The Best of Puglia: Exploring the Region's Secrets
Puglia is the most amazing and charming place to go on holiday. Also known as Italy's 'bread basket' it is full of incredible towns to visit and places to see.
Have you ever heard of Puglia? No? Well, get ready to have your mind blown! Puglia, located in the heel of Italy's boot, is a hidden gem that will leave you in awe. From stunning beaches to mouthwatering cuisine, this region has it all. So, put on your sunglasses and get ready for a quirky adventure through the amazing land of Puglia!
What Makes Puglia So Amazing?
Picture this: you're strolling through picturesque olive groves, the sun kissing your skin, and the scent of the Mediterranean filling the air. That's Puglia for you! This region is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, charming towns, and rich history. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or a beach lover, Puglia has something for everyone.
Unveiling the Secrets of Puglia
Let's dive into the wonders of Puglia, shall we? First stop, the trulli houses. These unique cone-shaped dwellings will transport you to a fairytale land. Explore the enchanting streets of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and get lost in its whimsical charm.
Now, let's talk about the food. Puglia is a food lover's paradise! Indulge in the heavenly flavors of orecchiette pasta, burrata cheese, and fresh seafood. Don't forget to pair your meal with a glass of Primitivo wine, produced right here in Puglia. Your taste buds will thank you!
Beaches, Sunsets, and Gelato
Calling all beach bums! Puglia boasts some of the most stunning beaches in Italy. Sink your toes into the soft sand of Polignano a Mare or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of Salento. And let's not forget about the breathtaking sunsets. Grab a gelato, find a cozy spot, and watch as the sky transforms into a mesmerizing painting.
Live La Dolce Vita in Puglia
Puglia is not just a place, it's a state of mind. Embrace the slow-paced lifestyle, known as "la dolce vita," and let yourself be swept away by the warmth and hospitality of the locals. Get lost in the narrow streets of Ostuni, the White City, and soak up the magical atmosphere.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, put on your quirkiest outfit, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in Puglia. Trust us, this is one trip you won't want to miss!
Our top five Puglia recommendations:
1- Book your accommodation FAR in advance and choose if you'd prefer to stay in a traditional Puglian house (Trullo or Maseria) or if you'd prefer to be by the sea in an apartment or villa.
2- Pick either north Puglia or southern Puglia if you are going for a week as the distances are long between them! We went to northern Puglia this time and flew into Bari. During our week we visited Alberobello, Ostuni, Polignano a Mare, Monopoli and Matera (not in Puglia). If you'd prefer to be by the beautiful 'Caribbean style' beaches and Lecce, i'd recommend flying into Brindisi and going to Southern Puglia instead.
3- Avoid the main peak of summer, unless you love the crowds!
4- Get local recommendations on where to eat, or cook in yourself, some of our best evenings were BBQ'ing outside
5- Don't try to eat lunch outside of the main window of 1230-230, or you will struggle! I have a severe allergy so it was even worse for me!
Our favourite towns:
1- Polignano a Mare: this whimsical seaside town offers amazing gelato, seafood (do try the octopus rolls!) and views for days. In July it is also home to the Red Bull Diving competition
2- Ostuni: this amazing town is built on a hill and looks like a beautiful white fortress as you approach. Go for aperitivo at Antico Osteria, you won't be disappointed. Ps if the queue looks big, don't worry, it moves quick
3- Monopoli: slightly off the main tourist trail, you can get an amazing boat tour from here to Polignano a Mare including swim spots in caves and a drink for the journey. We did this at sunset.
BONUS point: not in Puglia but nearby, we really recommend driving to Matera for incredible views of the amazing abandoned cities.