It is the long and varied coastline, however, that is the major attraction for the area's tourist industry. Home to some of Italy's loveliest beaches and most dramatic rocky coastline, the Salento is a heaven for sea lovers.

From the southernmost tip near Leuca, running up the west Ionic coast to Gallipoli and beyond, is a vast almost non stop strip of paradisiacal golden sand and transparent azure waters.

To the east, the Adriatic coastline is more varied, offering sandy beaches, Karstic grottoes, chalk cliffs and salt water lagoons.