Welcome to Santa Maria di Leuca
Santa Maria di Leuca sits on the southernmost tip of the Salento peninsula where the waters of the Adriatic Sea mingle and merge with those of the Ionian. A popular resort for wealthy Puglians since the early 1900s, as testified to by the eye-catching Art Nouveau villas that line the seafront, Leuca has all the necessary attributes for a quintessential Mediterranean holiday.
Santa Maria di Leuca is also, and perhaps principally, about the sea. The sandy beaches at nearby Felloniche, Posto Vecchio, Torre Vado and Pescoluse are excellent for families and well-equipped with lidos, bars, restaurants and other facilities, while the more dramatic stretches of coastline, as described by Virgil, feature rocky cliffs pierced with around 30 Karstic grottoes. The best way to truly these fascinating geological formations is by boat and there is no shortage of local sailors ready to take you out to sea off the coast where the world ends!
Santa Maria di Leuca is the point of the peninsula’s stiletto heel. The Greeks called it Leukos, meaning brilliant sun, while the Romans called it “the place at the end of the earth”. Situated in the prime part of the Salento, Leuca is a paradise on a promontory between two seas. The marina is backed by a low hill and a lighthouse. There are both long sandy beaches and rocky coves along the cape fronting the clean sapphire waters. This is a fabulous place where you can enjoy both sunrise and sunset over two seas from the same spot! there are several excellent eateries in town. Santa Maria di Leuca is in a good spot for exploring Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli and other towns in the Salento area of Puglia.