Located in the Brindisi area near the south-east corner of Italy, Lido Specchiolla was once a heavily-frequented tourist spot, but due to considerable investment elsewhere it is now simply a good option for a relaxing beach break away from the bulk of the crowds. Sunbathing is not the only attraction on offer though – Lido Specchiolla also has a good food market, excellent amenities and is surrounded by the unspoilt Apulian countryside.
The street market is the best place to pick up tasty local produce in Lido Specchiolla, and is held on a regular basis, especially during summer months. Prices here compare favourably with those of the supermarkets, and you can be sure you are getting some of the freshest ingredients possible for your attempts at recreating local dishes. A Lido Specchiolla holiday villa is a great place to try your hand at a few traditional recipes, and a glass of the fruity, red local wine always goes down well during preparation and cooking.
The beach at Lido Specchiolla is of a commendable size, and is covered in fine, golden sand. Sunbeds are available for hire, but if you are content with simply relaxing on the sand or enjoying the shallow, clear waters you are perfectly able to do so. A popular idea is to combine the local favourite pastimes of food and relaxation, and enjoy a picnic under the sun, as you gaze out onto the Adriatic Sea.
If you fancy getting away from the beaches and heading out into the countryside you do not have far to travel. The Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve is just a few kilometres away and provides an abundance of hiking, trekking, cycling, nature watching and mountain biking opportunities.
Lecce – the ‘Florence of Southern Italy’ is 61km away, and can be reached in less than 45 minutes by car, as it is a relatively straightforward journey. A visit to see the immaculate parks, gardens and historical buildings in the capital of the province is a must for any visitor, but there are also options closer to Lido Specchiolla, such as Ostuni (17km) – which is frequently named as one of the most beautiful towns and southern Italy for its pristine beaches and whitewashed town centre.
July and August are the hottest months for a holiday in Lido Specchiolla, and you are sure to come back with a tan if you sunbathe in the 30C plus temperatures that these months can bring. A couple of months either side of this period is a better time if you plan a more active vacation, with temperatures in the low to mid twenties common.
Lido Specchiolla is conveniently close (25km) to Brindisi Airport (BDS), a destination that receives Ryanair flights from London Stansted Airport. If this is not a suitable option for you, the best alternatives are the seasonal British Airways flights to Bari Airport (BRI), though this does increase the distance of your transfer to just over 100km.