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Castro, Puglia

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Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Board Sea Cave Trip

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Board Sea Cave Trip

Uncover the beauty of the coastline on this SUP paddleboard trip from Polignano a Mare. Follow your instructor past sights like the Grotta Palazzese. Enjoy an introductory course for beginners that ensures that you have the confidence to complete the trip. Meet your instructor at the activity provider's shop in Polignano a Mare. Listen to a safety briefing and complete a paddleboard tutorial before beginning your water adventure. Paddle towards the cove and rock entrances Lama Monachile, one of the most famous beaches in Italy. Stop for a swim at this stunning location before exploring the caves in the cliffs. Next, continue to other caves including Grotta Palazzese and Grotta Ardito where you can take a second dip or capture some photos of the breathtaking views. Paddle between hidden coves and sea caves, where pirates took refuge in ancient times. Cruise thorugh Grotta Azzurra and pass by Grotta Ardito and Grotta Palazzese. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Boat trip to Santa Cesarea Terme from Castro

Boat trip to Santa Cesarea Terme from Castro

We will depart from Castro's Porto Vecchio and head north. We will first reach the Grotta Palombara, characterized by a beautiful triangular entrance, and then the Grotta Azzurra, which owes its name to the intense blue of its waters. Our next stop allows you to see the impressive Zinzulusa Cave, so-called because of the stalactites hanging from its ceiling like rags, called "zinzuli" in the local dialect. Your skipper will then take you to the beautiful inlet of Porto Miggiano, where you can dive into the crystal-clear water of this area. Once everyone is back on the boat, we will head towards Santa Cesarea Terme, stopping a short distance from its sulphurous springs. Our return trip will now begin and, along the way, we will be able to admire an old watching tower in Porto Miggiano before being back in the port of Castro.

From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

This tour will give you the opportunity to visit 4 of the most picturesque towns in Salento on a comfortable minivan with air conditioning and a professional driver who will give you information about the history of the towns and the places to visit. A scenic route from the Adriatic to the Ionian Sea, between rocky coasts, small bays and white Caribbean-style beaches. The first stop of the tour is Galatina a real gem of art, history and traditions. The wonderful Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria is second only to the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi for the presence of many frescoes inside, which were created by Giotto's disciples. Other monuments to visit are the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, and the ancient "courtyard houses" and the buildings situated in the historic centre. The second stop is Otranto, one of the most beautiful coastal villages in Salento.The town of Otranto is full of history and every corner highlights the passage of different civilizations, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans and the Aragoneses. You will have free time to visit the splendid Cathedral, the Church of Saint Peter in perfect Byzantium style, the Castle, the Towers, the mighty Pelasgi Bastions and the Walls that surrounded the whole of the ancient city. After Otranto you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca, along the wonderful Adriatic coast, characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea, caves and bays with rocky bottom. Along the way you will admire Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro Marina and the Ciolo Fiord. Santa Maria di Leuca is truly the heel of Italy, the place where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic Sea. From this tip of Puglia, you will admire spectacular views of the harbor and the sea, as well as the sanctuary of Santa Maria de "Finibus Terrae". After Santa Maria di Leuca, along the Ionian coast, you will reach Gallipoli, considered the pearl of the Ionian Sea. This Greek city can be divided into two areas: the new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise, and the old city. The old part of the city is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th century bridge. You will have free time at disposal to explore the historic centre characterized by a labyrinthine weave of narrow streets, home to traditional shops of local handicrafts, numerous impressive Baroque churches and aristocratic palazzi. Also worth seeing are the Cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, one of the best examples of Baroque in Salento, the Angevine Castle built in the 13th century and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy.

Boat trip from Castro to Malepasso

Boat trip from Castro to Malepasso

Make your holiday in Salento unforgettable with our boat trip to the caves of Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme! You can discover every nook and cranny of this impressive coast and dive directly from our boat into the crystal-clear waters of Salento. We will depart from the old port of Castro and head for the beautiful Grotta Palombara and Grotta Azzurra. You will then be impressed by the Grotta Zinzulusa, which owes its name to the stalactites on its ceiling. These seem to hang like rags, called "zinzuli" in the local dialect. We then reach the beautiful inlet of Porto Miggiano, where you can dive into the water directly from our boat. After this refreshing dive, we will re-board and reach Santa Cesarea Terme. This area is known for its sulphurous springs, and we will see one in particular that flows directly into the sea. The coast beyond Santa Cesarea is full of ancient watchtowers, as well as many caves and inlets. Next we will arrive to Malepasso inlet where there will be another stop for swim and an aperitif on board including friselline with tomato, olives an local products before returning to Castro.

Lecce: Tour Salento coast to coast

Lecce: Tour Salento coast to coast

Chera Dreams infopoint in Lecce offers a tour of Salento, departing from Porta San Biagio at 9.15am. Our Driver will pick you up and from there your journey of fun and discovery will begin. After having admired some areas of the Adriatic coast, the first stop with a one-hour stop will be one of the most evocative cities, "Otranto" which will enchant you with its village. Continue to the wonderful Castro marina, where you will visit the Aragonese castle, its panoramic terrace and the caves, the most famous of which is the Zinzulusa Cave. The journey continues towards the end of the heel of Italy "Santa Maria di Leuca" which from its terrace you can admire the line where the two seas meet, finally proceeding towards the famous Gallipoli, the Pearl of the Ionian. Today Gallipoli is one of the most attractive centers of tourism in Puglia and Salento, in particular with its port which has landing places for both pleasure boats and fishing and merchant vessels. The return to Lecce is expected at 6.30pm.

