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Otranto

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Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites
Otranto is a town and comune in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses.It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. The Strait of Otranto, to which the city gives its name, connects the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea and separates Italy from Albania. The harbour is small and has little trade.The lighthouse Faro della Palascìa, at approximately 5km southeast of Otranto, marks the most easterly point of the Italian mainland.About 50km south lies the promontory of Santa Maria di Leuca (so called since ancient times from its white cliffs, leukos being Greek for white), the southeastern extremity of Italy, the ancient Promontorium lapygium or Sallentinum. The district between this promontory and Otranto is thickly populated and very fertile.HistoryOtranto occupies the site of the ancient Hydrus or Hydruntum, also known as Hydrunton, Hydronton, or Hydruntu. Otranto was a town of Greek origin, which, in the wars of Pyrrhus and of Hannibal sided against Rome.In Roman times it was a city. As it is the nearest port to the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, it was perhaps more important than Brundisium, under the Roman emperors as a point of embarkation for the East, as the distance to Apollonia was less than from Brundisium.
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Historic Walking Area
Centro Storico Otranto
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Baia dei Turchi
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Religious Site
Cattedrale Di Otranto
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Cava di Bauxite
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Otranto

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling Santa Maria di Leuca
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Circolo Ippico Malepezza Sant'Andrea
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours Torre Vado
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Maldive del Salento Pescoluse Pescoluse
1.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Otranto

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Speed Boats Tour
Speed Boats Tours
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Church
Chiesa di San Pietro
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Lighthouse
Punta Palascia Lighthouse
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba Diving
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Beaches in Otranto

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Beach
Spiaggia Alimini
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beach
Lungomare degli Eroi
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Spiaggia Porto Badisco
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Lido Acqua Chiara
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Otranto

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Lighthouse
Cape Palascia
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Santuario di Santa Maria dei Martiri
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Porta Alfonsina
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Chiesa Della Madonna Dell'altomare
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Otranto

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Beach
Balnearea Beach
1.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beach
Spiaggia Azzurra Alimini
3.4
Duration: 4 hours
Beach
I Due Mori
1.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beach
Lido dei Pini
2.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Speed Boats Tour
Hydra Escursioni in Barca
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Beach
Lido Punta della Suina Gallipoli
1.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Torre Vado
4.9
Duration: 4 hours

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