Santa Maria di Leuca the southernmost of Puglia

The southernmost point of the Salento coast. Santa Maria di Leuca - Castrignano del Capo

Puglia - Lecce - Things to do

One of the most beautiful and visited places in Salento is Santa Maria di Leuca, in province of Lecce. It is a fraction of Castrignano del Capo and is the southernmost place of the Salento peninsula.

Origins of the name Santa Maria di Leuca

Its name originates in the Greek language. Leukos means white. This is probably due to the white rocks that arise perpendicular to the sea.

What is Santa Maria di Leuca like?

Santa Maria di Luca in Puglia is a beautiful seaside town. It is located in the heel of Italy, in the southernmost point of Puglia.

You will find a jagged and high coast. With an alternation of sandy beaches and coves in which to relax in the sun.

Santa Maria di Leuca is renowned for its nineteenth-century villas that were built with various styles.

The villas are located along the coast and are about forty.

You can visit the villas of Santa Maria di Leuca.

You will see that despite the different styles, they all date back to the 19th century.

Some of these villas were destroyed and then refurbished.

A very particular feature of the nineteenth-century villas is that some were equipped with a small cliff of the "huts" with an adjoining bagnarola.

Built in the same style as the villa, it was used by noble women to hide while bathing during the summer months.

How is the sea in Santa Maria di Leuca?

The sea in Santa Maria di Leuca is clear and crystalline. You will find rocky areas and sandy areas.

The whole rocky coast is characterized by small coves and caves that you can visit by booking a boat ride.

Among the best known caves in Santa Maria di Leuca there are:

  • The devil's cave, of Neolithic origin. It is so called because of the powerful rumble that could be heard inside.
  • The child's cave, in which the bones of elephants and rhinos were found.
  • The dragon cave which takes its name from its shape.
  • The cave of Joel, name due to the presence of crows and is the site of a swimming pool covered by fresh waters.

At the Ciolo area you can enjoy a wonderful landscape. Here the coast is high and the sea is a true paradise.

To go down to the sea you will have to take a narrow path.

If you love diving, here you can experience diving from high heights.

Santa Maria di Leuca what to see

Here are some tips on what to see in Santa Maria di Leuca:

  • The caves through a boat ride;
  • The nineteenth-century villas;
  • The Basilica of Santa Maria;
  • The lighthouse. With 254 steps. Once you get to the top you can enjoy a beautiful view of the locality.
  • The monumental waterfall. It constitutes the final point of the Apulian aqueduct. It is a wonderful work, one of the most beautiful attractions in Santa Maria di Leuca

What to do in the evening in Santa Maria di Leuca

In the evening in Santa Maria di Leuca you can take a walk in the small town.

Stop at one of the many bars.

Enjoy an aperitif. Enjoy the landscape on the sea.

Where do the two seas meet in Puglia?

Santa Maria di Leuca represents the point where the two seas meet.

Being the southernmost point of the heel of Italy, in certain climatic conditions you can see the chromatic demarcation of the meeting between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, due to the meeting between the two different currents.

Curiosities about Santa Maria di Leuca

A famous legend tells that in the locality of Santa Maria di Leuca there was the first landing of Aeneas and later of St. Peter coming from Palestine to Rome. A Corinthian column was erected in his honor in the square in front of the Basilica.

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