Costas & Cucinas in an Apulian protected area

Welcome to Dune Costiere Regional Park

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Hike along the blue-coloured waters of the Mediterranean coast while discovering the history of ancient olive trees. Share your time with local farmers; sleep in beautiful 16th century farm houses. Try one of the world’s best olive oils harvested from thousand-year old trees, and learn how to cook Mediterranean food.

“Costas & Cucinas in an Apulian protected area” is an easy four-day walk across Dune Costiere, one of the Mediterranean‘s few community-managed protected areas, by one of the best-preserved Roman roads that connected Rome with the coast. Harvest olives from thousand-year old trees. Readjust your internal clock, rediscovering the sweet simplicity of the rural life of Italy, and immerse yourself in history, by following the path of ancient romans and crusaders. Visit the lime-washed medieval town of Ostuni and the world heritage site of Alberobello with its cone-roofed stone houses.

Walk from Masseria to Masseria (500 hundred year old fortified farms transformed into boutique hotels) where you can spend your time learning cheese-making, baking bread, and cooking local recipes such as Fave e cicorie (kidney beans with chicory), Orecchiette with cime di rapa (ear-shaped home-made pasta, with local vegetables) and Burrate (butter and cream-filled mozzarella), served with fresh organic vegetables and local herbs. And at the end of the day, indulge yourself at the seaside with a glass of local, organic wine.

Dune Costiere Regional Park: The Protected Area

The regional natural park has been realized thanks to the regional law of 27th October 2006 no. 31.   The protected area, which is now a priority habitat, spreads out in the territories of Fasano and Ostuni on about 1,000 hectares, within spectacular natural scenery. One can see the  wet zone  by following the Adriatic coastline: the Grande, Piccolo and Morello rivers run through cane thickets and brackish water small lakes where one can admire species of migrating birds during specific times of the year, as long as one is respectful of the rich fauna.

The long lines of sandy dunes along the coastline are another natural attraction which is protected by the regional law no. 19 of 1997. Their peculiarity recalls exotic images. The typical Maquis is rich of: junipers, mastic trees, genistas, pink rock rose, to name but a few, which colour the nature in the spring. Aromatic plants, which form the typical garigue, grow in the cracks of the rock where the vegetation thins out. The tallest plants, because of the strength of the wind, take on bizarre shapes and become real sculptures on the trunks of the century-old olive trees in the innermost plain part of the park. Among them there is a habitat which was anthropized during remote times and the medieval  rupestrian settlements of the lame (local karstical valleys) add to the attraction.

A part of the park shows a more recent and modern anthropization linked to various productions, first of all the one of our green gold: the olive oil. By taking a boat trip, from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo, the park shows a coastline where small creeks, beaches and cliffs alternate, the latter supervised , by coast towers and fortified farms.



Before you depart, please, take the time to take this considerations into account:

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.

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Weather Conditions
Expected weather conditions: 14°/16° in the morning, 18°/22° in the afternoon. Minimal 14° – maximal 22° (according the temperature average).  Forecast by

Clothing tips
Appropriate clothing and other suggested equipment include: spring clothes, comfortable sport shoes, cap, sunglasses, swimsuit, warm jacket at night, light rain coat just in case.

Electricity & adaptors
Current: 220-240 V
Plugs: Two prong plugs, types C, E and F


Final Tour Itinerary

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Exact time and place of pick-up and drop-off: ITO to contact each participant


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