Santa Maria di Leuca: handpicked hotels and insider tips

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Santa Maria di Leuca: introduction

Santa Maria di Leuca Hotel

In Greek "Leukos" means white, and this was how the town situated on the southern most point of the Salento appeared to the Greek sailors approaching the Puglian coast many centuries ago. The rest of the town's name has slightly more recent origins: legend has it that San Pietro chose the town as location from where to initiate his evangelical work, and thus added the Virgin's name.

Situated in a stunningly beautiful bay, between Punta Ristola and Punta Meliso, Santa Maria di Leuca is one of the Salento's most visited towns; a popular destination for lovers of the sea and, in particular, divers keen to explore the numerous underwater caves which characterise this stretch of coast.

In the center of the town, an impressive flight of steps leads down from the Basilica to the aqueduct inaugurated by Mussolini during the fascist era. It is, in fact, in Santa Maria di Leuca that the monumental aqueduct delivering water to the whole of Southern Italy has its outlet. On rare occasions, a dramatic display of Puglia's "blue gold" can be seen as the water of the aqueduct is released in to the sea.

Santa Maria di Leuca: suggestions from the hotels

Alessandro

(Receptionist)

Giardino dei Pini

Resort

Wonderful towns with important historical relevance (Felline, Ugento, Specchia) and commercial centres with touristic attractives (Gallipoli, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Lecce), several sandy beaches with clean blue sea. (Giardino dei Pini) →

Sergio Positano

(Amministratore)

Palazzo Guglielmo

Guest Houses

Sergio Positano

Stay at Palazzo Guglielmo to experience an authentic slice of life in Puglia. The 14/09/13 the Daily Telegraph has selected Palazzo Guglielmo four of the best places to stay in Puglia in Puglia. (Palazzo Guglielmo) →

Laura Riccetti

(Proprietaria)

La Tana del Riccio

Guest Houses

Laura Riccetti

In the heart of Salento, Vaste is a surprising small 15th C. borough in the inland of beautiful villages along the adriatic coast, such as Castro and S.Cesarea Terme, which exemplifies the past life traditions of an Italy of the 60's. (La Tana del Riccio) →

Santa Maria di Leuca: places to see in the area