VAN TOUR SALENTO, A DAY IN BREATHTAKING PLACES

VAN TOUR SALENTO, A DAY IN BREATHTAKING PLACES

The tour on board our van is characterized by numerous free stops of variable length between 1 hour, 30 minutes and very short spot stops to take a nice photo, therefore giving you the opportunity to take advantage of perfect organization of time and visit as many places as possible , optimizing your day as best as possible. We leave at 9.30 from Lecce, the first stop is Otranto with its rich historic center where you can visit the Cathedral, the Castle, the Basilica of St. Peter. We then begin the journey along the Adriatic Coast, admiring landscapes, natural views and small villages that leave you breathless, you can stop at the Palascia lighthouse, the easternmost point of Italy. The longest stops are in Castro, a jewel nestled on the coast, where, if you want, you can enjoy a lunch overlooking the sea (extra, not included). We set off again for Santa Maria di Leuca which celebrates the meeting between the two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian. Here the Sanctuary square with the lighthouse welcomes the tourist who is fascinated by an extraordinary panorama. The last stop on the tour is Gallipoli, whose ancient village, an islet connected to the mainland thanks to a seventeenth-century bridge, houses historic buildings, courtyard houses, small churches, the Aragonese Castle and the baroque Basilica of Sant'Agata. The return is at approximately 6.30 pm in Lecce.

Exclusive dinghy with skipper

Exclusive dinghy with skipper

Every day we depart from the port of Cala Gonone at 9:00 or 10:30 for a beautiful dinghy excursion in the Gulf of Orosei. Our advice is to opt for the earliest departure in order to minimise boarding and exit time from the port, which is less busy at 9am. The Captains, expert guides who will give you a detailed and interesting explanation during the navigation, will accompany you to the most beautiful and suggestive beaches (you will see them all) : Cala Luna , Cala Sisine, Cala Biriola, Le Piscine di Venere, Cala Mariolu, and Cala Goloritzè. (during the beach stops, it will not be possible to stay on board due to the Captain's organisational requirements) . Leaving the port, our skippers will conduct a coastal navigation to allow you to admire the wonders of the coastline from Cala Gonone to Cala Goloritzè up close. During the navigation, our dinghies will be able to get close to many of the marvellous caves and inlets along the coast, such as the famous Grotta del Bue Marino (optional visit with a separate ticket managed by the Municipality of Dorgali), Grotta dei Cormorani, Grotta Azzurra, the Cathedral and the Turquoise; in some you will also be able to swim inside. This will be followed by a stop at Cala Biriola, a delightful small beach with a pinkish colour and emerald-coloured water, and a pleasant swim at anchor in the crystal-clear waters of the Piscine di Venere (Venus Pools), then continuing on to the beautiful Cala Goloritzè where you will make another stop for a swim near the natural arch adjacent to the beach. Back on board, the captain will set course for Cala Mariolu where you will make the longest stop of the day so you can eat, rest and swim for about 2½ hours (or more, particularly with the 9:00 departure). During lunch you will be able to make use of the umbrellas and cooler (every 2 people), which you can ask the captain for before disembarking. In the afternoon you will resume sailing to reach the beautiful Cala Luna, which is even more pleasant in the afternoon as it is very crowded until 2 p.m. Here guests can choose whether to stop for 2 hours for a refreshing swim or 1 hour if they want to visit the famous Bue Marino Caves. Return to port for this type of dinghy excursion is scheduled for 17:30. N.B. if you start at 9.00 a.m. you will make 8,5 hours of excursion. If you start at 10.30 you will make 7 hours.

