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Salento by bike, the cycling routes to discover new places

16 Mag

Faster to feel the breeze on your skin or slower to observe every detail: the bike is undoubtedly the best way to discover Salento. Here they are two different routes, in length and in stages, but easy to follow even for less experienced cycle enthusiasts and which will give you the unmissable opportunity to get to know Salento from an unusual perspective.

LECCE – ACAYA – OTRANTO

Length 78 km; difference in altitude up to 405 meters

We start from Lecce and cycle for 12 km southwards, until we reach the ancient fortified village of Acaya, with the 16th century castle still intact. Passing through the “Le Cesine” nature reserve, you have the privilege to go through a path made up by trees, before arriving close to the beaches of San Foca and Torre dell’Orso.

We surely reccomend a stop in Roca Vecchia and a dip in the Grotta della Poesia. Along the Adriatic coast and after passing the splendid Sant’Andrea with its stacks, you arrive in the small town of Borgagne. The Alimini lakes are the last stop on the itinerary before reaching Otranto, the “Gateway to the East”.

MAGLIE – PUNTA PALASCIA – LEUCA – GALATINA

Length 186 km; difference in altitude up to 1500 meters

The second itinerary starts from Maglie, crossing the towns of Muro Leccese, Giurdignano and Otranto, from here you are very close to Punta Palascìa, the easternmost point of Italy. Along the Adriatic coast, you reach the small bay of Porto Badisco, where Aeneas landed from Troy and Santa Maria di Leuca, where the two seas, the Ionian and the Adriatic, meet.

The famous lighthouse of Punta Palascìa

From here, we are ready to go up the Ionian side through the medieval town Castrignano, Patù up to Gallipoli. The last stop is Galatina with its treasures, including the cathedral of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, one of the most distinguished expressions of Gothic and Romanesque art in Puglia.

Here, some tips for your stay in Salento:

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

Holiday villas –> https://www.villesalento.it/index.html#/

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

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

“Via Francigena” route in Salento, the paths you can walk

2 Mag

Backpack on the shoulder and comfortable shoes, the hiker is the pilgrim of the 21st century! It is not uncommon for many tourists to choose to discover an area through the slow pace of walking outdoors, in contact with nature.

For this reason we point out to the modern traveler the ancient routes, already trodden by real pilgrims, centuries ago. This is the last segment of the Via Francigena, the path that led from Rome to the Holy Land. We have divided it into itineraries with stops and complete it with km and duration, in order to discover Salento from an unusual perspective.

Itinerary 1: Route: 22km Duration: 6h

Starting from the provincial Squinzano-Casalabate (about 15 km north of Lecce) you arrive at Masseria Patricelli and Masseria Alcaini. From here, after crossing an olive grove, you can admire the Abbey of Santa Maria in Cerrate, famous for its extraordinary medieval frescoes and recently recovered thanks to the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano).

This leads to a wind farm and then to Surbo. From here, you walk till Lecce, in the Monastero degli Olivetani area, inside which there is the church of Saints Niccolò and Cataldo from the 11th century. We also recommend a visit to Piazza Sant’Oronzo, characterized by the column on which there is the statue of the Saint and the Roman amphitheater.

Itinerary 2: Route: 30 km -Duration: 8h30

From Piazza Sant’Oronzo, in the heart of Lecce, move towards via Merine and, after passing the Gardens of Athena, head towards Acaya, a splendid medieval fortified village, which preserves its castle intact. The exit from the center, through the church of San Paolo, is marked by paths characterized by the presence of stone walls and dry buildings that lead to Acquarica di Lecce. Through a cycle path you reach Vernole.

The itinerary ends at the gates of Martano, a characteristic center of the Grecìa Salentina, with a visit to the Monastery of the Cistercian Fathers where you can admire the church of Santa Maria della Consolazione and where the monks produce local products such as liquor, oil and jams.

Itinerary 3: Route: 29.7 km – Duration: 8h30

From Martano, to reach the center of Carpignano Salentino it is necessary to reach the Church of the Madonnella and from here cross a path made up of ancient carriageways. Taking advantage of the cycling route, you arrive at Serràno and then in Cànnole. Taking the Scoppelle local road, you arrive at Masseria Torcito, immersed in a pine forest.

