Holidays in Puglia 2019
If you have decided to spend your holidays in Apulia this year, we would love to share some of our top tips of must see places to visit in this unique Southern Italian region.
A tour from north to south, everything you should see during your Holidays in Puglia
Due to its position, surrounded by two thirds of sea, Puglia is famous for its beaches, and is one of the undisputed destinations for summer holidays. The coastline is a breath taking variety of sheer drops from the cliffs to the sea, caves, inlets and beautiful sandy beaches. A visit to the countryside is definitely a must, to explore the forests, valleys and the picturesque historical villages.
Apulia is easily reached by plane to either Bari or Brindisi airports, which have daily flights from most European cities.
Upon arriving in Bari, you can’t miss trying the famous Barese style foccacia, and taking a long walk on the seafront and then getting lost in the small paths of the historical centre to the Basilica of Saint Nicholas; you will be pleasantly surprised!
Itinerary for the North
From Bari to the northern part of Apulia, the perfect route if you want discover the hidden treasures of the region apart from the common tourist destinations.
Pizzomunno - Gargano
Travelling north from the coast of Bari, you will arrive in Trani, a wonderful fishing town full of fish themed restaurants and trendy bars, immersed into the charm of this beautiful town by the sea. From here, going towards the north, you will find the stunning area of Gargano. Start from Monte Sant’Angelo and discover the characteristic small town called Vico del Gargano, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful small towns of Italy where you can explore the areas of Vieste, Peschici, Rodi and the surrounding beaches.
We recommend definitely visiting Baia della Zaiana, Spiaggia di Vignanotica and the popular Baia delle Zagare,. The Tremiti Isles is a protected sea area, which has one awards for its beauty. Once you return back to the inland, you can visit the towns of Troia and Orsara and the Dauni mountains, where nature is complemented perfectly with rural historical charm.
Itinerary for the South
From Bari, you have a short distance to reach the famous town of Polignano a Mare, one of the finest places of all Apulia.
Porto dei pescatori - Monopoli
With its terraces overhanging on the sea, its poems written everywhere in the historical centre, its breath-taking views, it’s a place you absolutely cannot miss. Keeping going south, you’ll find Monopoli, and a stop is required for its adorable historical centre, the hidden little coves and the excellent restaurants. Continuing towards the hills you’ll find Alberobello, a must-see area with UNESCO heritiage due to its domination of the little iconic trulli houses. A holiday in a trullo is a perfect way to immerse yourself into the Apulian traditions, take a look at our portfolio of stunning trulli with pool.
You have to see also the wonderful Valle d’Itria. An area lost in time, with its farms, the food and wine traditions and the various trulli dotted all over the countryside. We definitely recommend visiting: Cisternino, Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Ceglie Messapica. Going more to south, there is Ostuni, a real gem, which is well-known to tourists as the “white city”, a jewel of collection to not miss for its uniqueness of both the landscape and the historical centre, with a dazzling brightness of the white washed buildings. For a glimpse of Salento we recommend you to visit Lecce and Porto Cesareo, which are some of the most important seaside locations of the area.
An unusual destination that we love is Grottaglie. Include it in your itinerary for its ceramics district where tradition and street art are mixed together. Laterza is an ideal detour for small characteristic villages and unpolluted nature lovers. Here you’ll find the outstanding Ravine of Laterza, one of the deepest and most extraordinary ravines in Europe.
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