Located in the municipality of Vernole, in the province of Lecce, the nature reserve ''Le Cesine'' covers an area of roughly 348 ha, which encompasses the wonderful oasis run by the WWF. The reserve that draws its name from Latin seges, which refers to a barren and abandoned land, is a wetland of international importance: distinctive habitats are the dunes, the marshland and the maquis shrubland. The two ponds part of the reserve, fed by rain waters, are separated from the sea by a strip of sand dunes, where you can admire herons and mullards. The habitat teems with beautiful plant species, among which the juniper, sea wallflowers, yellow iris and the rare wild orchids. For those who want to enjoy a guided tour of the oasis, the reference point is the Masseria Le Cesine, a defensive structure dating back to the 15th-16th century. In the area there's also a 800m path for physically and sight-impared visitors.
The Nature Reserve ''Le Cesine'' is located 5km away from San Cataldo and can be reached by car following the Adriatica-Salentina (SS 611) coastal motorway.
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