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Ostuni, Puglia, Italy

Puglia

An authentic Mediterranean holiday. Its wonderful coastline and unique charm are both little-known gems of this country.

Located in Italy’s sunny south, Puglia is a long, narrow region bordered on two sides by the Ionian and Adriatic seas. With a wonderful coastline, it has a unique character and charm, little known to outsiders it offers an authentic Mediterranean holiday. 

Otranto, Puglia, Italy
Puglia, Italy

Places to visit in Puglia

The region of Puglia is home to a number of delightful towns and cities, each with its own charming Medieval or Baroque old quarter. Lecce is often referred to as the Florence of the south, with its maze of winding narrow streets and abundance of Baroque style architecture. The Medieval walled town of Ostuni sits high on a hillside surrounded by olive carpeted plains with views to the sea beyond. Clusters of whitewashed houses cascade down the hillside and the enchanting tangle of backstreets lead to the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Also, visit the fortified island town of Gallipoli.

Inland, the central Puglian towns of Alberobello, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Martina Franca are famous for their charming old-town centres and their traditional Trulli dwellings. The centre of Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the high number of these distinctive buildings and although one of the most touristy spots in the region it is also one of the most unique. The dramatic Castel del Monte is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Europe’s finest examples of medieval military architecture and for nature lovers, the Gargano National Park in the north of the region is home to thousands of different species of flora and fauna, including deer and wildcats.

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Martina Franca, Puglia, Italy
Martina Franca, Puglia

Italy – Sorrento, Capri and Pretty Puglia

Full of southern soul, beautifully sun-bleached, weathered and worn, this is Italy as its most ancient. Rugged mountains, fiery volcanoes and glittering coastal grottoes wait to be explored.

9 days

from £2,200 pp

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Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Traditional Trulli Hotel

Stay in a Masserie (restored farmhouse) or a traditional Trulli hotel.

Otranto Jazz Festival

Visit during festival season for the Otranto Jazz Festival or La Notte della Tarante, where the traditional dance, the Pizzica is celebrated.

Sample local cuisines

Feast on local specialities like Orecchiette.

Puglia Scenery

Explore the stunning coastline of green wooded hills, white cliffs, azure seas, golden sands and hidden coves.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Castello di Ugento £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique
  • Unusual

Protecting and standing tall over the town of Ugento for over 1000 years, the 17th-century castle turned palazzo is now the home to a luxury boutique hotel and the cutting-edge Puglia Culinary Centre.

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Borgo Egnazia £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique
  • Villas / Exclusive use

Located on the beautiful Puglian coastline, set amidst olive groves, Borgo Egnazia has been designed in the style of a traditional Apulian village complete with a central piazza where events are held. A vision in white limestone and marble the design and build of the hotel is in keeping with the local architecture. There are over 190 guestrooms spread over different areas including townhouses located close to the atmospheric central piazza and three-bedroom villas, both of which are perfect for families. All guest accommodation has an outdoor space in the form of a balcony, terrace and even garden in some cases and some have views towards the Adriatic Sea. A championship golf course, wonderful spa, two beaches and choice of four pools mean there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied.

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Masseria Torre Maizza £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique
  • Villas / Exclusive use

The gorgeous Masseria Torre Maizza is surrounded by ancient olive groves a stone’s throw from the Adriatic Sea. The 40 rooms and suites, private beach club, 9-hole golf course and verdant gardens make the perfect destination for a cultural holiday.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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