An Apulian 3-day trip; starting point, Brindisi

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The south Italian region of Apulia has two airports: Brindisi and Bari. While the airport of Bari is bigger and more international, there are also many national and international flights to Brindisi. Flying to Brindisi is ideal if you want to focus on exploring the Salento peninsula, the southern part of Apulia. 

Salento is particularly popular for its magnificent, clear beaches, baroque architecture, stunning nature and simple, delicious cuisine.

Day 1: Brindisi-Lecce 

As soon as you arrive in Brindisi you can seize the opportunity to explore the port and the historical center of the city. The city has many interesting historical sights but is rather industrial compared to some neighboring cities. That’s why your next top should be in Lecce. Lecce is called the “Florence of the south”. An Apulian baroque gem with beautiful sandstone architecture, a big historical center, and countless sights and restaurant options.  Lecce has many historical palazzos, which were turned into B&Bs and are situated in the center of the city – the perfect place to spend the first night, after enjoying some local wine in the centro storico! 😊

Picture © Credits to iStock/Paolo Paradiso
Picture © Credits to iStock/Paolo Paradiso
Duomo di Lecce
Duomo di Lecce
Piazza del Duomo, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy

Day 2: Melendugno – Otranto

Melendugno is a small commune located on the Adriatic side of the Salento peninsula. What makes it so special is not the town itself, but the coastal section of it. Grotta della Poesia, one of the most beautiful natural pools in the world, is just a short 5-minute drive from the beautiful beach of Torre dell’ Orso. After a relaxing afternoon at the beach, your next stop should be in Torre Sant ’Andrea, a stunning coastal section, bringing in mind Algarve and 12 Apostles. After enjoying the beautiful nature of Apulia you should continue to Otranto. The small town has a beautiful beach promenade, a clean and shallow city beach, and a dreamy historical center. The perfect place to spend a relaxing evening and even the second night. 

Picture © Credits to iStock/Perseomed
Picture © Credits to iStock/Perseomed
Grotta della Poesia
Grotta della Poesia
Strada Statale San Cataldo-Otranto, 73026 Roca Vecchia, Melendugno LE, Italien
Torre Sant' Andrea
Torre Sant' Andrea
Contrada Torre Sant'Andrea, 73026 Melendugno LE, Italien
Torre Dell'Orso
Torre Dell'Orso
lungomare Bellavista, 73026 Melendugno
Otranto beach
Otranto beach
73028 Otranto LE, Italien

Day 3: Maglie - Baia Verde – Gallipoli

On the way to the Ionian side of the peninsula, the first stop is Maglie. It is just a 15-min drive from Otranto and lies en route to Baia Verde. The small town of Maglie is not very famous, but is definitely worth visiting. It is a beautiful baroque sandstone town, almost like a “Mini-Lecce” but a lot less touristic; it's also the perfect place for a snack. After refueling in Maglie, get ready for spending the afternoon at one of the best beaches in Apulia: Baia Verde – a sandy beach with shallow and crystal-clear water. Along this beach section, there are many beach clubs and bars, as well as completely calm spots surrounded by nature. The next station is the historical town of Gallipoli. The historical city center is located on an island, which is only connected with one bridge to the modern part. Due to its location, it is the perfect place for the last delicious Italian sunset dinner while enjoying the sea view.

Picture © Credits to iStock/Jacek_Sopotnicki
Picture © Credits to iStock/Jacek_Sopotnicki
Baia Verde a Gallipoli
Baia Verde a Gallipoli
Baia Verde, 73014 Gallipoli, Italy
Castello Gallipoli
Castello Gallipoli
Piazza Imbriani, 73014 Gallipoli, Italy

Title Picture © Credits to iStock/Balate Dorin


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Sandra Marx

Sandra Marx

My name is Sandra and I grew up in Austria. I started a Bed and Breakfast in Puglia, Italy, with my partner. I will tell you about all my favorite places and I hope that this wonderful region will fascinate you.

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