This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Gallipoli. To help you make friends with Gallipoli before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Located in the south of the country, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy, belongs to the province of Lecce in Apulia. Apulia is famous for its long coastline and excellent beaches and is a very popular tourist destination for Italian and international travelers. The beach town has a population of roughly thirty-two thousand people. Fishing and tourism are the most important economic sectors and beach holidays and water sports such as diving are very popular. If you want to try out some water sports, there are diving schools in town to explore the maritime life. Thanks to the hot and dry weather most of the year, swimming is very popular and common. Other typical sports on the beach such as beach paddleball are also widespread.
History and architecture lovers should check out the beautiful Old Town with its narrow alleys. The Cathedral of Gallipoli boasts a beautiful façade and a lovely interior design with some beautiful paintings from the Salentine School. The baroque church is dedicated to St. Agatha and was built in the late seventeenth century. The castle is completely surrounded by the ocean and dates back to the thirteenth century. The fort has a quadrangular shape strengthened by four towers. A fifth tower, called “Rivellino,” stands alone in the water. The building is open all year round.
Furthermore, the town has a rich history and offers many worth-seeing buildings and monuments. During the Roman Empire, it was a strategically important military station; after the fall of the empire, in the following centuries, Gallipoli was occupied and ruled by different tribes and ethnic groups such as the Normans and Saracens.
The climate is Mediterranean and characterized by hot summers and mild winters. In summer, the mean maximum temperature can go as high as thirty-one degrees Celsius; also consider that the summer is very long and dry, from June to October. In winter, daily maximum temperatures of roughly thirteen degrees Celsius are very common.
There are numerous holiday apartments, hotels, smaller guesthouses and a hostel in Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy, and its surrounds. Most places offer free Wi-Fi, and swimming pools for guests are quite common, as well. Your Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy hostel is not in the centre of Gallipoli -- it is around six kilometres to the east near Alezio. Keep in mind that especially in August -- the main holiday month for Italians -- the cheaper places such as the hostel or guesthouses can be booked out quickly.
Written by local enthusiast for Gallipoli hostelsFlo