Lago di Lésina wild campJanuary 30, 2017 in Italy
We'd been making an effort to reach more southerly climes where the daylight would last longer, the temperature would be warmer and we wouldn't feel the need to top up on LPG every 5 days. We were consequently excited to reach the Gargano peninsula (or the dew claw of Italy as Vicky has nicknamed it).
The terrain we travelled through changed from rolling hills and winding roads to flat land and Roman straight roads. Some plants struggled to grow in the fields either side of us and were replaced by palm trees and the large wild cacti that seemed to thrive in the sandy soil.
We passed a group of three young women / girls at the side of the road. It broke our hearts as we then drove past eight more standing by themselves in laybys or at junctions. Prostitution itself is legal in Italy but soliciting or prostitution organised by a third party is not.
At lunchtime we stopped at a beach car park down a dead end road near Lésina Marina. The tourist infrastructure was in evidence but standing empty and the winds had blown the fine sand over much of the parking area. It was a super beach, long and soft underfoot. We fought the temptation to stay and instead continued to the thin stretch of land separating the long Lésina Lagoon from the open sea. The area was sparsely populated and it was a relief to get away from the resorts and into what we felt was a more authentic rural Italy. However, the roads that came with authentic rural Italy were not a relief! The map had shown a small through road along the seaward side of the lagoon so we turned off the heavily cratered main road and after a while, came to a heavily cratered, compacted gravel track. We carried on until the compacted gravel turned to compacted sand and the bushes either side closed in and threatened to scrape the sides of the van. The one advantage of these 'roads' was that not many people used them! On the way in we'd seen a grassy area just 50m away from the water and made the decision to park up there for the night.
There was a considerable amount of rubbish about but tge sky was blue, the air warm (12°C!) and the sun sparkling on the water as it started its journey downwards. We did the only logical thing and went on a canoe paddle to Lésina, the town 3km over the other side of the lagoon! It was so relaxing to be on the water feeling the warmth on our faces. We returned 90 minutes later just in time to see the sun set as Little Egrets flew to their night roosts, silhouetted against the amber glow in the sky.Read more