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Discover the picture-perfect Province of Lecce

Italy may be famous for big-ticket cities such as Rome and Milan, but head south to the Puglia region, the country's so-called heel, and you'll find attractions galore in the Province of Lecce. A travel destination that's as Italian as it gets, the star turn here is the capital, also called Lecce, a lively yet graceful city known for its Baroque architecture and known as the "Florence of the South". That said, regional gems such as Gallipoli and Punta Prosciutto offer ample reasons to extend your search for Province of Lecce vacation rentals a little further.

Things to do

Historic appeal in the Province of Lecce

If you're lucky enough to score a Province of Lecce vacation rental near Otranto, a quintessential Mediterranean town complete with white-washed buildings, historic laneways and crumbling ruins awaits. Alongside this pretty scene, the popular coastal spot counts the historic Castello Aragonese and the sensational mosaic floors found in the town's Romanesque cathedral among its many highlights. After ticking off the town's must-see attractions, joining the locals for passeggiata, a gentle evening stroll, is something of a tradition, though there are plenty of reasons to head further along the coast, not least the chance to soak in the hot springs of Santa Cesarea Terme.


Out and about in the Province of Lecce

While there's plenty to be said for exploring the province's capital at your own pace, guided walking tours of Lecce offer intriguing insights into the elegant Piazza del Duomo and beautifully-preserved Roman amphitheater, not to mention insider tips about the city's best boutiques and handicraft stores. Elsewhere in the province, coach tours ferry curious travelers on sightseeing trips along the rugged coastline. At Santa Maria di Leuca on the tip of the Salento peninsula, the opportunity to enjoy a sunset cruise on the bright blue waters of both the Adriatic and Ionian Seas is always on the agenda.


The Province of Lecce is a year-round destination

The wonderful climate bestowed on Italy's Puglia region makes Province of Lecce vacation rentals a year-round option, though it's the sunny summer months of May through September when the area really comes into its own. Temperatures in the height of this peak season often soar into the 90s and the warmth of the sun-kissed sea makes swimming a pleasurable pastime. In spring and fall, temperatures tend to hover a little below 70, with the winter months – particularly November – being the only time to reasonably expect a rainy day.

Natural features

Beach days in the Province of Lecce

With 100s of kilometers of diverse coastline to explore, finding an idyllic spot on the beach shouldn't prove too challenging. Near Gallipoli, you can join the carefree party crowd at Baia Verde, a white-sand stretch with shallow water, gentle rolling dunes and a lively Ibiza-like vibe. Should you crave a little seclusion, you'll find tranquility easy to come by just a little further south at Punta Pizzo. The wilder surroundings in this pretty coastal area boast crescent-shaped bays, peaceful sandy beaches and offshore reefs that beg to be explored.

Where to stay around Province of Lecce?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,102 vacation rentals near Province of Lecce. From 1,460 Villas to 2,846 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Province of Lecce for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Province of Lecce?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Province of Lecce. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lecce: 1,407 vacation rentals
  • Otranto: 1,515 vacation rentals
  • Gallipoli: 3,249 vacation rentals
  • Lecce Historic Center: 447 vacation rentals
  • Porto Cesareo: 1,343 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Province of Lecce! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Province of Lecce?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Province of Lecce:

  • Lecce: 1,407 rentals
  • Otranto: 1,515 rentals
  • Gallipoli: 3,249 rentals
  • Porto Cesareo: 1,343 rentals
  • Santa Maria di Leuca: 1,490 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Province of Lecce?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Province of Lecce. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Otranto Waterfront: 2,008 rentals
  • Basilica Santuario Santa Maria De Finibus Terrae: 2,828 rentals
  • Punta Prosciutto Beach: 1,833 rentals
  • Baia Verde Beach: 4,600 rentals
  • Lighthouse of Santa Maria di Leuca: 2,823 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Province of Lecce listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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