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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:

Holiday houses –> www.casesalento.com   

Holiday villas –> www.villesalento.it            

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

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.

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

Holiday houses –> https://www.villainpuglia.it/EN/affitti_vacanze/Gallipoli

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

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:

Holiday houses –> www.casesalento.com   

Holiday villas –> www.villesalento.it             

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

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:

info@villesalento.it

0039 3284617633

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

Roca, the “poetic” side of Salento

17 Feb Roca vista dall'alto

Roca is located between San Foca and Torre dell’Orso. It is one of the most beautiful place of Salento and it is definitely worth visiting it when you come here on vacation. The small town is different from the nearby seaside town thanks to its rocky coast, suitable for those who love the cliff, but it is equally lovely for those who prefer the sandy beach. Continua a leggere

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