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Nestled on the peninsula between the sapphire waters of the Adriatic and Ionian seas, Puglia forms the ‘heel’ of the Italian boot. This tranquil, undeveloped corner of Italy offers you the chance to step back in time and explore the true Mediterranean, with its miles of unspoilt sandy beaches and sheer, dramatic rocks and cliffs. You’ll find yourself absorbed by the rich history and culture of the region and the warm welcome you will receive from local people. Puglia is the perfect destination to experience a relatively undiscovered region of Italy, packed with culture, history and natural beauty.

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  • Cisternino


    Tranquil Cisternino is a beautiful hilltop town surrounded by vast plains of beautiful olive groves. The town centre itself is full of historic buildings and closed off to traffic, making it perfect for exploring.

    4 villas 55mins Brindisi
  • Locorotondo


    Locorotondo occupies a stunning position with amazing views over the Valle d’Itria. A traditional town typical of the region, characterised by winding narrow streets and quaint buildings.

    3 villas 1hr Bari
  • Alberobello


    Alberobello , one of the most visited towns in Italy and granted Unesco World Heritage site status in 1966. The old part of town is filled with hundreds of typical Puglian ‘Trulli’ - a conical stone type house.

    1 villa 1hr 10mins Bari
  • Carovigno


    Carovigno nestles on a hill, below the majestic Norman castle at its summit. This traditional town is a maze of old streets and alleyways with rustic, picture-postcard scenes around every corner.

    1 villa 30mins Brindisi
  • Ceglie Messapica

    Ceglie Messapica

    The name of this historic hilltop town recalls some of the earliest inhabitants of Puglia, Messapi means “between two seas” and this is in fact one of Ceglie Messapica’s many charms.

    1 villa 1hr 20mins Brindisi
  • Martina Franca

    Martina Franca

    Packed with charm and character, Martina Franca is full of narrow lanes, quaint houses with wrought iron balconies, and colourful flowers trailing down whitewashed walls.

    1 villa 1hr 10mins Brindisi
  • Noci


    Noci is a relatively undiscovered town in the picturesque Itria Valley. High above sea level, this quaint Puglian town has a small historical centre, characterised by the typical white-washed roofs.

    1 villa 1hr Bari
  • Ostuni


    Said to resemble a town in Greece more than the typical Italian style architecture, Ostuni sits atop a hill overlooking the plains of the Valle d’Itria – boasting spectacular views towards the Adriatic Coast.

    1 villa 40mins Brindisi

Puglia Villa Selection

We have chosen a selection of 13 villas from our full list of properties in Puglia. Find the perfect villa below:

About Puglia

Local cuisine in Puglia

The mouth-watering dishes of Puglia are produced from the wonderful and abundant local produce for which the region is renowned. From delicious red meats such as lamb, veal and rabbit, to seafood like mussels, prawns and clams, you are sure to find a local dish on the menu that takes your fancy. Eighty percent of Italy’s olive oil is also produced in the region and is known for its distinctive flavour and exceptional quality. Italians love to have a bottle of wine that complements their food, and in Puglia there is no shortage of excellent local wines that fit the bill.

Hints of history in Puglia

Puglia boasts an extremely rich and diverse history having been ruled by many different peoples including the Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Bourbons. You will also notice architecture that has been heavily influenced by Greek and Arabic cultures, especially within the picturesque hilltop towns scattered all over the region. The most well-known symbols of Puglia are the historic and fascinating “Trulli” – traditional dry stone houses with conical roofs, sometimes decorated with mystic symbols, and largely concentrated around the UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello. Even some of our villas in the region are renovated Trulli houses, offering you a unique opportunity to experience living in one of these curious buildings.

On the beach in Puglia

Set between two seas and boasting more than 750 kilometres of coastline, Puglia is well known for having some of the most stunning beaches in Italy. The dramatic and undulating Adriatic coast has small sandy beaches and rocky coves, dramatic cliffs and sweeping dunes. The more popular beaches offer facilities such as beach bars, and there are also plenty of quieter beaches on which to simply sit back and relax. Cross the peninsula to the west side of Puglia, and you will find miles and miles of white sand that make up the Ionian coastline, perfect for packing a picnic and spending the day relaxing, often with just yourself for company.

