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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, the path from Brindisi to Leuca

9 Mag

Watching from the window the landscapes that slowly change from town to town is a romantic aspect of the trip. But what if we slowed down further? What would we observe and what experience would we have if we crossed lands and places with the pace of the traveler? If you love to discover unknown landscapes with the pilgrim’s eye, the itinerary of “Via Francigena” route is perfect for you.

The route, in its last southern offshoot, starts from Rome and reaches Santa Maria di Leuca, the ancient Finibus Terrae. Recognized by the Council of Europe, the cultural itinerary will allow you to “savor” the colors of our land, a crossroads between East and West.

HISTORY – A stretch of more than 900 km through 4 different regions (Lazio, Molise, Basilicata and Puglia) was the path traveled by pilgrims from all over Europe during the Middle Ages to reach the ports of embarkation for the Holy Land. In Salento, the stretch of the Via Traiana Calabra, which connects Brindisi to Otranto, passing through Lecce, leads to Leuca, the last stop, before landing in Jerusalem.

The route began to take on greater importance starting from the late ancient age, when, following the political upheavals following the end of the Roman Empire and the subsequent Byzantine control of the territory, the town of Otranto assumed greater importance.

THE ITINERARY – The path follows in the footsteps of the pilgrim from Bordeaux who walked it in reverse in 333 AD, passes by the remains of the ancient Valesium, reaches Torchiarolo (one of the first municipalities to have given hospitality to contemporary pilgrims) and, finally, ends in Lupiae, now Lecce, symbol of the Baroque, whose artistic expression finds prominence in the numerous monuments and churches that, like embroidery, enrich the old town.

The path continues through Carpignano Salentino, and then Otranto, ancient Hydruntum, with its unparalleled architectural beauties: the cathedral, with its the medieval mosaic, and the Aragonese castle.

The route ends in Leuca, passing through Marittima, Tricase and Castro. Once at their destination, the traveler will complete his itinerary with a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria, where a column indicates that the journey to Jerusalem will continue across the sea.

THE FOOD – Frise”, rings of toasted bread baked and cut across the wire and then baked again and dried in their two parts, are one of the culinary symbols of Salento. Thought to be a long-lasting food, easy to store and to transport, frise have been the food for pilgrims and sailors.

Even today it is the main dish of Salento summers, whether you are on the beach or you want to enjoy a quick lunch or dinner, but no less tasty.

The only difficulty, so to speak, in the preparation process is the “sponzatura“, that is the time of immersion in water to soften the frisa: in a basin for a few seconds for those who taste it softer, only one quick moment under the water for those who love it more crunchy. The seasoning is according to taste. Do not miss the excellent local olive oil and fresh tomatoes. All the variants are welcomed: oregano, capers, olives or grilled vegetables, etc.

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

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.

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

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For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

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

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:

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

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

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

Holidays 2021, villas with pool the new trend. Choose the one that fits you!

10 Gen
Villa code m990

Cleanliness, privacy, peace: the three P‘s that will set the trend in 2021 holidays! Also for the next season, people will choose a place that guarantees a high standard of cleanliness and sanitation of the environments, a reserved space, sheltered from the frenzy of the city pace, and a location that ensures tranquility and comfort.

Villas with swimming pool are the ideal solutions for not giving up on your holidays! “Times are changing” sang Bob Dylan in 1964, a very current statement even in this period, at least for the tourism sector. The requirements for choosing a suitable solution for your holidays are changing compared to the trends of recent years.

Villa code m900

Longer stays, in places that have few common spaces and that guarantee a certain tranquility, with particular attention to the cleaning of the rooms. The 2021 holiday trend will still be the choice of residences for exclusive use for your family or for the few friends that you have chosen to go on holiday.

Villa code m595

Villas with swimming pools are the solution that best embodies all the “musts” for an unforgettable stay. These are in fact beautiful residences that combine the charm of the rooms with the safety of spaces.

Meticulously sanitized, with exclusive use of the swimming pool and with exteriors of considerable size (they are often gardens or real endless countryside), the villas with swimming pool are an ideal microcosm, perfectly self-sufficient, for those who want to disconnect from the routine without running any risk.

Villa code m780

The relaxation area by the pool is ideal for sunbathing, while the covered veranda, sheltered from the heat of the summer sun, will grant you moments of absolute relaxation for outdoor lunches and dinners or simply to read a book. The garden that embraces the villa is the ideal location for long walks or morning jogging.

Villa code m590

From Lecce to Leuca, all just a few minutes drive from the most famous beaches, both sandy and rocky, there is something for everyone.

