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About Nardò

Though small, and tucked away in a little-known part of Puglia's Salento peninsula, Nardò is a bit of a Baroque beauty, with elegant streets, squares and passages, and historic buildings that will surprise you with their grandeur. Close enough to the coastline for beach lovers, but surrounded by acres and acres of olive groves, we recommend the best places to stay in Nardò to anyone asking for an Italian destination with great food, a relatively rural setting, plenty of peace, and a name not too many people will recognise. Our accommodation picks for Nardò include a beautifully converted 15th century masseria, and an equally beautifully converted 16th century palazzo in the centre of town.

Nardò is also an excellent base for cyclists and hikers exploring the Puglia’s western coast, and the region’s national parks and forests. At five kilometres from the sea, Nardò has escaped an onslaught of beach tourism, but it’s still a workable distance if you’re looking for access to wild or public beaches, and low numbers of people to share them with. This is a really sunny region, with warm weather and warm seas stretching long into September and October, but even during the summer months, Nardò escapes the mass crowds of other towns on the Italian coast.

If you plan to use one of the best places to stay in Nardò as a base for exploring the region, our Gurus recommend day trips to Lecce; Santa Maria di Leuca, where the Ionian and Adriatic seas combine; Grottaglie — for its ceramic workshops; the nature reserve of Porto Selvaggio; the Ionian beach town of Torre Colimena; the Adriatic beaches of Baia dei Turchi and Torre dell’Orso. They also recommend getting back in time to spend your evenings in the Piazza Salandra, to enjoy the friendly atmosphere, local wines and gelato.

The Best Places to Stay in Nardò

For a Rural Retreat

  • The Masseria Bernardini is a small and stylish contemporary hotel, made within the beautiful shell of a 15th century masseria. The wonderful vaulted ceilings, pale stone and boxy exterior lend well to contemporary minimalist style, and the result is really chic. There are just nine rooms and suites, some with kitchenettes, and all with their own private outdoor space — where you can take your meals — plus a welcoming sitting room with an open fire, and a beautiful pool terrace and gardens. 

For Historic Style

  • The Relais Il Mignano is a 16th century palace in the heart of the old town, with seven carefully renovated rooms and suites, featuring plenty of the building’s original charm: expect ornately carved stone, vaulted ceilings and grand scale, all offset with unfussy contemporary decor. The rooftop terrace, and its hot tub, is somewhere you will really want to hang out, as are the shady courtyard, the bar, games room and library.

For a private apartment or villa

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Travel Information

  • Nardò’s closest international airports are Brindisi Airport, which is about an hour away by road, or two and a half hours by public transport, or Bari Airport, which is a bit further away again, about two hours by road, or three and a half by train and bus. Bari Airport is served by Ryanair, and some flag carrier airlines, while Brindisi is also served by Ryanair and other European low-cost carriers.
  • If you plan to hire a car, which we would advise if you want to get out and explore further afield, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Nardò is in Salento, on the Puglia heel of Italy’s boot, where the Mediterranean climate offers hot, dry summers and mild, but wet winters. Because Nardò is spectacularly positioned close to a peaceful stretch of coastline, most visitors come here for the sunshine, sand and the food, so summer is the most popular season. But this peaceful corner of Italy is beautiful year round. In spring the flowers are a wonder, and you’ll have the gradually warming beaches to yourself, then there’s bustling summer, lasting until late September, and the quieter, but still very cheerful stretch between October and December, when the weather is still mild and you can still enjoy lunch on the terrace. 

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Best Hotels in Nardò

  • Relais Il Mignano Nardò 7 rooms from $86

    Local exploring  -  Set within the heart of the historic centre with many of the city's attractions within walking distance
    Value chic  -  A luxury property with exceptionally good rates
    Great walks  -  Just a 10 minute drive from the Portoselvaggio Nature Park where one can set out on gorgeous coastal walks
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the historical town of Lecce 30 minutes from the property
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    A 16th century palace situated in the heart of Nardò. Stunningly renovated rooms keep their original charm with exposed stone, beamed ceilings and antique furniture. The simple design throughout gives a contemporary air. A rooftop terrace and hot tub are ideal for unwinding with a drink. City chic. See More

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  • Masseria Bernardini Nardò 9 rooms from $245

    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.
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    Contemporary design in an old shell within easy reach of charming Gallipoli and its lovely beaches. Original features complement contemporary furniture and ethnic textiles. Lovely courtyard garden and swimming pool for relaxing in, and superb breakfasts and dinners on private patios. See More

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  • Palazzo Tafuri Nardò (Puglia) 21 rooms from $390

    Total relaxation  -  Embrace the tranquility of a spa day, featuring a Turkish bath and a soothing massage beneath a lush, green living wall
    Sights nearby  -  Uncover the historical marvels of Nardò's baroque palaces and ornate churches, steeped in centuries-old stories
    Foodies  -  Indulge in a foodie's paradise with seasonal delights and local wines at a top-notch restaurant
    City Style  -  A chic escape in an historic palazzo with Baroque charm, perfect for a stylish city break
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A meticulously restored palazzo in the heart of Nardò. Elegant and contemporary interiors use lighting and simple furnishings to highlight architectural features. Complete with a gourmet restaurant, relaxing spa, fantastic bar and sunlit courtyard, it promises a luxurious and historic city escape. See More

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  • Masseria Corsano Nardò (Puglia) 15 rooms from $398

    Beach Life  -  Dive into Salento's crystal-clear waters, lounging on white sands reminiscent of the Caribbean, just a stone's throw away
    Total relaxation  -  Indulge in a rejuvenating escape where Italian wellness meets modern luxury with hydrotherapy pools and massage cabins
    Back to Nature  -  A tranquil escape amidst Salento's splendour - serene olive groves, nearby pine-forest reserves, and azure beaches
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the rich heritage of nearby Nardò, a Baroque gem just miles away, or venture further to Lecce
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A luxurious converted farmhouse on Italy’s Salento coast. Decor exudes effortless style, blending classic Puglian original stonework with indulgent modern furnishings in neutral colours. Expect Kos Zucchetti whirlpools in every suite, rooftop dining and poolside cocktails. A stylish escape. See More

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