Torre Santa Sabina
Torre Santa Sabina is a small Puglia seaside resort with a piece of history. Here you can swim in the shadow of a 12th century watch tower. The tower for which the town is named is an interesting angled 4-pointed star-shape structure right on the water's edge. It has Gothic points and squared-off crenellations. It is said that it was built by templar knights to warn of potential perils to pilgrims on this stretch of the crusade route. It is known that the knights had a chapel and hospital here to care for wounded soldiers. The tower was historically connected to the Torre Pozzelle to the north and the Torre Guaceto to the south as a sort of coastal advance warning system. After the Middle Ages it was used by the Royal Court of the Kingdom on Naples.
Everything here seems built of white stone blocks; in fact, stone from nearby quarries was excavated and shipped to Bari to construct the magnificent cathedral there.
Today's town of Torre Santa Sabina is best known for its beaches. Alternating white sand and smoothed rocky shore front the vivid lapis waters. The rocky areas are perfect for snorkeling, and other water sports are available. There are casual seafood restaurants, open-air cafes, pubs and gelaterias.
Torre Santa Sabina is between Bari and Brindisi, and is also close to Puglia's attractive towns like Lecce, Grotte di Castellana, and Alberobello.
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