Holidays to Otranto see unspoilt beaches meeting a whirlwind of culture, with a buzzing after-dark scene thrown in.
A cultural medley
Perched at the edge of Italy’s heel, Otranto is the country’s easternmost town. And its privileged postcode has led to an interesting history. Greeks, Romans and Turks have all left their mark on the seaside town. You’ll see it in the architecture at Otranto Cathedral, and on the menus of restaurants dotted along the seafront.
Sitting on Italy’s Adriatic coastline, Otranto shows off a collection of chalk-coloured beaches, craggy headlands and rocky inlets, which earned it the nod from UNESCO in 2010. Just north of the town, the Alimini Lakes are home to loads of plants and animals, making them a haven for bird-watchers and nature-lovers.
A city fortress
Hugged by its city wall, Otranto’s well-preserved old quarter is a charming clutter of sun-bleached houses and pretty piazzas. You can visit the Castle of Otranto, hailed as the birthplace of the Gothic novel, as well as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata, which is known for its intriguing mix of architecture and impressive mosaics.
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