Santa Cesarea Terme

Where the green of the olive trees meets the blue of the sea

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Santa Cesarea Terme is located on the eastern coast of the peninsula of Salento, at the entrance of the Strait of Otranto, and is one of the most important tourist locality in the entire Salento. It is situated directly on the sea and is 48 km far from Lecce. Its hinterland is flat and covered in centuries-old olive groves while its coastal area is high and rocky full of sea stacks, grottos and small bays. In 2006, Puglia included Santa Cesarea Terme in the Regional Natural Park "Costa Otranto-Santa Maria di Leuca e Bosco di Tricase", an institution that protects the eastern coast of Salento and its numerous architectural beauties and biodiversity.

One of Santa Cesarea Terme's most important attractions is its big cliff edge. Not too far from the centre, in the fractions of Vitigliano and Cerifano, it is possible to admire the beautiful nineteenth-century villas surrounded by olive trees and vineyards.

This locality is characterized by four grottos (Gattulla, Solfurea, Fetida and Solfatara) where thermal-water springs (containing sulfur, bromine and iodine) flow at 30°C. Despite the fact that the healing properties of these waters were already known in the ancient times, the ubran center only developed in the nineteenth century beacuse of its isolated and rugged territory.

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