Puglia is one of Italy's most popular holiday areas, thanks to its fabulous weather, fascinating landscapes and historically significant towns. This is Italy's heel – with two coasts: the Ionian and the Adriatic.
Puglia is a perfect holiday destination for those seeking something a little different. It has all the charm of Italy, plenty of good food, more than enough good wine and plent of sun!
Why is Puglia a holiday area?
Puglia is a region of contrasts. The coastline is sometimes rugged and rocky, with natural caves that once served as a refuge for early Christian hermits, while at other times, it is gently curving and sandy, fringed with low-lying hills on which towns and villages have grown up. Puglia is sometimes hot and dusty in summer (especially inland), but the sea breezes are cooling, and its sheltered bays are calm enough even in high summer that you can go swimming on most days. Some areas of Puglia are green and lush, but other areas are parched and dry in the summer. Inland, it can be extremely hot, but perfect for growing the vines that produce some of Italy's finest red wine. And this is an area of contrasts for history too.
Puglia has been inhabited since Neolithic times and was a trading center for Greeks and Phoenicians and part of the Roman Empire. The most important town in this area is Bari, founded by the Greeks as a trading port and later dominated by the Romans. The Normans also had their power base in Puglia, establishing the Kingdom of Sicily, which included Puglia!
What other activities are available?
As well as swimming and sunbathing, you can enjoy sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking in the summer. You are always water sport activities on off at the local beaches. There are also plenty of land-based activities, including rock climbing, trekking, and off-roading and golfing. In the summer, you can simply relax and sunbathe or go forsomething more energetic with beach volleyball on one of Puglia's many fine beaches.
Suggestions for a trip
There are plenty of historic sites to visit in the main towns and cities. One of the most important of these is Lecce, which boasts some of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Italy. In the centre of the city are several notable buildings, such as:
- Basilica di Santa Croce.
- Duomo di Lecce.
- Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate.
- Piazza Sant'Oronzo.
- Anfiteatro Romano.
- Chiesa di San Matteo.
Another attractive town is Bari, which is the third-largest city in Italy. There's lots of evidence of past glory here - from a Roman amphitheater and a vast Norman cathedral to ancient temples and more churches - including the superb Basilica di San Nicola and the Cattedrale San Sabino, both built by the Normans. There are also some excellent museums and galleries in Bari.
The old town of Gallipoli is located on a limestone island in the Ionian sea, connected to the mainland by a bridge, built in the 16th century. It is a delightful town with a fascinating history that includes some important archaeological sites.
Puglia is a great place to go if you want to have a memorable holiday experience. This beautiful region has something for everyone, make your Puglia trip reservation today and enjoy everything this region has to offer! Do you want to know what else Puglia has to offer? See our other blog posts about this lovely Italian region! For the time being, ciao!