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Self-Guided Coastal Walking in Puglia
8 days
Italy - Trip code WSPU

Self-Guided Coastal Walking in Puglia

Walk Puglia's beautiful yet little-known coastal trail from Otranto to Gagliano del Capo and enjoy superb views, amazing swimming spots, unknown villages waiting to be explored and undisturbed nature. Hike through orange and lemon groves and follow a red-earth trail a few metres from the sea towards the lighthouse of Punta Palascia, the easternmost point of Italy. Pass through tiny fishing hamlets, coastal spa towns and ancient Messapian villages. End your trip in glorious Lecce, with its Baroque palaces and Roman masterpieces.

Trip highlights

  • Stunning coastal views - Tiny coves and bays with inviting crystal clear water
  • Lecce - Baroque Palaces and churches
  • Otranto - Explore the fortress and narrow streets
  • Walking through the 'Tratturi' - Ancient stone- walled country lanes
  • Delicious cuisine - Excellent local food and wine
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Walking grade:
Moderate
For those who are fit and active, these moderate walks are normally on good paths and tracks at low altitude. Days may include some fairly demanding ascents and descents, so previous experience is preferable but not essential.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Trip starts in Otranto

Your accommodation for the first two nights of your holiday is in the small coastal town of Otranto. After checking-in, you may choose to spend some time exploring Otranto, the harbour and the Cathedral with its magnificent mosaic floor. This evening, we recommend exploring the historic centre and enjoying a dinner of freshly-caught fish in one of the family-run restaurants.

Accommodation: Hotel San Giuseppe(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Otranto circular walk

Today's walk is a good warm-up hike, discover the small Idro valley that gives Otranto (Hidruntum) its name. The Idro river spring is about 5 kilometres from Otranto, in a location called Monte St Angelo. This is a very fertile area, you will be walking among orchards, olive trees and orange groves. You begin the walk at the side of the river and follow it through fields of olive trees, passing by the St Angelo rock church. You will then continue downhill back to Otranto, known as the 'Pearl of the Orient'. You can expect today's 7.5 kilometre walk to take approximately two hours.

Accommodation: Hotel San Giuseppe(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Walk from Otranto to Porto Badisco

Walking through the maze of the narrow alleys of the old town you reach the new port. Here a flat, gravel coastal path contours around a series of coves. You pass by several WWII bunkers and you can make a short detour to an interesting Bauxite (quarry) lake, going slightly inland. Following the coast you have several opportunities to stop for a dip in the crystal clear waters. You continue along the coast towards the Punta Palascia Lighthouse from which on clear days you can see the Albanian mountains across the Adriatic Sea. Punta Palascìa lighthouse is the easternmost point of Italy and just 71kilometres away from Albania. You can expect today's 12.5 kilometre walk to take approximately five hours.

Accommodation: Hotel Masseria Panareo(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 4 - Walk from Porto Badisco to Santa Cesarea Terme

The first stop of today's walk is the beautiful inlet of Porto Badisco where you can buy a coffee and picnic lunch. Continue following a shepherd's path, you will see the typical round, flat- topped, dry stone buildings where the shepherds used to sleep, known as 'Pagliari'. You will then leave the coast and start climbing up to the inland plateau. After following narrow paths through the fields you come to a great picnic spot in a small pine forest offering shade on sunny days. Finally descend to the spa town of Santa Cesarea Terme where there are some great swimming spots to cool off and relax In the warmer months. You can expect today's 12.5 kilometre walk to take approximately four hours.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 5 - Walk from Santa Cesarea Terme to Marittima

Today you leave Santa Cesarea, first by climbing uphill then following narrow paths inland through the fields to the ancient Messapian town of Castro, with its imposing high walls. The Messapii were an Indo- European people who settled in the heel of Italy, thought to have travelled over from the Balkan Peninsula around 2500 BC. Explore the old town and maybe stop for lunch before descending to the port where you can go swimming. Continue along the coast to the Acquaviva cove, a beautiful hidden inlet and a fantastic swimming spot where a fresh water spring comes out at sea level. Then walk along the thickly forested Acquaviva valley towards Marittima. You can expect today's 11.5 kilometre walk to take approximately four and a half hours.

Accommodation: Palazzo Vecchio(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 6 - Walk from Marittima to Marina Serra

Today you will see several traditional 'tratturi', a system of ancient roads and footpaths used by the locals to go down to the sea or to connect villages and orchards. Each stone tells the story of a hard peasant life. Descend to Tricase Porto, where you can try a good 'caffè in ghiaccio' (iced coffee) and go for a swim. Today's final destination, Marina Serra is a small coastal hamlet with great swimming spots. You can expect today's 13.5 kilometre walk to take approximately four and a half hours.

