Slow Tourism in Salento Puglia

Choosing a holiday in Puglia means choosing a place where the rhythms of the city are just a distant nightmare. Here, even awakening is a pleasure: a warm warmth forces you to leave the bed and run out, looking for the sea that surrounds everywhere.

From the windows of a luxury villa a stone’s throw from the sea or from a luxury villa in a picturesque village of Salento you can admire all this.

Here slowness is a philosophy of life, it is a merit and not a defect as one might believe. You walk slowly through the streets of the villages, greeting everyone, especially strangers. You eat slowly, during endless lunches. You live slowly, savoring every moment and enjoying every little detail.

Puglia is the land of gold where to develop the so-called Slow Tourism, or Turismo Lento in Italian, a type of tourism that is developing very fast worldwide and which aims to enhance territories through the promotion of sustainable and authentic itineraries, without giving weight to the time that can be employed and involving all those who live there, from entrepreneurs to the inhabitants of the most isolated houses.

For this reason, Puglia, and especially Salento, seem to favor and embrace this type of tourism, which promotes quality and experience, opposing mass tourism, fast and consumption that little enhances the typicality of a place.

Everything is reduced to the definition of typicality: what does it mean to look for a product or a typical experience? How important is it to value all this?

In today’s society, the search for typicality is essential in order to create captivating and new itineraries, in syntony with the needs of tourists and the territories themselves. It is important, therefore, when choosing the holiday to rely on professionals who live and love the area and who create tailor-made experiences of this land and tailored to their visitors.

And “tailor-made” experiences with BeeYond Travel you can do many: experiences that aim to make you live this slowness of which we are very proud: in our villas you can directly collect the fruits from the tree or go to disturb the hens for “steal” their eggs; you can wake up early or late, at your discretion; you can spend endless hours on the beaches and then lose yourself in a trekking path in the countryside at sunset; you can, maybe in Autumn, go around the cellars where delicious wine is produced and understand the whole production process. Among the most requested experiences, we suggest exclusive culinary experiences or even, Italian aperitif in a vintage car with driver.

What do you think of learning to make orecchiette, the typical pasta from Puglia? Well, in Salento it is also possible to do this, always in contact with nature, always very slowly.

Experiences of this kind will give a deeper meaning to your holiday because here you can find much more than just the sea.

Slow Tourism is also to be considered for its “ecological” nature: slow tourism means not to alter in any way the natural environment, which instead mass tourism tends to destroy. Many lovers of nature and simple landscapes will find their essence of life here. In fact, the numbers show this tourist-sociological phenomenon is very high precisely in relation to the priority that post-modern tourists give to sustainability.

When you come here and stay in one of our villas forget about the rest, leave home all the worries and relax: the rest will be taken care by this wonderful region Puglia and its wonderfully slow way to make you live life.

Villa Afrodite, quintessential luxury villa in Otranto

BeeYond Travel proudly presents our latest addition to our portfolio, Villa Afrodite! We are so excited because this property is the ideal luxury villa for those who demand the best, while looking for a simple holiday, in contact with nature, to discover true and authentic traditions.

Our Concept of luxury is perfectly expressed with this luxury villa, a few minutes away from the hamlet of Otranto, one of the most beautiful ever little “borgo” in Italy and just a few kilometers from the natural reserve of the Alimini Lakes, a stretch of green overlooking a sea of ethereal, impalpable and transparent beauty.

Let the pictures below transport you in this corner of paradise, enter the gate and leave everything outside. Within the high fence is you, wellness, nature and the luxury of a true simple vacation.

Intrigued by this amazing property in one of the most beautiful areas of Puglia?

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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