Picturesque Puglia holidays 2020
Located in the vibrant region of southern Italy, Puglia offers holidays that are as diverse as they are attractive, with beaches stretching across idyllic coastal towns that are steeped in tradition and a healthy passion for cuisine. Home to the longest stretch of coastline in Italy, the farming region of Puglia sits between the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. With year-round sunshine and stunning blue seas, holidays in Puglia are a firm favourite with Italian holidaymakers. Traditional buildings exude Italian style and hark back to their historical past, while the coastal towns maintain their homely atmosphere.
Expect celebrations and family-friendly festivals during the summer that radiate colour and entertainment, adding a dose of excitement to your Puglia holidays. This untouched region of scenic Baroque towns and churches compliment the vineyard-sprinkled countryside as well as some of the prettiest beaches in Italy. Each little town is different here, Torre Canne boasts mineral-rich hot springs and a dune-backed beach, whilst further along the coast, Torre Guaceto’s wild beaches make up a beautiful nature reserve.
Reminiscent of centuries gone by, medieval watchtowers mark the coastline. In the city of Ugento, you will find some of the best ancient finds, including a 5th-century bronze Zeus statue. At Fasano you’ll find the ruins of pre-Roman churches, palaces and crumbling walls.
Why book Puglia holidays
Lush natural wonders
The region is rich in verdant valleys, rolling hills, fragrant olive groves, and lush vineyards
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Discover the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello in the Itria Valley, famous of its trulli houses
Top attractions to visit
Don’t miss out on Martina Franca’s Basilica di San Martino, the Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace in Ostuni
Try the local wine
We love the full-bodied red wines of the region like Puglian Primitivo!
Discover the best beaches
Make the most of the stunning Adriatic Coast and save some time for the beaches
Explore the city
Explore the Old Town of Puglia’s capital, Bari
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Your guide to Puglia holidays
There is something for everyone with holidays to Puglia, all available at a great price to make this an affordable, cheap holiday destination. If it is history you crave, visit the site of Alberobello, situated between two hills with a plethora of modern and ancient architecture. Explore the Trulli of Alberobello to marvel at the beehive buildings on cobbled streets. This fairy-tale like town has plenty of souvenir shops selling gems that you’ll treasure forever. In San Giovanni Rotondo is the spectacular Shrine of Padre Pio. This site is the second most-visited Catholic shrine in the world, centring on the tomb of Saint Padre Pio alongside bronze and marble sculptures in a preserved church. For more outstanding architecture, the charming city of Lecce has baroque churches and ornate squares. During the summer, Puglia has several music festivals, including the Centro Artistico Musicale Paolo Grassi and the Festival della Valle d’Itria that play host to a range of local and international music performances, like opera, classical and jazz.
With 800 kilometres of shoreline, Puglia is surrounded by two Mediterranean seas which offer holidaymakers a brilliant variety of coastal beauty. From the shimmering waters of the Ionian to the glistening sands of the Adriatic, you will find a beach to suit your needs. The Pugliese coast is blessed with countless stunning seaside views and experiences. As well as golden heavenly sandy beaches, you will also discover steep white cliffs, wonderful rocky coves and enchanting grottoes. If you have the family in tow, take a trip to Punta Prosciutto that has crystal clear water and long stretches of golden sand. Its shallow waters are ideal for swimming and water sports. Alternatively there are plenty of sun loungers for you to top up your tan. Pescoluse beach in Leuca has small sand banks that resemble a collection of islands at sunset offshore sand banks with glittering Ionian waters and silky white sands. The beach-crowd is mainly Italian and families flock here because of its shallow and safe waters. For total seclusion go to Dune di Campomarino beach in Maruggio. The dunes are the perfect place to hide and host a variety of lush shrubbery and vegetation like fragrant juniper, lavender and thyme. This beach is the place for you to reconnect with nature and find peace in the crystal clear waters.
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Thanks to Puglia’s Mediterranean climate you can count on hot summers and mild winters. The peak here is in July and August, but if you’d rather avoid these times, the best time to visit Puglia would be in spring (May, June) and late summer (September).
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