Holidays in
Salento

Quintessential southern Italy

A comparatively tranquil spot in contrast to the busier Italian resorts, Salento holidays will introduce you to an authentic, unspoilt way of life. The region is located in the southernmost part of Italy’s ‘heel’ and is increasingly visited by locals and holidaymakers alike thanks to its beautiful beaches, superb cuisine and historic town centres.

All of Salento’s principal cities have much to offer. Swing by the historic ports of Brindisi and Gallipoli, discover castles, lakes and sweeping sea views at Otranto, or take in the Baroque extravagances of the buildings in Lecce Beyond the winding streets carved from local tufa stone, you’ll find gloriously clear seas and wild beaches with extraordinary rock formations. You also won’t fail to notice the superb olive groves and vineyards across the region. You’ll soon see why the cosmopolitan crowds have fallen in love with holidays to Salento, turning many dilapidated villas and farm buildings into luxury escapes.

Your Salento questions, answered

Lecce is an extraordinarily beautiful town, containing all the sights and restaurants you could wish for. It’s an excellent introduction to the region and a good base to start exploring.

Yes, there are. Visit Torre Sant’Andrea in Melendugno, with its out-of-this-world stacked rock formations and dazzling clear seas. It’s a gloriously unspoilt part of Salento’s coastline.

Jazz festivals pop up throughout the year, so check ahead for where and when. There’s also Otranto’s food festival in June, as well as the oldest carnival in Europe in Putignano in February and March.

Best things to do in Salento

Get back to nature

Le Cesine Nature Reserve, a 25-minute drive east of Lecce, features low-lying pools and fabulous flora and fauna. You’ll also find winding footpaths leading to the beaches.

Visit an amphitheatre

Dating back to the 2nd century AD, Lecce’s amazing Roman amphitheatre was unearthed in the early 1900s. It’s in fantastic condition and is still used to host plays and concerts today.

Watch out for towers

Historically under attack by just about every army going, the coastline is dotted with imposing – now often crumbling – watchtowers dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries.