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Otranto, Castro and Salve, the “Blue Flag” beaches of Salento

23 Mag

You chose Salento for your vacation and you have in mind so many places to visit that you are not able to choose which one first. To organize your priorities, the “Blue Flag” award can help you saving you precious time for your holiday, to spend lying in the sun rather than reading the maps!

Otranto, Salve and Castro are the municipalities of Salento awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that gives the “Blue Flag” to the best European coastal towns for water quality, services and cleanliness of the beach. The award lives since 1987 and goes to the best coastal towns in 48 countries around the world in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean.

Let’s find out why these three wonderful villages have earned the award.

OTRANTO – The little jewel, leaning towards East, is set on a rocky spur overlooking the sea on the Adriatic coast. The village, enclosed by the Aragonese walls, with the characteristic white houses that wind through a maze of alleys, will enchant you. From the “Lungomare degli Eroi”, crossing Porta Alfonsina, you enter the old city, with a necessary stop at the Aragonese Castle (today a lively cultural center with art exhibitions) and the Romanesque Cathedral with the 12th century mosaic floor, depicting the tree of life and the relics of the 800 martyrs, massacred by the Turks in 1480.

Just outside Otranto, the “Blue Flag” waves on some of the most enchanting beaches in all of Salento. To the north are the localities of Conca Specchiulla, the Alimini Lakes, the Baia dei Turchi. To the south you can visit the Baia delle Orte, Torre Sant’Emiliano and the inlet of Porto Badisco, famous for being the landing place of Aeneas.

Outside the inhabited center, the emerald green lake surrounded by the red mountains of the former Cava di Bauxite and the Punta Palascìa lighthouse, one of the few that can still be visited in Italy and the easternmost point of the boot, are worth a visit.

We leave the description of these timeless places to images rather than words.

SALVE – A very small town 75 km south of Lecce which has become famous above all for its beaches, even renamed as the “Maldives of Salento”. Fine sand, shallow and transparent bottoms, framed by soft dunes covered with “Macchia mediterranea” (the typical vegetation of these places) are the characteristics of the beaches of Pescoluse, Posto Vecchio and Torre Pali. It will take little to feel like being into a tropical scenario, while you’re still in Europe.

The old town of Salve is dotted with stately towers and noble palaces, where the Mother Church dedicated to St. Nicholas the Great stands out, where the oldest organ in Puglia is kept, the seventeenth-century Olgiati Mauro. On the way to the sea, the “treasure” of Salve was found, the silver coins of Magna Graecia, now kept in the Museum of Taranto.

CASTRO – One of the most indented stretches of the coast of Salento, but for this very reason one of the most evocative, Castro develops on the ashes of an ancient fishing village. With its numerous caves, the town offers the opportunity to make memorable boat trips to discover these beautiful caves.

Grotta Romanelli is one of the most important Italian prehistoric sites with red graffiti, while the Zinzulusa cave, which can also be visited from the ground, takes its name from the dialectal term “zinzuli” (rags, patches), for the stalactites inside.

Perched on the cliff overlooking the Adriatic, about 48 km from Lecce, the Roman Castrum Minervae has always been the nerve center of Salento. Today it is a pretty village with characteristic narrow streets and embellished with monuments such as the former 12th century Cathedral with a Romanesque façade, the remains of a small 10th century Byzantine church and the Aragonese Castle, where the statue of Athena Phrygia was found, proof of the existence of the temple of the goddess Minerva.

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Salento means not only sea, let’s discover Corigliano D’Otranto and Specchia

18 Apr

Corigliano D’Otranto and Specchia: what have the two small villages of Salento in common? Not everyone knows it, but these two locations have been awarded by the “Bandiera arancione”, the award given by the Touring Club (an italian association which promote the beauties of Italy) to of the inland municipalities for their excellence.

Everyone knows that Salento is famous above all for its beaches, but those who come on holiday here certainly notices how much beauty and tradition there is, even in the small villages far from the coast, full of history and tradition.

“Bandiera Arancione”, awarded since 1998, is a tourist-environmental quality mark. Beauty of the historical-cultural heritage and quality in welcoming tourists have made Specchia and Corigliano d’Otranto the two of the most beautiful villages of Apulia.

CORIGLIANO D’OTRANTO – One of the most characteristic villages of Grecìa Salentina, thanks to the typical courtyard houses that embellish the old town and cultural centre, thanks to the activities that take place inside Castello De’ Monti, an ancient manor with a noble baroque facade.

Just 25 km from Lecce, the richness of the traditions of the small town is even reflected in the local language, the griko, an ancient legacy of the Hellenic domination. The names of the streets are also of Byzantine derivation. The Lucchetti Arch, which surmounts the entrance to a small courtyard, tells, through the Byzantine symbols carved in stone, the love of a man for his bride.

SPECCHIA – The small town in southern Salento (about 54 km from Lecce) already boasts a prestigious award, namely the mention among the “most beautiful villages in Italy”. In fact, walking through the sunny streets, where time seems to have stopped and where life passes slowly, it is not hard to understand why the village has earned these awards.

A maze of intricate alleys, courtyard houses with balconies in bloom and crossroads embellished with traditional niches with saints: the historic center of Specchia, now a widespread hotel, is an experience for the eyes!

The most famous buildings to seal this splendor are Risolo Castle, the Convent of the Black Franciscans and the Column of Immunity, so called because it was enough to touch it to not being arrested. A town with a thousand virtues, Specchia is known for its quality of life, for the use of renewable sources and for its underground oil mills.

To find out where to stay to visit these and other villages in Salento, take a look 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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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.

