Wonder Puglia along the Southeast Coast

This 8 day, 7 night tour is packed full of history and is based around a week in the Natural Park Otranto-Leuca and Tricase Forest. This is a week where you will be soaked in memories of the past from Otranto and it's cathedral, to Punta Palascia and it's lighthouse to Tricase and it's castle and Cippano and it's ruins.  Finally, onto the beautiful sea in this corner of Italy where you will be spoiled with the sweetest sea winds and enchanted with the warm colours of the South.

The tour is self guided and runs every day from late March to late June  and from early September to the mid-November.

Itinerary & prices - see below

Getting here

We can arrange airport transfers from Brindisi

  • Day 1: Lecce

    Individual arrival into Lecce 

    Lecce is a city that will surprise you with it's peculiar Baroque style and whiteness of it's stone.


  • Day 2: Lecce - La Cutura - Otranto - 13km

    After breakfast, there is a private transfer to the Botanical Garden La Cutura. Today's itinerary evokes rituals and legends, myths and pagan cults related to the people who have inhabited and traversed these lands over the years. Magical places such as the Great Boulder of Old and the small and remote Stable dolmens.  

    You will take a break at Le Constantine - a foundation promoting various social activities ranging from farming to bio dynamic production of handmade rare fabrics.  

    A further few kilometres of walking will bring you to the sea and to Otranto - the most eastern city of Italy.


  • Day 3 - Otranto - Torre Sant'Emiliano - 12km

    After breakfast there is a visit to the small Byzantine Basilica of San Pietro and the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata.

    As you leave Otranto you can immerse yourself in the beautiful unspoiled landscapes described by Maria Corti in his masterpiece 'L'Ora di tutti'.  

    You can admire the stunning lunar landscape offered by the blue lake, commemorate the past in the ruins of the Casole Abbey and you can reach the lighthouse of Palascia - the most easterly tip of Italy.  From here, when the north wind blows hard and the sky clears, the mountains of Albania, only 70km away, are clearly visible.

    A night in a farm not too far from Torre Sant'Emiliano.

     


  • Day 4: Torre Sant'Emiliano - Santa Cesarea Terme - 12km

    Today you will leave behind the scenic tower of Sant'Emiliano and today's walk on a gravel road will take you to Porto Badisco.

    You will then join the Via Appia Salentina before taking the path following the coastal line.  If the sky is clear enough you will enjoy a beautiful view of the Balkan mountains before reaching Santa Cesarea and it's thermal pools.


  • Day 5: Santa Cesarea Terme - Castro - 9km

    After breakfast, you will head further South.  Today's walk is a short one mainly on gravel road or back country trails.  Here the landscape changes constantly throughout the year - green and blooming springs are replaced by hot and dry summers.

    Once in Castro Alta you will have time to find out similarities between this village and Otranto.

    You will have plenty of time to enjoy the sea and find refreshment in one of the coves not too far away.


  • Day 6: Castro - Tricase - 16km

    Today you will walk a short distance along the coast before you decide whether you want to follow a short, challenging and exciting trail on the rocks or an easier path to reach the beautiful cave of Acquaviva.  

    Whatever your choice, you will enjoy a refreshing bath from this small beach with a picturesque marina set in the rock.

    Later in the afternoon, you will reach Andrano which is well known for it's prestigious architectural complex of the Spinola Caracciolo Castle.  Strolling through the narrow streets and ruins of the old town will take you back in time.

     


  • Day 7: Tricase - Novaglie - Santa Maria di Leuca - 12km

    After breakfast this morning there is a short transfer to Marina of Novaglie. From here you will take the Cipolliane trail which involves walking along a stunning cliff overlooking the sea with amazing views over the coastline and rocky cliffs dotted with prickly pear.  

    After the Ciolo gully you will walk on by the olive trees, Mediterranean plants and flowers to get to the small town of Gagliano del Capo.  

    The last stretch of country roads will take you to the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Leuca.


  • Day 8 - Leuca

    At the bottom of the heel where the Adriatic meets the Ionian Sea, named “finibus terrae” (end of the earth) by the Romans, Santa Maria di Leuca is a beautiful harbour town with a long esplanade and beach. It is part of the Regional Park “Costa Otranto – Santa Maria di Leuca e Bosco di Tricase. It is famous for its 47 metre high lighthouse and the Basilica built to commemorate St Peter’s visit during his travels through Italy. 

    From the centre of Leuca the sandy beaches become more dramatic stretches of coastline, with rocky cliffs that are home to the numerous grottoes marked with Latin and Greek inscriptions.


  • 3* hotel Puglia tour


    EN-SUITE BED & BREAKFAST BASED ON 2 PEOPLE SHARING

    Accommodation is offered in 3* en-suite bedrooms along the route and also includes a charming bed & breakfast in Lecce.

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  • Meet & greet


    Meet & greet No need to struggle with heavy luggage or equipment and no need to take a shuttle bus - Simply drive to the terminal forecourt where you will be met by a uniformed driver who will take all the stress away from you.

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What we like

  • This is a walking tour packed full of history

What's included

Prices are per person (based on a shared room)

Included

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Private and public transfers on Day 2 and Day 7
  • Description and information material
  • 24 hour phone assistance

Other things to consider

Do also make sure you budget for:

  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Hotel tourist taxes
  • Holiday insurance

Highlights

  • Self guided hiking tour
  • Overnight accommodation and breakfast included
  • Otranto and it's cathedral
  • Punta Palascia and it's lighthouse
  • Tricase and it's castle

Technical data

  • The tour is suitable for anyone with a minimum of training. The length of a walking day ranges from a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 15km, with almost undemanding unevenness and travel times between 2.5 and 4 hours.
  • The tours wind mainly through dirt paths and country lanes; rarely, and only when strictly necessary, on busy roads.
  • We recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes, better if trekking boots, and to bring with you a hat, drinking water, sun cream, swimsuit and a waterproof jacket in case of rain.

Accommodation and meals

  • En suite rooms in 3 star Hotels/Masseria, B&B in Lecce.
  • 7 breakfasts included.

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

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