The path, one of the most evocative of Salento, follows the coast, passing by the cliffs, the long white beaches, the green pine forests and the turquoise sea. Notable is the Baia dei Turchi beach, for the most part a free public beach. At the mouth of Lake Alimini there is the long beach of Alimini. The bay of St. Andrea is dominated by the sixteenth-century tower of the same name, wedged between cliffs and sea stacks. Between St. Andrea and the Tower Bay there is the ‘Poetry cave', with its graffiti, and the site of Rocavecchia, with the rocky village overlooking the sea and the interesting archaeological site.
The trek begins at the little beach of Porto Craulo, in the town of Otranto. It winds along the path that runs by the side of the cliff up to Baia dei Turchi where the sandy path begins.
Near Specchiolla you take the path along the cliff, continuing up to the little beach of St. Andrea and the maritime signaling lighthouse with the same name.
Waterproof footwear and waterproof pants/gaiters for possible mud; waterproof and windproof jacket. Water supply at the public fountain in Torre S. Andrea.
Caution for the narrow path and the collapsing cliff at Baia dei Turchi and between Specchiolla and St. Andrew.
The 'Turchi Bay', few kilometers north of Otranto, is the place where according to the tradition the Turkish warriors disembarked during the siege at the city of Otranto in the XV century. Sandy and uncontaminated the Bay is in the precious Alimini lakes protected Oasis, one of the most important ecosystem in Salento and in Puglia, classified as Important Community Sight (SIC).
The Castle of Otranto is the medieval fort of the Apulian city. It used to create a unique defensive system with the city walls. It has been rebuilt many times through centuries, its actual aspect its because of the Spanish Viceroy who turned it into a military architecture masterpiece. Today is a museum open to the public, it is renovated and it can be visited. Curiosity: the fort 'give' his name to the first gothic novel in history, "The Otranto Castle", by Horace Walpole (1764).
City of departure: Otranto
Departure: Porto Craulo
City of arrival: Melendugno
Arrival: S. Foca - lungomare
Length (Km): 15
Type of Itinerary: Full day
Difference in height (m): 124
Difference in downhill (m): 138
Highest point (m): 13
Lowest point (m): 3
Duration (h.): 4