The town of Salve: traditions and stories to tell

The village of Salve is rich in beaches of fine sand and crystal-clear waters, as well as in ancient stories. Stories of settlements, towers and mansions, of rural everyday life that over time has acquired the contours of art and tradition.

According to an old legend, the village of Salve was founded in Roman times, around 267 BC, by a Roman centurion – Salvius – after whom it was named. A patch of land of about 30 hectares that in the following centuries has included the feuds and the population of the neighbouring Cassandra and Casale San Biagio, destroyed by the devastating fury of the Goths.

Several recent studies have established that the history of this characteristic Salento village seems to date back to the Middle Ages, between the 16th and the 18th centuries.

And among the stories that the small village of Salve can tell the most seductive for lovers of history and prehistory is certainly the one related to the findings of bones and the fragments of flint tools found inside the Grotta Montani, that trace the first settlements back to more than seventy thousand years ago, to the origins of human civilization.

The town of Salve: visiting the hinterland in a day

Towers, caves, masserie, courtyard houses and palaces. Salve today preserves tangible traces of its origins that let those who watch them fantasize about classic scenes of everyday life of a distant time.

The characteristic courtyard houses of Via Persico and Via Marsini are a classic example. Two, three, four small rooms, all overlooking a common courtyard. Here entire extended families used to live and share their free time. Places where the traditions of popular culture were handed down, as well as the natural propensity to hospitality, the most genuine, that characterizes this beautiful land.

Another gem not to be missed are the towers in the historic centre. In addition to the coastal ones – that you can find in the neighbouring marinas of Torre Pali and Torre Vado – in the 16th century also the noble palaces, indeed, built some leaning against the houses to defend themselves from the Saracen raids.

Many have been destroyed, others still act as a sentry in the streets of the old town. One of these is located a stone’s throw from the Mother Church of San Nicola Magno – dating back to the 6th century, it houses the oldest and still functioning pipe organ in Puglia – and from the 19th-century Palazzo Ramirez where there is the museum dedicated to the art of weaving from Salento.

In the countryside surrounding the village of Salve there are the masserie (a must for those who want to taste the dishes of local tradition!) and the greatest artistic heritage of rural architecture: dry stone walls, pajare and furneddi.

The beaches of Salve: Pescoluse, Torre Pali and Lido Marini

The crystal-clear sea with its beaches with fine white sand? A few kilometres from the historic centre! The very close marinas of Pescoluse, Torre Pali (originally an ancient fishing village) and Lido Marini, indeed, are among the most beautiful in Salento and since 2009 boast the seal of the Blue Flag.

Many know this area of the village of Salve as the Maldives of Salento because of the stretches of fine sand, the shallow seabed suitable for children and the clear waters whit their shades of blue and turquoise. But you can’t help but be amazed by the small paths through the dunes of these beaches, covered with sea lilies and lush Mediterranean vegetation, which lead to the sea.

A spectacle of nature that has nothing to envy to the atolls of the Indian Ocean. Try to believe. Contact us now and enjoy a unique holiday at Coclee Suite Palace, Boutique Hotel Salento.