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Otranto: Coastline Boat Tour with Swim Stops & Local Snacks

1. Otranto: Coastline Boat Tour with Swim Stops & Local Snacks

Discover the southern portion of the Otranto shoreline, a wild and untouched environment where the high cliffs alternate with a variety of rocky coves and striking caves. Take a scenic boat ride departing from the port and take in the multiple local landmarks from the water. Hop aboard a boat and head out to explore all the famous beachside buildings and stunning natural formations. Gaze at Torre del Serpente, Punta Facì', Baia delle Orte, Capo d'Otranto, Sant’Emiliano, Porto Badisco, Grotta delle Rose, Grotta della Fraula, Santa Cesarea Terme, and many more. Admire the imposing rocky scenery and the incredible waterfront sites you wouldn't be able to access from land. Take a dip in the crystal clear water as you take breaks from navigating and enjoy a delicious aperitif made with traditional Salento products.

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Board Sea Cave Trip

2. Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Board Sea Cave Trip

We will start our tour with an introductory course for beginners so that you can tackle the hike without difficulty. After that we will start sailing towards the city of Polignano a mare Going to one of the most famous beaches in Italy and that is Lama Monachile. After a short stop, some dives and photos we will begin to explore the caves present in the cliffs.Later we will continue to other caves including Grotta Palazzese and Grotta Ardito where we will stop for diving and photos and then return to Cala Paguro. We will explore the hidden treasures of the Polignanese coast on the sup, starting from Cala Paura and paddling between hidden coves and sea caves, where in ancient times the pirates of the Mediterranean crossed these waters and took refuge in these natural ravines. We will explore Grotta Azzurra, Lama Monachile beach, up to Grotta Ardito and the suggestive Grotta Palazzese. Along the way it will be possible to take a few baths in the crystal clear waters of these magical places. Non-paddling children can participate free of charge if accompanied by an adult on their SUP board. HIKERS DETAILS ►Length of the route: 2 km ►Difficulty: Simple Suitable for All, Children from 14 years. ►Level: T (Tourist) / E (Hiking) ►Type of seabed: 100% rock Indicative program regarding the activity: • Small basic learning lesson • Departure of the excursion • Arrival in Lama Monachile, photo stop and exploration of the area • Grotta Palazzese with photo stop and exploration • Grotta Ardito with photo stop and exploration •Come back in

Castro: 2-Hour Private Tour (Puglia) w/Great View of the Sea

3. Castro: 2-Hour Private Tour (Puglia) w/Great View of the Sea

The guided tour of Castro will begin with a visit of the Mother Church dedicated to the Madonna of the Annunciation. The church was erected on a Greek temple. Of Romanesque design, the interior is characterized by a high altar in Baroque style and numerous paintings such as the Madonna of the Annunciation, protector of the village. Following the tour, you will continue in the narrow streets of the historic center until you get a suggestive view of the sea and its Aragonese castle built on the remains of the oldest Byzantine fortress.  The castle has a rectangular plan with four corner towers. Entering, there will be a courtyard formerly used to store agricultural products that were marketed, and a large scale, now disappeared, with which you accessed the upper floors. In the courtyard, you'll also find the doors of the rooms on the ground floor. Inside, visit the Antonio Lazzari Civic Museum with its permanent archaeological exhibition "Castrum Minervae: between Greeks and Messapi," which will allow you to admire the numerous and various finds from recent excavation campaigns in the area of the historic center.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

I went on the boat excursion with my husband and 3 children (ages 12, 8 and 8). They absolutely loved jetting over the waves and going top speeds in the open water. Seeing the caves and swimming in two locations was the highlight for my husband and I. Local snacks and wine was a nice treat too.

Enjoyable trip to see the caves at Polignano. A little more time to master standing up would have been useful (especially for us older ones!).

A nice boat trip in a Zodiac boat culminating in a picnic at sea, with a tasty Italian snack and drink. And 2x the possibility to swim.

A fun and interesting activity Some difficulties in finding your balance on the wavelets, but a striking spectacle in the caves!