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Pathways of Puglia

Salento – slow-paced villages and a sparkling sea
 
Journey on foot from the tip of Italy’s stiletto ‘heel’ to its easternmost point, and fall in love with Salento’s simple, slow-paced ways of life. A dazzling coastline – far reaching views and pristine coves – is balanced by a timeless hinterland, and the walking here is a delight.
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Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Puglia

Salento, the humble and rough-hewn, southernmost part of Puglia, is a region worth getting to know. Although its colours are instantly beguiling – creamy stone, a rich red soil, silver-green olive groves and an expansive blue sky – much of its charm lies hidden from view.
This could be down to centuries of history – the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Spanish all left their mark; it might be due to the easy-going charm and genuine warmth of the people; or it could be the fact that this bucolic region, with its rural simplicity and slow pace of life, so richly repays the patient traveller. Whichever it is, this journey on foot, from the tip of Italy’s stiletto ‘heel’ to its easternmost point, reveals Salento’s secluded soul.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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    °C 13 13 15 18 23 27 30 30 27 22 17 14
    mm 81 65 73 43 32 22 16 31 57 87 90 82
  • Arrival in Lecce
    Night 1: at Hotel Santa Chiara (where you spend one night).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is the first day of walking.

    (Depending on your travel timings, you might be able to make the most of the hotel’s central location to admire some of Lecce’s renowned architectural treasures today; or add an extra night for more time to explore.)
  • Lecce to Gagliano del Capo: 6km, 2hrs; 160m ascent / 20m descent
    Catch a morning train south from Lecce to Gagliano, for a short taxi transfer to Santa Maria di Leuca, whose iconic lighthouse towers over the bluest of seas at the very tip of Italy, de finibus terrae. After exploring the atmospheric sanctuary, and a spot of lunch, follow quiet lanes between red-hued fields – criss-crossed by dry-stone walls and olive groves – to reach Masseria Alcorico for an overnight stay.
    Santa Maria di Leuca
  • Gagliano del Capo to Castiglione d’Otranto: 14km, 4.5hrs; 220m ascent / 230m descent
    Today’s walk takes you through the town of Gagliano, a former feudal holding, and onto a trail through the Canale del Ciolo gorge to the Sentiero delle Cipolliane, a beautiful coastal path. Quiet lanes then lead inland to Corsano, where you are collected by taxi for the short journey to Castiglione d'Otranto. Here, hosts Sonia and Emanuele welcome you to Palazzo Mellacqua for an overnight stay.
    The coastal path
  • Castiglione d’Otranto to Santa Cesarea Terme: 12km, 4hrs; 220m ascent / 260m descent
    Following a short transfer, you continue via Castro’s centro storico, where you can poke around the 16th-century Aragonese castle, before your destination – the elegant, cliff-top spa town of Santa Cesarea Terme – suddenly reveals itself. The Est Hotel, situated just above the town, is the venue for your next overnight stay.
    The 16th-century Aragonese castle at Castro
  • Santa Cesarea Terme to Porto Badisco: 11km, 3.5hrs; 160m ascent / 165m descent
    Continue northwards, perhaps stopping at Porto Badisco for a swim, before heading inland through rolling countryside to reach Masseria Panareo – resplendent on its hillside, with an inviting pool and magisterial views.
    Porto Badisco
  • Porto Badisco to Otranto: 13km, 4hrs; 180m ascent / 230m descent
    Today you rejoin the coast, taking in the Punta Palascia lighthouse – Italy’s easternmost point – before arriving in Otranto for two nights at the maritime-themed Corte di Nettuno.
    Punta Palascia lighthouse
  • Circular route from Otranto: 8km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 110m
    Take some time to explore this compact, fortified port town on foot, admiring its imposing castle and the Norman cathedral’s 12th-century mosaic floor. Then follow our leisurely circuit into the surrounding countryside, head to the beach or take a boat trip to seek out some of the Adriatic’s hidden coves. Afterwards, pick a seafront restaurant for dinner, to enjoy a final taste of this seductive – and very rewarding – corner of Italy.
    Around Otranto
 

Accommodation

This holiday offers an eclectic mix of good-quality accommodation.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 April 2020 - 30 June 2020 & 01 September 2020 - 28 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Apr 2020 £855 £340
    1 - 25 May 2020 £895 £345
    26 May - 23 Jun 2020 £945 £365
    1 - 20 Sep 2020 £945 £365
    21 - 30 Sep 2020 £895 £345
    1 - 21 Oct 2020 £855 £340
    3rd & 4th person discount -£85
    Single traveller supplement £85

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Masseria Alcorico, Gagliano del Capo
    Sea view with terrace: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £5
    Sea view with terrace: 01 Sep - 28 Oct 2020 £5
    Masseria Panareo, near Porto Badisco
    'Comfort': 01 Apr - 31 May 2020 £6
    'Comfort': 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £10
    'Comfort': 01 Sep - 11 Sep 2020 £10
    'Comfort': 12 Sep - 28 Oct 2020 £6

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Suite Hotel Santa Chiara, Lecce (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £85 £130
    01 Sep - 28 Oct 2020 £85 £130
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Brindisi, Bari

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Brindisi easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bari (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Brindisi (via Milan Bergamo) Ryanair 
    Edingburgh - Bari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Bari (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Bari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Bari Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bari British Airways,  easyJet 
    Gatwick - Brindisi easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Brindisi British Airways 
    Heathrow - Brindisi (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Brindisi (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Bari Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bari Ryanair 
    Stansted - Brindisi Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bari easyJet 
    Manchester - Brindisi Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Brindisi

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    bus Brindisi airport to Lecce (0h40, pay locally) pay locally 1730
    direct taxi Brindisi airport to hotel (0h30) £30 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Lecce (0h40), bus Lecce to Brindisi airport (0h40, pay locally) £30 1245
    direct taxi hotel to Brindisi airport £50 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bari

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Bari Centrale to Lecce (1h20-1h55) £20 1630
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Lecce station (0h40), rail Lecce to Bari Centrale (1h20-1h55) £45 1230
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    4 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on days 1 & 3
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/before-you-travel and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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