Otranto Holidays

Holidays in Otranto will take you right to the bottom of Italy's heel, across the Adriatic Sea from Albania. A former capital of the Lecce province, Otranto lies in the rich olive and wine growing region of Puglia. The town itself is in a beautiful coastal location protected by a natural harbour in its bay. The harbour area is the heart of the town and is watched over by the huge fortifications of Otranto castle, made famous in Horace Walpole's novel The Castle of Otranto. This is where you will find the majority of the town's restaurants and cafés, which overlook the scenic harbour and promenade.

Otranto is a place where couples, families and those looking for relaxation will feel equally well catered for. The town has two beaches for a spot of sunbathing and relaxation, while the old heart of the town is full of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops where you can enjoy some souvenir shopping and good food and wine. There are historical sites to visit, beautiful coastal scenery and good connections to the larger towns of Lecce and Brindisi nearby.

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Discover some out of the way places that you'll love to visit. For example, try an agriturismo restaurant such as Masseria L'Uliveto on the outskirts of town. This farmhouse restaurant serves vegetables, cheeses and meat which are all produced and cooked onsite by the owners for the most authentic taste of delicious Puglian food. 

Or you can try a sumptuous, dairy free granita in Gelateria La Granita, oozing with the delicious flavours of real fruits.  This is the only place to get a granita in Otranto and compares with the best granitas to be found in their Sicilian homeland.

Book a tour and spend the day being shown around Otranto on foot by a local who knows the place like the back of their hand. Discover the local history, the scandals and the comical stories, as well as the hidden nooks and crannies of this ancient town.
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Things to do in Otranto

Otranto has no shortage of historic sites to visit and plenty of other activities and attractions if your interests are wide and varied. The castle is one of the main attractions and is well worth a visit, as is the 11th Century cathedral with its Old Testament mosaic from almost 800 years ago, designed by a local monk. There is also the Byzantine church of San Pietro to see, complete with beautiful frescoes.

The town is also fringed by plenty of beaches where you can while away the hours taking a dip in the blue waters of the Adriatic Sea and picking up a cold drink or a snack from the nearby bars and restaurants.

It's always a good idea to visit some of the sights which can be found within easy travelling distance. In Otranto, you are near to the city of Lecce, which is famous for its baroque architecture and great food. Lecce's history dates back to the time of the Greek colonists in southern Italy and in some of the small villages in this province you can still hear Greek spoken as the everyday language. All along the coast in either direction there are beautiful views and tiny rustic villages, all within easy reach for a day trip.

Flight Information

Flights to Puglia arrive into Bari (BRI) from London Gatwick and London Stansted or Brindisi (BDS) from London Gatwick and Manchester (indirect) and take approximately 3 hours. Please call our Italy Experts in order to book flights to Brindisi.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.


Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
On guided tours/excursions, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide at the end of the tour.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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