With a delightful mixture of sightseeing and exciting activities, there are a lot of good reasons for planning your holidays to Puglia.
Puglia – the southern region of Italy has everything you think about the great nation. To start with, it is the sun-bleached heel of Italy’s boot, adorned by the turquoise blue water, sandy beaches and miles of wild coastlines of the Adriatic Sea. The cities are filled with chic bars and cozy eateries, while the countryside produces the ingredients- the olives, the cheese, the wines! People carved houses out of stones in the ancient times, and the architects built the extravagant churches and synagogues. It has seen countless number of conquerors, but also lovingly known as the ‘Florence of the South’.
Therefore, holidays to Puglia is a popular phenomenon. Be it a trip to bond with the special someone, or an occasion to spend with the family; Puglia is the destination for your perfect Italian holiday. Find out the reasons why!
As a region surrounded by the sea, the silky sand beaches are an obvious attraction. The 4km stretch of Torre Lapillo formed an arc between two 16th century watchtower, making it ideal for families. Whereas, Pescoluse – the southernmost point is known as the Maldives of Puglia. The Baia dei Turchi is wild, for its lines of pine trees. Anyways, Puglia is not only about sunbathing. In July every year, the town Polignano al Mare hosts some of the world’s most-skilled divers. Spots like San Gregorio, Grotta della Poesia also offers some nice cliff jumping opportunities. For adventure seekers, there is also the opportunity of scuba diving at Otranto ad Torre Lapillo.
Sneak-a-peek to the Past
Puglia showcases some of the most exquisite ways of living of our predecessors. The Town Matera houses a complex of cave dwelling carved into the mountains during the ancient period. Grotte di Castellana goes back some 90 million years, and is now the most famous caverns in the region. The baroque splendor of Lecce, the 13th century castle ‘Castel del Monte’, the Scolanova Synagogue and other Jewish heritage in Trani, etc. are just a few examples of Puglia’s rich architectural heritage. The Trulli homes of Valle d’Itria sheds a bright light on its traditional ways of living in the countryside, with their fairy-tale like whitewashed stone and cone-shapes roofs. Many of Puglia’s archaeological sites have been recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage committee, and provides a charming sneak-a-peek to the past.
Great Tasting Foods
The highly-regarded Italian culinary arts extend to the Puglia region, albeit, with a twist of local delicacies. Great tasting obvious items like seafood and pastas can be found everywhere. However, it’s their heritage of local cuisines that got declared as an expression of a unique culture by UNESCO. ‘Fave e Cicoria’, ‘Caciocavallo’ cheese from Martina Franca, Biscotto di Ceglie, etc. are some of its local cuisines. The region is also famous for producing extra virgin olive oils, and its locally produced wines.
For its popularity, Puglia is well-equipped to deal with a strong surge of tourists every year. There are a lot of great hotels and resorts, some of which are restored medieval farmhouse, or centuries old warehouses. There are also a lot private tour and public tour packages offered all across the year. From a day-long guided walking tour to a long safari across the region – you are sure to find a package suitable for your need. You can also choose to tailor-made your itineraries with the help of a guide.