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Holiday in Puglia: discover this Italian region

The first time I went to Puglia for one of my fly & drive holidays, I stayed at an authentic trulli. A typical cottage for this Italian region. I now recognise their cute, cone-shaped roofs from miles away. Trullis aren’t the only thing that make a small-scale holiday in Puglia so special. In this region, gorgeous views are guaranteed. You'll find olive trees and stunning vineyards everywhere. The region is home to one of Italy’s largest wine producers for good reason, perfect for a wine trip! Fully-blown wine trip or not, a visit to this remarkable region should definitely include some wine tasting. Yes, Puglia stole my heart...

Small-scale hotels & apartments in Puglia

Whenever I find myself in Puglia, it feels like I am discovering the authentic Italian culture all over again. And the sheer amount of different things to do makes it a great location for a holiday with children. Opt for a farm holiday and stay at a masseria; an old mansion or farm converted to a gorgeous holiday residence. Or go for a relaxing honeymoon at a unique trulli, these typical holiday homes are unique to Puglia!

My recommendations for Puglia are all remarkable stays and tend to be fully booked in advance. Do you want to book a holiday in Puglia? Be sure to secure your unique location away from the masses in time! Do you feel like going on a holiday soon? Check out my last minute holidays in Italy or be the first to experience my latest discoveries.

Fly & Drive in Puglia

Good to know: a flying holiday to Puglia always includes a rental car and a place to stay. Who knows, maybe you'll find yourself driving around this gorgeous part of the Mediterranean soon!

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Attractions in Puglia

Puglia consists of five provinces in southern Italy, each with their own beautiful towns and cities, culture and history. Let the enchanting villages, impressive castles and stunning nature surprise you on a tour of Puglia! A holiday in Puglia isn’t complete without a visit to Ostuni. This town was built on three hills and is also referred to as the white city. I love to stroll up the meandering little roads past many cute little squares, all the way to the top. What a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and the sea.

I also highly recommend the town of Lecce, where you'll find remarkable art and stunning buildings. Not to mention the Puglian coast with its beautiful beaches and coastal towns just like on the Italian islands. The white coastal town of Vieste is a popular beach holiday destination. The beauty of this limestone city by the azure blue sea caught me by surprise. And then there is Bari, the capital. I absolutely love visiting the authentic old city centre with its tiny alleys where old ladies make their pasta. It doesn’t get any more Italian than that!

Culinary trip in Puglia

I love to visit the heel of the Italian boot. The region looks enchanting with its remarkable little houses. And more importantly, the wine is absolutely delicious. Red Salentino wine perfectly matches the delicious meat they’ll serve you. Puglian cuisine is all about marrying the best from the land and the sea, and it is an important aspect of the Puglian experience. Just like in Sicily, they use a lot of fish as well as fresh vegetables. Puglian olive oil is some of the best in the world and features as a frequent ingredient in their food. Every time I stay at an agriturismo

I am welcomed with a nice bottle or a basket of bread and olive oil. That’s because the owners of these Italian farms often produce their own olives and olive oil. And they love to share the spoils with their guests. Puglia also gave birth to some heavenly pasta varieties, such as Orecchiette. Made with rapini, which resembles broccoli, and served with the most delicious sauces. Enjoy your meal!

The weather: from Puglia with love

Puglia is a great destination for a sun holiday. The Mediterranean climate ensures plenty of sunshine hours and little rain. Still, enough to produce wine and for fruits to grow very well. Summers are around 30 degrees with peaks above 30 every now and then. In midsummer, I like to withdraw around midday for an Italian siesta at my apartment or hotel where I will stay until around 4 in the afternoon. I love to spend time in Puglia in late summer. A great opportunity to catch some extra sun.