Once you’ve discovered Salento, you’ll never forget it! You can reach this enchanting place by flying to Bari or Brindisi from Munich throughout the whole summer, right up until the end of October > BOOK NOW! and travelling by car, train or bus south towards the heel of Italy’s boot.
Salento is a land rich in history, culture, sharp rocks and pristine beaches, as well as excellent food and happy, welcoming people.
Salento: Lecce and the Baroque.
The city of Lecce, also known as the ‘Florence of the South’ for its majestic Baroque architecture, is the ideal starting point from which to explore Salento. The city is known for its marvellous buildings, including the Basilica di Santa Croce and the Duomo. A stroll among the streets of the old city centre of Lecce is an enchanting experience thanks to the clear, shimmering colours of the Lecce stone, the internal courtyards of the historic buildings and the antique artisanal workshops.
Castro Marina, Porto Cesareo, Gallipoli…
Castro Marina is a hidden gem in Salento and one of the region’s most beautiful seaside towns. This small town on the Adriatic coast is famous for its enchanting bay and historic centre, built around the Castello Aragonese. From Castro, you can visit the Grotta Zinzulusa with its incredible stalactites hanging from the ceiling as if they were rags.
The coast of Salento is marked by cliffs and isolated bays, but there are also some of the most beautiful tropical beaches in Italy. Porto Cesareo, on the Ionian coast of the Salento peninsula, sits within a protected natural marine area and the Palude del Conte e Duna Costiera regional nature reserve. A feast for your eyes!
Lastly, you must pay a visit to Gallipoli. Among the most picturesque and fascinating cities in Salento with cobbled streets and antique Baroque churches, it’s the gateway to enchanting beaches. In Baia Verde and Punta della Suina, you can relax and enjoy the best of the summer. The city is also the perfect spot to explore local culture and folklore, especially during the festival to celebrate Saint John the Baptist, which takes place every year in June.
Salento: things that will blow your mind
Salento is an explosion of folklore and traditional music. Patron saint celebrations and folk music festivals like the Notte della Taranta attract visitors from all over the world.
Strolling around Salento you’ll bump into the so called “pajare”: buildings similar to the famous “trulli”, but with a more austere architecture. They are small cone-shaped houses with a flat roof, they were built with local stone without mortar, and they are characterized by an antique history and unbelievable resistance.
Finally, we can’t talk about Salento without mentioning the delicious food. In this sun-kissed land, ingredients are fresh and high-quality, such as olive oil, fresh fish, homemade pasta and local cheese. Some of the tastiest specialties of Salento include rustici pastries, crunchy on the outside and soft on inside, stuffed with mozzarella, tomatoes and ham, and pasticciotto, a shortcrust pastry stuffed with crème pâtissière.
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