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Portoselvaggio: Holiday homes

In the southeast of the province of Lecce, near Nardò, lies regional park Porto Selvaggio with its over 400 ha of nature conservation area. The beaches in this section of the Ionian coast have, for years now, been awarded top quality grades by the Italian environmental organization Legambiente.

 

Portoselvaggio: Holiday homes

In the southeast of the province of Lecce, near Nardò, lies regional park Porto Selvaggio with its over 400 ha of nature conservation area. The beaches in this section of the Ionian coast have, for years now, been awarded top quality grades by the Italian environmental organization Legambiente.

Dream holidays in our holiday homes in Portoselvaggio, an oasis of nature with spotlessly clean beaches

Enjoy carefree, wonderful holidays in an impressive natural landscape: bizarre rocky cliffs, fragrant macchia, sandy bays and a sea like a diamond.  

Nature park Porto Selvaggio – that is four kilometers of protected coastline between two Saracen towers, Torre dell’Alto in the south and Torre Uluzzo in the north.

Besides beachwear and goggles, you should take along hiking shoes. There is much to discover: Baia dell’Uluzzo with its three grottos, for example, where 40,000 year old traces of settlements from the times of the Neanderthals have been discovered.

A few years ago, WWF and the inhabitants of the towns around Porto Selvaggio joined forces and prevented the private property from being sold to a real estate agent; they also succeeded in having the area protected.

That is why the area can be explored only on foot. Parking is available outside the park.

Santa Caterina

At the southern border of the nature park lies the small town of Santa Caterina with its idyllic fishing harbor, its sandy bays, stores, bars and restaurants.

Walk along the seaside promenade, enjoy the view of the sea and savor a cup of creamy cappuccino – experience holiday feelings at Santa Caterina!

Nardò - Baroque and Pizzica

Along with Gallipoli, the small town of Nardò is considered one of the centers at this coastal section of the Ionian Sea. The roots of this lovely place can be traced far back. At the times of the Romans and the Messapii, Nardò had its own harbor, thus gaining importance in the empire. During Byzantine rule, it then developed into an important intellectual center in the Salento.

Today, you find hardly any traces left by the Romans and Byzantines. The historic center 'radiates' with lush Baroque, invites you to stroll around and to stop by the friendly bars, ice cream parlors and shops around Piazza Salandra. Beautiful Baroque Chiesa S. Domenica near the piazza is worth a closer look.

At Nardò’s cathedral, somewhat plainer in design, you may admire the Cristo Nero, a dark wooden cross dating back to the 13th century and shrouded in numerous legends. By a simple movement of his finger, Christ is said to have once fended off an attack by the Saracens.

From a cultural point of view, Nardò is known, amongst others, for the pizzica, a sweeping folk dance dating back to pre-Christian times. Every now and then, small concerts take place in Piazza Salandra – traditional music accompanied by singing and dancing. Give in to the fascination of the pizzica and take the chance – dance with the locals.

In Piazza Salandra, a small museum is dedicated to Luigi Stifani, the singing barber, and run today by his daughter. A large number of Stifani’s original instruments are on display as well as all kinds of interesting information about the life and work of this man who breathed life back into the traditional folk dance.

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Our accommodations at Portoselvaggio

Casa La Pajara
Maximum occupancy of the accommodationmax. 4 pers.
Distance to the sea800 m
Distance to the nearest shopping facilities800 m
Distance to the town centre800 m
Price range1.100-2.600 Euro
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Villa Divina
Maximum occupancy of the accommodationmax. 6 pers.
Distance to the sea1 km
Distance to the nearest shopping facilities700 m
Distance to the town centre1,5 km
Price range1.600-3.650 Euro
 
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Villa Portoselvaggio
Maximum occupancy of the accommodationmax. 6 pers.
Distance to the sea700 m
Distance to the nearest shopping facilities1 km
Distance to the town centre5 km
Price range490-1.260 Euro
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