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Salento, things to do if you’re here on holidays in May

11 Apr

Mild temperatures, long days and good weather: May is the prelude to summer. So what could be better than anticipating your holidays and visiting Salento?

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For those who dream of the beach and the sea, they could enjoy the most enchanting places without the overcrowding. In May, apart from sunbathing, there are a lot of things to do for those who’d like to know better the traditions of this land. Continua a leggere

Natural oasis of Salento: the park of “Porto Selvaggio e Palude del Capitano”

4 Apr

A dense forest of pines, a cliff overlooking the emerald green of the sea is the panorama that can be admired from the Park that extends around the area of ​​the homonymous bay of Porto Selvaggio for 7 km of coastline and 1500 hectares of surface, in the area of ​​the municipality of Nardò.

The Natural Park was established in 2006 in an area on the sea affected by various reforestation interventions that began in the 1950s. First barren and rocky, today the landscape is characterized by the presence of a dense pine forest inserted in the splendid setting of the Ionian Sea.

The vegetation of the wood is characterized by Aleppo pines, some specimens of cypresses and eucalyptus and by the presence of an undergrowth with wild myrtle, olive trees and spontaneous local vegetation (Macchia Mediterranea), including orchids and rosemary.

Do not fail to spot species such as foxes, weasels, hedgehogs, chameleons and, during the migration period, even the blackbird, thrush and hoopoe in addition to the lesser kestrel and the kestrel.

A few meters from the coast you can also visit the Palude del Capitano where the karst phenomenon has given rise to the “spunnulate”, or caves whose vault has collapsed, forming lakes of brackish water. To find out other natural parks in Salento, read here.

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Natural oasis of Salento: the park of “Isola di Sant’Andrea e Litorale di Punta Pizzo”

28 Mar

The “Isola di Sant’Andrea and Litorale di Punta Pizzo Regional Natural Park”, established in 2006, includes the southern territory of Gallipoli (Punta Pizzo) and the nearby island of Sant’Andrea, where there is a nesting colony of the Corsican gull, unique in all Italy.

The island, with a diameter of only 4.5 km, has no headlands and is easily exposed to the elements of the sea. During the winter season, the central part, being below sea level, remains covered with water.

The coast of Punta Pizzo looks like an environmental mosaic composed of sandy expanses, protected by dunes, local typical vegetation (Macchia Mediterranea), wet and marshy environments. From the strawberry tree to the spiny broom, from myrtle to mastic, from rosemary to thyme, the habitat of the present flora.

In the vicinity of wetlands such as the Li Foggi canal, however, it is possible to peek at the colors of the aquatic avifauna, among which the Knight of Italy stands out. To find out other natural parks of Salento, read here.

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Natural oasis of Salento: the park of “Costa Otranto-Santa Maria di Leuca e bosco di Tricase”

21 Mar

The zinzuli (the stalactites) that give the name to the Grotta della Zinzulusa and the prehistoric pictograms of the Grotta dei Cervi are just some of the most famous destinations that the park contains, an expanse of over 3000 hectares that rises in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Salento coast, along the eastern side.

Established in 2006, the park falls within the territory of 12 coastal municipalities of Salento, from Otranto to Tricase, passing through Castro. This offers a variety of panoramas ranging from the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, with stretches of high and rocky coast, to fields dotted with country walls.

On the road that leads from Tricase to the sea stands the “Vallonea of ​​the Hundred Knights”, an example of centuries-old oak unique in Western Europe.

The park’s flora is very rich and varied and includes numerous rarities, from the Leuca cornflower to the Alisso and from Giacomini’s Veccia to orchids. Without forgetting the expanses of sea fennel and salicornia fruticosa that cover the cliffs overlooking the sea. The monk seal made its last appearance in the region right here, while nourished colonies of bats inhabit the humid caverns of various caves. To find out other natural parks in Salento, read here.

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Natural oasis of Salento: “Bosco e Paludi di Rauccio”

14 Mar

Very close to Lecce, which is just 9 km away, the Rauccio Park represents the latest example of the great system of woods and marshes that in the past extended along the coast between Brindisi and Lecce.

Established in 2002, the park covers an area of over 1500 hectares, the landscape of which is characterized by ponds behind the dunes, where the short course of the Idume stands out. The wood is made up of a dense and intricate holm oak forest and a rich undergrowth where mastic, myrtle and Mediterranean honeysuckle thrive.

