WHAT TO DO and SEE
The spring season is the perfect time to start planning a holiday in Salento, to discover its endless natural beauty, natural and artistic, and - why not? - Even culinary. Starting from Sanarica, many routes to immerse the eclectic and versatile "Terra d'Otranto" between colors, smells and tastes amazing.
Just minutes from the Bed and Breakfast, there are Otranto, Santa Cesarea and Castro, the three pearls of Salento.
Otranto, with its ancient and precious historical center and its golden beaches, is famous for the bloody massacre of 1480 during which, at the hands of the invading Turks, the population was murdered. The bones of his eight hundred martyrs are kept in the cathedral, which since 2010 is included in the UNESCO world heritage site.
Santa Cesarea Terme, to dive into the healing waters of sulfur and enjoy a fabulous program of spa treatments. To visit also the beautiful villas and historic towers made built by Charles V.
Castro, who will charm you with its crenellated coastline of coves and caves overlooking the sea, combines the charm of its superb cliff historical evidence as the Aragonese castle, the Bishop's Palace, the Church of the Annunciation and the Byzantine basilica.
A few miles farther on, awaits a necessary visit to Lecce, the heart of the Baroque, not surprisingly renamed "The Florence of the South".
WHAT TO SEE AROUND
KARTODROMO “LA CONCA”: a large sports center 2 km away from our B&B, situated in the territory of Muro Leccese, along the road leading to the Adriatic coast of Otranto. Inside there is a Kart track, where races national and international championships throughout the year
BOTANICAL GARDEN “LA CUTURA”: situated in the territory of Giuggianello, 2 Km from us, surrounded by olive groves, here you can admire more than 2,000 plants derived from several countries in Africa and Latin America, gathered in spaces that reproduce the microclimates environments of origin. Rocks, Cactus, Agave and Opuntie give life to a landscape that impresses the visitor to the variety and size of the same
WHAT TO SEE IN SALENTO
CASTRO – distance 12 km
“LA GROTTA ZINZULUSA” so called from the dialect "Zinzuli" namely rags, used by fishermen to indicate its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
GALLIPOLI – distance 43 km
Located on the southwest coast of the heel of Italy, Gallipoli is famous for its clean sea and sandy beaches, surely one of the most interesting areas of Salento from the point of view of nature.
View from the sea, Gallipoli is presented in all its oriental appearance, white and similar to a town in the Cyclades.
The old village, perched on an island of limestone, which is connected to the mainland by an arched bridge. The walls, ramparts and towers that once protected the city from invaders, today protect against heavy seas and give a unique charm, which transports visitors to far off.
Do not miss the baroque cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha and, near the bridge, the Hellenistic fountain, full of bas-reliefs inspired by Greek mythology, and the sanctuary of the Madonna del Canneto.
The cultural charm of the city, plus the natural beauty of the low coast with long beaches of fine white sand frequented mainly by families and water sports enthusiasts.
OTRANTO – distance 13 km
Alimini beaches, among the most beautiful of all in Puglia. Between the Alimini and Otranto we still find the “Baia Mulino d 'Acqua”, where a cave collapsed from the vault offers a spectacular play of light and the “Baia dei turchi”, with small sandy coves that once served as a landing place. The coast south of Otranto is rocky and rugged, however the roughness of the rocks is balanced by its clear water. Famous are the resort of Porto Badisco and “Baia dell'Orte”. From here you can walk to Cape Palascia and Sant'Emiliano,where you can see creeks and clear waters. To highlight numerous scuba diving with the involvement of the Diving Centres in Otranto that offer the chance to explore the seabed, walls and caves among the most beautiful in the Cape of Otranto, such as Grotta Palombara where you can admire bream, lobsters, moray eels and groupers and the “Grotta taglio dell'Orte” between Cape Otranto and “Punta Falci”
LECCE – distance 34 km
CATHEDRAL SQUARE - It is a splendid baroque atrium which is accessed by a spectacular and impressive monumental entrance, circumscribed by a harmonious sequence of baroque buildings: the cathedral, the seminary and the Bishop's Palace.
By entering this enclosed space one is struck by the dizzying heights of the great bell tower - built five-storey tapered in the second half of the seventeenth century by Giuseppe Zimbalo - and the glitzy side elevation of the Duomo (dedicated to the Assumption) always Zimbalo, true triumphal arch built in honor of St. Oronzo. The high-quality portal finely carved festoons and decorations, symbols of a baroque in Lecce is worthy exaltation.
CHURCH OF SANTA CROCE - The majestic Basilica of Santa Croce is a glance unexpected, a lavish carnival of stone which is offered to those who are taking Via Umberto I, not far from Piazza Sant'Oronzo, symbol of Lecce Baroque.
Founded by Count of Lecce Gualtieri VI of Brienne in 1353, was elevated to Basilica by Pope Pius X in 1906. The façade is punctuated by a series of columns and a balcony with balustrades, supported by corbels. The triumph of decorations is astonishing, at the height of this explosion of bas-reliefs and sculptures in stone, by Cesare Penna designed by Giuseppe Zimbalo, emerges the great rose window, decorated with floral friezes, bunches of fruit and cherubs.
You enter the basilica by three portals, the central one is sumptuously decorated. The interior has a Latin cross, with a hemispherical dome, is divided into three naves by columns with carved capitals. The nave has a wooden ceiling coffered. In the rich interior decoration, stands the altar of San Francesco di Paola, decorated with twelve bas reliefs depicting the life of the saint, the work of Francesco Antonio Zimbalo.
S.MARIA DI LEUCA – distance 38 km
The meeting between the two seas in front of the Cape of Santa Maria di Leuca, the finis terrae as the ancients said, the southernmost tip of Italy where, on a clear day, one can see Greece and Albania. The coasts of the municipality within the Regional Natural Park Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca - Tricase Forest, being established by the region Puglia.Not to be missed a visit to the caves of Santa Maria di Leuca, easily accessible by sea with boats of local fishermen, who returned Pleistocene fauna fossils and artifacts dating from the upper Paleolithic and Neolithic. The same grottos were a refuge for Byzantine monks, as seen from the numerous Greek and Latin inscriptions and crosses engraved on the rocks.