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GallipoliItaly

A holiday in Gallipoli, with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, is a wonderful chance to discover one of the most interesting parts of Salento's natural environment. Viewed from the sea, Gallipoli displays its most exotic feature: the traditional white houses so reminiscent of towns in the Cyclades. Perched on an island, the old town is connected to the mainland by an arched bridge, while the walls, ramparts and towers that used to protect the city from invaders, now protect it against storm surges and give it a unique charm.

Among the attractions not to be missed are the Baroque cathedral dedicated to Saint Agatha and, near the bridge, the Hellenistic fountain decorated in bas-relief inspired by Greek mythology, as well as the shrine of the Madonna del Canneto. The cathedral, a symbol of Baroque Gallipoli, stands in the heart of the old town, between the island's two main roads, Via Antonietta de Pace and Via Duomo. Built using stone from Lecce, the church has a Latin cross floor-plan with three naves divided by broad arches supported by towering columns. Inside is a rich collection of paintings by Salentine artists from the 17th and 18th centuries, including paintings by Nicola and Carlo Malinconico and Andrea Coppola. The presbytery is home to a magnificent carved wood Baroque choir.

The natural beauty of the low-lying coast, with its long beaches of fine white sand, frequented above all by families and water sports enthusiasts, complements the cultural attractions of the town. Lido San Giovanni, heaven on earth for scuba divers and spear fishermen, is among the most popular bathing establishments in the area.

On the northern coast of Gallipoli is Lido Conchiglie, a small town with a partly rocky and partly sandy coastline, well-equipped and with many public beaches. Moving on you'll reach Rivabella, renowned for its beautiful beach alongside a pine forest. The road from Rivabella to Gallipoli runs along 3 kilometres of rocky coastline, with gorges and coves to explore and enjoy the wilder and authentic side of nature. Once in Gallipoli, in the oldest part of town, opposite Sant'Andrea island, there's the small Lido Seno della Purità, a traditional destination for locals.

The unique old town stands at the top of the island. Its labyrinth of alleys and narrow criss-crossing streets is completely surrounded by walls and towers, a perfect testimony to the town's glorious past. Near the bridge you can admire the Hellenistic fountain, once erroneously dated as the oldest fountain in Italy, decorated in bas-relief images inspired by Greek mythology. Opposite the fountain is the shrine of the Madonna del Canneto, with its fascinating ceiling.

A holiday in Gallipoli is also a wonderful opportunity to visit the nearby Pizzo Tower, an ancient coastal tower located at Punta Pizzo. This area, with its lush Mediterranean vegetation, is rich in aromatic plants like rosemary, thyme, broom and mastic. The beaches here retain their undisputed wild and unspoilt charm, ideal if you're looking for a few days of total relaxation. The sea is wonderful, with crystal-clear water, particularly transparent near the rocky shoreline. Gallipoli is the perfect destination to unwind and recharge your batteries far from the daily routine. Take a look at the holiday packages to Gallipoli and get ready for a new unforgettable adventure.

Where to stay in Gallipoli

Gallipoli featuring a coastal town, a bay or harbour and boating

Gallipoli Historic Center

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

Unique features of Gallipoli Historic Center include the historical sites and beaches. Make a stop by Gallipoli Castle or Church of St. Francis of Assisi while you're exploring the area.

Gallipoli Historic Center

Top hotels in Gallipoli

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Gallipoli Resort
Gallipoli Resort
4 out of 5
S.P.52 Gallipoli-Sannicola Km 2, Gallipoli, LE
The price is £80 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Parco Acquatico Splash, Rivabella Beach and Padula Bianca Beach. Gallipoli Greek Fountain and Gallipoli ...

4/5Very Good! (114 reviews)

"The hotel has a large and very beautiful garden; the hotel offers a lovely beach to the guests."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019

Gallipoli Resort
Grand Hotel Costa Brada
Grand Hotel Costa Brada
4 out of 5
Litoranea Gallipoli Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli, LE
The price is £178 per night

This Gallipoli hotel is on the beach, 1 mi (1.6 km) from Punta Suina Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Gallipoli Castle and Santa Maria al Bagno Beach. Parco ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Wonderfull location

"Great resort in the outskirts of Gallipoli. The hotel has been renovated and we enjoyed great breakfasts and most importantly, the beach. My kids enjoyed the large swimming pool. Unfortunately, a SPA area was under construction. All in all, if we do come back to the area for holidays we would definitely ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2019

Grand Hotel Costa Brada
Ecoresort Le Sirenè - Caroli Hotels
Ecoresort Le Sirenè - Caroli Hotels
3 out of 5
Riserva Naturalistica Torre del Pizzo, Gallipoli, LE
The price is £100 per night

Located in Gallipoli, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Punta Suina Beach and Samsara Beach. Baia Verde Beach and Parco Gondar ...

3.5/5Good! (36 reviews)
Great place to chill

"Extremely helpful staff, especially Fransisco. Beautiful beach, plenty of parking."…"

Reviewed on 14 May 2018

Ecoresort Le Sirenè - Caroli Hotels

Popular places to visit in Gallipoli

Baia Verde Beach
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Baia Verde Beach

4/5(6 reviews)

Swim, soak up the sun and relax at exclusive clubs at this popular beach on the west coast of the Salento Peninsula.

Gallipoli Port
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Gallipoli Port

5/5(10 reviews)

Watch fishermen bring in the day’s catch, dine on fresh seafood and spot notable town landmarks at this active port.

Gallipoli Castle
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Gallipoli Castle

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Explore the rooms of this ancient castle, which has witnessed several invasions and stands proud at the entrance to Gallipoli’s historic center.

Top things to do in Gallipoli

Gallipoli Full day Bike tour with Cooking class
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Gallipoli Full day Bike tour with Cooking class

£157
Per adult
Beach tour, Salento Ionian Coast Tour from Lecce
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Beach tour, Salento Ionian Coast Tour from Lecce

£108
Per adult
Lecce Street Food Tour
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Lecce Street Food Tour

£62
Per adult
Bike Tour: the "Grecía Salentina"
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Bike Tour: the "Grecía Salentina"

£72
Per adult
Cooking class with Mamma Anna
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Cooking class with Mamma Anna

£87
Per adult
Private Minivan: Lecce Railway Station
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Private Minivan: Lecce Railway Station

£44
Per adult

Reviews of Gallipoli

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Oct 2019

It was a beautiful town with great shops and restaurants. People were very friendly and helpful and the Island was full of history and quaint little streets.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jul 2019

Gallipoli was amazing, we did 3 days here. It’s has a bit more of w Cory feel and then there is the old town which is amazing to wonder around and explore!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 May 2019

Old town is beautiful, nice to stroll around and plenty of places for food and drink

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 May 2019

Gallipoli is a beautiful town, with some fantastic restaurants. The seafood is amazing. The region of Salento is pretty, with lots of beautiful coastline, beaches and historical towns.

Cities near Gallipoli

Photo "Padula Bianca" by Luca Margheriti (CC BY-SA) / Cropped from original

Padula Bianca

Baia Verde Beach featuring a sandy beach and general coastal views

Baia Verde

Francesco Modugno on trover

Santa Maria al Bagno