SAVELETRI DI FASANO
Set on the Adriatic coast, Savelletri is quite simply spectacular with its charming small fishing port, the old buildings on the rocky reefs, its many fishmongers and a choice of romantic restaurants. Savelletri is a hamlet of the municipality of Fasano, just 45 km from Brindisi. Its sandy beaches and small rocky reefs include both public areas and serviced lidos; obviously it’s in spring and summer that this corner of Puglia is at its best. Close to Savelletri there are a number of interesting places to visit, all just a short drive away. For example, not to be missed are the Archaeological Park of Egnazia, the Safari Zoo, the Aragonese Castle of Brindisi and the localities of Cisternino and Ostuni.
Sitting on Puglia’s Adriatic coast around 30km south of Bari, Monopoli is a lovely town where you can mix a dip in the sea with a good lunch and a wander around the old town centre. Like so many towns on the Adriatic, Monopoli’s history has been thoroughly influenced by its east-facing position and its fortified sea-front walls and castle tell many a story.
Otranto is Italy’s easternmost town. But it is much more than just that: its mix of history, architecture, views, sea-front restaurants and white sandy beaches makes it one of Puglia’s most interesting, charming and picturesque towns. Otranto sits right on the Adriatic Sea, gazing out across its eponymous strait towards the Balkans and Greece, a strategic position that has profoundly influenced
its history. In Roman times, it became an important commercial port – there was a significant Jewish population of traders – but also a departure point for Roman military expeditions to the east, as testified to by two marble pillar bases recording the transient presence of Emperors Lucio Vero and Marco Aurelio. For a period Otranto even overshadowed Brindisi.