Salento’s beaches are best known for their extra fine sand, which you will find in various colours, reaching from the yellow sand at Pescoluse beaches, to the white sand of the Alimini beaches, to the black sand at Cesine beaches. All of the wonderful beaches have one thing in common: the crystalline water of the Adriatic or Ionian Sea which gently touches their borders. Salento’s beaches have repeatedly been awarded the “bandiera blu” label, a quality award recognised by the Foundation for Environmental Education.
Round and about
A walk through the towns of Salento is a walk through a thousand years of Mediterranean history. Not only the Romans and the Greeks left their marks, but also the Turks and the Arabs (Saracens) could not resist this part of the Mediterranean. The cities of Salento – as well as their people, stories and dishes – still tell of these encounters today.
Salento is not only best known for its wonderful sea, but also and increasingly more for its extraordinary rich cuisine, whereby rich does not stand for expensive, but for an immense palette of irresistible culinary delights, many of them coming from the rural cuisine, which in the old days was the cuisine of the poors: vegetables, fruits, homemade pasta in all imaginable variations, sometimes fish and all sorts of shellfishes. Meat is often served as self-made sausages, so called “salsiccia”, for which every butcher even in the smallest village has his personal and secret recipe. The “salentini” mainly cook with the products of their region, of their land and so their cuisine stands for freshness and uniqueness.