- San Domino – Tremiti Islands
- East coast of Gargano
- Polignano a Mare
- Torre dell’Orso
- Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme
- S. Maria di Leuca – adriatic coast
- S. Maria di Leuca – ionian coast
- Porto Selvaggio
Why to do a kayak tour in Puglia?
The ones you have read above are the best kayak tours in puglia in our opinion. Kayaking in Puglia is a unique experience! Puglia is one of the most beautiful regions in the world. National Geographic has included Puglia among the 21 best destinations in the world for 2014. “Puglia – reads the reasons – boasts the best of southern Italy: the rhythms of life, the traditions, the beauty of the places. Indomitable. “. Another similar recognition is that which Puglia was awarded, at the end of 2013, by the famous Australian guide Lonely Planet, which placed it in second place among the top ten “Best value travel destinations in the world for 2014“.
Where to go kayaking in Puglia?
For those who love kayaking, you are spoiled for choice. Puglia has a coastal perimeter of 820 km, to which must be added the approximately 50 km of the Tremiti islands. In Salento we have the greatest concentration of beaches and stretches of coast to say the least beautiful. Just mention, on the Adriatic stretch, the coast of Polignano and Monopoli, Torre dell’Orso, Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro, Santa Maria di Leuca and, on the Ionian coast, Ugento, Gallipoli, Porto Selvaggio, Porto Cesareo, Torre Lapillo and San Pietro in Bevagna. There is something for all tastes. Wonderful beaches with crystal clear waters and stretches of rocky coast full of ravines and caves, all to be explored.
A kayak tour to visit Puglia
Kayak is the perfect boat for this type of exploration because its small size allows you to reach places and beaches otherwise unreachable by land or with large motor boats. The perspective from the sea then gives indescribable emotions, difficult to tell or express in words. Now we just have to describe the 7 most beautiful places where to paddle in Puglia.
San Domino – Tremiti Islands
the circumnavigation by kayak of the only archipelago in Puglia
The Tremiti Islands represent one of the most unspoiled places in Puglia. They are a protected marine area and are part of the Gargano National Park. The archipelago is made up of five islands. Two are inhabited: San Nicola and San Domino. The others, Capraia, Cretaccio and the distant Pianosa, are uninhabited.
Best kayak tour n° 1 – San Domino – Tremiti Islands
DURATION: 2-3 hours
The most beautiful island to kayak is undoubtedly San Domino. It is chock full of beautiful caves each different from the other. Unfortunately there is no possibility to rent kayaks or take guided tours, so if you want to visit the archipelago, you are forced to bring your kayak by ferry from Termoli and use the slide adjacent to the small port of San Domino for boarding and landing.
In 2018 I made the circumnavigation of all the islands of the archipelago and I filmed the most beautiful moments of navigation during the tour of San Domino in this video.
East coast of Gargano
paddling with the kayak among the stacks of the largest promontory in Puglia
The Gargano promontory , also called the “spur of Italy” is an area rich in natural beauty , on a par with the much more noble Salento , another jewel of Puglia. Along the coast you can find ancient watchtowers or, on the higher ones, the characteristic trabucchi, ingenious fishing machines built entirely of wood, now almost all converted into restaurants.
The stretch of coast between Mattinata and Vieste is simply gorgeous! It has a very high and jagged coast and is full of caves, some of which are immense!
Best kayak tour n° 2 – East coast of the Gargano
DURATION: 6-7 hours
The trip I recommend is about 22km long and passes through the most spectacular places on the Gargano promontory, such as the famous Zagare Bay.
It starts from the slide of the small port of Mattinata and arrives at the first beach on the south coast of Vieste . Beware that the beaches of Pugnochiuso and Baia delle Zagare are private and therefore it is forbidden to land (if not for a few minutes to stretch your legs and drink water).
Here you can see a video of a kayak trip in 2019.
Polignano a Mare
one of the most famous places in Puglia seen from the unique perspective of the kayak
Polignano is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Puglia. Thousands, in any month of the year, rush to see the town of Domenico Modugno. A pearl a few km from the regional capital. From the ground you can visit, in addition to the statue of Domenico Modugno, the famous Lama Monachile , two overhanging rock walls and a small inlet in the middle.
But the real wealth of the country lies in its high rocky coast overlooking the sea. Here are a myriad of caves, one more beautiful than the other. In addition to the famous Palazzese Cave , now home to one of the 25 most beautiful restaurants in the world, there are many others, which can be visited in all their meanings only and exclusively by kayak.
Best kayak tour n° 3 – Polignano a Mare
DISTANCE RT: 5km (to and fro)
DURATION: 2-3 hours
The Polignano kayak trip is a new trip that we offer as a guided tour. The path we follow is 3 + 2km long, considering the outward and return journeys without entrance to the caves.
The most interesting stretch of coast goes from Lama Monachile to the Eremita islet , while the boarding and landing points useful for the trip are Porto Alga (on south) and Cala Paura (on north).
The view from the sea is amazing, unmatched in Puglia!
