[Découvrez les territoires de MEDUSA] Martina Franca Puglia en Italie
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This article forms part of a series of publications under MEDUSA project to promote less-known natural and cultural touristic assets in our partner territories in Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Puglia (Italy) and Catalonia (Spain). Enjoy reading and hope to welcome you soon at one of the wonderful places you will get to know here
The capturing city of Puglia, south Italy is home to surreal adventure and ecotourism. Amongst the infinite amount of breathtaking locations, the regional nature reserve ‘Bosco delle Pianelle’ (pianelle Forrest) is one worth talking about! This reserve is located on the border with the municipalities of Crispiano and Massafra, covering a substantial 1,205 hectares in the region of Martina Franca.
This exceptional reserve is a natural unspoiled oasis, along the slopes of the namesake ravine, rich in flora and fauna, which are plants. Bosco Delle Pianelle’s natural dynamic has created endless activities for nature and animal lovers. Speaking of activities, forrest visitors are able to partake in: (1) biking or hiking along the over 25 Kilometer trail where breathtaking sceneries can be seen all around. (2) pausing for a snack or water at the many available picnic areas. (3) spending a few nights in a well equipped and cozy guest house. Families, friends and couples from all around the world have sought out and enjoyed this luxury facility. Many have come to Bosco Delle Pianelle to experience calmness and relaxation, a mini retreat even!
Additional to the mentioned activities, the reserve is known to offer unique bird watching experiences, which are always accompanied by an ornithologist. Having a bird expert present allows for a more well rounded and knowlewdge enriched experience for visitors. There are a total of 108 bird species living inside the reserve’s protected area. Birds such as preys, sparrow hawks and passerines can be spotted. Using binoculars, one is able to watch the birds movement, color and life within their natural habitat. Listening to the sound of the forest with birds chirping in the backgorund is a tranquilizing mix. Often, the ornithologist teaches the birdwatchers how to differentiate the birds based on their sound and how to spot out a ‘singing bird’. The reserve allows for a truly peaceful visit.