Once arrived in Otranto, we recommend a visit to the historic city centre, surrounded by the mighty walls of Castello Aragonese, with pentagonal shape, built in the XV century by Ferdinand I of Aragon. It consists of three round towers and of a powerful bastion that stretches toward the port. The Apulian-Romanesque style Cathedral contains a spectacular mosaic pavement of 1163, representing a huge tree of life. The eastern-most city of Italy has a beautiful historic town. A walk through the old town will take you into a dense web of alleys, streets paved with stone, districts, squares and arcs, where the whiteness of the houses combines to the colours of the craft shops and of the many souvenir shops. Its monuments are ancient, starting from the small Byzantine Church of St. Peter. In the chapel of the martyrs are preserved the relics of Otranto martyrs beheaded by the Turks in 1480.
Worth a visit also the valleys around, as “Valle delle Memorie” and “dell’Idro” that retain traces of rock civilization, with crypts and hypogeums, as the one of Torre Pinta. In a few minutes, going northward, you reach the beautiful Alimini beaches, fine sand coast much appreciated by surfers, that takes the name from the lakes behind, separated from the sea by a chain of dunes and a thick pine forest. To the South the coast is more wild and unspoiled to Porto Badisco, a natural bay surrounded by prickly pears and patches of myrtle.