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We are an early-retired couple with a dog & stayed at La Fraula for the last week of May. We like sitting & looking at the sea.
Caterina was so kind and patient with our miscalculated early arrival. (Ideally we would have had a drink & just waited but we carry insulin & a hot car is hard to cope with). We were made to feel really welcome & given a tour of the overwhelmingly beautiful garden in which the house is set.
Once settled we found the bijou holiday home just right for two. The bed is comfortable (so many holidays are let down by cheap, horrid beds, it’s disappointing to go home aching & tired but not here). The extra sofa beds could do with a few cushions for the limited times when one wants to sit indoors but that would be easily sorted & had we asked for any, I’m sure that Caterina would have been happy to oblige.
The garden, as mentioned already, is a delightful haven where most of the day is passed. We aren’t sunbathers but there is ample opportunity to do so and there is proper shade for eating your BBQ (provided) at the table (also provided). The pool is a quirky shape and very deep but just right for a cooling dip when required.
We wanted for nothing else to enjoy our time and would definitely stay there again. In fact, we hope to go back in September if possible.
We met our friends from Australia for a week's stay in May and the apartment was ideal for our vacation. The two bedrooms were large with ample wardrobe space and one of the bathrooms had been newly refurbished. The kitchen had the necessary appliances and the lounge was comfortable. The whole apartment was large with plenty of space for four adults. The terrace was ideal and we spent a lot of time out there. It was about five minutes to the centre of town and there were three supermarkets within a few minutes of where we were staying.
Otranto is a wonderful coasstal town with a marvellous historical centre where you can wander the interwining streets filled with restaurants and shops and ancient sites. The cathedral is splendid and contains the sculls of 813 martyrs slaughtered in 1480 by the invading Ottoman forces.
The Salento region of Puglia has many places to visit and the baroque centre of Lecce is a must. We also travelled down the coast to Castro, Tricase and to Leuca at the tip of the heel. All places worth a visit. It was a memorable holiday in every way and the weather was in the low 20s which was comfortable for sight-seeing.
I must mention Giorgia and Gianni, the very kind and considerate owners, who helped to make our holiday complete. Nothing was too much trouble for them.