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The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Cover Story - … or on the farm

Ten miles south of Otranto, Santa Ce­sarea Terme has been a tourist des­ti­na­tion since the 18th cen­tury. The clue is in the name – the ther­mal wa­ters that rush up through its cracked soil.

Th­ese find fo­cus at the main baths – which, open from March to De­cem­ber, al­low vis­i­tors to soothe their bod­ies and souls in a va­ri­ety of pools (€25; ter­me­san­tace­sarea.it).

There is a sim­i­lar em­pha­sis on re­lax­ation at the four-star Grand Ho­tel Mediter­ra­neo (0039 083 694 4008; grand­hotelmed. it), which of­fers dou­ble rooms in Oc­to­ber from €74, with break­fast.

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