Salento has more than 250 Km of coast: the Adriatic coast is characterized by long stretches of sand and cliffs, sometimes high cliffs dropping sheer down into the sea or small sandy bays enclosed by cliffs.
Salento is the south-eastern extremity of the Apulia region. It is a sub-peninsula of the main Italian Peninsula, sometimes described as the "heel" of the Italian "boot", also known as Ancient Terra D'Otranto inhabited in ancientry by the Messapi. Santa Maria di Leuca is the southernmost city, and in particular the tip "Ristola" dividing the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea. Salento is a peaceful land full of history and traditions whose strong points are its natural and architectural beauties, hospitality, atmosphere, and of course the sea and its coast.
Along the coastline towards Otranto the coast is very jagged and it hides cozy little coves among the rocks, up to the beautiful large beaches in the area of Laghi Alimini, near Otranto. From Otranto to the very south of the region the conformation of the coast abruptly changes: rocky cliffs offer breathtaking views on the sea or on the coasts of the nearby famous seaside villages, like Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro and Santa Maria di Leuca. The other side of the region, the Ionic coast of Salento, is a flat coast with long and white sandy beaches, sometimes dotted with low rocks. The most beautiful sandy beaches of the area are those near Porto Cesareo, Otranto, Gallipoli and Santa Maria di Leuca.
The Salento areas is growing very fast in the touristic business, attracting every year more and more visitors. The biggest and important town is Lecce with a very interesting architecture called “Barocco Leccese”, the number of towns (or villages), is huge in order of hundreds, in fact the province of Lecce is the most populated of Apulia. They are made of white houses and narrow streets and surrounded by olive groves and vineyards delimited by typical dry stone walls. Salento is a land full of history and traditions whose strong points are its natural and architectural beauties, hospitality, atmosphere.