At the south-easternmost point of the Italian peninsula, lovely small holiday home Villino al Faro lies hidden among olive and pine trees at the foot of Santa Maria di Leuca’s lighthouse (faro), which was built in 1866 and rises 48 m high. Seemingly from in front of the terrace, the sea and the steep coast of Punta Meliso rising 100 m high stretch out before you in a richness of color.
In this place, where, in ancient times, people pinpointed the end of the world and a heathen temple was dedicated to goddess Minerva, tourists from all over the world today admire the splendor of the impressive Basilica di Madonna de Finibus Terrae (Santuario), which dates back to the year 1700.
Although located in the immediate vicinity, the Villino remains untouched by the buzzing activity in the large piazza in front of the basilica. Its rear wing, which is about 100 m from the house, is inhabited by nuns.
Charming Villino al Faro lies in the immediate vicinity of holiday home Casa Finis Terrae, has a quarry stone façade which is just as lovely, was, however, built later. It is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden and accommodates up to four persons.
There is one bedroom with double bed. The living room, which is furnished with two chairs, dining furniture and TV, can be turned into a second bedroom by turning the chairs into beds (bed chairs) and shutting off the room for privacy by an accordion partition.
The small, open kitchenette, which includes refrigerator with freezer compartment, dish washer, gas stove, micro wave and water boiler, lies adjoining the living area.
Villino al Faro has two bathrooms, each with shower, WC and bidet. One of the bathrooms is an en suite of the double room; the second one is accessible from the living area. A hair dryer is at your disposal, too.
The washing machine is found in an extra room in the outdoor area of the holiday home. Villino al Faro also features fly screens in the windows, WLAN, air conditioning, children’s cot and high chair.
The Villino’s cozy outdoor area leaves nothing to be desired. Whether you are sitting at the large dining table, lying on the sun beds or relaxing in the hammock, the nearby sea is always within your view.
If you are lucky, you might see dolphins jumping and splashing in the course of the current between the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. On particularly clear days, you can even spot the Greek coastline on the horizon.
Your terrace is furnished, amongst others, with an outdoor shower, an outdoor stone sink, a parasol and a charcoal grill. Parking is available right in front of the premises.
The lighthouse, the basilica, the stately manors and, last but not least, the sea grottos count among the attractions of Santa Maria di Leuca. Locals call these grottos masterpieces of nature and there are quite a few of them along the magnificent steep coast.
You can start on a discovery tour several times per day from the harbor of Santa Maria di Leuca and choose from among several tours on offer. Entering the grottos by boat is really a special experience; however, the short stop for a swim in the sea, jumping into the crystal clear water and (for the courageous!) diving into a grotto hidden behind the rock are just as special.
If you prefer relaxing at the beach, you might do this at the Lungomare of Leuca (ca. 1.5 km from the house). Should you want to spend an entire day at the beach, we recommend taking a ca. 15-minute drive to Pescoluse on the Ionian Sea, to the Caribbean beaches of the Maledive del Salento.
Convenience goods, restaurants and bars are found at Santa Maria di Leuca, which spreads out at the foot of the lighthouse and the basilica. You can walk to town by descending the flight of stairs at the Casacata Monumentale; there are about 270 steps from the Santuario down to the harbor.
At the weekly market on Thursday mornings in the center of Castrignano del Capo, ca. 5 km north of Leuca, they sell products typical for the region.
Nearest train station: Gagliano Leuca (ca. 7 km)
The exact address and the information about the details of your journey are included in the booking confirmation.
|Rental period||Holiday home (4 pers.)|
|19.09.20 - 03.10.20||Holiday home (4 pers.) 750 EUR|
|03.10.20 - 07.11.20||Holiday home (4 pers.) 565 EUR|
|07.11.20 - 19.12.20||Holiday home (4 pers.) 550 EUR|
|19.12.20 - 02.01.21||Holiday home (4 pers.) 565 EUR|
Prices are valid per week and for the number of persons given in brackets, final cleaning included.
Bed linen and towels: can be booked additionally for € 15 per person and week (Please note down when booking!).
Onsite, a deposit of 150 Euro is due upon arrival.
Air conditioning with heating system: optional; € 50 for up to 50 kWh, then € 0,30 / kWh (charged on the spot).
Minimum stay & days of arrival/departure:
- 1 week from May to September; arrival and departure only on Saturdays
- 4 days from October to April: arrival and departure flexible
- Surcharges for bookings by the day: for 4 days 10% of the rental price; for 5 days 5% of the rental price