The coast that joins Porto Cesareo to Gallipoli alternates between strips of sand and low, flat rocks that at one point rise to become the bastions of Porto Selvaggio. The bands of color that are normally seen on sandy beaches are not visible here but the sea has a uniform dark blue shade. The rock walls fall sheer over 40 meters (131 feet) at points. Fortunately, this area has been safeguarded by the regional law of 1980 and protected by the creation of a nature park covering 424 hectares (1047 acres). It is rich with Mediterranean flora like rosemary, thyme, and phyllirea. Pine trees have grown here since the 1950s and these make the view truly wonderful.