Enogastronomy and Festivals: July of flavors in Salento

When this blog was born, our goal was to tell you about Salento from various points of view. This land is a discovery after another and therefore it is almost impossible not to talk about something new every Thursday.

Living the Salento, in summer but also throughout the year, means to mix with all that this territory offers and fall in love with it.

Undoubtedly, one of the main reasons that push the tourist to choose the Salento peninsula as a holiday destination is its food and wine.

Simple and authentic flavors, good wine and fresh fruit: these are the ingredients that ensure Salento and Puglia a place in the top 10 of Italian food and wine destinations.

So, how many people will raise the hand to find out what surprises reserves the month of July from the culinary point of view?

Probably many, and we at BeeYond Travel are here to make the search easier.

Our luxury villas are always the perfect starting point to discover the territory, in the warm summer evenings, the villages dress up for the countless festivals organized by the associations.

Starting from next weekend, the scheduled appointments are many.

Below we list some:

Fish Festival – 14/16 July – Stands, illuminations, the scent of fish and the full-bodied wine are the setting for the marvelous historic center of Porto Cesareo where you can enjoy fish caught from its clear seabed, fried, grilled or raw, accompanied by a glass of excellent Salento wine.

Festival of Ancient Flavors – July 15th and 16th – At San Pietro in Lama, the ancient traditions, the recipes handed down from generation to generation, the gastronomic specialties of Salento will lead you to discover the ancient and unforgettable flavors of Salento.

Potato Festival – July 16th and 17th – Parabita hosts, among dances and folk shows, a food and wine festival dedicated to typical Salento dishes based on potatoes, tuber grown in the territory and dear to the rural tradition for its low cost and important nutritional properties.

Sagra te li Paniri – July 16/18 – In Miggiano, in the heart of Salento, an ancient territory inhabited since prehistoric times, Paniri intertwine, baskets made by hand and hand-woven with great skill and with the use of reeds and olive rushes. Between 16 and 18 July you will discover all the secrets and maybe even learn to weave one.

Sagra della Peperonata – July 19th – In Cerfignano, a hamlet of Santa Cesarea Terme, peppers are the masters. The Salento peperonata is very popular.

Sagra della Puccia – July 22nd – In Ugento it is dedicated to one of the most loved typical Salento products, the puccia, a bread baked in durum wheat, a mixture of flour, water, salt and black olives, the festival that takes place in Ugento on July 22nd.

Sagra te la Purpetta – July 30th  – In Montegrappa, part of Tuglie, the queen is the meatball. Expression of the typical flavors of Salento, the farmer´s culinary fantasy, capable of obtaining exquisite dishes from a few and poor ingredients, the meatball is a delight capable of enchanting every palate.

In short, you have no excuse: Salento will be your destination for the summer. BeeYond Travel will take care of your stay in one of our exclusive accommodations. You want authentic emotions, we will help you craft them.

Santa Maria di Leuca: Paradise on the edge of the earth

“Illuminated by the sun”: this is how the Greeks called this piece of land facing the sea on the edge of the Apulian border. Santa Maria di Leuca is undoubtedly one of the favorite destinations in Puglia and not only for its crystal clear sea.

Lighthouse Leuca Salento Puglia
Lighthouse Leuca | Salento | Puglia

Here the land ends and then there is only the sea, here we perceive a sense of infinity that makes us realize how small we are in this universe, here we understand the beauty of what surrounds us, you just need to know how to look.

A legend tells that here the Siren Leucasia found peace and tranquility and made it her home. In Santa Maria di Leuca the chaos of the city seems light years away, especially if you decide to stay in a villa in the middle of the countryside, from where, perhaps, you can see the sea.

Villa Demetra, a luxury villa not far from the marina, ensures this mystical contact with the territory “at the end of the earth”, and will make your stay more intense and unforgettable.

Piscina Villa Demetra a Leuca
Pool | Villa Demetra | Leuca
Living room Luxury Villa Demetra Leuca
Living Room | Villa Demetra | Leuca

Santa Maria di Leuca is not only famous for its sea: its history is of great interest as well, which dates back to ancient times.

