Otranto

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Otranto showing a gorge or canyon and rocky coastline

Learn about a history rife with invasions and war in this town’s historic center. Take a romantic stroll through the port.

Otranto is a port town with a quaint harbor and picturesque sea views. The pace of life slows to a crawl in this historic area, featuring a castle and churches from centuries ago. Visit the town for its picturesque seafront and beaches beside vestiges of the historic medieval center.

Stroll through the pedestrianized alleys of the town center for a sense of its old-world charm. Many quaint shops and restaurants lie within the commune’s high walls. Marvel at the impressive Castello Aragonese, immortalized in The Castle of Otranto, one of the world’s first gothic novels, written by Horace Walpole in 1764. The castle was constructed along with the old town walls.

Another town icon is the Otranto Cathedral. Note the variety of styles of its façade, including Romanesque elements. Dating back to the 11th century, the religious structure has Byzantine frescoes and a crypt beneath the nave. Admire glorious mosaics on the floor depicting Biblical tales.

For a change of scenery, bathe in the clear waters of Alimini Beach. Rent deckchairs and umbrellas for relief from the summer heat. Dine at a restaurant or bar facing the shore. The beach, with shallow water, is ideal for families. Stroll along the Otranto waterfront to see yachts harbored in the port. Capture photos of the town’s skyline, including its tall walls and medieval buildings.

Learn the history of the town, once famous for horse breeding and fertile agricultural grounds. Its intriguing past includes an Ottoman invasion and a role in the Napoleonic Wars.

In the province of Lecce, Otranto is located on the eastern flank of the large Salento Peninsula in southeastern Italy. It is near the Strait of Otranto, where the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea meet between Italy and Albania. This area has an appealing climate with long, hot summer days and mild winters. Arrive at Brindisi-Salento Airport and drive south for 75 minutes to reach the town.

Otranto is typically Italian, with muddled history, marvelous relics and a summer rush to the beach.

Where to stay in Otranto

La Terrazza Sul Mare
La Terrazza Sul Mare
Via Madonna Del Passo, 6, Otranto
The price is $53 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Otranto Waterfront, Otranto Castle, and Otranto Cathedral. Torre Pinta and Alimini ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (34 reviews)
"Nice location friendly host"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

La Terrazza Sul Mare
Hotel Palazzo Papaleo
Hotel Palazzo Papaleo
5 out of 5
Via Rondachi 1, Otranto, LE
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $126 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Located in Otranto Historic Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Otranto Waterfront, Otranto Cathedral, and Otranto Castle. Alimini Lakes and Baia Dei Turchi ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (78 reviews)
"This hotel is a self-styled 5 star, not quite what you'd expect, but worth every one of those stars. The location cannot be beaten, right in the heart of the old town, within touching distance of the Cathedral (literally), the rooms are very comfortable and we had a balcony and large terrace (not ..."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Hotel Palazzo Papaleo
CDSHotels Basiliani
CDSHotels Basiliani
4 out of 5
Via Renis, Otranto, LE
Situated in Otranto, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Torre Pinta, Otranto Castle, and Port of Otranto. Otranto Cathedral and Spiaggia degli scaloni ...
4/5 Very Good! (94 reviews)
Holiday hotel
"We stayed just one night, but waa worth it. City of monopoli is close by.."

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

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Cathedral Suite | Otranto with private rooftop JACUZZI<br><br>Luxury aparthotel
Cathedral Suite | Otranto with private rooftop JACUZZI<br><br>Luxury aparthotel
Otranto, Puglia
Located in Otranto Historic Centre, this historic vacation home is steps from Otranto Waterfront, Otranto Cathedral, and Otranto Castle. Spiaggia degli scaloni ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Perfect location to enjoy Otranto..marvellous terrace
"Clean..perfect located.. Tommaso very helpfull...unforgettable terrace"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

Cathedral Suite | Otranto with private rooftop JACUZZI<br><br>Luxury aparthotel
Appartamenti Via Delle Memorie
Appartamenti Via Delle Memorie
Via Memorie, Otranto, Provincia di Lecce
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Torre Pinta, Otranto Castle, and Port of Otranto. Otranto Cathedral and Otranto ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Comoda e strategica!!
"Perfetta per viaggio in famiglia o con amici.. Avevamo una casetta con letto a castello e un monolocale per la coppia, estremamente puliti e in ordine, con spazio esterno per bucato, a pochi minuti a piedi dal fermento del centro di Otranto. DIEGO Molto disponibile per il check in.. Unica pecca barriera ..."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Appartamenti Via Delle Memorie
Appartamenti Via Delle Torri
Appartamenti Via Delle Torri
Via delle Torri, Otranto, Provincia di Lecce
Located in Otranto Historic Centre, this apartment building is steps from Otranto Waterfront and Otranto Cathedral. Spiaggia degli scaloni and Otranto Castle ...
Appartamenti Via Delle Torri
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