Punta Prosciutto Beach

Punta Prosciutto beach, the ‘Maldives of Salento’
punta prosciutto beach

Punta Prosciutto beach in the heart of Salento has incredible crystalline waters. It has been continuously ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Puglia. The beach is located in the Province of Lecce. It is near the southern area of the “boot” of Italy on the border of Taranto and Lecce. This beach has a wild edge to it. It is speckled with untouched regional flora and fauna. There are also tall sand dunes lining the kilometers of this vast sandy coast.

The water is shallow, making it an excellent destination for families who like swimming but also for athletic types who enjoy windsurfing and sailing. The vibe of this area is very informal. Locals come south from other large cities in Puglia to enjoy a low key day on the seaside. In this area there is also a sprinkling of quaint locales for eating and drinking as well as areas served with umbrellas and lounge chairs.

No one knows exactly where the name of this slice of paradise comes from. As it’s literal translation is “ham point” but the word in local dialect the Pugliese use for this place is Li Prisuti, therefore it might explain the root of the word.