Where Is Torre dell’Orso?
On the east coast of Puglia, in the area known as Salento, Torre dell’Orso is 30km/35-minutes from the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce, making the town and stretch of coast very popular with day-trippers from the city and locals on a summer weekend.
The whitewashed town of Otranto is a 25-minute drive south, and Brindisi is the closest airport, situated 80kms / 1h 15 minutes to the north.
Unfortunately there is no train station in Torre dell’Orso, and the only available public transport option is a bus from Lecce or Otranto. The service is operated by SITA Sud but, like most bus companies in Italy, it’s really challenging to find reliable and clear schedules online (trust us, we’ve tried). If you can share more information to help other travellers, then please leave a note in the comments below.
If you’re planning on staying in Torre dell’Orso though, it really is essential that you rent a car to get around and take day trips.
It’s best to search via both Auto Europe and RentalCars.com to find the best prices and availability for your own travel dates, and lock a car in sooner rather than later. You can also read our Puglia Road Trip Itinerary here, or find out the 14 Essential Things To Know Before Driving in Puglia.
If you’re never rented a car before, we highly recommend reading 9 Car Rental Tips For Travellers to save time, money, and stress.
If doing a Puglia road trip, we’d suggest visiting Torre dell’Orso and several nearby parts of the coast as a full day trip from your base in Lecce, Otranto, or the countryside, or stopping by as you make your way south from Ostuni.
Torre dell’Orso is a layout of one ways, no entries, and blue line parking all over, so it’s very likely that you’ll have to pay to park on day trips. If staying for the whole day, we recommend trying this carpark first which charges approximately €4 for the day, but in summer you’ll also find a number of pop-up private car parks by the beach charging the same amount.
Very much a beach destination, like everywhere else in Italy, Torre dell’Orso is a packed in the peak summer months of July and August, but the weather conditions are still good enough for beach days from May to June and into late September.
We wouldn’t recommend staying here in off-season as it will lack atmosphere, several businesses will be closed, and there are better options in Puglia when the sun isn’t shining. However, outside of summer, road-trip stops to admire the…
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