Choose the villa that fits you, 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

Self check-in: enter your holiday house in a smart, safe and automatic way

8 Gen

You have just arrived at the destination you have meticulously chosen for your holidays, the sun is high, the sea is beautiful and funny days await for you! Ok, but there is still an obstacle between you and the start of the holidays: the front door of the house / villa you rented!

And then, sweaty and tired from the journey and with luggage, you start waiting for someone to open you the door! With self check-in all this will be over and arriving at a holiday home will be exactly like entering your home.

There are a number of objective advantages when you choose to book a house or villa with a swimming pool for your holidays: your own spaces, independence in moving around, autonomy in the organization of the day. The other side of the coin, however, can be the check-in. Before entering the house, in fact, you have to wait the host for the keys and to receive useful instructions.

The self check-in indicates all available technologies that allow the guest to enter the apartment independently without the intervention of the landlord. All of this is done in complete safety to ensure that only authorized people have access to the property.

So you can say stop to the long and frustrating waits; host and guest save time and you can plan your vacation entirely remotely, from your desk: from the first click to choose the house / villa of your dreams to entering the home.

THE DEVICES – Safety boxes, mechanical locks or smart devices allow you to automate the home entry procedure:

  • SAFETY BOX – It can be a padlock container or a box to be attached to the wall near the entrance, where the keys will be left and whose opening is entrusted to a combination previously communicated to the guest.
  • ELECTRONIC LOCK – The lock with digital buttons is easily installed at the entrance with the advantage that the guest will not have to carry the keys with him when moving, thus avoiding losing them and being locked out.
  • SMART LOCK – Access is done remotely via mobile devices. These systems connect to the home intercom and allow you to open the door using a special smartphone application.

ADVANTAGES – Zero waits, no restrictions on entry times. You arrive when you want and enter the house as if it were your home! Contacts between the host and the tourist are reduced considerably without renouncing to have a warm welcome. In fact, all useful information will be provided in advance to the guest who, upon arrival, will only have to get comfortable and enjoy the holidays!

Start planning your stay, choosing the one that’s right for you among our proposals:

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

Things to do if you’re on holidays in Salento in September

16 Ago

Uncrowded beaches, mild temperatures, many events: spending your holidays in September in Salento means enjoying the most beautiful sides of summer without the crowds of the August holidays.

If you have chosen the month of September for your holiday, Salento will be your ideal destination. That’s why. Continua a leggere

Exploring Salento, the land of Salice Salentino wine

28 Giu

Together with Primitivo and Negroamaro, Salice Salentino is the third native wine of Salento. Local food and wine products are an original and “tasty” way to explore our land and its culinary traditions. Together with the classic touristic itineraries among beaches and sea, we offer you a short trip between the provinces of Lecce and Brindisi, to discover the Salice Salentino.

PRODUCTION

Salice Salentino is a DOC wine, whose production takes place in the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce. Veglie, Guagnano and Campi Salentina, in the province of Lecce, San Pancrazio Salentino, Sandonaci and Cellino San Marco, in the province of Brindisi, are the municipalities where the wine is produced, from the vines Negroamaro, black Malvasia of Brindisi and black Malvasia of Lecce.

Salice Salentino is divided into six different types of wine, among which there are red, white, rosé and pinot bianco (also present with the sparkling type), sweet aleatico and sweet liqueur aleatico.

FEATURES

The wine has a more or less intense ruby ​​red color. The smell is pleasant and intense, while the flavor is robust but velvety. These properties make Salice Salentino particularly recommended on roasts, strong cheeses and game.

HISTORY

The origin of the DOC denomination of Salice Salentino is due to Senator Arcangelo de Castris, who, thanks to his winery “Leone De Castris”, has managed to affirm the value of this particular wine in Italy and worldwide. The winery, one of the oldest still in operation, was founded in 1665 by Duke Oronzo Arcangelo Maria Francesco De Castris, count of Lemos.

In the early 1800s the winery began exporting wine to the United States, Germany and France. Five Roses was born in 1943, the company’s best-known product and the first rosé wine to be bottled and marketed in Italy and immediately exported to the United States.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

holiday houses -> www.casesalento.com

Holiday luxury villas -> www.villesalento.it

email -> info@villesalento.it

Mobile Phones -> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/461763

Holidays in Salento, things to see in the villages of Grecìa Salentina

5 Apr

In the hinterland of Salento, about 20 km from Lecce, there are a group of villages, united by an ancient linguistic and cultural tradition. Grecìa salentina is a testimony of what remains in the centuries of the Greek influence in this area. The villages that still speak “Griko” today, a mixture of Greek and local dialect, are eleven: Calimera, Carpignano Salentino, Castrignano de ’Greci, Corigliano d’Otranto, Cutrofiano, Martano, Martignano, Melpignano, Soleto, Sternatia and Zollino. Continua a leggere

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