If you’re looking for a holiday house for your stay in Salento, click below:

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For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

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Epidemiologist Lopalco: the warm weather would stop the epidemic

1 Apr

Pietro Luigi Lopalco, eminent world-renowned epidemiologist

The news is extremely important, a statement that puts an end to the doubts about a possible summer in a swimsuit, towel, mask and gloves.

The news comes after the optimism generated by the drop in the number of cases, as demonstrated by the daily “Sole24ore” here https://lab24.ilsole24ore.com/coronavirus/

On the evening of March 31, Lopalco would have reached by the phone Michele Emiliano, the Apulia Governor. After expressing his satisfaction for how the regional system of Health is managing the epidemic, Lopalco would have thought about a theory: from laboratory studies, they know that the pathogen doesn’t survive at a temperature above 26-27 degrees (outdoor). In Salento that one is the temperature of the water in summertime.

Michele Emiliano, Apulia Governor, who has so far managed the emergency very well surrounded by experts

So it might be realistic to think that the sun will defeat the virus. Many are convinced of this analysis. For this reason, the restrictive measures will gradually decrease after Easter (which will truly be of Resurrection!), and they might end in late April / early May.  In the South, in that season, the virus might no longer be able to infect. However, they will have to find a vaccine before Autumn, otherwise the problem will recur later in  November.

So we are all ready for a beautiful summer in Salento .. 😉

This happy news is not entirely true … that is, Lopalco did not call Emiliano on the evening of 3/31/20 to communicate these thoughts.
Today is April Fool’s Day, when, traditionally, you are allowed to fool around with words, images and more 🙂
But the news, perhaps, contains a seed of truth, as you can read in the following articles, published in March:

So LET’S HOPE and let’s keep being OPTIMISTS, because:
To be optimistic means to have a favorable attitude, which let you keep hoping, even in adverse circumstances. The word derives from the French “optimisme”, which takes its origin from Latin “optimus” (excellent). The latter always refers to the verb “ops, opis” in Latin, whose meanings are: power, authority, help, wealth, resources.
We must always be optimistic because this attitude helps us, allowing us to count on our best resources. At the same time, we have to equip ourselves with every necessary tool to face the worst case scenario (“Si vis pacem para bellum”), but we always have to do this with OPTIMISM

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Salento, 5 things to see on holidays in Otranto

8 Mar

That it is the easternmost point of Italy would already be enough to make it fascinating, but Otranto has a particular magic for many reasons, so it is worth going to visit it. Historical crossroads between East and West, the village, with its 6 thousands inhabitants, is on the Adriatic coast.

At first under Greek-Messapian and Roman influence, then Byzantine and Aragonese center, Otranto is part of the club “The most beautiful villages in Italy”. If you are on holiday in Salento, you cannot miss a day spent in Otranto. Continua a leggere

The 7 most beautiful churches to visit in Salento

26 Gen

You have spent half of your holiday in Salento laid on the soft sandy beaches, when you realize that there is much more to know about this land. Salento, in fact, is also a place of cultural contaminations that have produced many important artistic results.

Baroque, Romanesque and Gothic style sign the passage in this land of various dominations over the centuries. Continua a leggere

Booking early a holiday villa, here it is the real benefit

27 Dic

Saving money and enjoying your holiday in a wonderful villa is undoubtedly the mission of every consumer who every day spends a lot of time on the Internet, looking for special offers and discounts on where to spend the holidays.

However, promotions are not always the same. Anyone knows that, for example, “booking early” isn’t necessarily the same of spending less. Here are some tips on how to choose!

BOOK IN DECEMBER AND TRAVEL IN AUGUST

“Book early and save money” could be true. Very often, in fact, we read about special promotions related to the timing of the reservation. But there is another benefit in booking early…

Holiday villa in Salento

The real benefit of booking early consists, however, in the possibility to choose the best options: the most beautiful holiday villas o holiday houses are the first to be chosen. So we’d better say: “book for first to choose better!”.

STAY MORE, PAY LESS

The most interesting offers, conceived to make you really save money, addressed the tourists who stay for a long vacation.

So spending a long holidays in the same place could you bring two clear benefits: saving money and taking care of your health, staying away from the stressful everyday life!

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OUR OFFERS

Here there are some offers of Ville Salento:

  • book for at least two weeks and you will get a 5% discount on the price and a series of benefits (final cleaning included and refreshment upon your arrival).
  • Three consecutive weeks: 10% discount
  • Four weeks or more: 15% discount

Take your time, choose the best villas / houses and book them … and of course enjoy your holidays!

Here are some ideas to start choosing if you are looking for a charming villa with private pool:

Villa code m800 with pool in Galatina

Villa code m600 with sea view in Pescoluse

Sea view villa code m900 with pool in Santa Maria al Bagno

Here, you will find some suggestions for villas very close to the beach:

  1. Villa code m160 close to the sea of San Foca

  2. Villa code m700 very close to the beach of Spiaggiabella

  3. Villa code m520 close to the beach of Porto Cesareo

For info and quotes:

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Christmas in Salento, things to do…Happy Holidays!

23 Dic

Visiting Salento is always a good idea even if we are in winter. In this period of the year you can spend your holidays taking part to many typical events. You can taste some unique specialty foods, as well!

Enjoy our advice about the things that you can do in Salento and have a Merry Christmas!

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Find out more about Sant’Andrea: not only sea and beaches

24 Mar

Sant’Andrea is a tiny pearl, belonging to the municipality of Melendugno. It is well known to those who love the sea and the beautiful beaches of Salento. It is located between Torre Dell’Orso and Otranto. The place is definitely a destination to be added to the list of things to see in your holidays in Salento. Continua a leggere

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