Puglia is a diverse region with a perfect blend of rustic landscapes and kilometres of pristine coastline; it boasts some of the cleanest beaches in Italy and it is rare to see overcrowding like in the northern beach resorts.
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In the north of Puglia, there are sandy beaches and forests and in the South, the arid landscape is more reminiscent of Greece than Italy. Around Torre Canne (near Fasano), you will see the largest lido style beaches with facilities that you would expect in Italy. However a short drive away, you can find your own private cove and swim from the rocks!
Smaller and more serene Cisternino is also a delightful hill town surrounded by expanses of vineyards, almond and olive groves. It is now known as one of the most beautiful in Italy (I Borghi piu belli dï’Italia) and there is a maze of sun-bleached cobbled streets and alleyways.
The City of Lecce with its unique Baroque architecture is now being quoted as the Florence of the South and has been featured in many leading travel magazines as the place to visit
Puglian cuisine will not disappoint, with a fusion of Italian, Greek and Spanish flavours it is one of tastiest in Italy. Expect to eat plenty of fresh fruit, olives, grilled meat and fish, exquisite bread and copious amounts of wine. The region accounts a large percentage of Italy’s oil and also rivals Sicily as one of Italy’s largest wine producers (over 100 wines).
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The holiday market is healthy in Puglia, the region is a magnet with Italian holidaymakers in July and August and is now featured as a holiday destination in many UK and other leading press – its becoming quite a hot holiday destination! Prices vary depending on the size of property and time of year but expect to pay from £600 - £1200 per week for a 2 bed apartment in high season. Puglia has plenty of reasonably priced excellent accommodation available and there is a good range of properties from Trulli (These cone roofed building date to the middle ages and are unique to the region) to Masserie (Puglian farmhouses - once large agricultural centres for farming the land, many are now being converted into either private accommodation or hotels) and apartments. Here are just small selection of our Holiday Rentals in Puglia:
Casa di Tiggiano, South Puglia. 4 Bedroom House, From £947GBP for up to 8 people www.holidayhomesinitaly.co.uk/rsm/27/property/1513/casa-di-tiggiano
Situated just inland, not far from Tricase Porto this pleasant 4 bedroom house offers beautiful accommodation in the centre of a small town and within walking distance of the towns facilities. One of its best features is the roof terrace with added plunge pool, offering a refreshing break from the summer sunshine. Casa di Tiggiano is conveniently situated for some lovely coastal resorts such as
Limone Cottage, Fasano. 2 bedroom independent Cottage. From £512gbp per week for up to 6 people
We just love this cute little cottage in the North of Puglia, close to the beautiful coastal towns of Polignano and Monopoli and with a pool (shared only with the owner) it offers typical Puglian accommodation at a very reasonable price for an Independant villa with pool
Beachside Villa Apartment, 1 bedroom apartment with direct access to the sea, sleeps 3 from £392GBP per week.
If an apartment with direct access to the sea is what you are looking for then look no further then this apartment. With seaviews and direct access to the sea, its a lovely little apartment, perfect for couples or small families
For a greater selection of self catering villas in Puglia or apartments in Puglia please visit our website: Puglia Holiday Rentals
Getting to Puglia is relatively easy; you can fly to Bari and Brindisi from Stansted with www.ryanair.co.uk or www.ba.com British Airways and it is also possible to reach the area from Naples or Rome.
I have just returned from Puglia and really love it! If I had to choose three places to visit, I would suggest the following; Ostuni (the outstanding white City, with great views), Alberobello (amazing town with largest Trullo site, there is a great restaurant in the old town called Casa Nova (www.casanovailristorante.it) which has a great menu and a fab bar in the main square and finally Polignano a Mare on the coast - It really is a wonderful resort! The old town is amazing and you really need to spend a Friday or Saturday here walking through the squares and sampling the ice-cream. There are some good fish restaurants and my favourite bar / restaurant is Specchia Santoronzo (www.specchiasantoronzo.it) just behind the bridge.
The coastline is very nice and towards Torre d’Egnazia, there are some great Lido's. Pelle Rosso and Il Trapano are two great lido's, with bars and comfortable loungers. For those looking to party, this coastline comes alive on a Friday and Saturday night.
All in all, there is little to dislike about Puglia; set against a backdrop of blue seas and white sandy beaches, a Mediterranean climate that boasts long hot summers and mild winters, eating and drinking costs half the price in Puglia than many other Italian resorts. If you haven’t considered the South of Italy before, you will be pleasantly surprised by Puglia. Don’t expect everyone to speak English but you will find the Pugliese warm and friendly. It is more simple, informal and rustic than its northern counterparts but this is where it appeals. Once you have visited, you will find it difficult not to return!
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