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- Direct access to the beach on a 15-hectare estate
- 15 kilometres from Lecce
- Restaurant-pizzeria and beach bar with takeaway
Right by a beach with direct access to the sands sounds just spiffing to us for a sunny Italian hol – and how fortuitous to be only 15 kilometres from the Baroque city of Lecce too.
This is the scene at Camping Torre Rinalda in Puglia, a site of around 37 acres about 20 minutes' drive from Lecce and about 50 kilometres away from both Otranto and Gallipoli. The team say it's a foodie's paradise here too: the restaurant-pizzeria on site has an a la carte menu specialising in Salentino-style cuisine alongside traditional Italian dishes. (We rather like the sound of the beach bar with takeaway too.)
We're fairly sure you'll also like the two pools at Torre Rinalda too – one for sprogs and one for grownups – and the other extensive facilities including a playground, a football pitch, two tennis courts and a sports court.
During the summer season, entertainment, a kids' club, sports and tournaments are organised by Torre Rinalda's multilingual team.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Motorhome service point
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Coming from the north: on the SS16, come off at Trepuzzi-Squinzano and follow signs to Torre Rinalda.
Coming from the south: on the SS16 come off at Squinzano-Casalabate and follow signs to Torre Rinalda.
The Baroque city of Lecce 15km from Camping Torre Rinalda has heaps to see, such as the Basilica di Santa Croce, the Messapicha-Roman tombs, Sant'Oronzo Square and the Roman amphitheatre.
Otranto, 50km away, is also worth a day trip for the Aragonian walls, another cathedral, the Castello Aragonese and the old streets of the Old Town.
Also 50km away is Gallipoli, a small fishing port that's now a big tourist pull – once you see its setting you'll see why – and well worth the trip to see its Angevine-Aragonese Castle, medieval city walls, Baroque cathedral of Sant'Agata and its harbour.
If you prefer to get active in Italy, windsurfing and diving are both available locally.