"The city between mountains and sea", winner of the "bandiera blu" for two years
Carovigno is a town in northern Salento, in the province of Brindisi. It is an important tourist locality that offers a combination of farming traditions, wonderful "masserie" and agritourisms, a rich historical patrimony and an enchanting sea full of life. Its urban structure has the typical late-middle age/renaissance style and its raised position offers a panoramic view on the beautiful coast and a cooler climate.
Carovigno is among the greatest producer of extra-virgin olive oil, one of the main ingredients of its gastronomic tradition together with other local products and fresh adriatic fish. Its historical centre is full of important monuments: the Castello Dentice di Grasso, in the highest part of the town with a great view; the Church of the Carmine; the Castello di Terranova and the four defensive towers that protected the city (Torretta del civile, Torre Giranda, Torre delli Brandi and Torre Circolare).
The spectacular sea of Carovigno was awarded with a "bandiera blu" in 2007 and 2016. Its low and rocky coast is characterized by many inlets and caves that adorn the so-called Costa Merlata, extended from Ostuni to Brindisi. On this coast, there are the best beach localities of the town: Torre Pozzella, Torre S. Sabina, lido Specchiella, Punta Penna Grossa, Apani and Torre Guaceto, an important protected marine area. Its crystal-clear waters appear even cleaner thanks to the rocks on the bottom that create the perfect environment for the seawatching and snorkeling lovers.