When to go to Salento

The Salento area boasts a very broad tourist offer that manages to satisfy all types of tourism (seaside, spa, food and wine, short weekends, youth, etc.). A well-known tourist destination in recent years it has become one of the most sought-after destinations in Europe, above all for the sea often compared to the Maldives, but also for the hospitality of the local people. Good food is also an attraction of Puglia, especially the excellent wine is renowned. Having said that, then, when is the best time to go to Salento? The answer is…it depends.


Torre San Giovanni
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Summer is naturally the best time if we want to spend a holiday dedicated to the sea, the sun, the beaches, where the most famous Salento resorts are filled with tourists from all over the world, where it is difficult to get bored thanks also to the rich calendar of events and festivals present throughout the territory. In this period, if you love relaxing on the beach, it is recommended to come to Salento in the months of June or September, also saving on the price of hotels, flights and car rental, as the months of July and August are usually crowded with limited availability and related prices; It is always advisable to book these services well in advance.

Furthermore, in summer there are countless activities in the various seaside areas, such as boat rental and tours, kayaking, diving and snorkeling for enthusiasts. Even simply walking through the streets of Otranto, after spending a day on the beach, among the countless shops in the historic center, or enjoying an excellent dinner in the historic center of Gallipoli.

Furthermore, in summer, for some years now, Gallipoli has been one of the most popular destinations for young people from all over Europe looking for fun. In fact, there are numerous beaches that offer music and aperitifs during the day, but it is at night that this city begins to shine, with its discos and nightlife where there is no shortage of ways to spend time until the first light of the morning.


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If, however, we are looking for a holiday or a week-end dedicated to relaxation, good food and tranquility, even in these months Salento can be an excellent destination, thanks above all to the winters which are never particularly cold and the mild climate even in autumn. It is possible, for example, to visit Lecce, the Baroque capital full of particular architectural treasures, taste the numerous typical dishes, or organize the increasingly popular tours of the various cellars to taste the renowned Apulian wines.

Taking advantage of the milder climate, you can visit the nearby Valle d’Itria, which with its fabulous farms, trulli and historic centres, boasts being among the favorite destinations of many Italian and non-Italian celebrities. Also worth mentioning is the nearby Zoo Safari di Fasano, which with its 140 hectares and 200 different species, boasts being the largest wildlife park in Italy and among the largest in the world.

During the Christmas period, Salento is enriched with events and festivals, almost like the summer period, thanks to the numerous living nativity scenes scattered throughout the territory, monumental nativity scenes, including the most famous one created inside the Roman amphitheater in Lecce and of the markets, full of local artistic artefacts in Lecce stone, papier-mâché or ceramic.

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