In the open clearings, marshes are formed colonized by rare amphibians such as the Italic newt, the emerald toad and the Italic tree frog.

The best known part of the park is that of the holm oak wood (“Rauccio’s wood”), which incredibly survived a total deforestation that took place in the Thirties to obtain wood, and today it is a popular destination for funny trips outside the town on sunny days. To find out the natural parks in Salento, read here.

For your vacation, you can stay in one of these holiday houses:

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Natural oasis of Salento: the park “Litorale di Ugento”

7 Mar

Established in 2007, the “Litorale di Ugento” Natural Park covers about 1600 hectares in the area between Torre San Giovanni and Lido Marini. The reserve is characterized by a profound variety of landscapes that go from sandy beaches to rocky ones

From the place known as “Pazze” to Torre San Giovanni, in fact, the coast appears low and rocky, while from Torre San Giovanni to Lido Marini it becomes sandy and is characterized by a series of low dunes. Typical of this oasis are in fact the so-called “gravinelle“, or karst gullies carved into the rock by the water.

As for the Cesine, this park is also ideal for bird watching, since in the wetlands you can admire migratory birds such as herons, egrets and bitterns. Many other animals populate the woods such as fox, hedgehog, stone marten and badger.

The “Litorale di Ugento” Park is rich in natural habitats. Among rosemary, prickly juniper and pine forests, the rare and colorful orchids stand out.

The “Litorale di Ugento” Natural Park can be reached from Lecce by taking the west ring road towards Gallipoli and with the State Road 274 Gallipoli-Santa Maria di Leuca with the exit at Felline. The visitor center is in Piazza Adolfo Colosso in Ugento. To find out other natural parks in Salento, read here.

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For further information:

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Natural oasis of Salento: “Le Cesine”

28 Feb

Sandy beaches and sea with a sloping seabed characterize the natural park of “Le Cesine”, which extends for 620 hectares along the Adriatic coast from San Cataldo, up to Vernole. It is the oldest park (1980) and it is the perfect location for “birdwatching“. Here, in fact, birds, especially the aquatic ones, stop along the migratory routes.

Inside the park we find a large pine forest with wet areas with large marshes. In the reserve there are two ponds separated from the sea by dunes, “Pantano Grande” and “Salapi”, which survive thanks to underground aquifers and rainwater.

There are many species of birds that stop on these ponds. “Armed” with binoculars and patience it will be possible to admire, from the special wooden shelters, species such as the flamingo, the mallard, the marsh harrier and osprey, the peregrine heron, the pelican. To find out the other natural parks in Salento read here.

For your holidays, you can stay in one of these houses:

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Protected unspoiled oasis, the natural parks of Salento

21 Feb

Lying in the sun for hours isn’t exactly the only work-out you planned to do on vacation? No problem! Sandy beaches and crystal clear sea water aren’t just the only beauties in Salento.

Kilometers and kilometers of coastline touch an uncontaminated territory full of natural riches. The scents and colors of the “Macchia Mediterranea” (the typical flora and fauna of these areas) are awaiting you for a unique sensory experience, where nature, in its raw state, will enchant you.

There are six natural parks in Salento, starting from Lecce up to the most extreme point of the Heel. Let’s go explore them in geographical order!

Bosco and Paludi di Rauccio Regional Natural Park is on the outskirts of Lecce, just 9 km from the Salento capital, and extends over 1596 hectares. Here, we find a beautiful holm oak forest, the sandy coast, some marshy areas where the short course of the Idume stands out, a basin and drainage channels.

“Le Cesine” Nature Reserve is close to Lecce as well, which is about 15 km away, on the Adriatic coast of Salento. The park extends for 620 hectares from the coast south of San Cataldo to Vernole and it is the oldest institution park dating back to 1980.

Porto Selvaggio and Palude del Capitano Regional Natural Park is located on the Ionian side of Salento. Extending over an area of ​​1100 hectares in the Nardò area, the park is characterized by a dense pine forest and has been affected by a series of reforestation interventions that began in the 1950s.

Isola di Sant’Andrea and Litorale di Punta Pizzo Regional Natural Park extends into the territory of Gallipoli, on the Ionian side. The park is home to the only breeding colony of the Corsican Gull.

