I have lived in Puglia for over 6 years and been traveling here for 13 years needless to say i love Puglia and know a lot about the area.
if anyone has any questions i would be more than happy to help.
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Arond Lecce are lot of very small but delicious villages with their medieval castels and architecture.
What you can't miss is Otranto, an old sea-town famous for having been besieged by Turkish troups.
It takes about 30 minutes by car from Lecce. It's the place for a dinner (fish plates) and a walk after the beach.
Indeed, some of the most beautiful beaches or the whole region are near to Otranto. I would choose Laghi Alimini beach: kms of woderful white sand.
Acaia is a fair village near Lecce. Founded by the Aragonese, still keep the old castle - now in bad conditions - and part of the walls. It's a place where it's possible to keep in touch with the real culture and tradition of the inhabitants. In the picture 'Porta Terra' that gives access to the village.
The visit to the the Church of Santa Maria di Cerrate is something not to be missed. Actually, that's my favourite place when I happen to go to Salento. This old church is located in a marvellous area, isolated in the countryside. It's one of the best example of Romanic architecture in Puglia, dating back to the 12th century. The inside is frescoed with beautiful byzanthine paintings.
Lecce's countryside prints in memory.
It is dotted by olive trees and dry walls, characterized by the red colour of the land. It's an escape from everything, a journey back in time. Narrow paths cross the land and lead to forgiven 'masserie' - the local farmhouses.