A refreshing update on some of Puglia’s best beach destinations on CNN travel, mentioning Gallipoli and Porto Selvaggio (that’s actually Nardò!) on the Ionian coastline. We certainly would add Punta della Suina and Baia Verde south of Galipolli, and Torre Colimena north of Nardò, where a small wooden path brings you to an amazing sandy beach surrounded by dunes and a salt lake “Salina dei Monaci” attracting flocks of Flamingos. Every season has it’s magic.
Long live Corti Aperte! A fascinating walk throughout the old town of Nardò exploring it’s most important palaces and noble residences, lined with concerts and shows in the spectacular private courtyards exceptionally open to the public. First edition this Sunday, June 11, 2018. If you are currently in Salento, don’t miss it! Otherwise let’s plan for the next year’s enriched edition!
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From April 9 to 14 in Lecce, 19th edition of the European Film Festival
Not to be missed, from 4 to 9 July 2018 in Scorrano (Lecce), The Night of Lights
Jazz Festival in Lecce end July 2018 (further information will be published)
La Ghironda , arts and culture festival in Ostuni (Brindisi) from 28 to 30 July 2018
Gastronomy Festival , from 1. until August 5, 2018 in Maglie (Lecce)
For lovers of the medieval genre, from 11 to 12 August in Oria (Brindisi)
The Historical Parade of Frederick II and the Joust of the Boroughs
In Melpignano (Lecce), on August 25, 2018, the famous Night of the Taranta
In Tricase (Lecce), from 1 to 10 September 2018, the Salento International Film Festival
The very first episode from the Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure starts in Salento, Puglia, more precisely in Porto Badisco, with the very next culinary stop in Nardò, followed by Matera. Available in streaming on the BBC website for still a few weeks after it went on air on January 4th 2018. Inspiration for Cucina Povera recipes to be found on the Hairy Bikers’ website!
Journalist Julia Buckley has written a marvelous article in NatGeo Traveller last summer, where she mentions Nardò in an original way. Here a quote, thanking her for being mentioned : “…I had thought there’d be little more to Nardò than the baroque architecture that makes it a mini Lecce. But the next morning, Niccolò introduces me to archaeologist Dr Filomena Ranaldo. She tells me about Porto Selvaggio, a nearby natural park whose eight cliffside caves were once home to prehistoric man. Excavations are ongoing and there are plans to open a museum in Nardò showcasing the findings later this year and to run guided tours of one of the caves in 2018. What’s been unearthed so far has been extraordinary. The 45,000-year-old teeth found here point to Porto Selvaggio being the earliest-known home of Homo sapiens in Europe. They weren’t the first to dwell here, though.
The excavations have confirmed that Neanderthals probably lived here as far back as 120,000 years ago. What’s also clear is that this land of canyons and ravines has been inhabited ever since. At Massafra, near Mottola, people still live in cave homes carved out of the limestone…”
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Proud and thankful to be mentioned in the acknowledgments by the award-winning travel journalist Sarah Barrell in Lonely Planet’s “Italy from the source” – authentic recipes from people that know them best.