Puglia is a fantastic region to explore by car, driving past the olive groves and hidden beach clubs before stopping for a bit to eat in a seaside restaurant. Here are our top places to visit while in Puglia:
This busy port town is steeped in history and full of culture. Gaze out at the sea and watch the fishermen bring in their catch, walk through the old town past artisan workshops and nonnas making orecchiette pasta, and enjoy lunch in an unfussy trattoria.
This is one of Puglia’s prettiest towns, with whitewashed buildings clustered around little piazzas and streets that give way to panoramic views over the Valle d’Itria.
Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare is a lively seaside town built into the cliffside with superb sea views, some of the best gelaterias in Puglia and tucked-away coves that are perfect for sunbathing.
Take a guided tour through these impressive limestone caves. The journey spans three kilometres through extraordinary sights of stalactite and stalacmite formations.
Known as the ‘Florence of the South’, Lecce is filled with stunning baroque architecture and over 2,000 years of history to explore.
A UNESCO-protected site, Alberobello’s unique landscape of trulli houses makes it a popular tourist attraction. This pretty town is a pleasure to wander around, ducking in and out of the conical-roofed buildings that have been turned into bars, cafés and shops.