History

The fascinating story of our beautiful inlet / cove
A little further north of the city of Otranto, a 5,000-meter bay hides a past full of transformations, to the point of popping up on the front pages of the world’s most important tourism magazines.

1480 - "Mamma them Turks!"

Right here in, a few steps from the doorstep of Alimini, the Ottoman army of Ahmet Pascià, hijacked by a strong north wind, lands on a small bay, now known as Baia dei Turchi.

1915-1934 - From swamp to resource

“The countryside surrounding the basins was squalid and deserted” (Lake Limini in Terra D’Otranto, De Giorgi, 1985). Alimini’s first rehabilitation project took place in 1868. The word “alimini” comes from the Greek “Limne” meaning “lake, pond”. Half a century later, the reclamation works give way to the drying up of the marshes and the consequent reforestation, contributing to the improvement of hygienic and productive conditions.

1973 - Birth of the "Laghi Alimini" tourist area

From a union of aims and common development policies, in an extraordinary and favorable landscape context, the tourist area “Laghi Alimini” was born, named after the two lakes in the area: Alimini Grande and Alimini Piccolo.

1978 - The romantic wreck of the ship Dimitros

Having left Athens with a load of barley, grain and wheat, the Dimitros ship ran around on the sandy bottom of the Alimini. 61 meters long and weighing 498 tons, today the wreck is still there, emerging from the water a few steps from the coast, becoming, over the years an unusual tourist attraction.

1986 - Birth of a star Altair

ALTAIR lights up thanks to the intuition and entrepreneurial pioneering of Luigi and Amelia who saw tourism as an important resource for the city of Otranto and Salento.

2015 - New energy

“The countryside surrounding the basins was squalid and deserted” (Lake Limini in Terra D’Otranto, De Giorgi, 1985). Alimini’s first rehabilitation project took place in 1868. The word “alimini” comes from the Greek “Limne” meaning “lake, pond”. Half a century later, the reclamation works give way to the drying up of the marshes and the consequent reforestation, contributing to the improvement of hygienic and productive conditions.