Puglia by Train – Water Sports
Puglia is the recipient of long dry summers and although intensely hot, the heat is often kept under control by the sirocco and mistral winds. The nature of the beach changes. The Italian’s themselves don’t tend to play in the waves as Brits do at the seaside. Once the waves are of above a gentle roll the local holiday makers seem to loose interest in swimming, standing or sitting in the waves. However, a few hardy souls, the windsurfers start to appear and the sky is filled with what appear at first to be coloured crows, but are actually the kites of the boarders turning pirouettes as they turn.
On the water-sports front though the thing I enjoyed most works best once the winds have dropped. This holiday I learnt to snorkel. I have never done it before; seeing shoals tiny silvery fish that were like meteor showers, larger fish with dark eyes that followed me around and the thrill of watching a cuttle fish making its way around a artificial reef. Now that I am confident swimming out of my depth and feel strong enough not to panic when I wander off away from the crowd, snorkelling is a real pleasure. In addition to as snorkelling at Contrada Cipolla we also took a trip to the Torre Guaceto nature reserve. Here you can snorkel in protected water and the range of fish and the number of sea urchins, sponges and other creatures is greater than ever.
Next time I could do with a waterproof camera – any recommendations?