Salento

Today

15.5° C

With crystal blue waters, picturesque historic towns, dramatic rocky coastlines and excellent local cuisine – Salento is somehow still blissfully under-visited.

Puglia’s Salentine Peninsula is a world away from the rest of Italy. South of Lecce, the landscape flattens out and the sky opens up. With its rocky, red terrain, abundant cacti and captivating Baroque architecture, it doesn’t look like Italy. And with its arid, salty environs, it certainly doesn’t feel like Italy either. But the country’s southernmost region may be Italy in its purest form. And if you decide to explore some of Puglia’s more remote villages or its prehistoric dolmens, you will find yourself gloriously alone. The most recent attraction of the region, however, is the food scene – a combination of top-quality local produce and authentic Italian home cooking.

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Don Totu, San Cassiano

Don Totu, San Cassiano

Bed & Breakfast

Masseria Prosperi, Frassanito

Masseria Prosperi, Frassanito

Bed & Breakfast

Masseria Cisterna Rossa, Ruffano

Masseria Cisterna Rossa, Ruffano

Rental

Masseria Spartivento, Otranto

Masseria Spartivento, Otranto

Bed & Breakfast

Relais Monastero Santa Teresa, Nardò

Relais Monastero Santa Teresa, Nardò

Bed & Breakfast

Dune di Campomarino, Campomarino

Dune di Campomarino, Campomarino

Relax

Travel tips from A-Z

Friday

15.6° C

Saturday

13° C

Sunday

9.4° C

Monday

10.5° C

Best time to go

The region experiences some 300 sunny days a year. It can get very hot in the summer, although you’re close to the coast for cooling breezes. Puglia is at its finest from May to June and in September, when the weather is balmy and you can avoid the crowds. July and August are very busy as Italians take their holidays during these months, but this is also prime time for local food and music festivals.

By air

Puglia’s two main airports, Bari and Brindisi, are easily accessible from larger Italian cities and other European destinations via Alitalia. Bari services the northern half of the region, while Brindisi is ideal for visiting the south.

By car

We recommend hiring a car, as you’ll need a vehicle to explore the region.