Discover The Beauties Of Otranto: Here Is What To See And What To Visit
Otranto, The City Suspended Between History And Nature
Otranto is the first city in Italy to see dawn. It is located, in fact, in the most eastern point of Italy, where the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic meet and blend into a landscape that has no equal.
Everything happens in Punta Palascia, a must for anyone who goes for the first time in what is the pearl of Salento. Here, in a military area, there is a lighthouse that illuminates the path of the boats that ply the two seas. An enchanting and uncontaminated place, where the wind of Salento shakes the waters making them break, in a real choreography, on the cliff. To say that the view from up there is breathtaking would not do justice to Punta Palascia.
Many Churches And A Castle In The Historical Part Of The City
Otranto, contrary to what you might think, is not just sea and sun. It is also and above all, rising in a territory that for centuries has been disputed between Byzantines, Lombards, Turks, Aragonese and Angevins.
The passage of all these cultures is evident, still today, in every corner of the city. Starting, in fact, from the majestic Aragonese Castle, a military fortress that Fernando I of Aragon built at the end of 1400. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Apulian village, which can be reached through the so-called Porta Alfonsina, as historic and dated as the manor house.
From the square in front of the castle, then, wind all the characteristic alleys of the old part of the city, where you almost have the impression that time has stopped. Traditional craft shops and restaurants liven up the alleys, while courtyards and stairways tell the story of what it was once called Odronto. Everything has remained the same, including the landscape that you can see between the houses while you go around the shops in search of traditional souvenirs.
In the ancient village there are also many churches, many of which overlook the sea.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata is certainly worth a visit: it dates back to the 11th century and still preserves what remains of the massacre of the faithful brutally killed by the Turks during the invasion of 1480. The mosaic floor, depicting the tree of life, which adorns the structure, pays homage to the sacrifice of the martyrs.
The Most Beautiful Beaches Of Otranto
It is difficult to say which, among the many beaches of the beautiful Otranto, deserves to be visited. The truth is that they are one more beautiful than the other and that each one is distinguished by a series of natural features that make it absolutely unique in its kind.
This is the case, for example, of the famous Cave of Poetry, a sort of natural freshwater pool on the walls of which you can admire inscriptions in Messapian language.
The area of the Alimini Lakes is also breathtaking, and the beach is reached through an enchanting pinewood. The beach of fine sand, as white as the one you see in the postcards, and the sea, which is more than turquoise or blue is almost transparent, are a joy for the eyes and the heart.
Not to mention the Bay of the Turks, the wildest place in the city of Puglia, whose rocks and natural caves make this stretch of coast absolutely enchanting. The beach of Torre dell’Orso, one of the most popular beaches in the area, is no less impressive. Here are located many hotels and villages in Salento, which being a stone’s throw from the sea and in a strategic position are the ideal place to stay if you want to visit all the beauties of the magnificent Otranto.