The Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere is a nature reserve located in northern Salento, not far from the famous resorts of Ostuni and Fasano, and from Brindisi, the capital of the area.
It covers 1,100 acres and includes 8 km of beaches and dunes from the area of Torre Canne to the area of Torre San Leonardo.
The beach is separated from the wetlands by long dune ridges, covered with mediterranean vegetation and rare vegetation in juniper, where flow freshwater springs fed by underground rivers from the Murge. These sensitive coastal habitats are staging points for many migratory birds in their routes between Africa and Europe.
The internal areas of the park are occupied by pastures and groves of years framing historic farms that keep medieval underground olive oil presses. Along the karst rivers of the Park, the caves hidden in the depths of the Mediterranean for centuries hosted in the past real rock villages. The Trajan route, built in 109 AD by Emperor Trajan to connect Rome to Brindisi, combines these history and nature treasures, including the Dolmen of Montalbano dating the second millennium BC
Our visit to the Park of Dune Costiere starts at "Albergabici", a former roadhouse located along the former SS 16 Ostuni-Fasano today converted into a hotel designed for cycling.
Our experience in the park begins with a visit to the historic Masseria Brancati, the heart of a farm of about 30 hectares where it produces extra virgin organic olive superior by monumental millennial olive trees.
The farm is very old and still keeps intact the testimonies of the people that have lived and with the 'help of the owner, the passionate Corrado Rodio, begin a magical journey through time to discover the' evolution took place in the rural culture and the time frantoiana Roman times to the present. We visit the underground oil mill, probably Roman times with millstone, tanks, fireplace, stable and Olivario, we continue with a visit to the farm with accommodation description of the various eras and areas. We end with a visit to the museum and a great tasting the oil produced by the farm. We continue our day by visiting the Colonial Fontenuova, a cattle farm that deals with the production and processing of milk into dairy products, fresh or seasoned. There they breed cattle and sheep; Brown Swiss cows belong to Puglia, recovered at the end of the nineteenth century and obtained from the intersection of Alpine Brown with indigenous breeds of Puglia; sheep, however, are bred Moscia Leccese, with head and black legs and fleece generally white or black. A quick tasting cheese and continue towards the site of Lamacornola - interesting both from the naturalistic and archaeological history. Here, in the Middle Ages, there was a rocky village.
We stop for lunch at Oasis San Giovanni Battista, an ancient fortified farmhouse dating back to 1600 in which restructuring, basic and functional, have been complied with the complex structures and systems of the ancient agricultural civilization. A place of peace and relaxation surrounded by nature and by olive trees, research and listening, school and training, brotherhood and peace. Best way to experience the goodness of the local tradition. We start our day nice walk to reach the sea. First we visit a natural bay with sandy beach shaped like a half moon and dunes covered in juniper bush. We Lido Stella, a beache equipped where you pays great attention to the conservation of natural vegetation that thrives around the bay.