Puglia is a refreshing break for those that have visited Italy before. The area combines all the best bits of Italian culture, from leisurely coffee in the morning to the creamiest gelato in the afternoon. The pace of life is a far cry from the city, but perfect if you wish to relax and take in the glorious scenery on holiday in Puglia. 

Stunning beaches extend for the miles, so head out to the glittering shores of the Adriatic Sea and sample the fabulous cuisine, which is some of the best Italy has to offer. With fresh catches served up the same day, it is a long way from a battered cod. 

Alternatively explore the white-washed hill top towns that dot the countryside along with Greek and Roman ruins, reminders of the empire that sprung from these shores. A holiday in Puglia will encompass everything from eating cheese so local it remains nameless, to wandering through the ever vibrant port town of Bari after a few Spritz. 

If you are more artistically minded head south to Lecce, known as the southern Florence, it competes with its northern counterpart for the glorious baroque architecture that defines the two cities.  

Explore Puglia

Puglia sits between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea on the tip of Italy’s heel. The climate of Puglia is typically Mediterranean with hot, dry, summers. Its fertile land produces more wine than any other region, and one-tenth of the wine drunk in Europe comes from here. Puglia, or Apulia as it is sometimes called, is also among Italy’s main producers of olive oil.

With nearly three-quarters of the region surrounded by sea, Puglia is a wonderful destination for a coastal holiday, with some beautiful sandy beaches that slope gently into clear seas.

Puglia has numerous places of interest, Greek and Roman ruins, a necklace of lively fishing villages and medieval hill towns. A great way to explore is to travel from coast to coast, perhaps stopping over for the night. The drive will take you through small towns and villages, interspersed with miles of olive groves and orchards.

There is one sight that you will see only in Puglia, and that is the ‘Trulli’. Whitewashed, coned shaped structures, made of stones held together without mortar, they are visible in almost every field and olive grove, where they usually serve as miniature barns. A remarkable sight is the cluster of trullis, which form the delightful town of Alberobello, and the charming little town of Lecce, with its Barocco-style churches and palazzos.

Puglia ranks as one of the best regions in Italy for total fish harvest. It has some wonderful seafood restaurants, serving freshly caught fish.

There is so much to enjoy from a holiday in Puglia. If you have visited other regions and are looking for somewhere equally interesting, a bit different and less crowded, then Puglia is a wonderful area to visit.

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Flying time from London to Bari with British Airways:

2hrs 45minutes

Distance from Bari

Savelletri   76 km
Lecce   168 km

Torre Canne   86 km
Ostuni  100 km

Did you know?

Puglia is home to over 50 million centuries olive trees and has 500 miles of coastline and 10 Blue Flag beaches.

Things to do:
Spend a day in Alberobello - the town of the Trulli.
Visit the many churches in Lecce often described as the 'Florence of southern Italy'.
Stroll through the National Park of Gargano.
Explore the Castel del Monte an octagonale castle built for Emporer Frederick II.
Attend a Tarantella Festival, a typical folk dance of Salento.

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