Apulia and Wellness

“Wellness research” is increasingly understood as a philosophy and lifestyle, devoting more and more attention to one’s own person, in a global sense. This means taking care of the body, nourishing the spirit, dedicating time: in essence, giving value to oneself to feel better. Data from the Wellness Market confirm that more and more “invest” in personal care. To respond to the demand for tourism linked to Golf and Wellness we offer a description of the golf courses of the Region of Puglia that offer adequate assistance to golfers also to enjoy a few hours of pleasure to which they do not give up. Puglia will be able to astonish with a range of targeted proposals to be offered in wellness centers, located along the Adriatic coast of Puglia.

Spa of Margherita di Savoia

Founded in the III century a.C., was called until 1879 Saline di Barletta year in which it was renamed Margherita di Savoia in honor of the first queen of Italy. The town has developed its fortune around the salt mines: in fact, the ancient Latin name – Salinis Cannarum or Sancta Maria de ‘Salinis – already betrayed the close interdependence with the important salt industry, initiated by the illiri and inherited and further developed by the Romans. The salt marshes, which stretch for more than 20 km on the coast, characterize this fascinating corner of Puglia.

Healing properties of the waters
The renowned spa uses the mud and mother liquors contained in the salt extraction basins.
The sludge is mineralized with the mother liquors and is also enriched, with natural procedures, by the organic components provided by the microalgae and the small crustaceans contained in the basins.
There are many diseases that derive benefits thanks to these precious spa treatments (the salt-bromine-sulfur-iodine waters are rich in healing properties): rheumatism, respiratory affections, circulatory problems, gastrointestinal diseases, skin disorders.

How to get to Margherita di Savoia
By car: A14 Bologna-Taranto, Cerignola Est exit, km 32; A16 Napoli-Canosa, exit Cerignola Ovest, km 36.
By train: Pescara-Foggia-Bari line, Trinitapoli and Barletta station.

Spa of Santa Cesarea

The ancient village of Santa Cesarea is located almost at the end of the Salento peninsula, overlooking, among wild cliffs, on the Otranto canal. On a terrace overlooking the sea, the town enjoys a mild climate all year round, mild in winter and cool in summer.

The urban development started at the beginning of the twentieth century: it is possible to admire the villas of the rich salentine bourgeoisie, with the original architectural structures born from the fusion between the Arabic influence and the Lecce Baroque.

Santa Cesarea owes its fortune to the sulphurous springs, which favored the birth and development of a thriving thermal activity.

In this sense, there are two other places of particular attraction: the Great Sulfur Pool, which captures sea water and mixes it with that which springs from thermo-mineral springs; the Bagno degli Archi, from whose waters emerge characteristic tufa monoliths that make up a very suggestive landscape.

Since October 2006 part of its territory is part of the Costa Otranto Park, Santa Maria di Leuca and Bosco di Trifase, established by the Puglia Region in order to safeguard the eastern coast of Salento, rich in valuable architectural heritage and important animal and plant species.

Healing properties of the waters
The chlorinated, sulphurous and iodic waters of the thermal springs of Santa Cesarea Terme flow, at variable temperatures, into four natural caves, communicating with the sea, called: Gattulla, Fetida, Sulfurea and Solfatara.
It seems that their beneficial effect was known from ancient times to the inhabitants of the area. A Christian legend tells that the virgin Cisaria, taking refuge in a cave to escape the incestuous cravings of her father, transmitted her purity to the waters. Their scientific exploitation dates back to the late nineteenth century and, above all, to the early twentieth century when the Gattulla Spa Establishment (1910) was inaugurated.
The thermal baths and muds are particularly indicated for arthro-rheumatic, dermatological, respiratory tract diseases, as well as for aesthetic and anti-stress treatments. They are also treated skin diseases, locomotor apparatus, respiratory affections, diseases of urinary and gynecological origin.

How to get to Santa Cesarea Terme
By car: S.S. 16 Lecce-Otranto and detour to Maglie for km 19 on S.S. 497.
By train: Lecce-Gagliano del Capo line, Poggiardo station, 8 km.

Spa of Torre Canne

The town, a hamlet of the municipality of Fasano, whose name goes back to the lighthouse tower built on a small promontory, is inserted in a beautiful naturalistic, artistic and historical context.

A seaside resort with beaches of fine white sand, it is part of the Coastal Dune Park from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo, established in 2006 by the Puglia Region.

Torre Canne is known primarily for the healthy spa.

Healing properties of the waters
Torre Canne thermal springs, known for over a century, are known for their therapeutic virtues. A park of conifers and tamarisets contains 11 pools coming from underground streams, fed by water catchment basins, formed as a result of soil fractures due to telluric phenomena occurring in the Mesozoic period. Two of these, the n. 11 Torricellae n.3 Antesana, have chloride-sulfate-sodium mineral waters, slightly bromurate and radioactive.
The springs of Torre Canne originate from these springs, located in the middle of the park that surrounds the large thermal structure, in which muds with healing properties have matured for millennia. These are source mud composed mainly of an alumina calcium silicate and iron with small amounts of magnesium, iodine and traces of phosphates, mixed with organic debris.
Sludge and baths are particularly suitable for inhalation treatments, gynecological diseases, diseases of the heart and circulation, cures for deafness and for motor rehabilitation.

How to get to Torre Canne
By car: S.S. 16 Bari-Brindisi and 6 km detour near Pezze di Greco
By train: Bari-Lecce line, Cisternino di Fasano station, km 3