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Carovigno is a beautiful whitewashed town in the gorgeous Salento region of Puglia, in southern Italy. Crowned by a storybook castle, and ringed with ancient walls and towers, it’s a peaceful and charming summer retreat and an ideal destination for families and couples. As well as the pretty old town, you’ll find gorgeous beaches and stunning nature reserves along the Adriatic Coast, just 5 miles away. The area is famous for its excellent olive oil, and the town is surrounded by a sea of olive groves. There are plenty of wonderful local restaurants to try, and a host of outdoor activities, including hiking, horse-riding and cycling.

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Top attractions

Top attractions

Carovigno is a charming whitewashed town still encircled by ancient walls and towers, and surrounded by ancient olive groves. It’s just a short drive to the gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters of the Adriatic Coast, and is the ideal place to relax with the family or as a couple. The little town, with its pretty squares and lofty castle, is a delight to stroll around. You can enjoy some beautiful hikes, visit local producers to taste the region’s outstanding olive oil, and stroll through peaceful nature reserves. By the beach you’ll find plenty of water sports, and it’s a great place for cycling, horse-riding or simply sitting back and enjoying the sunshine.

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Eating out

Eating out

Carovigno has a fantastic choice of places to eat, from humble country taverns to award-winning temples to gourmet cuisine. Every region of Italy has its own specialities, and in Puglia these include orecchiette (‘little ears’) pasta, served with a variety of sauces, delicious grilled meats, and fish brought in daily from the sea. Menus are based around the freshest seasonal specialities, and accompanied by the wonderful local wines. There are also some fantastic local cheeses and charcuterie to try, which, along with the delicious range of breads and cakes (famous throughout Italy), make for a perfect picnic.

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Families

Families

Carovigno’s sleepy tranquillity and gorgeous beaches make for a fantastic holiday in the Italian countryside. Kids will enjoy running around the whitewashed streets and squares of the little town, and exploring the storybook castle. In Specchiolla, they can make sandcastles on the white-sand beach, splash about in the crystal-clear seas, or go snorkelling around the craggy cliffs and coves. Children might also enjoy a visit to the Torre Guaceto nature reserve, a protected area of marshes and wetland, which are home to all kinds of birds and wildlife. This quiet region is perfect cycling country, if you want to sightsee on two wheels, or you could even go horse-riding.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

This quiet and scenic region offers a host of outdoor activities, including hiking, horse-riding and cycling. There’s also a golf course at one of the area’s smart hotels, if you’re in the mood to play a round or two. This beautiful stretch of the Adriatic Coast offers a wonderful mixture of sandy beaches and secret coves, which you can discover by renting a kayak and paddling along the coast. It’s a great area for snorkelling, with lots of sea caverns (including the gorgeous ‘Grotto del Moro’ in nearby Torre Santa Sabina) and a whole host of aquatic creatures, including starfish, to see. Bird-watchers will be delighted by the Torre Guaceto nature reserve, which is home to numerous species of water birds.

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Beaches

Beaches

Carovigno’s beaches are found just 5 miles away from the town at Specchiolla. This is pretty seaside town has a choice of sandy beaches and gorgeous coves framed with cliffs. You can take your pick among the public beaches or private lidos, which charge a fee. The main beach has lovely white sand, and translucent waters, and is well equipped with sun beds and parasols for rent. There are several places to eat and drink within a short stroll, and you can also enjoy water sports such as paddle-boarding and kayaking. If you want to escape the crowds, then head to one of the charming little coves along this stunning stretch of coastline.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

If your idea of a great night out is sitting out on a picturesque square or a seafront terrace with a bottle of local wine, then Carovigno is the perfect holiday destination for you! This little town has oodles of laid-back country charm, and a smattering of inviting bars (including a jazz bar) where you can join the locals over a drink or two. There are a couple of lively clubs in Carovigno and the seaside town of Specchiolla if you’re in the mood to party, particularly during the summer months when the action picks up.

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Couples

Couples

With its picture-postcard charm, fabulous food and wine, and gorgeous beaches Carovigno has all the ingredients for a relaxed and romantic holiday in the Italian sunshine! Soak up the town’s slow pace and gentle charms from a café terrace, or amble up through the whitewashed streets to admire the castle. You can head to the beach to top up your tans, or rent a kayak to explore the coastline and perhaps discover a secluded cove that you’ll have all to yourselves. In the evenings, relax over a bottle of wine at one of the seafront restaurants, take in some jazz, or enjoy a cocktail or two at one Carovigno’s friendly little bars.

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Culture

Culture

Carovigno wears its long history on its sleeve. Vestiges of the ancient Messapic settlement still survive, and the lovely whitewashed town is still ringed by medieval walls and towers. It is crowned by the Castello Dentice di Frasso, which dates back to the 12th century, but was thoroughly restored in the early 20th century.  There are also several fine churches to visit, including the parish church of the Assunta, which has a beautiful rose window, and the little 15th-century church of Sant’Angelo. There are several historic towns in the area that are well worth a visit, including San Vito dei Normanni, with another castle and some beautiful churches, and Ostuni, which boasts a beautiful Romanesque cathedral.

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