Surroundings

Gallipoli

Gallipoli, in greek language Kale Polis (nice town), is characterized for its old town in Baroque style builded on an isle that is connected to the new part of the town by a bridge. In the old town you can visit numerous churches, like the S. Agata Cathedral, with its decorated facade, the S. Maria della Purità church, ritual place for the fishermen, with majolica floors and frescos, the castle and the Rinascimental Greek Fountain.

Lecce

Lecce, charming Baroque town called, for its architecture, the “Florence of South Italy”, offers to its visitors an important monumental heritage. The most representative buildings are the Basil of S. Croce, that is rich in architectural motives outside and inside and the Duomo Square. In Sant’Oronzo Square, that is the core of the city, you can also find the Roman Amphitheater ruins, the Seat and its several churches. Another important example of architecture is the Castle, built by Carlo V in the XVI century, offering inside extraordinaire Renaissance details.

Copertino

Copertino is a populated village, only 13 km far from Lecce, known thanks to its big castle, that date back to 1300, and its San Giuseppe, protector of students and aviators, to whom is dedicated a wonderful sanctuary immerged in the nature of “Grottella” Park. It is also good to mention the ancient S. Maria ad Nives Church dated 1088 and the Church of Casole.

Nardò

Nardò is a town with Messapic origins, with a fascinating old town, where you can find several important churches, like the Saint Maria Assunta Cathedral built on a pre-existing basilian It is recommended to see Salandra Square, the Norman Cathedral full of frescos dated 1009, the Osanna small Temple and the 3 churches of Purità, S. Domenico and Carmine.

Porto Selvaggio

This wonderful natural park is part of the Found for the Italian Environment and is extended along the Ionic coast on a suggestive overhang cliff on the sea in Nardò territory. In this area it is recommended to visit the Horse Cave, the Corvine Cave and the Captain Swampland with its spots of springs.

Galatina

Mostly known for its S. Caterina Cathedral in gotic style, full of frescos. It is well known the S. Paolo church, place where the “tarantati” meet to play ancient magic rituals, the Clock Tower, dedicated in 1861 to the King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II.

Ugento

Ugento is reachable by going southward and it is appreciated for its old town, its Cathedral of 1700 with the diocesan museum, its Santi Medici e S. Antonio churches, its archeological museum and that of Colosso Palace with its everal founds and also its XIII century castle.

Cave trip

Once you are in Salento you absolutely need to visit the caves along the Adriatic coast starting from S. Maria di Leuca until S. Cesarea Terme. If you would like to book a boat excursion you will have the opportunity to admire Salento’s landascape and its caves directly from the sea, enjoying a swim and an aperitif, usually composed by good local products.

Santa Maria di Leuca

Located on the “heel of the booth” and defined from Romans “Finibus Terrae”, Leuca strikes for its beautiful coast and sea color. It is recommended to visit the Sanctuary in the village square with its magnific pipe organ, the 800’s Villas, the Monumental Fall, the marine caves, the Roman column and Punta Ristola.

Ciolo

Well known from extreme sports lovers, it is located near Gagliano del Capo, it is a very high bridge that is over one of the most famous and beautiful caves of the area. It represents a very good place to do scuba diving, climbing and for the bravest compelling dives.

Cipolliane Cave

They can be found after a path called “Il sentiero delle Cipolliane” that begins from the surrounding rocks of Ciolo; in particular they are 4 caves at an height of 30 metres on the sea level that preserve remains and tracks of past ages animals.

Bauxite Quarry

It is an area that years ago was used for the bauxite extraction, a mineral used to produce aluminium. The presence of this mineral in the rocks determines its red colour that magnifically contrast with that of the water and the green of the surrounding plants. Not to be missed by nature lovers.

Otranto

Otranto is a beautiful town by the sea that preserves the memories of Turkish invasion; one proof is the Cathedral that exposes in its walls the martyrs’ skulls. Great architectural values are the Crypt, the Bizantine mosaics, the Alfonsina Tower and the ruins of S. Nicola di Casole Abbey (dated 900 a.c.).

Le Cesine (Natural protected area)

Wonderful natural reserve, WWF oasis thanks to several species of plants and birds that populate the area. It is characterized by the presence of a variegated landscape composed by dunes, basins and mediterranean spot plants.

Restaurants

Placed in enchanting locations, our three restaurants and two bars satisfy even the most demanding palates

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Bars

“Bar Hall” e “Pool Kiosk” are ideal places to enjoy excellent cocktails and aperitives

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