Always crossing the carriageways, you leave the wooded stretch to continue to the Sanctuary of Montevergine, an important place connected to pilgrimages, from which, through a descent, you reach the center of Palmariggi. Continue on the old road to Giurdignano, arriving near the Masseria Quattro Macine, an old abandoned medieval farmhouse, from which you reach an area where you can appreciate dolmens and menhirs. After Giurdignano, the Via Francigena crosses splendid olive groves and an holm oak forest, and then reaches the center of Otranto with the splendid Cathedral and the Byzantine church dedicated to St. Peter.

Itinerary 4: Route: 21.9 km – Duration: 6h

It starts from the port of Otranto, where, just outside the town, you can reach the suggestive former quarry of Bauxite, with its lunar-colored landscape. Through a dirt road you reach Uggiano la Chiesa and then Cocumola. After admiring the menhir of the Cross, you go along a straight line surrounded by olive and pine trees and you reach Vitigliano, where we can visit the church of San Michele Arcangelo. Continue until Vignacastrisi.

Itinerary 5: Route: 14.3 km – Duration: 4h

Leaving the town of Vignacastrisi and passing the Chapel of the Madonna di Costantinopoli, proceed to Marittima. Crossing the provincial road and after taking a dirt road, you arrive near the ruins of the Torre del Sasso. Going further, you will come across a wood of eucalyptus, pine and oak trees, typical of this area. Finally, you reach an intersection that indicates the port of Tricase, the last stop on this itinerary.

Itinerary 6 – Route: 17.5 km, Terrain: dirt, asphalted, Duration: 5h

After Tricase, continue to Tiggiano with its splendid Baronial Palace and Corsano. Continuing along a path in the open countryside dotted with dry stone walls, you arrive to Gagliano del Capo, with the church of San Rocco and the Convent of San Francesco di Paola. Through a municipal road, crossing the countryside, you reach the Sanctuary of Leuca, the last offshoot of the Italian peninsula in the Adriatic. The two angels who welcome the traveler are the symbol of a journey that ends and still the symbol of the beginning of a journey that leads to Jerusalem

Here some useful tips where you can stay during your trip in Salento:

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

Holiday villas –> https://www.villesalento.it/index.html#/

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

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

Choose a villa close to the seaside for your next holidays

17 Gen

Are you looking at the horizon instead of filling in the invoices? Do you find yourself staring at the magnets of exotic places upon your fridge? Or, does the scent of freshly washed linen remind you of that memory of last summer? Well, it’s time to think about your next vacation! A villa close to the beach is the ideal solution for your summer 2021.

Even for next season, in fact, people will choose to spend their holidays in villas on the beach. There are numerous seaside resorts in Italy and Salento, with its kilometers of coastline washed by two seas, is the ideal destination for next summer.

In the garden relaxing with friends, or having lunch outside looking at the sea with the beach just a stone’s throw away. No, you are not daydreaming! It is the image of your stay if you decide to spend it in a villa on the beach. The independent solutions, a stone’s throw from the sea, represent an excellent location to spend your holidays in safety, in perfect balance between privacy, independence and cleanliness of the rooms.

Villa code m160

So, if you choose the Adriatic coast, facing the white sand of San Foca and its shallow and crystalline waters, a fantastic villa with direct access to the beach awaits you with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a covered veranda where you can relax at the sight of the blue of the sea.

Or near Lecce, very close to the unspoiled landscapes of the “Bosco e Paludi di Rauccio” regional natural park, you can stay in this large villa (4 bedrooms and two bathrooms) in Spiaggiabella. The outdoor garden (with Jacuzzi) will give you unique moments of relaxation and tranquility, away from the frenzy of everyday life.

The view of the sea of ​​Porto Miggiano with its suggestive inlet is perfectly enjoyable from the garden of this villa, ideal for comfort and elegance. Four bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and two living rooms, created in rooms with vaulted ceilings in stone and finely furnished. The large garden, equipped with tables and chairs and embellished with plants, flowers and olive trees, is divided into comfortable terraced areas, separated by characteristic “muretti a secco”.

On the other side, the Ionian coast, the options are as many as on the Adriatic coast. You just have to choose the location: in the renowned Porto Cesareo, in the “La Strea” basin area, an elegant beachfront villa with three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms is what you will need to switch off, thanks to the well-kept garden with plants and flowers, equipped for relaxing afternoons to enjoy the summer breeze.

Or, in Sant’Isidoro (nearby Porto Cesareo), you will be a stone’s throw from the fine sandy beach, if you decide to stay in this spacious villa with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The covered veranda will be the perfect place for your outdoor dinners or lunches, enjoying a spectacular view.

For other villas, take a look here:

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

Holiday villas –> https://www.villesalento.it/index.html#/

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

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

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