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Cala dell’Acquaviva, located in the heart of Puglia’s subregion of Salento, is truly a natural paradise offering visitors an unforgettable experience. This very small beach of sand and pebbles is surrounded by high cliffs that plunge into the crystalline Adriatic Sea. Its intensely turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling or simply relaxing in the sun.

Loosely translated, the name “Acquaviva” means “live water” which, in this case, means that freshwater springs flow from the rocks and into the sea. The water temperature here is several degrees cooler than the surrounding beaches making it particularly fresh and invigorating.

Getting Here

Cala dell’Acquaviva is located in Marina di Marittima, in the municipality of Diso (LE). It can be reached by car, motorbike or bus. Once you arrive in Marina di Marittima, you’ll need to follow the signs for the cove and the parking area. The road is a bit bumpy.

What to Expect

In addition to enjoying the sea and the sun, in Cala dell’Acquaviva you can explore the coast on foot or by boat, dive into the crystal clear waters and get a glimpse of the spectacular marine life, or simply relax on the beach and enjoy the breathtaking view. It is no wonder that this Salento Garden of Eden has been awarded 5 Sails (the maximum) by the Italian Legambiente.


Expert Tips

Cala dell’Acquaviva is a “free beach” with no rental services of any kind. Visitors will need to bring everything they need for a day at the beach with them, such as food, water, an umbrella, and a beach towel. Above all, wear water shoes suitable for sharp rocks. Unfortunately, the cove is very crowded during the summer months (peaking in July and August) so the best time to enjoy it to the fullest is between May and June and then, in mid-September through October.

Cala dell’Acquaviva is a magical place that will leave its visitors with an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature, Cala dell’Acquaviva is the perfect destination for you!

Useful Info:

  • Municipality: Diso (LE)
  • Exact location: Marina di Marittima
  • How to get here: car, moped, or bus
  • Services: none available
  • Tips: bring everything you’ll need for a day at the beach with you
  • Best time to go: low season (May-June, September-October)

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