Holidays in
Gallipoli

A picturesque Italian hotspot

Situated on an island in the Ionian Sea, its old town accessed from the mainland via a 16th-century bridge, Gallipoli is astonishingly pretty. The old city is surrounded by fortified ramparts made of golden stone, while the narrow tangle of streets is ablaze with geraniums.

Gallipoli holidays allow visitors to access some of Italy’s most glorious beaches, with golden sands that gently shelve into the gin-clear Ionian Sea. There’s little better than strolling around the atmospheric island-town, where its charming buildings often feature rooftop terraces, which are ideal for taking in some of those sumptuous sea views. For the ultimate vista, head to the bars on the ramparts – an ideal spot for watching the sunset streak the sky while you relax with a drink. You’re bound to fall in love with this pretty place – holidays to Gallipoli more than live up to its name, which means ‘beautiful city’ in Greek.

Your Gallipoli questions, answered

You won’t need one in town but it’s a good idea to hire a car for exploring, as well as to access some of the beaches along the coast.

Gallipoli is ideal for exploring the area of Salento, the southern part of the Puglia region. This stretch of coast has some gorgeous beaches, including Porto Cesareo.

Like other parts of the southern Italian region of Puglia, drinking and eating out here are extremely good value, making it ideal for travellers of all tastes.

Best things to do in Gallipoli

Visit an olive press

Gallipoli made its fortune exporting olive oil in the 17th century. Visit one of its remaining presses, Frantoio Ipogeo, to see where workers toiled day and night.

Hit the beach

With gently sloping sand and summer beach parties, Baia Verde – ‘Green Bay’ – south of Gallipoli is the prettiest and best known beach close to town.

Explore the coast

Head south to Santa Maria di Leuca, at the tip of Italy’s heel, where the scenic coast is punctuated by ancient watchtowers. Take a trip and enjoy the views.