Describe the perfect day in your destination?
After a healthy breakfast, I'd get immersed into one of our thick pine forests, walking through the trees on the sloping cliffs and enjoying the breathtaking views of the sea. Head to the coast, and join a 'converted fishing ship' tour, accompanied by a local guide to visit some of the sea grottos. Or, join other people on a guided kayak tour of the area.
What are your top travel tips for your destination?
Have breakfast at the central square of Lecce, overlooking the Amphitheatre while enjoying an iced coffee and a pasticciotto (a local pastry with custard); drive along the wild south east coastal roads connecting Otranto (the most eastern point of Puglia and Italy) to Porto Badisco; enjoy the unspoilt countryside and visit old farmhouses that produce Pecorino cheese; have a full day out with the family in one of our beach clubs enjoying the sea, the sun and a great beachfront meal; visit the Porto Selvaggio Natural Reserve (not far from Gallipoli), stopping by a panoramic point at sunset; join one of the live concerts during a traditional festa popolare, and walk along the colourful, buzzing streets that are decorated with arches illuminated by thousands of different lights.
What local cuisine would you recommend to people staying in your destination?
So many different recipes, but if I have to make a list I would suggest tajeddha (a baked pie enriched with sliced potatos, mussels and zucchini); sagne torte col sugo di pomodoro e ricotta forte (local handmade pasta similar to tagliatelle, with a tomato sauce and a spicy creamy cheese); tubettini alla cernia (small rings of pasta with grouper soup), fave e cicorie (fava beans pureed with boiled cicory - don't forget to add extra virgin olive oil on top!
What experiences would you recommend to our customers in your destination?
Our beautiful sea is a must and clients will definitely enjoy our beaches. I would suggest adding a day tour by bike crossing some of our small, old villages looking out for old Byzantine underground churches, big castles, fascinating villas, white central squares with high bell towers, and welcoming local people who often do not speak a word of English!