Salento Coast to Coast Tour

Salento Coast to Coast Tour

Step aboard our 9-seater minivan for a captivating journey along the breathtaking Salento coastline, departing from Lecce or a location of your own choosing at 9:30 a.m. Our tour offers the flexibility to begin your adventure from the heart of Salento, ensuring a seamless start to your day of exploration. Our first stop immerses you in the charm of Otranto, a coastal town renowned for its historic architecture and stunning seaside vistas. Wander through its picturesque streets, adorned with quaint shops and cafes, and soak in the coastal atmosphere that permeates the town. Right next is a pause for a photo at the captivating Bauxite Cave, where you can marvel at the unique geological formations and capture breathtaking views of the rugged coastline. Continuing our journey, we'll venture to the mesmerizing Grotte della Zinzulusa, a network of sea caves celebrated for their unique rock formations and crystal-clear waters. Upgrade your experience with an optional boat tour to explore the caves up close, immersing yourself in the surrounding natural beauty. Next on our itinerary is Castro, a quaint seaside village steeped in rich history and boasting breathtaking coastal scenery. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade, admiring the charming architecture and tranquil ambiance of this coastal gem. Our adventure continues with a brief stop at Ponte Ciolo, an iconic bridge offering panoramic views of the rugged coastline below. Capture the stunning vistas with your camera before we proceed to our next destination. Punta Palascia beckons as we reach the easternmost point of Italy, where you'll have the opportunity to stand at the edge of the continent and gaze out upon the endless expanse of the Adriatic Sea. Afterwards, we'll arrive at Santa Maria di Leuca, a picturesque seaside town renowned for its historic lighthouse and stunning coastal views. Spend some time exploring the town's charming streets and soaking in the relaxed atmosphere that pervades the area. Our final stop brings us to the coastal town of Gallipoli, famous for its historic old town, beautiful beaches, and vibrant atmosphere. Explore the labyrinthine streets lined with historic landmarks, or unwind on the sandy shores of its pristine beaches. Hop aboard our lilliputian train to conclude your scenic tour. Enjoy a leisurely ride back, soaking in the last glimpses of Salento's beauty before bidding farewell to this enchanting coastal paradise. As the day draws to a close, we'll journey back to Lecce or your chosen pick-up point, leaving you with cherished memories of a day filled with discovery and adventure along the captivating Salento coastline.

From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

This tour will give you the opportunity to visit the four most significant towns in Salento: Galatina, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca and Gallipoli. Galatina, a real gem of art, history and traditions. Of extraordinary beauty is, in particular, the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, second only to the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi for the presence of many frescoes inside, which were created by Giotto's disciples. Other monuments to visit are the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, and the ancient "courtyard houses" and the buildings situated in the historical centre. Otranto is Italy’s easternmost town and is well-known as “Porta d’Oriente” (literally, “Door to the Orient”) The town of Otranto is full of history, and every corner highlights the passage of different civilizations, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans and the Aragoneses. The splendid Cathedral, the Church of Saint Peter in perfect Byzantium style, the Castle, the Towers, the mighty Pelasgi Bastions and the Walls that surrounded the whole of the ancient city make Otranto one of the most interesting cultural destinations in South Italy. After Otranto you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca, along the wonderful Adriatic coast, characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea, caves and bays with rocky bottom. Along the way you will admire Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro Marina and the Ciolo Fiord. Santa Maria di Leuca sits on the southernmost tip of the Salentine peninsula, bathed by two seas, the Ionian Sea to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Santa Maria di Leuca is a tourist center famous for its colourful natural landscape that blends in with its majestic architecture. Located on the Japigo promontory is the Basilica of Santa Maria de "Finibus Terrae" (at the ends of the earth). From the Basilica you can reach the old port on foot via two ramps of 300 steps each. Gallipoli is considered the pearl of Salento. This Greek city can be divided into two areas: the new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise, and the old city. The old part of the city is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th century bridge. The historic centre is characterized by a labyrinthine weave of narrow streets, home to traditional shops of local handicrafts, numerous impressive Baroque churches and aristocratic palazzi. Also worth seeing are the Cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, one of the best examples of Baroque in Salento, the Angevine Castle built in the 13th century and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy.

Castro: 2-Hour Private Tour (Puglia) w/Great View of the Sea

Castro: 2-Hour Private Tour (Puglia) w/Great View of the Sea

The guided tour of Castro will begin with a visit of the Mother Church dedicated to the Madonna of the Annunciation. The church was erected on a Greek temple. Of Romanesque design, the interior is characterized by a high altar in Baroque style and numerous paintings such as the Madonna of the Annunciation, protector of the village. Following the tour, you will continue in the narrow streets of the historic center until you get a suggestive view of the sea and its Aragonese castle built on the remains of the oldest Byzantine fortress.  The castle has a rectangular plan with four corner towers. Entering, there will be a courtyard formerly used to store agricultural products that were marketed, and a large scale, now disappeared, with which you accessed the upper floors. In the courtyard, you'll also find the doors of the rooms on the ground floor. Inside, visit the Antonio Lazzari Civic Museum with its permanent archaeological exhibition "Castrum Minervae: between Greeks and Messapi," which will allow you to admire the numerous and various finds from recent excavation campaigns in the area of the historic center.

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4.4
(23 reviews)

Great trip!! Thank you Giuseppe for the excellent tour. We were a couple in a group tour with 5 other people, English and Italian speaking. All of the sights were clearly explained in good English and Italian. We saw so many beautiful beaches and natural wonders, plus two charming cities of Gallipoli and Otranto. The van was clean with good A/C. Everything went smoothly and on time.

We had a very enjoyable day. The tour guide Stefano was very knowledgeable and answered lots of questions. I would advise wearing long shorts if you want to go into the church. In Gallipoli there is a beach if you want a swim in the sea. Overall an excellent trip.

Joseph our guide was excellent - friendly and informative. It is a long tour with 8 stops, some short and some longer, but it is brilliant way of seeing Puglia’s coastline on the far south. Highly recommended.

Beautiful, all the Towns were stunning & commentary was excellent!! Stefano was were knowledgeable & affable Enjoyable day

beautiful tour with an excellent, very kind and helpful driver with whom we spent an unforgettable day around Salento