Here you can see a video of a kayak trip in 2016.
let’s admire from kayak the natural sculptures of this unique stretch of coast of Puglia
Torre dell’Orso is a marina of Melendugno (LE). It has a beautiful, very extensive and crescent-shaped beach between two cliffs. Offshore you can admire the two famous white stacks, the Two Sisters .
In the vicinity of Torre dell’Orso , precisely to the north, towards Roca , there is a truly magical place: the Cave of Poetry , one of the most beautiful natural pools in the world that attracts thousands of tourists every year. The cave has a rock overlooking the crystal clear waters from which you can dive from a height of more than 5 meters. Here the stop with the kayak is absolutely mandatory.
Just south of Torre dell’Orso we find the famous Saint Andrew stacks.
Best kayak tour n° 4 – Torre dell’Orso
DISTANCE: 18km (to and fro)
DURATION: 1 day
It is a trip that we carry out with a minimum number of 4 people. The stretch of coast that I suggest to kayak goes from Roca to Frassanito and is about 9km long, 18km considering round trip.
The boarding and landing points useful for the trip are two beaches near the two aforementioned towns.
Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme
let’s discover with our kayaks this magnificent coast of Puglia
Castro is an ancient medieval village that has now become very famous, above all thanks to the marvelous characteristics of its coast, which is very indented here. The sea takes on an intense blue in this area, with bright shades of bright green and the seabed turns out to be perfect for diving lovers.
Along the coast there are various caves of marine and non-marine formations, including the famous Zinzulusa and Palombara caves, which cannot be visited from the sea.
Then approaching Santa Cesarea Terme, we can disembark on the beautiful Porto Miggiano beach and visit the Sulphurous Caves .
Best kayak tour n° 5 – Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme
DISTANCE RT: 15km (to and fro)
DURATION: 6 hours
It is a tour that we carry out with a minimum number of 4 people. The stretch of coast that we visit by kayak goes from Castro (marina slipway) to the northern tip of Santa Cesarea Terme , plus return. In total they are 15km.
We will leave from Castro , we will stop on the beach of Porto Miggiano, we will visit the coast of Santa Cesarea Terme and we will finally return to the port of Castro .
S. Maria di Leuca
by kayak in the southernmost point of Puglia
Santa Maria di Leuca is the southernmost town in Puglia. It is located on the heel of Italy, where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet. The coast is high and jagged, interspersed with coves and sandy beaches. It is full of caves and inlets that we can go to find thanks to our precious marine boat: the kayak.
There are two routes that I recommend kayaking, one on the Adriatic side and the other on the Ionian side. Let’s start with the first and longest.
Best kayak tour n° 6 – Santa Maria di Leuca (adriatic coast)
DURATION: 3-4 hours
We can safely start from the slide of the small port of Marina di Novaglie and descend until we meet the inlet half-way over the famous Ciolo Bridge . Here we can get off the kayaks and take a break and a few dives (the Ciolo Bridge is famous for the dives that are made from the cliffs or even from the bridge itself, 30m tall).
Continuing to visit the myriad of caves located along the coast, we reach S. Maria di Leuca , where, passing the port, we can land on the first beach we find.
Best kayak tour n° 7 – Santa Maria di Leuca (ionian coast)
DISTANCE RT: 8.4km (to and fro)
DURATION: 3-4 hours
The second trip starts instead from the beach of Marina di Felloniche (the first useful boarding point in the north) and goes down to S. Maria di Leuca, on the same beach where the first trip ends.
This route is also beautifully landscaped! It extends on a coast less high than the Adriatic coast but punctured by dozens of cavities in which we will enter and exit without stopping with our kayaks.
The alternative is to do a trip with us starting from Marina di Felloniche and covering both the Ionian and the Adriatic stretches in a truly exciting trip that lasts a whole day.
let’s reach one of the most famous and unmissable beaches by kayak during a trip in Puglia
Porto Selvaggio is located in Nardò, a municipality in the province of Lecce between Gallipoli and Porto Cesareo. The area, since 1980, is a natural park established by the Puglia region, which includes 432 hectares of coastline. The pine forest that surrounds the beach is what makes the Porto Selvaggio reserve a unique and relaxing place. One of the most famous and unmissable beaches during a trip in Salento is that of the Porto Selvaggio Bay. It is an enchanting place, which offers visitors one of the most suggestive landscapes of the whole Salento coast.
Best kayak tour n° 8 – Porto Selvaggio
DISTANCE RT: 6km (to and fro)
DURATION: 2-3 hours
The PORTO SELVAGGIO kayak tour is a trip that we know well, since it is our most popular trip. The route starts from the beach of the small port of Santa Caterina di Nardò and follows the high coast to the north, the highest of the whole Salento Ionian side. You can see hidden caves and ravines, all to be explored!
You pass under the S. Maria dell’Alto Tower, where the most beautiful caves of the trip are located. This trip gives great emotions and allows you to immerse yourself in the transparent waters of the beach at the bottom of the Porto Selvaggio Bay. Here you can immerse yourself in the cold waters of the spring that comes out of some cavities adjacent to the beach. Along the way you will encounter various caves and, if the sea allows, you can enter the beautiful Green Lagoon cave!
The trip is relatively short, just over 5km, considering the outward and return path. In conclusion, if you want to kayak in Puglia you are spoiled for choice!