Situated overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the heel of Italy’s boot is the wonderful town of Otranto. The market town boasts a fascinating history and is best known as a large contributor to what is deemed to be the first Gothic novel ever written. Lying close to the historic city of Lecce, an Otranto holiday is the perfect way to see traditional Italian life without having to sacrifice enjoyable, modern activities.
The biggest advantage of booking an Otranto holiday is that it is suitable for all types of travellers. For instance, those looking to relax can choose to lie on the town’s beach and simply soak up the sun; or they can stroll around the main sights of the town which includes the cathedral and the Castello Aragonese, which dates back to at least the 15th century. For the more physical types of traveller, there is a variety of activities available in and around the town such as cycling, walking, fishing, snorkelling, water skiing and hiking.
Taking a 2 hour drive north from an Otranto holiday rental house, travellers will happen across the wonderful historic town of Monopoli, situated in the Province of Bari. There are plenty of great historical buildings to be seen in the old centre of Monopoli including the Charles V castle which has a fascinating pentagonal design. Visitors will also love the Castle of St. Stephen, a coastal castle that was built during the 11th century. This castle has a unique round shape and was used as a monastery for Benedictine monks at one time.
If the weather is an important factor in whether you book an Otranto holiday rental house or not, then you will be delighted to hear that you can expect to enjoy some wonderful weather, no matter what time of year you decide to visit. Generally, July and August are the hottest months of the year with the temperature rising to as much as 29 degrees Celsius, although the cooler months of January and February still see temperatures as high as 13 degrees Celsius. Precipitation can be expected all year round with an average annual rainfall of 16 inches.