Locals say, if you have not visited Salento, you have not been to Apulia. This area is a cherry on top of Apulia cake, or even a handful of cherries – a choice of places to visit in Salento is so wide, you might need to set your priorities for vacation in advance! Beach of city, sightseeing or shopping and relaxing, beach bar or fine restaurant? In Salento you can find anything!
The Salento Peninsula is located in the southeast of Apulia and includes the ‘heel’ territory that lies between Adriatic and Ionian seas. Over the last years, Salento has become an extremely popular touristic destination and is buzzing with all sorts of holiday resorts, especially along the coast. The reason is obvious – a wonderful diversity of beaches from stones and caves to sand and crystal water. The most popular beach locations are: Ostuni, Monopoli, Manduria, Porto Cesareo, Gallipoli, and Pulsano.
Salento has a great historic significance and is therefore rather precious about its historical and architectural treasures. In the ancient roman town of Conversano, you can find a Roman Cathedral, Benedict and Franciscan monasteries and castles from the Middle Ages.
Martina Franca is home to the beautiful Palazzo Ducale, which was once graced by the visit of Leonardo Da Vinci in his times. The white old town of Ostuni will also charm many travellers. Generally, any little town of Salento has something unique to offer – ancient castles, basilicas with beautiful paintings, not to mention the landscapes surrounding the tows.
The province of Lecce is probably the most crowded area in the middle of summer, but if you’re not up for crowd, it’s absolutely worth visiting year round. Some of the attractions include the fascinating Grotta Verde cave and Marina di Andrano, which is currently the most popular resort. You can also enjoy the grottos in the cape of Santa Maria di Leuca. If you’re a diver, then Porto Cesareo is waiting for you!
Salento is easy to reach by different kinds of transportation, it’s connected to Bari with a highway, Lecce and Taranto have big train stations, and Brindisi, a big port town, has an international airport. Overall, there is plenty to discover, for the area is concentrated with beautiful towns, villages, landscapes, and beaches. Take your time to soak in the history, the scenic views and get lost in the meandering villages, the friendly locals will always help you find your way!