As you begin to research your holiday in Puglia, you will also realise just how big the region is. With over 19,000 square kilometres of territory to cover, you may be wondering where to start? Or what’s more, where to base yourself and not miss out on the real experience or true spirit of Puglia. There is much to admire in Puglia although sometimes we feel as though we are being teased, just participating in a game of hunt the treasure. Each time you holiday in Puglia, it’s like the first time, as each visit surprises you with something new.
Travelling and taking a holiday in Puglia will not just give you an appetite for the food but for the people and the places too.
Puglia at a glance
Puglia or Apulia, the vastness of this sub-Mediterranean region of Italy, with 865 kms of coastline, stretches from the plains of Foggia to the furthest point of the heel of Italy, in The Salento, S. Maria di Leuca; providing many dominating and individualistic if not surprising elements; olive groves, wheat fields and vineyards interspersed with thick unpassable brush and forests of twisting pine trees; landforms dotted with dunes, roman ruins, watch towers, light houses, dolmens, menhir, and sleepy hilltop towns; and along its lengthy coastline you will find natural reserves, coral reefs, sandy beach coves, lagoons, cliffside caves and grottoes.
A holiday in Puglia is rich in places to visit and things to do but most of all its culture and history beg to be explored.
Despite years of foreign invasions, Puglia is largely unspoiled and undiscovered. Puglia's strategic position in the south, a bridge to the Orient, made it fair game for many an invader and settler wishing to use its fertile soil for trade, as such it was conquered over and over again; firstly by the Greeks in 8th century BC, the Romans until the fall of the Roman Empire, the Germanic tribe the Ostrogoths at the beginning of the 1st century AD, the Byzantines for a long period between the 6th and 11th century, occasionally the Saracens, later by the Normans, around 1200s Frederick the II, (who we love for his legacy of castles), followed by the French and the Turks, even Austria and the Spanish have had their way with Puglia in the 18th century! And finally, in 1861 Puglia is united with Italy.
The more you see, the more you want to see; the more you know it, the more you miss it and the more you want to come back.
One of the main attractions to visitors arriving for a holiday in Puglia is that they have the sensation that time has stopped.
Puglia has a distinctive repertoire of civilisations, cultures, traditions, dialects and customs. A people that continue year after year to celebrate their past bringing alive into the present the myths, legends and works of their forefathers. It is a permanent exhibition of sacred and secular stones. Each village celebrating a litany of cults and festivals.
And yet today the past lives comfortably alongside the present. Technology and industry have advanced, innovations have been introduced and integrated, maintaining but revolutionizing traditional methods, once abandoned prestigious buildings restored and adapted and with it, creativity has had a revival. A newly inspired younger generation of Pugliese, who have embraced their heritage, choose not to leave their fatherland for work in the Promise Land but to stay and bring life to the past making it their future.
Puglia has 'nearly' gone full circle.
Between the Sky, the Land and the Sea
Well there is no doubt about the rich and colourful geographical formation of this hidden territory; as a first-time visitor, booking a villa rental in Puglia, the vastness of this sub-Mediterranean region of Italy; from the Terra di Bari to Salento, provides many dominating and individualistic elements of an explosively innocuous and singular tract of land...
What our guests say...
"Such an amazing 10 days here. Thank you! Beautiful house, incredible location and a fantastic pool..."
Maggie & Co. - Trullo Dipinto (June 2019)
"Our stay was absolutely magical. Colleen who manages the property was incredible, she helped us book some amazing places to eat and explore..."
Lucy & co. - Trullo nella Pineta (August 2019)
"Dear Colleen, just a quick note to say that we have had an absolutely wonderful time at Villa Perego and will be sorry to move on tomorrow..."
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How can I make the most of my holiday villa in Puglia? Why choose Relax Puglia?
Relax Puglia Limited, headquarters in Cisternino, Puglia (Apulia), has been welcoming visitors to this magical and richly colourful region of Italy and providing Puglia vacation rentals since 2010; providing travellers with an authentic and memorable experience of the local life as well as offering a showcase of holiday villas to rent in Puglia. Relax Puglia holiday villas are selected on the basis that the basic necessities, the modern comforts and the added personal touches are part and parcel of your holiday villa in Puglia. Our infinitely resourceful and friendly local team is there to ensure your holiday in Puglia 2020 is memorable, making your time away as special as possible...