock dwellings, accommodation facilities and manufacturing companies with the Park Brand, the towns: a territory rich and complex to safeguard, and with values to promote​​; this is the area in which the Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere [costal dunes] develops, among the most interesting of South Italy, playing a key  role in the environmental protection and sustainable economic development.

LOCATION


Biodiversity & Conservation in Dune Costiere Regional Park

The park area is characterised by an high diversity of environments. Proceeding from the sea inland there are the beaches, the dunes, the wetland area behind the dunes, fossil dunes and ancient olive groves. In the protected area there are several natural habitats, some of which are likely to disappear from the EU territory and require a special attention.

The SCI (Site of Community Importance) is a geographically defined area which contributes significantly to the preservation or restoration of natural habitats and species of plants and animals, or to the maintenance of biological diversity within the biogeographic region to which it belongs.

The SCI “Litorale Brindisino – Brindisi Coast” is characterized in particular by the presence of coastal wetlands where rare or endangered species of migratory birds stay or reproduce.

The aim of the Dune Coastal Park is to preserve and recover the habitats , plants and animal species listed in the EC Directives 79/409/EEC and 92/43/EEC. It also seeks to protect the landscapes​​, the ecological balance, the hydrological surface and groundwater, the architectural and historical heritage.

Who will you MEET during your trip?

In this tour, you will have the chance to discover the agricultural history and natural biodiversity still present in the area. We will meet local farmers that produce vegetables, olive oil, cheese and everything nature can provide us, in a really traditional way. Travellers will travel by bike to reach the most interesting places and meet local farmers, artisans, and producers, who look forward to the pleasure of sharing with their guests.

You will visit farmhouses and meet hypogeum oil mill owners, old aquaculture systems managers, olive growers with their millenary olive trees and enthusiastic naturalistic guides that safeguard natural and rural areas, still run with traditional systems and organic agriculture. The link between man and nature is safeguarded by the dedicated culture of the locals to preserve their historical and natural landscape and traditions.

Contribution of the MEET Project in Dune Costiere: Conservation Challenges & Opportunities

With the MEET project, cycling and hiking paths were set up along the ancient Traiana road, with facilities for disabled persons and proper road signs. These activities have strengthened the cohesiveness and the collaboration between economic subjects of the territory, who today are more involved in business plans related to slow tourism projects.

In summer time, the Apulia coast has an high inflow of tourists wich affects the beach-dune system and the access to the coast. The MEET project organises off-season packages, aiming to redistribute tourism flows and thus lessen the impact of tourism on the natural environment. MEET also uses almost 100% soft mobility (bike, bus and train) and draws tourism away from the coast and into traditional agriculture and outstanding gastronomical locations in the internal areas behind the coast.

PRE DEPARTURE GUIDE

Before you depart, please consider the following:

Visa requirements

No Visa for Italy if you come from European countries. Please check the information with the Italian Embassy in your country as well as the validity of your passport or ID.

Currency

Currency in Italy (and all the European Union) is EuroGoogle Currency Converter

Weather Conditions

Local weather conditions are characterized by hot and dry summers, mild temperatures as well as an alternation between bright and sunny days with short periods of rain during spring or autumn, and cold winters.

Clothing tips

To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip, please take with you comfortable sport shoes, cap, sunglasses, swimmers, warm jacket at night, light rain coat just in case.

Insurance

An insurance covering each participant during transportation and all activities which are part of the program, is provided. Participants are also advised to take out their own personal travel insurance.

In Italy water is always drinkable, unless otherwise indicated. In the same way all food is safe. Participants with any allergy or intolerance should specify this to their TO and tour leader.

All the activities have been planned following strict safety rules. However, the program includes outdoor walks and the tour leader requests the attention and cooperation of participants.

Electricity/adaptors

Information on electricity and adaptors used in Italy:

Residential voltage: 230 V

Frequency: 50 Hz

Plug type: C, F, L

Plug standard: CEI 23-34 CEI 23-50

ON ARRIVAL

Click here to download a detailed itinerary of your MEET experience in Dune Costiere.

Transportation

Your tour operator will contact you to arrange arrival and departure transfers.

Accommodation

Stay in typical Apulian manor houses; single rooms (or double rooms if required), with individual bathroom. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Tipping

In Italy tipping is not required, it is up to the customer.

Food

The Italian Apulia region offers the best Mediterranean food. In this region you start your meal with a variety of amazing appetizers, including taralli (pasta rings), “capocollo di Martina Franca” (a type of prosciutto), “fave e cicorie” (kidney beans with chicory) followed by “orecchiette with cime di rapa” (ear shaped home made pasta, with local vegetables), mozzarelle e burrate (mozzarella filled with butter and cream), served with organic local wine.  The Italian Apulia region offers the best Mediterranean food.

Shopping & Local Products

During the trip, there will be some opportunities for shopping in small traditional shops (local food or crafts). Some farmers visited will probably present some of their products which travellers will have the option to buy.

Your MEET Tour Leader

Your MEET tour leader will meet you upon your arrival and be with you until your departure. They will be the connection between you – the traveller – and the local people & territory, sharing their local knowledge and advice on how best to enjoy your unique experience. Their role is to ensure that all aspects of your trip run smoothly. It sometimes happens that unexpected situations may occur, in which case your leader will keep you well informed and may require your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns at any point, they are there to assist you, so don’t hesitate to ask!

USEFUL PHRASES IN ITALIAN

Basic greetings:

English Italian
Hello Ciao!
Good evening Buona sera
Goodbye Arrivederci
See you tomorrow A domani
Please Per favore
Excuse me / sorry Mi scusi / mi dispiace
Thank you Grazie
You’re welcome Prego
Have a good day Buona giornata!
Enjoy your meal Buon appetito!
Cheers Salute!

Introducing yourself:

English Italian
Hello, my name is… Ciao, mi chiamo…
What is your name? Come ti chiami?
How are you? Come stai?
Nice to meet you Piacere di conoscerti
I come from Italy, Spain, Germany.. Sono francese, spagnolo, tedesco…