Sunday, July 31, 2011

Baia dei Turchi

Just north of Otranto is the Baia dei Turchi, the Turkish Bay, with beautiful beaches concealed from the road.  Sheltered from the hot sun, I entered a pleasant grove of sparse and tall pines and immediately came across a bloke in a makeshift roofless bamboo hut selling drinks and sandwiches.  Next to him was another bloke in a hammock strung between two trees.  After a few minutes walking the grove grows suddenly dense.  I walked a worn dirt track through a tight green tunnel and emerged at a low cliff.  Below me spread the long and narrow beaches, some with rows of fixed umbrellas made of dried palm fronds and others with scattered umbrellas of random colours, against turquoise water.

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