Art and Nature itinerary in Salento

TOTAL KM COVERED: 169

TOTAL VISIT:: 8h-9h

LAGHI ALIMINI – OTRANTO:

total km covered km 13
distance km: 15 mm
time necessary: 1 h

OTRANTO – GROTTA ZINZULUSA:

total km covered km 16
distance km 18 mm
time necessary: 2 h

GROTTA ZINZULUSA – S.MARIA DI LEUCA:

total km covered km 33
distance km 40 mm
time necessary: 1 h

S.MARIA DI LEUCA – GALLIPOLI:

total km covered km 45
distance km 50 mm
time necessary: 1 h

GALLIPOLI – LAGHI ALIMINI:

total km covered km 62
distance km 1 e11 mm
Salento map

The Tour:

Otranto Center
Otranto Center

A number of places, the coasts above all, are remarkable landscapes and environments, among them the Alimini Lakes, on the Adriatic coast, and Porto Selvaggio, on the Ionic coast. The soil is very fertile, some of the finest olive trees and grapes grow here, and their products are exported worldwide. Its coasts are varied, and can be sandy or rocky, but all boast pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Some of the most renowned locations in Salento for summer holidays (from May/June to September) are: Ostuni, Oria, Ugento, Manduria, Porto Cesareo, Gallipoli, Torre dell’Orso, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca.

Salento is a peaceful land full of history and traditions whose strong points are its natural and architectural beauties, its hospitality, its magic atmosphere, its several wonders to discover, its warm sun, its blue sky, its crystal sea and its dreamlike coast.

From the LAKES OF ALIMINI to OTRANTO, an ancient Salento town of messapic origin. Visit to the old town within the town walls with towers, to the seventeenth century cathedral, which still retains a gothic rose window dating back to 1400 and a baroque portal.

Santa Maria di Leuca
Photo © James Symington

Visit to the church of S. Pietro built between the 10th and 11th century and to the Castle built by Ferdinando of Aragon.

Continue to the ZINZULUSA CAVE, which is reached by means of an open passageway in the cliffs. The cave is scientifically important because it houses warm interglacial fauna and steppe and very rare hypogeus fauna. The Zinzula cave gets its name from the stalactites, which look like Zinzuli (rags). Lunch at a typical restaurant (La Zinzulusa)

In the afternoon a visit to LEUCA located between Punta Meliso and Punta Ristola: it was an ancient messapica origin town dividing the waters of the Adriatic Sea from those of the Ionian Sea.

Gallipoli
Gallipoli, spiaggia della “Puritate”
Photo © Luciana Coletti -*Elle*

Visit to the Sanctuary of Santa Maria, probably built on an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva.

Continue to Gallipoli, fortified and enclosed within high walls, which protected it for centuries. In the center of the old town there is the Cathedral dating back to 1600 and built by great masters, the Angevin castle with its cylindrical and square-based towers.

Return to LAKES OF ALIMINI

Where to stay in Lecce

There are hotels, apartments, villas and B&Bs available, check it out and make a reservation here.