On the promontory of Punta Meliso, which today houses the Basilica of Maria de Finibus Terrae, stood a temple dedicated to Minerva. The temple was Christianized by Peter, the apostle when he arrived in Italy.

Leuca is a bridge between East and West: here stopped the Cretans, the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Messapians and the Latins.

For centuries it has been only a meeting place for fishermen, while since 1800 it has become an elite tourist destination, and, up to the present day, it maintains this important economic status.

As in all the Salento area, folklore is the foundation of everyday life, it tells the farmer soul, made of simple and repetitive gestures, marked by the cycle of the sun and the moon.

In mid-August, during the celebrations of the Assumption of Our Lady in Heaven “, on the 14th the statue of the Virgin is led to the church of Christ the King. From here, the 15th, it will cross the whole village, in a procession known as “l’intorciata: A sea of ​​torches light up the path to the sea, where a fishing boat welcomes the statue of the Madonna and it takes it into the sea. This ritual begins the procession that follows the Madonna in the water on the fishing boat, with bands and boats. Once at the marina of San Gregorio the procession ends. Here, until late at night, pyrotechnic fires await.

Touristic Port | Leuca
Touristic Port | Leuca

What are you waiting for then? Book your dream here in Santa Maria di Leuca. Choose a luxury villa like Villa Demetra and enjoy this piece of land that flows into paradise.

Let’s not forget the gastronomy: even the most discerning palates will be pleased, maybe with one of the many experiences like a cooking class that will allow you to bring home everything you have learned and bring it back home to share with friends.

It is true that the earth ends here, but the emotion begins.

VITIGLIANO: Cucuzzata, Luxury Villas and Traditions in Salento

Salento: a cluster of characteristic villages that branch off to the shores of the sea, which here is a crystalline color, almost imperceptible.

Salento is that corner of the world that the world itself envies us, for its culture, its food and wine, its perfumes and its simple soul.

The pressing rhythm of the pizzica punctuates the moments of the day and completes it, in a perfect combination of music and everyday life.

Experiential Tourism Salento

In this climate rises the first of the villages that we want to introduce you to: Vitigliano, part of the well known Santa Cesarea Terme.

The town has only 1,040 inhabitants and is about 4 kilometers from some of the main towns on the eastern side of Salento, among which it is good to mention Castro, where you will find the famous Grotta della Zinzulusa.

Grotta Zinzulusa | Salento
Zinzulusa Cave | Salento Puglia

Its distance from the coastal life of the Salento coast makes it perfect for spending holidays in complete tranquility, perhaps staying at La Casa degli Affetti, luxury villa in the heart of the countryside of Vitigliano.

Here in Vitigliano you can lose yourself in a lovely old town, which dates back to the last reconstruction in the 1700s. Traces of the Messapian past of the area are still identifiable especially in the presence of some megalithic testimonies dating back to the Bronze Age that are scattered throughout the territory.

While, starting from the 1700s, the town was enriched by numerous stately buildings, such as Palazzo Ciullo, and by the Chiesa Matrice dedicated to San Michele Arcangelo.

In this city there is a strong echo of the traditions, above all religious: first of all there is the Festa di San Rocco on August 21st and 22nd. The devotion to the holy pilgrim is deeply felt throughout Puglia. In Vitigliano the celebrations start very soon, with the band playing in all the streets. On the evening of the 21st, there is the first procession in which the two patrons of Vitigliano, San Rocco, and the Madonna dell’Assunta, are led to the Chiesa Matrice, leaving the statue of the Virgin to enter last. The second day, which opens with the fireworks, will end with a second procession that brings the two statues to their respective churches.

Fireworks San Rocco Feast Vitigliano
Intense Fireworks San Rocco Feast Vitigliano

From the point of view of food and wine, however, it is very important the Sagra della Cucuzzata: a loaf of bread cooked with zucchini, black olives, tomatoes and chilli.

The Sagra, always in August, is very popular in the area and attracts many tourists and curious people every year.

In short, Vitigliano can really amaze you, just choose the right dates and the right villas like La Casa degli Affetti

Luxury Villa | La Casa degli Affetti Puglia
Luxury Villa | La Casa degli Affetti | Vitigliano Puglia
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