Our guide offers the opportunity to know better the marvellous 'terra
salentina' (the area of Lecce is also called 'Salento'); cristalline sea,
white beaches, rocks with astonishing panorama.
In the center, the
villages still conserve smell and flavour of the farmer's tradition,
and welcome to the foreigners who decide every year to take a holiday on
this beautiful southern part of Italy.
The climate, which is always mild in the Salento is ideal for walks into
historical center of the villages - on the discovery of baroc churches,
castles... or also in the countryside at close contact with the nature
untouched, between olive trees, vine and antique farmhouses..
Salento, the coastal territory
Travelling further South
along the 'litoranea salentina' on the Adria sea, we arrive to San
Foca, the first seascape village of Melendugno, with long,
white and extraordinarily low cliffs.
Not even 3 kilometres further South there is Torre dell'Orso
with a beach of very fine sand confined by a pine forest planted
in 1930 and S.Andrea, the last seascape village of Melendugno.
Just afterwards, passing the lakes of Alimini the territory of Otranto
starts. The city is situated on the extreme point of the
it is separated only 70 km from the Albanese coasts. For many years the
city has been in contact with the Orient.
After Otranto, still on the litoranea along a high coast very next to
the sea and crossing a deep forest of pines, we arrive to Santa
Cesarea Terme, famous for its thermal installations.
S.Cesarea passing Castro Marina, Tricase Porto, Marina Serra, Novaglie
on the Promontorium Iapigium, and finally to S.Maria
This part of coast is intensively rocky, with cristalline
water and frequent marine caves (the most famous is 'Zinzulusa').
Left behind Leuca a series of very long seascapes will accompany us till
Gallipoli. Going along the Ionian coast towards North we find the city
Torre Vado with a seemingly endless beach, the seascapes
of Salve, Pescoluse and Torre Pali,
the antique Auxentum (Ugento) with its seascapes Lido Marini,
Torre Mozza and Torre San Giovanni, here the sea is very
low and clear, the extremely long beaches have incredibly white sand.
Going back on the road to Gallipoli, still on the litoranea, we find Torre
Suda and Mancaversa with a good access to the rocks. Just afterwards,
from Torre Pizzo, passing kilometres of sandy beaches, we arrive to Gallipoli.
Originally, the city was on the little island which is separated by a
short track of sea from the mainland on which the new part of the city
is situated today. Going further North on the litoranea, passing Rivabella
and Lido Conchiglie, Santa Maria al Bagno and Santa Caterina; these places
have a rocky coast with short tracks of sandy beaches. From here we arrive
to Sant'Isidoro and Porto Cesareo. In these two seascapes
of "Salento" the sea isn't deeper than 1 metre and you have enormous sandy