Otranto is a town and in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy
), in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses. It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula with a small harbour and charming accommodations
, vacation rentals, condo rentals, villa rentals and apartment rentals on offer.
The lighthouse Faro della Palascìa, is approximately 5 km southeast of Otranto, marks the most easterly point of the Italian mainland. About 50 km south lies the promontory of Santa Maria di Leuca
, the southeastern extremity of Italy. Otranto is a historic seaside town and port on the Adriatic coast of southern Italy
, in the region of Puglia
. It's a small place with a lovely holiday atmosphere with numerous lovely seaside accommodation, vacation rental, condo rental, villa rental and apartment rental options. It makes a good destination for a day trip or a longer stay.
Otranto's leading attraction is the twelfth-century mosaic in the town's Romanesque cathedral.
Alongside the cathedral is a small museum, the Museo Diocesano, which contains a few local exhibits including fragments of an earlier fourth or fifth-century mosaic from the cathedral site.
In addition to these tourist sights, visitors can simply roam the lanes of the historic town, coming across picturesque scenes and views. The centre is still enclosed within its defensive walls, which gives a real sense of history.
The busiest lanes are lined with decent souvenir shops (ceramics, sandals, that sort of thing), restaurants and bars. On summer nights Otranto has a lively holiday scene and the holiday feeling spilling out of local lodging and villas. Up out of the atmospheric alleys, explorers can stroll along the walls above the sea, where a couple of really idyllically-sited bars allow you to sit and sip drinks or eat a light lunch while gazing over the harbour and bay.
Down where the massive walls mark the entrance to the old town is a pleasant little park, the Villa Comunale. From this point the seafront stretches around the bay to the north. These are more modern areas, without the charm of the historic centre, but still pleasant for a seaside stroll with an ice cream.
The beaches within the town are very and crowded in the peak summer season. The coastline outside Otranto is renowned for its beauty, and there are more stretches of popular beach to both the north and south.
To the north of Otranto lie the sandy beaches of Baia dei Turchi and the Laghi Alimini, large lakes close to the sea. Tourist villages were built here in the late twentieth century and the area remains a popular holiday base. A good seaside destination to the south of Otranto is Porto Badisco, a picturesque rocky cove and cozy seaside accommodations, vacation rentals, villa rentals and apartment rentals.
The large towns of Lecce and Gallipoli are the two major destinations
in this part of Puglia, but around Otranto there are plenty of smaller coastal spots which are pleasant to visit if you are driving, though hard to explore without a car. Make sure not to miss out on staying in any of these surrounding towns in locally owned accommodation, vacation rental, villa rental and apartment rental options.