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Torre Chianca

Torre Chianca è una località balneare salentina, frazione di Lecce.

La località prende il nome dall’omonima Torre cinquecentesca fatta costruire dagli Spagnoli per difendere il Salento dagli attacchi dei pirati Saraceni. Nasce come discendente del vicino borgo di Case Simini, località del comune di Lecce appena più nell’entroterra.


Di particolare interesse naturalistico sono i bacini Idume e Fetida, dove crescono alghe characce e brasca pettinata. Qui si getta nel mare il fiume sotterraneo Idume. Lungo le sponde sono presenti fitti canneti, una “steppa salata” di Salicornia annuale e piante quali il narciso nostrale.


Nel mare a pochi metri di profondità sono ben visibili una serie di colonne di marmo cipollino risalenti al II secolo a.C

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Copyright: Domenico Perrone
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8000x4000
Taken: 28/07/2010
Uploaded: 05/08/2010
Updated: 05/03/2015


Tags: nature; tower; sea; lecce; torre chianca; beach; mare; torre costiera
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