You have organized your holiday in Salento thinking of everything: you have chosen the destination, you have booked the place to stay and, finally, you have also made a short list of things to see. In fact, you don’t want to stay in one place for the entire stay, but you want to take the opportunity to explore the wonders that this land has to offer.
If you have decided to travel by car, you will reach Salento via the A14 if you come from the North, or along the A1 from Central Italy. Once in place, move between one location and the other will be fairly easy.
The hinterland, in fact, is well connected to both coasts (Ionian and Adriatic) and you can choose whether to take the coastal road to be enchanted by the surrounding landscape or to take the state road for a smoother course.
There are two main arteries: the highway 101-274 that connects Lecce to Gallipoli, up to Santa Maria di Leuca, and the state road 16 which will take you to Maglie and Otranto and then the 275 to Leuca.
If you choose to come to Salento by train you will stop in Lecce. From there you can decide whether to explore the Salento by bus or continue with the train, using the lines of the South-East Railway (Ferrovia Sud-Est).
If you travel by train or plane, an excellent solution to move around in Salento is definitely the bus.
The summer lines of the “Salento in Bus” service, conceived by the province of Lecce, are now a solid certainty of every summer. Throughout the season, in fact, you can move easily and in a low cost way from the hinterland to the marinas, thanks to the 9 lines that branch out all over the Salento region.
STP‘s services are also active, namely the Public Transportation Company of Terra d’Otranto.
VEHICLE RENTAL: CAR OR BIKE?
The most comfortable way to explore the Salento is undoubtedly with your own vehicle. If you arrived by plane or train and you don’t have a car to move, the best solution is to rent one.
Not just a car, but also a bike. The Salento is, in fact, a land to be discovered and mostly uncontaminated. What better choice to opt for a cycle touring itinerary, moving around, staying in contact with nature?
One of the last options you have for exploring the Salento is to rely on a transfer to move from one or more areas of the Salento peninsula or simply to get from the airport to your destination in the Lecce province and vice versa.
Now that you’ve chosen the right vehicle to move, all you have to do is book your stay, pack your suitcase and start exploring the magnificent Salento!