Puglia Holidays 2019/2020

Puglia is one of Italy's most beautiful and unspoilt regions. With miles of sun-kissed coastline, charming whitewashed villages perched on hilltops, and enchanting ancient olive groves, it offers something for both nature and culture lovers alike.

Puglia Holiday Deals 2019/2020

Ecoresort Le Sirene

Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

(584)

7 Nights

3rd May 2020

Half Board

Bristol - Direct

Based On Double Room with Promo Offer


Price from £392pp£418pp

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Riva Marina Resort

Carovigno, Puglia, Italy

(2885)

7 Nights

3rd May 2020

All Inclusive

Bristol - Direct

Based On Double Room with Balcony or Terrace and Promo Offer


Price from £459pp£489pp

Save £30

A fairytale region

Located in the ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot, Puglia is one of the country’s lesser known regions, unspoilt by mass tourism. The region has an enchanting natural beauty, boasting hundreds of kilometres of rugged coastline leading to gorgeous beaches and azure waters. In Puglia you’ll also find undulating hills and hundreds of olive groves, some of which have trees that are hundreds of years old. It’s a beautiful region to explore.

Throughout its history, Puglia has been colonised by Muslim dynasties, the Greeks, the Romans and clans from Germany, France and Spain. These civilizations have left their traces upon the region’s art, architecture and cuisine, filling your Puglia holiday with fascinating cultural heritage.


Currency: Euro

Language: Italian

Time Difference: GMT +1

Religion: Roman Catholic

Regions

Costa Merlata

Costa Merlata's charming shore and unique blend of Greek and Italian influences makes it an ideal holiday on Italy's southwestern coast. Get away from the busy cities to a secluded and tranquil holiday – Costa Merlata will welcome you with open arms and picturesque views.

Gallipoli

Gallipoli is a beloved peninsula city showcasing the best in Italian style. Historic buildings are everywhere, while good food is a daily blessing, all bathed in gorgeous sun beside a sumptuous sea. Sunsets here deserve special mention, as do epic beach parties every summer.

Marina Di Ugento

Marina di Ugento is a group of beaches and seaside communities steeped in history going back to the Roman times. Sunshine and blue skies are yours to savour in one of the great hidden gems of the southern Italian coast.

Otranto

The seaside town of Otranto is located on Italy's southeast coast. Its rich cultural past bring visitors from all over who want to explore its charming streets and picturesque scenes. A holiday here encompasses the very best of Italy – history, beaches and fantastic food.

Torre Canne

It's no secret that, for many people, holidays to Italy are a bucket-list priority, but with so many regions to visit, choosing where to go can be a little tricky. Some research will soon put the issue to bed, however, as there are a number of stunningly scenic locations that seem to offer absolutely everything, and Torre Canne is definitely one of them. A beach resort in Puglia that boasts restorative mineral waters, a laid-back vibe, great food and so much more, this special part of Italy will quickly prove to be your dream destination.

Selva Di Fasano

This hilltop town is full of distinctive houses, beautiful vistas and endless sunshine. Selva di Fasano thrives on its laid-back lifestyle and cafe culture amid Middle Eastern styled architectural wonders. Popular with nature lovers, visitors can visit the biggest wildlife sanctuary in the country here.

Santa Maria Al Bagno

Retreat to this stunning little seaside town for hot beach days and sumptuous Ionian nights. Local historic hotspots and sublime food and drink round off a great value holiday destination that's hidden from the crowds found elsewhere in Italy.

Rosa Marina

A beautiful, authentic and unspoilt coastline is yours to luxuriate in at Rosa Marina. See the olive groves and sand dunes of the real Italy in this realm of untamed landscapes and gorgeous relaxation, all enriched by stunning cuisine.

Carovigno

Carovigno is an Italian town where history and culture meet olive groves and fantastic food. The town boasts castles and churches all drenched in glorious hot sun, with magnificent beaches within reach. A holiday to Carovigno lets you experience the untouched side of Italy.

Location

Map showing the location of Puglia View Puglia on the map

Unique architecture in the region’s ‘white towns’

Puglia’s Valle d’Itria is a fertile valley dotted with picturesque towns. Ostuni, known as the ‘citta bianché’, or white city, is famed for the dazzling effect of its uniformly whitewashed buildings. Get lost in its winding streets and alleyways, and marvel at the unique mix of Byzantine and Gothic architectural styles.

One of the best places to stay in Puglia that’s close to the white city is Rosa Marina. Drive 10 minutes towards the coast and you’ll come across its olive groves, sand dunes and quality hotels.

To stay in the midst of white-washed buildings, Costa Merlata is a tiny resort, whose architecture displays just how close Greece is across the Ionian Sea. Instead, you could opt for the foodie city of Gallipoli, or stay in Otranto with its 15th-century, five-sided castle.

And in between these three resorts is Lecce, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is the architectural jewel in Puglia’s crown. This stunning city is famed for its unique Baroque buildings, and intricately carved limestone facades decorated with gargoyles, cherubs and unusual twisting columns.

Naturally beautiful landscapes and national parks

Puglia has numerous nature reserves and national parks, which have helped to preserve the region’s striking beauty. They hold several surprises, such as the Margherita di Savoia Saltpans, a lesser-known natural beauty spot. The saltpans are formed of white, man-made salt ‘mountains’, and a network of unique pink tinted lakes.

Meanwhile, in the Sentiero Airone Nature Reserve you’ll discover Europe’s largest colony of pink flamingos. And in Alta Murgia National Park is a limestone plateau encasing thousands of preserved dinosaur prints.

The largest protected natural area in Puglia is the Gargano National Park, which encompasses the ancient forest of Umbria. You can walk down hiking trails bathed in dappled sunlight, and visit the Tremiti Islands, untouched paradises surrounded by clear waters perfect for diving.

Miles of sun-kissed coastline

With the longest stretch of coastline of any region in Italy, Puglia is surrounded by two seas, the Ionian and the Adriatic. This means that there’s no shortage of Puglia beaches and coastal towns to explore.

The Salento peninsula in the south of the region contains some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. One of these is Pescoluse, known as ‘The Maldives of Puglia’, as its white sands and sparkling waters mean it resembles this tropical paradise.

For a more laid-back beach, head to the locals’ favourite seaside resort, Polignano a Mare. This medieval town is perched on craggy limestone cliffs, surrounded by pebbled beaches and the calm waters of the Adriatic.

Exquisite regional cuisine

Puglia’s multicultural past is showcased in its food, which uses local, seasonal ingredients in simple, delicious dishes. In Puglia you’ll find pasta with a difference, such as *orecchiette* or “little ears” (named after their shape) which are often made by local women outside their homes. Or, try *ciceri-e-tria,* an Arabic-influenced dish made from fried pasta and chickpeas.

Visit a street-side*rosticceria* for the ultimate in fresh food – you choose a cut of meat and it’s cooked on a grill in front of you. Whereas, in the capital, Bari, locals adhere to *el crudo barese*, the tradition of eating sea urchins, octopus and other local fish raw and unseasoned. If you aren’t brave enough to indulge, Puglia has many other delicious seafood dishes. Their locally made cheeses are also famed throughout Italy – the *burrata di Andria*, a soft mozzarella, is best eaten in the first twenty-four hours after being made.