What to see in Gallipoli
According to tradition, its name derives from the two Greek terms "Kalè" and "Polis", that is to say "beautiful city”.
The city divides into new village is in the old village. The historic center of Gallipoli is comparable to aislet completely lying on the water and connected to the earth stop - and to the new area - by a brick bridge. The old City it is a must visit: full of ancient palaces and churches in the Baroque style, it was built by the Greeks as a sort of labyrinth where all the streets cross each other, among the houses with white walls and deep blue cornices, marking paths that all lead to the city walls overlooking the port.
At the beginning of the bridge stands the Angevin-Aragonese Castle which unfortunately is closed to the public except for the "Rivellino”, the upper part of the castle, which in the summer is transformed into a cinema for visitors and the inhabitants of Gallipoli.
Inside the historic center there is one beach which is accessed by going down the stairs that connect the historic center with the tourist port, which is called Purità beach, from the name of the Church of Purity which is located exactly above the beach. Here the statue of Santa Cristina is kept, patron saint of the city who is celebrated with a procession, illuminations and fireworks on 24 July.
THE sea of Gallipoli
In addition to the history and numerous traditions, Gallipoli is known for its two coasts: the one to the north and the one to the south where the main bathing establishments are located. The south coast is what connects Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca, and it is mostly sandy, except
of the first section where they emerge, occasionally, of the rocks that in any case do not make access to the sea difficult.
The coast is very long and is dotted with very trendy bathing establishments interspersed with small strips of free beach. In the evening, each lido turns into a place where you can drink and dance on the beach. Entering the water it is possible to walk for a long time before finding some deep shoals, a bit like in the Maldives. Famous is the Punta della Suina beach, where some scenes of Roaming Mines, latest film by Ferzan Ozpetek.