WALKING TO THE ALIMINI LAKES
Just a few kilometers from Masseria San Cosimo, you will find a wonder of nature, a salt lake, a natural reserve, where different fish species live. You can get there easily by car and you can rent a canoe to enjoy the show, completely immersed in the natural reserve.
The Alimini lakes at sunset are a pattern of unique colors, and the harmony of nature enchants all the senses.
Generated by the continuous erosion of the sea, and extends for about 2.5 km in length and has a depth of about 4 meters.
The Alimini Grande basin is almost completely surrounded by a rocky belt, richly covered with thick pine forests and Mediterranean scrub.
The northern tract, called Palude Traguano, is almost low and sandy;
here there are numerous springs, including the main one called Zudrea which feeds the lake together with the sea.
The percentage of salinity of the lake is almost of the same value as that of the sea, because precisely, the sea flows into it.
The seabed of the lake is rich in molluscs and a large part of the seabed is rich in Ruppia maritima.
Alimini Piccolo is generated by numerous springs of fresh water, and is also called Fontanelle.
It extends for about 2 km in length and the depth does not exceed one and a half meters.
The lake, which has low and flat banks, is fed by the groundwater of the Rio Grande canal which in turn is generated by the numerous springs present at the nearby Serra di Montevergine. The waters of the lake are almost always sweet, but during the summer season, with the phenomenon of water evaporation, the lake tends to become saline.