Marina di Pescoluse is a seaside hamlet on Puglia's Ionian Coast, renowned as one of the best beach destinations in the region. While mostly new construction, the summer stretches from May through October here, and its shallow, calm water stays warm. It's so crystal-clear that it is consistently awarded the Bandiera Blue (blue flag) designation. What's more, with its four kilometers of soft sandy beaches and that clear turquoise water, it has become famously known as "the Maldives of Puglia".
With the marina and seafront as the main attraction, many overlook the ancient megalithic dolmen, Dolmen Argentina, which lies just to the north of the resort, reminding us there was a prehistoric presence here. Around the countryside you'll also find the characteristic "pajare" scattered about. The dry-stone circular structures were used by shepherds and farmers for centuries.
Pescoluse is a frazione that is administratively under Salve, which is worth visiting. Posto Vecchio is the original beach resort with coastal dunes, fine pink-ish sand and long expanses of free beach, along with some private beach concessions.
Pescoluse is a good destination for those wanting to spend time relaxing on the beach while visiting leisurely towns like Santa Maria di Leuca and exploring all those hidden towns in the the center of the Salento that remain unknown to tourists.
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