Places to visit

Puglia offers many delightful places to see during your stay, all within short driving distances. The places below are a small selection to whet your appetite!

TORRE VADO(Local beach to our Apartment)
This is the nearest beach to the apartment, approximately 2km. It has a long stretch of fine white sand with beach bars/cafes/restaurants, La Cozza is a favourite. There is a fantastic beach club, bar and restaurant at Lido Venere where you can hire sun loungers for the day.

TORRE SAN GREGORIO(5km from our Apartment)
There two lovely Restaurants/Bar's at the bottom of the hill with wonderful views of the cove and sea, the locals love it here as the water is shallow and is great for snorkelling and sunbathing on the rocks.

SANTA MARIA DI LEUCA(9km from our Apartment)
The town is known for its stunning villas dating back to the 7th century. Seen from the sea, with the green of its pine forests, which alternates with the whites of its houses, it offers a fascinating spectacle. A splendid chain of caves runs along the coast east to west of Leuca, representing an irresistible attraction for tourists in summer. The 'Porcinara' cave is especially important as it was the site of an ancient, subterranean, pagan place of worship. Thirty precious inscriptions in Greek and Latin are still perfectly legible. Santa Maria di Leuca has a large harbour area, where in the summer months you will find large boats, bars, restaurants and night clubs.


LECCE
Lecce is rightly described as the most pure Baroque walled town in the whole of Italy - it is a small Florence without the tourists! It is a lively cosmopolitan town with a population of 97,000 and is the capital of the Salento peninsula in Puglia. The buildings in the pedestrianised walled centre are made from a special type of soft carved stone called tufigna, which look stunning when floodlit in the evening - don’t miss the Duomo, Rosario and Basilica di Santa Croce. There are two theatres, an opera season with top international names, and fantastic restaurants, bars and designer shops. A must see on your trip and by car will take approximately one hour, but worth it!

We found a nice restaurant, Il Giardino - An oasis of excellent taste and flavours in the heart of the city
http://www.ilgiardino-ristorante.it

GALLIPOLI
Situated on the Ionian Sea, along the western coast of the Salento Peninsula, Gallipoli is divided into two parts: the Borgo, which is the more recent town, and the historical centre, located on an island connected to the mainland by a long bridge on arches, where also the harbour is situated. The cathedral is a splendid Baroque construction, with fine paintings inside, and the castle, originally a Byzantine fortress, was modified under the Angevin rule and rebuilt during the 16th century.

OTRANTO
Otranto is a historic seaside town and port on the Adriatic coast. It's a small place with a lovely castle and Cathedral(dont miss the Mosaic)which is open to the public with shops and Resaurant hidden up winding alleys, What is really special about this area, is the coast going to Otranto from Santa Maria Di Leuca, Driving along this coast will be an unforgettable experience.

PORTO CESARIO
This town ,along the Ionian coast on the Taranto Gulf, appears today as a typical southern fishing village, with narrow alleys, whitewashed houses, bougainvillea and flower vines, and a lively harbour full of seafood restaurants. It is today an enchanting tourist resort, with over 17km of beaches and a little offshore a myriad of small islands can be found, the largest of which is the Isola dei Conigli (known as ‘rabbit island'). The area is a natural marine park and sanctuary.

OSTUNI
Situated west of Brindisi, on the Murge hills covered with olive trees, gently descending to the sea, is the town of Ostuni. The ancient part was built on seven hills, on the highest of which is the medieval citadel called 'La Terra'. It is surrounded by walls and round towers, with typical narrow alleys, arches, stairways and the famous whitewashed colour of all the houses, for which it gets its name ‘White City’.

ALBEROBELLO
The town of Alberobello is home to a concentration of one thousand or more trulli – white houses which are curious, rounded structures with stone, cone-shaped roofs common in the province of Bari and Taranto, yet unknown in the rest of the world. The town's historical centre is on a hilltop, amid the scent of almond, lemon and olive trees, and has been declared an International Human Resource by UNESCO.

SANTA MARIA AL BAGNO

Santa Maria is a small fishermen village with a lovely sandy bay which is located on the coastline fifteen minutes drive north of Galliopli.

MARINA DI NOVAGLIE
This is a small inlet a short drive from Santa Maria Di Leuca along the adriatic coast with lovely views of the coast line, there are a couple of nice restauarants to stop at, the locals go snokelling and diving from the rocks.


 

RESTAURANTS Zio Tom - beautiful views over the sea, friendly staff with the menu in English. Recommend booking ziotom@ziotom leuca.com

Mimi’s, San Gregorio – a lovely setting overlooking the sea. Turn right at the roundabout towards the small harbour.

Del Moro, San Gregorio – opposite Mimi’s, a fish restaurant with no menu. Very friendly but do not speak English.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Language

You will need to learn a few words and phrases of Italian as, whilst the locals are extremely friendly, most do not speak English.

Shop Opening Times

Shops open in the mornings and close from lunch time until late afternoon. Restaurants generally open in the evening at 8pm and stay open until late. Children are warmly welcomed.

Local Specialities

Orchiette is a round shaped pasta.

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