Road trip in Salento: wonderful beaches and baroque art
Are you curious about Salento or you’ve yet been here and you want to travel Salento in a new way? A road trip in Salento is what you need!
Let’s imagine an itinerary from Lecce to Otranto and back, that will make you touch some of the most beautiful places in Salento: Roca Vecchia, Torre dell’Orso and Sant’Andrea.
Travelling in Salento
Otranto is almost 45 kilometres far from Lecce, a good distance for a road trip by car, especially if you’re thinking about stopping by some towns and attractions you can find along the way.
To reach the center of Lecce by bus you can take the Sita Sud line, checking the timetable time table here, or grad a taxi ride calling by telephone the number 039 0831597901.
Do you want to rent a car to start your road trip in Salento? Choose one of the services suggested here.
Arriving in Lecce
Lecce is known as the capital of the Apulian Baroque art and architecture.
Starting from the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta and the Basilica of Santa Croce, you’ll feel surrounded by churches, buildings and statues characterized by the rich details of Baroque art, very diffused in Lecce in late 1500.
Lecce is crossed by signs of all past ages: surely not only the history’s lovers will be amazed by the Roman amphitheater and the medieval Castle of Carlo V, as well as the expositions at the archaeological historical museum MUSA and the Museo Faggiano.
The trip in Lecce wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the artisan shops of Piazza Mazzini, a walk in Piazza Sant’Oronzo and a night out in Porta San Giovanni.
Torre dell’Orso, Roca Vecchia and Sant’Andrea
On the way to Otranto, we suggest you tree stops during your road trip in Salento: Torre dell’Orso, Roca Vecchia and Sant’Andrea.
Almost 35 kilometres separate Lecce from Torre dell’Orso, which is one of the most popular summer destinations in Puglia, ideal for young people and family’s trips.
Torre dell’Orso is just in the middle of the way between to wonderful places in the area of Melendugno: Roca Vecchia and Sant’Andrea, both just 3 kilometres far from the town.
In Roca Vecchia you will find the Poetry Cave (Grotta della Poesia), a little paradise beach recognized as one of the most beautiful natural pool in the world.
Sant’Andrea also has one of the most beautiful beaches in Salento. The view from the cliff is breathtaking, the water is crystal clear and the white rocks entering the sea, known as the Faraglioni (Sea Stacks of Sant’Andrea), are stunning.
If you still have time we suggest to extend your road trip in Salento to the Alimini Lakes, a beautiful nature reserve where a huge pine forest protects two lakes.
Are you planning your trip in Salento for the end of August?
Take in consideration to live the magic experience of the Night of Taranta, in Maglie, a festival of traditional music which celebrates the folklore and the traditions of Salento and that recall people from all around the world.
Your eyes will be yet full of wonder when you’ll arrive in Otranto, but there will be still a lot to discover there!
You’ll recognize the influence of Baroque art here too, starting from the church of Santa Maria dei Martiri.
After a walk along the white streets of the delightful historical center of Otranto, make sure to visit Baia dei Turchi and Porto Badisco, two wonderful beaches.
Just 4 kilometres far from Otranto you can find the Bauxite Cave, a wonder of nature where the red land and the green vegetation hugs an emerald green lake.
Have you eaten a good pasticciotto for breakfast and some frisa or rustico leccese for lunch?
If so, you can say you really had a road trip in Salento and you’re ready to go back home or start a new road trip in Puglia!
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