Itinerary Salento road trip

1 week in Salento: the sun, the sea, the wind

 

 

San Foca

 

 

Why visit Salento?

If you are wondering what are the reasons to visit Salento by car, read my itinerary about what I think are the main stops of the "Salento road trip".

A tour of Salento by car will allow you to admire one of the most popular places for vacationers during the summer holidays thanks to a splendid sea, a special welcome and lots of fun and obviously there will be sun, sea and wind.

March to November is the best time to visit Salento.

 

Otranto

 

 

Salento road trip in 7 days

 

 

DAY 1

 

  • Taranto

Taranto is a coastal city called the capital of Magna Graecia and for this reason it has a remarkable historical heritage as well as an enviable coastline.


 

DAY 2

 

  • Taranto - Brindisi (73,4 Km/45,6 mi)

Brindisi has been an important port city since Roman times who called it the "Gateway to the East".

 

  • Brindisi - Lecce (39 Km/24,2 mi)

Lecce is the most important city of Salento also known as "the Florence of the South".


 

DAY 3

 

  • Lecce - San Foca (24 Km/15 mi)

San Foca is the beginning of a splendid stretch of coast that includes places and attractions such as the Grotta della Poesia, Torre dell'Orso, Torre Sant'Andrea and Baia dei Turchi.

 

  • San Foca - Otranto (21,5 Km/13,4 mi)

Otranto is the easternmost point of Italy and is one of the most beautiful and loved places in Salento.


 

DAY 4

 

  • Otranto

 

  • Otranto - Bauxite quarry (2 Km/1,3 mi)

The Bauxite quarry is a small lake characterized by a singular coloring of the surrounding area precisely because of the mineral.

 

  • Bauxite quarry - Santa Cesarea Terme (17,4 Km/10,8 mi)

Santa Cesarea Terme is a graceful elegant village with an atypical aspect in the Salento context.

 

Gallipoli

 

DAY 5

 

  • Santa Cesarea Terme - Castro (6,4 Km/4 mi)

Castro is a village of white houses that develops on a hill near the sea.

 

  • Castro - Santa Maria di Leuca (29 Km/18 mi)

Santa Maria di Leuca is the southernmost point of Puglia where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet.


 

DAY 6

 

  • Santa Maria di Leuca - Presicce (16 Km/10 mi)

Presicce is a beautiful village characterized by the presence of numerous underground oil mills and for this reason it is called the "City of the Hypogea".

 

  • Presicce - Specchia (7 Km/4,3 mi)

Specchia is an excellently preserved village and boasts awards such as the Orange Flag of the Touring Club as well as being one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

 

  • Specchia - Gallipoli (35,5 Km/22 mi)

Gallipoli is a lively tourist town called "the Pearl of the Ionian"


 

DAY 7

 

  • Gallipoli - Nardò (17 Km/10 mi)

Nardò is one of the most interesting towns in Salento from a cultural point of view.

 

  • Nardò - Porto Cesareo (16,5 Km/10,3 mi)

Porto Cesareo is the beginning of a stretch of white sand coast and very beautiful wild beaches.

 

  • Porto Cesareo - Punta Prosciutto (12,5 Km/7,8 mi)

Punta Prosciutto with its fine sand dunes is defined as the most beautiful beach in Salento.

 

  • Punta Prosciutto - Taranto (57,4 Km/35,7 mi) 

 

Santa Maria di Leuca

 

 

What to do in Salento:

  • Eat the typical pasticciotto
  • Take a boat trip to explore the many caves of the Salento peninsula
  • Ballare la pizzica durante le serate in piazza nei borghi salentini

 

 

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