Accommodation: Agriturismo il Rifugio dei Lavaturi(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 7 - Walk from Marina Serra to Gagliano del Capo - train to Lecce

Today you walk to Novaglie, a lovely quiet rocky beach from where the breath-taking 'Cipolliane path' starts. It is named after the caves you can visit along the way. The Cipolliane path leads you to the Ciolo Bridge, the last great swimming spot on this trip. From the tiny Ciolo cove, you walk up the Ciolo valley to Gagliano del Capo from where you take the train to Lecce for your last night in the beautiful Baroque city. Nicknamed the 'Florence of the South' because of its rich Baroque heritage, the city's palaces, churches and statues are made from the famous local stone and are well worth exploring. You can expect today's 12.5 kilometre walk to take approximately five hours.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel di Lecce(or similar)

Premium Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 8 - Trip ends in Lecce

After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Walking and Trekking information

Walking grade
Moderate
Trek details
On this journey you walk 71 km over 6 days (an average of just under 12 km per day). The walks mostly follow rocky coastal footpaths, sometimes through low vegetation or bushes, along mule tracks and footpaths and a few sections of secondary surfaced roads as you enter the villages and towns. The distances and elevation are not great but we have graded the route as moderate because the terrain is rocky and the trail not always obviously visible.
Max walking altitude (m)
450

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 7
  • Dinner: 2
Transport
  • Train
Accommodation
  • 6 nights standard hotel
  • 1 nights premium hotel
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Trip information

Country information

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Climate

April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Italian

Budgeting and packing

Clothing

Take light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. July and August are the hottest months whilst early and late in the season go prepared with clothing to suit drops in temperature and possible showers. Light rainwear may be needed at any time of year, and a warm fleece/jacket is recommended for cooler evenings and nights.

Footwear

Walking boots or shoes and comfortable trainers and/or sandals for sightseeing and relaxing.

Luggage: On tour

You will need one main piece of baggage and a daypack sufficiently large to take everything needed for your walking day, such as your water bottle, snacks, spare clothing and camera. Your main luggage will be transferred to your next accommodation on days 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Please clearly mark all your belongings with your name and the name of the next accommodation and have your bags ready and at the reception by 09:00 on the morning of your departure.

Luggage transfer

Included between each hotel

Equipment

Insect repellent, sunglasses, walking poles, sunscreen and a water bottle are all recommended. Maps - Along with the destination manual and route notes you will be sent a set of maps that have been created specifically for this trip to help you navigate. The route is marked on each map together with a series of numbered waypoints which correspond with instructions in the route notes.

Tipping

Local fees
Local city tax is required to be paid in cash upon check in to the accommodation. The amount varies from 1 to 3 Euros per person per night, with the higher amount relating to higher category hotels.
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Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Dinner price
£10.00 - 14.00
Beer price
£2.00 - 4.00
Water price
£1.00 - 2.00
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
Major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Larger hotels and restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Only in major towns. Please note, the exchange rate for cash and Travellers Cheques is poor.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Train

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa Information

Italy: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, US, New Zealand, US or Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office. All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Maximum altitude (m)

450

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Vaccinations

Nothing required. Tetanus recommended. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Thursday 1 March 2018 - Tuesday 22 May 2018
WSPU_2018
From £635
Single room option +£215
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Otranto
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Lecce
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Wednesday 23 May 2018 - Thursday 14 June 2018
WSPU_2018
From £675
Single room option +£220
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Otranto
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Lecce
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Friday 15 June 2018 - Monday 25 June 2018
WSPU_2018
From £690
Single room option +£220
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Otranto
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Lecce
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Tuesday 26 June 2018 - Wednesday 18 July 2018
WSPU_2018
From £765
Single room option +£355
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Otranto
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Lecce
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Thursday 19 July 2018 - Thursday 26 July 2018
WSPU_2018
From £810
Single room option +£375
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Otranto
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Lecce
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 1 September 2018 - Saturday 15 September 2018
WSPU_2018
From £710
Single room option +£225
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Otranto
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Lecce
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Sunday 16 September 2018 - Sunday 30 September 2018
WSPU_2018
From £655
Single room option +£205
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Otranto
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Lecce
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Monday 1 October 2018 - Friday 30 November 2018
WSPU_2018
From £635
Single room option +£215
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Otranto
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Lecce
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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