“Il Ciolo” resort
The resort is located in the Gagliano del Capo area, on the Adriatic coast. Here, the sea sweeps into the area like in a narrow shallow fjord and creates a marina that permits a landing for a few small craft. The surrounding area acts as a protective crown against the troublesome west winds, the sirocco and the north winds and, because it is so rugged, does not easily permit human settlements to be built. This is the reason Il Ciolo is a marvellous jewel of nature, remaining miraculously untouched.
It is a fairly lively natural complex that is pleasant to the eye and elicits exclamations of surprise and wonder from visitors compelled to stop and observe. Then, with the play created by the soft moonlight or artificial light, it becomes a delightful crib landscape. It is crossed by a bridge which allows tourists to view the scenery from an optimal position.
You can also access Il Ciolo from inland Gagliano, but only on foot by way of a natural cattle track made viable by steps and fences. Up to a few years ago, the resort was inhabited by hundreds of crows, which were called “Giole” or “Ciole” in the local dialect and gave the place its name.
The “Ciole” are extremely voracious birds and eat everything and it is for this reason that the peasants have always fought them. The word “Ciola” comes from the Greek “Kauanos” which means dark and refers to the black feathers of these crows. Il Ciolo and the Salento coast are areas of outstanding natural beauty and protected by special planning controls.