Otranto, Puglia: a real gem of a town
Otranto is a sea side destination located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula, in Puglia.
It is one of the most important tourist place of the south Italy thanks to its splendid beaches and the marvelous crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea, dipped in an historical and a very attractive context.
Its amazing and strategic position has profoundly influenced its history since Roman times.
Among the many architectural gems of Otranto, the Romanesque Cathedral of the Annunciation and the 15th century imposing castle (Castello Aragonese) are just the main highlights that should not be missed during a holiday in Otranto.
Visitors can also enjoy the alleyways of the historic town with white washed houses, many pretty squares and a bustling seafront area with restaurants and bars where to sit and enjoy the sea view.
Best beaches of Otranto
The beaches within the town are nice but very small and crowded in the peak summer season.
However, both the north and south coastline outside Otranto are renowned for its stunning sandy beaches such as Baia dei Turchi and Alimini beach which faces the namesake lakes.