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Gallipoli's wonderful old town is built on an island, protected by a robust looking 13th century fortress, and only connected to mainland Puglia, and modern Gallipoli by a 17th Century bridge - many of the best places to stay in Gallipoli can be found here too. And it's fair to say Gallipoli is living up to the Greek translation of its name 'beautiful city'.
Part of Gallipoli's charm is that it's a working fishing town, it's not just resting on its beautiful laurels. So while Gallipoli definitely feels like a seaside town in the height of summer - what with bars and restaurants taking advantage of the fantastic views from the fortress walls - it still has a life out of season. And is a great place to base yourself to see some of Puglia's charms.
The majority of Gallipoli's hotels are large and modern, so, if for you the best places to stay in Gallipoli are more traditional, then it's worth considering B&Bs or villa accommodation.
Sun and Sea in Gallipoli
Gallipoli is well known for its beautiful beaches. Both the city's own beach, La Spiaddia della Purita, and the long stretches of sand to Gallipoli's north and south coasts. These are prefect beaches for families, with clear water and long, gentle sloping sand.
- If you're looking for a waterfront location and your own private beach, one of the best places to stay in Gallipoli is La Riviera. This townhouse hotel is charmingly decorated inside with colourful murals and antiques, so each of the rooms and all the public spaces feel intimate. There's no restaurant, so it's B&B style accommodation, with some of the larger family rooms sleeping up to four, so it's ideal if you're travelling in a group or with your family. La Riviera is also one of the best places to stay in Gallipoli if you're looking for something 'boutique-y'.
Cultural Gallipoli and Surrounds
The wonderful walls were built around this fishing village to protect it from the sea - both from the water itself, and attackers. Gallipoli has a long history, and, thanks to its strategic trade position, it often found itself under siege. Greek, then Roman, then sacked by Vandals and Goths, then rebuilt by the Byzantines, there are many layers to Gallipoli's architecture. This was also a wealthy port, so the churches, courtyards and palaces are very fine examples of their eras.
The highest point on the island is the Baroque Cattedrale di Sant'Agata with its beautiful artworks. And this is a good place to start your explorations.
The castle, the fish markets and the fascinating offerings of the 19th Century Museo Civico are also worth exploring. As is the Frantoio Ipogeo, an ancient olive press.
- If you want to be in very heart of the old town, one of the best places to stay in Gallipoli is Corte Palmieri. Hidden in amongst winding alleyways and courtyards, right by the cathedral, this charming old building still manages a few sea views - the roof terrace where breakfast is served has some of the best views in town. Traditional and whitewashed on the outside, the hotels 22 rooms are modern and chic on the inside. If you fancy a spot of sailing this is definitely the best place to stay in Gallipoli - the hotel has a 16metre yacht you can rent out.
If you want to see more of Puglia, Gallipoli is well placed for day trips to Lecce, Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca.
- If you're looking for somewhere special, one of the best places to stay in Gallipoli and its surrounding area is Masseria Bernardini. The original building was built in the 15th century, but the recent renovation has bought the interior up to the minute, while keeping the wonderful original features and details. So there are wonderful open fires, inviting private patios and yet fresh, modern art. And with only seven rooms, this hotel feels intimate, and is perfect if you're after a romantic country escape.
Still not sure which to book? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Gallipoli, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively check out our list of recommendations for all of Puglia.
Best Hotels in Gallipoli
Palazzo Mosco Inn 10 rooms from $82Gallipoli Lecce, Puglia
A charming little boutique hotel with views of the marina. Romantic rooms and suites have mosaic floors, iron bedsteads, some four poster beds, fresh creamy cottons, and private balconies. Lovely roof top terrace, bar and sitting room area. Understated charm but oh so chic.Views - Stunning views over the marina from the roof top terrace.Romantic Break - Understated romance in chic accommodation.Sights nearby - Gallipoli Port, Gallipoli Castle and Greek Fountain.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.
Masseria Li Foggi from $74Gallipoli Lecce, Puglia
A rustic chic country house just outside Gallipoli. Fabulous rooms and apartments have white washed walls, private shady terraces, lots of natural light, and kitchens. Pool, lovely garden strewn with olive trees, bikes to rent, and boats to borrow from the marina. Excellent value, family friendly.Families - Beautiful self-catering apartments sleep four each.Beach Life - The beautiful Ionian coast of Salento to explore.Value chic - Fabulous value.Charming
Palazzo del Corso 14 rooms from $145Gallipoli Lecce, Puglia
A fabulous Five Star hotel on Gallipoli's peninsula. Stunning sea views from the roof top terrace, lively bar, excellent seafood restaurant, and a top of the range wellness centre. Rooms and suites filled with romance have four poster beds, creamy furnishings, and balconies. Luxurious on all fronts.Roof terrace - Watch the sun set from the roof top terrace bar, pool, or restaurant.Views - Stunning seaviews from the hotel's peninsula position.Foodies - Fabulous seafood restaurant La Dolce Vita.Spa breaks
La Riviera 6 rooms from $137Gallipoli
Waterfront location and historic setting with good value rates. A great choice for families or groups on a budget. Beautiful townhouse with private balconies overlooking the seafront and small beach. Public spaces are decorated with beautiful murals, painted ceilings, chandeliers and antiques.Local exploring - Enviable central locationFamilies - Some suites sleep 4.Sights nearby - Farmacia Provenzana - A beautiful 18th Century PharmacyGreat walks - Gallipoli Guided Walking Tours
Corte Palmieri 21 rooms from $250Gallipoli, Puglia
Stylish rooms with sun-drenched terraces in a fascinating old building in the seaside town of Gallipoli. Arched passageways and courtyards lead to cool bedrooms with white washed walls, wooden beams and stone floors. Dine on the large roof terrace with stunning sea views. A relaxed beach style.Value chic - Great value hotel with modern, stylish accommodationGreat walks - Many local walking and hiking routesSailing - The hotel has a private yacht.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Masseria Bernardini 9 rooms from $251Nardò, Puglia
Contemporary design in an old shell within easy reach of charming Gallipoli and its lovely beaches. Original features compliment contemporary furniture and ethnic textiles. Lovely courtyard garden and swimming pool for relaxing in, and superb breakfasts and dinners on private patios.Local exploring - Ideally situated to explore the local historical towns and villages as well as the stunning Salento countryside.Beach Life - Just ten minutes from Porto Selvaggio Natural Park with one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.Sailing - Yachting and sailing can be organised by the hotel, the perfect way to explore this magnificent coast.Full of character