Otranto, WA

Travel Guide
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

Hotel Vittoria Resort Pool & Spa
Hotel Vittoria Resort Pool & Spa
4 out of 5
via Catona, Otranto, LE, 73028
The price is $82 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$82
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Otranto. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (152 reviews)
Top Hotel in Otranto
"Top Hotel in Otranto. Close to everything and amazing spa. Very helpful staff."

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Hotel Vittoria Resort Pool & Spa
Hotel Palazzo Papaleo
Hotel Palazzo Papaleo
5 out of 5
Via Rondachi 1, Otranto, LE, 73028
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Otranto. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (97 reviews)
A Perfect Place to Stay in Otranto
"Great location in the old town, very convenient for all the key sites and a nice view of the waterfront from the balcony. The hotel is very clean with comfortable rooms and beds, and a good breakfast. We were given excellent restaurant recommendations."

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2022

Hotel Palazzo Papaleo
VOI Alimini Resort
VOI Alimini Resort
3 out of 5
Località Alimini, Otranto, LE, 73028
Stay at this 3-star beach resort in Otranto. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (49 reviews)
"Came in with little expectation and they blew me away. From the check in greeting with drinks to the entertainment for kids from the outstanding food/beverage options - the hotel over summer was highlight of our trip!"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

VOI Alimini Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Green Paradise Alimini Resort
Green Paradise Alimini Resort
Contrada Fontanelle, Otranto, Provincia di Lecce, 73028
Stay at this beach campground in Otranto. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Mulino d'acqua beach and Spiaggia di Porto Craulo ...
Green Paradise Alimini Resort
Residence La Pineta - Campsite
Residence La Pineta - Campsite
3 out of 5
Via Frassanito, Località Frassanito, Otranto, LE, 73028
Stay at this 3-star beach residence in Otranto. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Frassanito and Spiaggia di San Giorgio ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
Settimana relax
"Io e la mia amica siamo state ospitate dal residence la pineta per 5 giorni. Personale disponibile e cortese per qualunque esigenza. Casetta accogliente e assolutamente pulita. Dotata di tutti i comfort dalla tv, al condizionatore. Nonostante fossimo in 2 la camera disponeva comunque di 4 posti letto. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Residence La Pineta - Campsite
Cathedral Suite | Otranto with private rooftop JACUZZI<br><br>Luxury aparthotel
Cathedral Suite | Otranto with private rooftop JACUZZI<br><br>Luxury aparthotel
Otranto, Puglia
Stay at this vacation home in Otranto. Enjoy private pools, WiFi, and a spa tub. Popular attractions Otranto Cathedral and Otranto Waterfront are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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