If you are undecided about the destination of your next holiday, we suggest you one of the most desired destinations in recent years. Read on and you'll find out why everyone wants to go on holiday to Salento. We are in Puglia and, more precisely, in the southernmost part of it: the Salento peninsula consists, in fact, of the entire province of Lecce and part of the provinces of Taranto and Brindisi. It is a territory of about 6,000 square kilometers washed by both the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea, which ends right where the "heel of Italy" ends, at the tip of the peninsula. It is a territory rich in history and beauty that strikes for its cities of art, the villages where time seems to stand still and the famous golden beaches overlooking a crystal clear sea. Salento is not only a fashion, but the discovery of a territory rich in history, beauty and opportunities for relaxation and fun. You will, in fact, have the opportunity to live your dream holiday, choosing from the many opportunities that this beautiful land offers. The experiences to do and the places to visit are really many and we guarantee that you will never get bored.
But where to start? What are the things not to be missed?
That is what we believe a tourist should absolutely do and see:
Visit Lecce, the enchanting baroque city, called "the Florence of the south". Admire its churches and especially the beauty of the Duomo and the square that surrounds it. Lose yourself in the historic center among narrow streets and ancient art shops where you can often still admire the craftsmen at work. Eat a rustic dinner sitting in the sun in Piazza S. Oronzo and enjoy a little shopping made in Italy, among the shops of Piazza Mazzini.
Stop at Otranto, one of the pearls of Salento. During the day, visit the well-kept old town and climb between the Castle and the Bastions, to visit the upper part of the town. Here you can enjoy a panorama that will leave you speechless. In the evening the streets light up with lights and the music will accompany you everywhere between trendy clubs and typical restaurants. The sea show in the evening, observed from the upper part of the city, is truly unparalleled.
If you have in mind a holiday full of fun, it will be a must to stop in Gallipoli. Here, in fact, is the center of the Salento nightlife. Magnificent beaches, discos and super-equipped beaches where you can experience the summer fully from morning until late at night. Live music with deejays from all over the world, colorful cocktails and excellent food. If you like the idea of dancing all night by the sea, Gallipoli is the right place!
If, on the contrary, you are looking for nature and relaxation, our advice is to spend a day in Porto Selvaggio (in the territory of Nardò). As the name says, here you can get in touch with the wildest nature: a rich vegetation, wild flowers and a pine forest that will accompany you to the sea, which, in this area, shows off iridescent colors and spectacular that change depending on the light and currents. It is the perfect place to get lost in the beauty and purity that only uncontaminated nature can give us.
Santa Maria di Leuca is the most extreme part of Puglia. Here you will find unforgettable landscapes and a rocky coast that makes the landscape particularly impressive. Inlets and caves to discover, perhaps with a boat trip (which you can rent on the spot). If you love diving and snorkeling, you will find beautiful seabeds. To visit absolutely is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae, which dates back to 1700.
Ostuni is called "the white city" because of its white historical centre. It is located in the upper Salento in the province of Brindisi. It rises between the hills and overlooks the sea. It is a magnificent place that offers tourists, many possibilities. Crystal clear sea, history and culture and unfailing fun. Not to be overlooked and not to be missed, the excellent cuisine of the place that offers a wide variety of very special dishes.
The famous beaches of Salento are, perhaps, the reason why the number of visitors increases from year to year. It would be impossible to list them all, but we recommend, for example, Porto Cesareo and the entire coast up to Punta Prosciutto, Pescoluse, which has earned the nickname of "Maldives of Salento", Torre dell'Orso (Marina di Melendugno) and the Bay of the Turks, a few miles from Otranto.
We could talk endlessly about the wonders of Salento, but here, we limit ourselves to a few suggestions, which however will make you glimpse the enormous beauty of this territory. Whatever type of holiday you have in mind, the Salento is certainly the ideal place to spend unforgettable days.