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Along the Salento Coast / Self-Guided

Self-Guided | 8 days | From £799

The southernmost province of Puglia is a place of captivating buildings, ancient ruins and rustic farms. This itinerary takes walkers through a land of rituals, legends, myths and cults into the depths of the Salento region.


Self-Guided | 8 days | From £799

  • Witness the Baroque architecture of Lecce
  • See the majestic Tree of Life mosaic
  • Walk along stunning rocky cliff tops and bathe in pristine coves
  • Visit ancient ruins and noble palaces

A week in this region includes walks along the coast from Otranto to Leuca and includes Tricase Forest Natural Park. Relics of the past remind us that the land was once a border between the east and west. Take in Otranto's cathedral, Cippano's ruins and Andrano's castle on the way to reaching the white splendour of Leuca.

Enjoy the coastline of Salento at your own pace, with time to stop along the way and enjoy local places of interest.

This tour can be booked using standard or superior accommodation and can be combined with the "White Cities of the Itria Valley" tour.

Day 1. Arrive Lecce
Arrive in Lecce, sometimes referred to as the "Florence of the Baroque," the town is famous for its architecture and churches.
Day 2. Otranto
Visit the Botanical garden of La Cutura, pass prehistoric stones and dolmens on your way to Otranto.
Day 3. Tree of Life and The Blue Lake
Visit the majestic cathedral of Otranto and stop at an authentic local farm for lunch. You will find yourself immersed in beautiful, unspoiled landscapes on the way to Uggiano La Chiesa.
Day 4. Thermal pools of Santa Cesaria
Follow a coastal path with views of the Balkan Mountains across the Adriatic Sea. Arrive at the natural hot springs, clear waters and colourful architecture of Santa Cesaria.
Day 5. Backcountry trails to Castro
A short walk following the backcountry trails to Castro. Spend time relaxing by the turquoise waters of the tiny coves in the area, or visit an archeological site nearby.
Day 6. To Tricase
A choice of routes to the beautiful Acquaviva cove and marina. Continue through olive groves to Tricase via the Spinola-Caracciolo castle.
Day 7. Rocky cliffs and country lanes to Leuca
Follow the Cipolliane cliff top trail with amazing views of rocky coastline. Continue along country roads to your final stop, the town of Santa Maria di Leuca.
Day 8. Departure
Depart Leuca for your onwards journey.
  • Trip Grade: A - Easy
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Trip Code: TISC
  • Max Altitude: 100m
  • Accommodation: hotel x 7
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 light lunch
  • Departs: April to June, September to November
  • Overseas Joining Point: Lecce, Puglia

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