However, we suggest 6 roundtrips to locations/places you can't miss in Salento
1. “Rabbit Island” in Porto Cesareo
The name comes from the custom to o raise rabbits and other types of livestock that served on the island during the last century. Althought, in ancient nautical charts it was known as “the Big Island” because it is the largest of a series of islets located in front of the harbor of Porto Cesareo.
2. Salina dei Monaci in Torre Columena
Named “dei Monaci” because of the former owners until 1404 - the monks from Aversa. Once famous for its profitable salt mining, it has now become a Regional Reserve where garrettes, flamingos and many different birds can find shelter.
3. Visit a Salento vineyard
Salento is full of controlled area names (DOC): Alezio, Salice Salentino, Squinzano, Copertino, Nardò, Leverano, Matino, Galatina and Manduria. The two historical wines are Negroamaro (the roots of all rosé and red wines of the area) and Recently Primitivo. Malvasie, Sangiovese and Chardonnay were also introduced on the market. The typical wine from the local grapes is red, full bodied, pleasantly bitter, dry and velvety, like Negroamaro e Malvasia Nera. Rosé wines are also produced, brilliant red or ruby red with fruity, pleasantly dry, and delicate white grapes, obtained from grapes such as Trebbiano and Malvasia.
4. Baroque Leccese
The city Lecce is one of a kind, result of Greek, Byzantine, Norman, Arab, Spanish, Bourbon influence with an authentic Baroque soul - reflected in its palaces and churches.
5. Porto Selvaggio
A natural protected area established in 2006. Located along the coast, halfway between Porto Cesareo and Gallipoli, close to Santa Caterina.
There are different trails that will take you to “Torre dell'Alto”, to the ruins of “Torre Uluzzo” or down to the beautiful bay. You can also see a typical building, made entirely whitout mortar “lu furniedhru” (usually called truddhri, pajare or paghuare). If you like diving from cliffs and look at amazing sunsets, this is the place for you!
6 Masserie – old fortified farms
Witnesses of ancient uses, once very complex organic self-sufficient structures. The former peasant community was well organized, dividing spaces with the bred animals. The most important “masserias” often even owned their own chapel.
Nowadays, it is still possible to buy and assist in the preparation of local products in some masserias, others has become hotels or accomodations.