Salento Peninsula

Beaches, towns, wine and olive oil in southern Puglia

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In the very south of Puglia is the Salento Peninsula bordering the Mediterranean and Ionian Seas. Salento is known for its quality olive oil, wine, and good beaches with clean water. A few interesting beach areas to visit are Porto Cesareo, Porto Selvaggio, and the sea caves of Grotta Zinzulusa. At the tip of the peninsula is Santa Maria di Leuca.

The principal city on the peninsula is Lecce, known for its Baroque architecture and artisan shops producing paper machefigurines. Otranto and Gallipoli are two seaside towns that must be visited, both with charming historic centers and good seafood restaurants.

Olive groves and vineyards are abundant inland. A good place to taste wine and find out more about it is the museum of Primitivo wine, a top wine of Puglia. High quality ceramics are produced in the town of Grottaglie where you can visit the interesting ceramics museum housed in a castle. A group of unusual towns with Greek origins make up the area known as Grecia Salentino.

Recommended Book: Salento by 5: Friendship, Food, Music and Travel Within the Heel of Italy’s Boot

Itinerary: Salento Peninsula Road Trip

Read More: 5 Top Places to Go on the Salento Peninsula

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