There is nothing quite like an Italian holiday: wherever you go, you’ll experience the very best of the history, culture and food of this much-loved country. Holidays in Puglia also offer some of the best beaches in the country, and with fewer tourists than the regions closer to Rome, Venice or Florence.
Located in the southeastern part of Italy, Puglia is located in the “heel” of Italy’s boot. Visitors to this lovely province can take advantage of the warm Mediterranean waters and stunning stretches of coastline. If you’re in the region, some must-see sites are Gallipoli, Casalabate and Santa Maria di Leuca.
While the city itself certainly has a history worthy of exploring, many who come to this region are simply entranced by the spectacular beaches. Holidays in Puglia based in Gallipoli will reveal the two faces of the city: the old and new towns. The old town is clearly defined, based on a limestone island and linked to the mainland by a 16th century bridge. Spiaggia della Purità, in the old town, has a delightfully bustling atmosphere and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to mix with the locals. Spiaggia della Purità takes full advantage of the warm and clear waters off the coast and is very popular with holidaymakers. In terms of attractions, the Baroque Cathedral of St Agatha should not be missed for a cultural excursion.
A small town on the Adriatic coast, Casalabate is ideal for holidays in Puglia to get away from the crowds and explore a real seaside gem. The small, village-like setting makes for a wonderfully relaxing encounter. If you’re feeling energetic, The best beaches in Sicily head out for a stroll between the towns of Casalabate and San Cataldo. Follow the small roads that lead towards the water and seem to disappear into the dunes, and, as you walk over them, you’ll find yourself on a delightful beach with clear, warm waters ideal for a dip. Not far off shore, and not very deep, is a ship that was sunk by the British Navy in 1941, which makes for a unique backdrop for swimming and sunbathing.
Santa Maria di Leuca
Located on the coast where the waters of the Ionian and Adriatic Seas meet is Santa Maria di Leuca. Holidays in Puglia that take you to this southern tip will immerse you in a world of historic luxury, as attested to by the stunning villas here. There is plenty to see and do, quite apart from lazing on the beaches – although that’s an enticing option. The area has been mentioned throughout history, and there is a beautiful lighthouse that was built in the 1800s on the site of a 16th century watchtower. In addition, there is a manmade waterfall that is well worth seeing. It was begun in the mid 1800s and was only completed near the halfway mark of the 1900s.