Lecce to Acaya Loop
Departure from Patria Palace hotel following the ancient streets of the old town. Exit from the town following for Cavallino where you can visit its “spread” Museum, a open air complex of the remains of the ancient Messapian settlement of Cavallino. The fortified walls, date back to the mid-sixth century BC, but archaeological studies have shown the existence of a settlement dating back to the Bronze Age. At the museum entrance, a modern terrace 10 meters high allows you to see the area of the museum along with the surrounding landscape.
Again on bikes and continue on the path towards the sea through the towns of Lizzanello, Pisignano and Strudà before reaching the fortified town of Acaya. The village, of Messapian origin, has been renovated and equipped with fortifications from Giangiacomo dell’Acaya. To visit the old village and fortified walls, together with the various war equipment kept in the castle.
Left Acaya continue for the municipality of Vanze and from there to the sea to find the natural oasis of Gesine, one of the most important and well preserved moist in southern Italy, last survivor of the vast wetland and woodland stretching from Brindisi to Otranto. WWF oasis Le Cesine is located along one of the main migratory routes and home to many water birds. Its extension is over 380 hectares, and dunes, wetlands, mixed forest and Mediterranean scrub characterize its landscape.
Leaving the Reserve take the way back that through dry walls, “pagliare” and olive groves leads to Lecce.
Easy and suitable for everyone