We are constantly being blocked by gale warnings, definitely not very stable sailing conditions this month, AND all over the Med apparently!
At SANTA MARIA DE LEUCA, the very most southern tip of the Italian heel, we anchored off the port just for one night, then headed up to OTRANTO.
We did not even go ashore there, as it blew and blew, fortunately offshore, so we were secure.
However, the old médievale town with it's remparts (being restored) was an interesting backdrop. (photo above)
Finally, we lifted up our anchor and had a very rapid sail north to BRINDISI, 20-25 knots all the way. Brindisi is a very well protected seaport with an amazing rich past history.....
As one arrives, all we see are the tankers, cargos, ferries, tugs etc, so not very inviting!
There is also a huge naval base and military airport..busy busy.
But, once one enters the calmer waters of the inner harbour, we are welcomed by the wide staircase and two monuments, with the charming old town behind.....not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised and have really enjoyed our couple of days here. especially with a very friendly reception by the locals.
The main quay which one sees in the photo below has all been renewed, and closed off for a Boat Show which starts next Wednesday. We finally found a place further inside the harbour below more steps and more monuments. Unfortunately no possibility to anchor and the marina is further out.
Discovering the historic heart of Brindisi was wonderful....ancient limestone pavings, the elegant discreet cathedral, as always so many churchs hidden amongst the tiny secretive streets. We also admired the modern Nuovo Theatro Verdi, constructed in 2006, over an impressive archaeological site, visible and accessible.
Plus, the Granafei-Nervegna Palace, one of the most interesting historic buildings. Not forgetting the Monumento al Marinaro on the north side. (Monument to the Sailors)