The Regional Natural Park “Litorale di Ugento” is the most recent to be established (2007) and one of the most interesting and precious areas of the Salento Peninsula, for its naturalistic, historical and landscape value. It covers about 1600 hectares and is characterized by a high variety of natural environments.

Costa Otranto – Santa Maria di Leuca and Bosco di Tricase Regional Natural Park, established in 2006, covers an area of ​​over 3 thousand hectares and affects 12 municipalities in Salento, from Otranto to Tricase, passing through Castro. Breathtaking views along the eastern coast of Salento characterize the park, from the Grotta della Zinzulusa to the Grotta dei Cervi with the pictograms of the prehistoric era.

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Tourism 2021, people are ready to travel!

7 Feb

Most people are ready to travel, while the other half are starting to plan their next holidays. The picture, offered by a recent eDreams study, is encouraging.

Italians also know well how they will want to spend their holidays in 2021. Local tourism, cleanliness of the environment, eco-sustainability are what travelers are looking for.

Let’s see the numbers in detail:

READY TO TRAVEL – 48% of Italians have already started planning holidays, while the remaining 32% are planning to do it so soon. At the thought of leaving, 47% of the sample said they were eager to leave in 2021.

WHERE TO GO – Local destinations prevail over long distances. People tend to stay in Italy, and prefer to travel by car. 42% of Italians prefer seaside resorts, followed by holidays dedicated to outdoor sports (21%), art city tours (17%) and wellness breaks (9%).

WHERE TO STAY – Villas with pools or holiday houses near the beaches are the favorite places to spend the holidays. Stays in environments for exclusive use for a small group of people and with high sanitation standards eliminate the risks and make people feel safer to move. All without giving up the comforts of a holiday.

CANCELLATION POLICIES – The flexibility in cancellation terms in case of unforeseen events related to the health emergency encourages tourists to book. For 69% of people, in fact, the guarantee of a refund / voucher in case of missed departure is an incentive.

MEN vs WOMEN – The demographic data on the difference in behavior at the gender level is interesting: men appear more fearful about leaving than women. Women, on the other hand, (71% vs 67%) pay more attention to bookings that guarantee a refund for travel cancellation.

YOUTH vs ADULTS – The study shows greater tranquility in facing the journey which is directly proportional to the age group. Travelers over 55 (8%) say they don’t need many guarantees to leave.

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Post-pandemic tourism, the new trends for the 2021

24 Gen

Italian, clean and sustainable. It is not the slogan for a commercial product made in Italy, but the trend for the 2021 holiday. Domestic tourism, longer and “slower” holidays and greater attention for cleaning. These are the characteristics sought by travelers for the next vacation.

The health emergency, which has profoundly changed our daily habits, has not spared even the tourism field.People have returned to travel but they think about vacation in a more sustainable way: closer destinations, longer stays and in healthier and cleaner environments. These are the trends that emerge from some reports from Skyscanner and Booking.com.

DOMESTIC TOURISM – Confirming the trend of last March / April, domestic tourism is on a constantly growing trajectory, confirming the change in habits. Italians prefer closer destinations, also because they are easier to reach by car.

LONG STAY – Skyscanner report highlights this trend. And if it is true that the increase in one-way travel in March 2020 was justified by the need to reunite with loved ones, in recent months the trend has continued to rise.

Why? Because people are starting to combine holidays and smartworking: with the possibility of enjoying quality time with loved ones, without neglecting work. Find out how here.

BOOKING – Many travelers are willing to book even within a month of departure. Furthermore, more flexible cancellation policies favor bookings because they make travelers feel safer even in the event of unforeseen events.

CLEANING – Attention for well cleaned spaces ha increased. An element, that of hygiene, already emerged from the TripAdvisor report last June and strengthened by that of Booking.com. On the portals there was a considerable increase (of over 60%) in the use of terms, in the research phase, of a structure such as “clean” and “hygiene”.

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SUSTAINABILITY – A review of old habits also reflects in terms of sensitivity to our planet. Yes to the road trip by car, instead of traveling by plane. Yes to a slower tourism, no to “hit and run” destinations.

Italy, with the richness of its landscapes and its cultural, architectural and cultural traditions, will thank you!

Flexible cancellation policies in case of new restrictions, high cleaning standards and extra services in order to live a unique sensory experience. Choose your ideal holiday house/villa for your 2021 vacation in Salento, here

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