Torre Lapillo: beach, sea, lidos and surroundings [Guide 2023]

Among the wonders of Salento, there is one particularly loved for its extraordinary charm: Torre Lapillo.

In this small village, nestled on the coast, the sun kisses the sand and settles on the clear and crystalline mirror of water. It is here that time stops, in a succession of emotions and sensations that only the beauty of nature can give.

The wind caressing your hair, the sand between your toes, the rustling of the waves breaking on the shore, the shouts of the bathers: everything seems to be in the right place.

It is no coincidence that it is among the most loved destinations in Salento , together with the neighbors Porto Cesareo and Punta Prosciutto. If you want to visit Torre Lapillo, then, continue reading this article and find out how to get there, what to do, what to see, beaches, lidos and much more!

Why is it called Torre Lapillo?

The town takes its name from the watchtower that rises close to the sea, built in the 16th century to protect the coast from pirate raids and part of the coastal defense system of the Kingdom of Naples. The term “Lapillus” refers to the type of sand present on the beach, made up of small stones and sea shells similar in size to rice grains. This particular type of sand is very common in various places in Salento.
Therefore, the name Torre Lapillo derives from the combination of the watchtower and the type of sand that characterizes the coast of this Apulian town</b >.

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Where is Torre Lapillo located?

Do you want to know where Torre Lapillo is located? It is a locality located on the Ionian coast of Salento, in the province of Lecce, in Puglia. It is located about 30 km southwest of Lecce, the main city of Salento, and a few kilometers from the famous tourist resort of Porto Cesareo.

The position of Torre Lapillo is very strategic to visit other splendid< /span> localities of Salento, such as Lecce, Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, Punta Prosciutto , and the numerous beaches and coves of the Ionian and Adriatic coast.

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How to get to Torre Lapillo?

Reaching Torre Lapillo is not complicated even if the only direct connections are by bus and car. However, the roads are smooth and allow you to easily get there by bike. Let’s see together how to reach it: 

  • By car: theeasiest way toreach Torre Lapillo is by car. If you are coming from the north, you can take the A14 motorway to the Bari Nord exit and then continue on the SS16 state road to Lecce. From Lecce, take the SP16 provincial road or the SP119 and continue towards Torre Lapillo. The journey by car from Bari takes about 2 hours.
  • By bus: there are buses that connect Torre Lapillo to Lecce and other cities in Salento. The bus companies operating in the area are <ahref=””>Salentoinbus e STP Salento Public Transport. Bus times and prices may vary depending on the time of year so we suggest you check the official websites.
  • By train: the closest railway station to Torre Lapillo is Lecce, which is connected to many Italian cities, including Milan, Bologna, Rome and Naples . From Lecce station, you can take a bus or rent a car to reach Torre Lapillo.
  • By plane: Theclosest airport to Torre Lapillo is Brindisi, which is approximately 60 km away. From Brindisi airport, you can rent a car, take a bus or train to reach Lecce and then a bus to Torre Lapillo.

How many inhabitants are there in Torre Lapillo?

Torre Lapillo is not a separate municipality, but is part of the municipality of Porto Cesareo.

It is so small that it has only just over 300 inhabitants. The municipality of Porto Cesareo, on the other hand, has a population of about 7,500 inhabitants. However, during the summer period, the population of Porto Cesareo and Torre Lapillo increases considerably, thanks to the influx of tourists from all over the world, arriving to welcome several thousand people, including tourists and residents temporary.

Torre Lapillo beach

The beach of Torre Lapillo is one of the most beautiful and famous in the Salento. It stretches for about 4 km along the Ionian coast, and is characterized by fine white sand and crystal clear waters.

The beach is much loved by tourists and locals, for its beauty and the many services it offers. In fact, here you can find numerous bathing establishments with umbrellas and sunbeds, bars, restaurants, showers and toilets.

It is much loved by young people but it is also frequented by families since, thanks to the shallow water and sandy bottom, it is suitable for children. Furthermore, it is possible to practice various sports activities, such as beach volleyball, kite surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. In short, it is the ideal place for all ages and needs.

The only sore point? During the high season (July-August) it is very crowded! However, there are also some hidden coves along the coast, which offer a quieter and more private alternative for those seeking some privacy.

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How is the sea in Torre Lapillo?

Many ask us how is the sea in Torre Lapillo? Well the The sea is truly wonderful, almost always sheltered from the currents, clean and regenerating. Ideal for those who like to take long swims or relax in the water on a mattress.

Where to swim in Torre Lapillo?

There are many options for bathing in Torre Lapillo, a depending on the preferences and needs of visitors. The main beach is located right in front of the town, and is about 3 km long, you can choose where to stop based on your needs and space. We advise you to book (especially in high season) in one of thelidos in Torre Lapillo. Here are some of the best beach clubs:

  • Lido La Pineta;
  • Lido Leucasia Golden Beach;
  • Lido Stella Maris.

torre lapillo beach

How much does an umbrella and two sunbeds cost in Torre Lapillo?

The cost of an umbrella and two sunbeds in Torre Lapillo can vary depending on the time of year and location on the beach.
Lidos usually operate from June 1st to September 30th, depending on the weather. I prices in June/September start at 15/20 euros per day, reaching 35/50 euros in August.

Where to see Torre Lapillo at sunset?

The sunset in Torre Lapillo is an unforgettable sight that every person should see at least once in your life. The beach is certainly one of the best places to admire the sunset with the sun slowly disappearing over the horizon as it gently dives into the sea.

Torre Lapillo what to do in the evening?

What do you do in Torre Lapillo in the evening? Torre Lapillo centre does not offer much in the evening, because it is a very small town mostly characterized by houses. However, often the lidos organize evenings on the beach, live music, DJ sets or you can simply enjoy a </span >aperitif or a drink under the stars.

As we said, Torre Lapillo is located in a strategic position, which allows you to easily reach other more lively places such as Porto Cesareo, Santa Maria al Bagno or Gallipoli.

Where to eat in Torre Lapillo?

Torre Lapillo is a very busy locality and offers numerous catering options, including restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias, bars and kiosks on the beach. Here are some of the best restaurants in Torre Lapillo:

  • Solaris;
  • Fuoco e Fiamme;
  • I Vinai;
  • La Taranta Furgone Dei Panini;
  • Bacino Grande.

Towns near Torre Lapillo

What to see in and around Torre Lapillo? The main attraction is certainly the sea, as we mentioned before, there are no places of interest, apart from the tower. However, there are several towns and interesting tourist spots in the vicinity of Torre Lapillo, including:

  • Porto Cesareo;
  • Nardò;
  • Gallipoli;
  • Punta Prosciutto;
  • Porto Selvaggio;
  • Lecce;
  • Santa Maria al Bagno;
  • Santa Caterina.

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