“Lu sule, Lu mare e lu ientu”: Sun, Sea and Wind
I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that the beautiful and famous Salento is the most sought-after destination for some years now.
For those who do not know, Salento is a big area that cover all the Province of Lecce and part of Brindisi and Taranto, in southern Apulia (or Puglia, if you prefer the Italian name).
Of course there are other town very famous in Puglia, also abroad, like Alberobello and Polignano a Mare, just to name a few.
Today, however, I want to make you discover another territory that has a special place in our hearts (check our post about Cetara and Praiano on Amalfi Coast).
What is beautiful about this place? Well, the list is long: it is the “boot heel”, the “extreme south”, the land of the Taranta (a typical dance), the Negramaro, the mussels, the “masserie” (old farm) lost in the Olive trees, the sun, the sea, the wind… and I could continue.
At this point you’ve started to figure out how much we love Salento, and you will find out why soon…
To write this article we needed more time to reflect, because, unfortunately, or fortunately, Paola and I are still under the spell of Puglia, and it isn’t something that you can easily get rid of.
In the case of Paola, this feeling can be easily explained by hers origins in Salento, but what about me, my friends and all the world?
Just think that every years when the summer approaches and it comes time to choose holiday destination, we spent a lot of time thinking about where we could go but we always end up with at least a week in Salento!
So my first tip is: don’t visit Salento the first 2 weeks of August, or you’ll pass all the time stuck in traffic and with beaches full of people.
For the rest of the year, you’ll find a real paradise awaiting only you.
If you have already booked during that bad period, don’t worry. You probably will not see the truly wild nature but you will have the chance to know the local culture and traditions because of the hundreds of events, festivals and concerts: every day you will be spoiled for choice. We don’t miss out to keep you up to date with all the best events.
We believe this intro would be useful to give you a first impression on this beautiful region.
In the coming days we will publish a series of posts where we’ll try to give you some good advice about locations to visit.
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