Sun, Sea, Salento! Yes this is the part of Puglia that is sun-kissed all year long. You will find people on the beach at Christmas, no jokes! Accompanied by excellent Mediterranean cuisine, genuine hospitality, an amazing landscape and breathtaking stretches of beaches it is no wonder Salento is the ideal spot for Gay travelers and a select number of celebrities.
A green peninsula fringed by two seas, this is a magical stretch of land where quaint fishing villages and beautiful towns are hidden amongst the olive trees and vineyards that dominate the ladscapse. Ancient Masserie (manor farms) have been transformed into sophisticated hotels or agriturismo and wine tasting estates. Take a hike and discover Early Christian churches or visit the many ancient olive pressing mills. Marvel at natural wonders this area offers including sea caves at Castro and Santa Maria di Leuca.
Lecce, the largest Baroque city in the South is a must for any itinerary to Puglia. Churches and palazzos are embroidered in Tuffo (Lecce stone), and courtyards, secret gardens and a surprising Roman amphitheater await you in the heart of the city.
Historically many parts of Salento were fishing villages and the traditions and customs are still upheld today. Visit places like Porto Cesareo, Portoselvaggio and Gallipoli where you will still see the fishermen at work and fresh markets and restaurants serving up local dishes of fresh fish. In this area craft objects out of papier-mâché and local stone, these are used to create masks for the festivals (not quite Rio but equally impressive). Don’t leave Salento without trying at least one ‘Pasticciotto’, a pasrty from this area which has a crème filling.