Puglia: The Ideal Location for a Relaxing Break By the Sea
While Italy may not generally seem like the top destination for a seaside holiday (it’s far more famous for its traditions and fine wines), the breathtaking region of Puglia is a hidden gem for anyone out there hoping to have an excellent break from everyday life underneath the Mediterranean sun.
There’s nothing quite like Puglia’s beautiful coast – the long stretches of sand, incredible panoramic views (believe us, there is a lot for you to see) and the wonderful shoreline villages are all just a few examples of things that you will not want to miss out on seeing for yourself. Because of this, as well as a whole lot more, it’s not hard to see why this part of Italy should be on your list of places to visit for your next holiday.
Here are just a few of the reasons why this could be the ideal destination for Italian getaways by the sea, and why you should consider coming for a visit.
The variety of incredible beaches
Despite the fact that there is a lot to love about this part of Italy, from the history to the delicious foods, holidays in Puglia just wouldn’t be the same if there wasn’t the option to visit a glorious beach whenever you want. Thanks to its position at the heel of Italy’s boot, it has plenty of coast for everyone to enjoy. There are several great options for you to choose from, so many in fact that you may not get a chance to see them all in the space of just one trip.
To give you an idea of where you should go, here are 10 excellent beaches:
- Baia Dei Turchi beach, Otranto
- Baia delle Zagare beach, Gargano
- Dune di Campomarino beach, Maruggio
- Lido Bosco Verde beach, Ostuni
- Punta Prosciutoo beach, Porto Cesareo
- San Foca beach, San Foca
- San Pietro (in Bevagna beach), Maruggio
- Torredell’Orso beach, Melendugno
- Torre Guaceto beach, Brindisi
The region’s perfect climate
All of the fantastic beaches mentioned above probably wouldn’t be anywhere near as wonderful as they are if it wasn’t for the amazing weather that this part of Italy sees all year round. While it’s best in summer, you’re sure to be able to enjoy the warm temperatures even in the winter (although it might not always be a great idea to come for a beach holiday during the coldest months of the year).
Anyone who’s hoping to make the most of the region’s stunning coast may want to consider coming during summer or spring, as this is when the weather is at its finest – and perfect for some relaxing days on the shores of Puglia.
The absolutely breathtaking views
While you might want to come and spend some time at the beach to unwind, you may get distracted by the absolutely fantastic scenery that some of these locations have to offer. Whether it’s looking out at the beautiful waters or more unique sights like the 2 faraglioni at Baia delle Zagare beach (coastal and oceanic rock formations), there really is a lot to take in when it comes to the sights of the region.
Another great example is the Cave of the Poem (Grotta della Poesia), located on San Foca beach. While there are a few caves to be found along this stretch this is one of the best, and is well worth checking out if you’re interested in seeing some truly fantastic natural formations during your stay.
The many traditional towns by the sea
From a beach, you may be able to see some of the fantastic coastal towns too, which is another sight in Italy that is just worthwhile to take in. When you’re done relaxing, don’t miss the opportunity to explore one of these beautiful locations.
There is so much that you could do in these areas too; from checking out the local landmarks, to shopping for souvenirs. If you want, you could just wander around aimlessly and marvel at the traditional homes – while it may not sound that interesting, we can assure you that you’ll easily be able to spend hours just walking around and soaking up the atmosphere.
Also, don’t forget to take the time to immerse yourself in the Puglian lifestyle, too. Most will agree that it’s more than worth it and that you won’t regret having a taste of the Italian way of life once you’re back home.
The tasty seaside foods
After a day of relaxing by the sea, you simply must try some delicious cultural dishes by the coast. If you enjoy seafood, you won’t be disappointed by what Puglia has to offer. Mussels are one of the most common options, but there are a lot of other great foods, too. A few classic meals that you might want to keep an eye out for include:
- Purpu alla pignata (octopus, potatoes and tomato sauce)
- Spigola and branzino (sea bass)
- Palombo (dogfish)
- Cernia (grouper)
- Pesce spada (swordfish)
If seafood or fish in general isn’t to your tastes, you’re likely to find that there are a number of great establishments located inland, all of which are sure to offer some delicious Italian classics – perhaps with a unique Puglian twist that you won’t find anywhere else in Italy.
Come and explore Puglia with us
Are you looking for the best Puglia tours 2021 has to offer? If so, you may want to take a closer look at what our team here at Travel Puglia could do for you.