Discover local charm in Puglia

The Puglian summer calendar is packed with a seemingly endless stream of fascinating and fun festivals and events from small village get-togethers to huge regional celebrations. Festivals in Puglia are very much a family affair with adults and children alike having loads of fun, often well into the early hours. You will be warmly welcomed to join in with the festivities. Popular events include open air concerts, opera and live music including anything from jazz to traditional Italian. Religious festivals are also well-attended including the festival of San Nicola held in Bari during May, and the many events dedicated to the patron saints of each village throughout the region.

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  • The awe-inspiring Baroque architecture in Lecce, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, is simply unmissable during your holiday to Puglia
  • Encounter the unique Trulli houses that dominate the skyline of beautiful Alberobello (and perhaps even stay in one!)
  • Pack a picnic and leave the car behind for a day to spend some time exploring Puglia’s gentle, rolling farmland and beautiful olive groves by bicycle.
  • For a superb day out for the whole family, visit the exciting rides and exotic animals at the famous Zoo Safari animal and theme park in Fasano
  • Discover an amazing array of bird and marine life amid the pristine coastline and countryside within the coastal nature reserve of Torre Guacato
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Specchiolla, Carovigno

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car
Parking: Beach front, Chargeable

Beach type:

Golden sand, Private beach, Straight beach, Beach popular with tourists


Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion, Toilets


Beach front: Kiosk, Cafe
Walking distance: Family friendly restaurant


Specchiolla has two Lidos or private beaches where facilities such as toilets are available to customers. In between these private beach areas are patches of sandy public beach but no such facilities are available.
Information updated 19 Oct 2015

Torre Guaceto, Carovigno

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Public transport available, Easy walk from resort centre, , Accessed via The roads leading to the beach are lined by charming dry-stone walls.
Parking: Within 5 mins walk, Chargeable

Beach type:

White sand, Shingle beach, Rock, Public beach, greater than 2km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Secluded/quiet beach


Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Torre Guaceto is a protected marine area and wildlife reserve. The reserve includes a stretch of coast six kilometers long, characterised by typical Mediterranean landscape ranging from the sea to sand dunes, Mediterranean scrub and marshes, bordered by centuries-old olive groves.

Activities for hire:

Wind surfing


Walking distance: Bar
It is recommended to bring along your own food/drink as there aren't many places to eat along the beach, aside from one small snack bar.


The Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve provides plenty of opportunities for observing various animal and plant species. The Visitor Centre organises nature walks, cycle trekking, and guided snorkelling trips which are definitely worthwhile; the offshore corals are home to lobsters, octopus, and many species of fish. Aside from nature pursuits, there’s also a sporting club that offers various Kite-Surfing courses.
Information updated 28 May 2014

Torre Canne, Cisternino

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Public transport available, Easy walk from resort centre, , Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Within 5 mins walk, Chargeable

Beach type:

Golden sand, Rock, Public beach, Semi circular beach, 1 - 2km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists

Beach safety:

Designated swimming area


Free facilities: Toilets
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk

Activities for hire:

Banana boats, Jet Ski, Wind surfing, Pedaloes, Water skiing, Sail boats


Beach front: Kiosk, Cafe, Bar, Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine


Torre Canne is famous for it's natural hot springs, which have attracted visitors for more than a century.
Information updated 03 Jun 2014

Porto Cesareo, Lecce

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Public transport available
Parking: Within 5 mins walk, Chargeable

Beach type:

Golden sand, Public beach, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages)


ATM within 5 minute walk


Walking distance: Cafe, Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 11 Feb 2015

Gallipoli, Lecce

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car

Beach type:

Golden sand, Shingle beach, Public beach, Semi circular beach
Information updated 11 Feb 2015

Pilone, Ostuni

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Public transport available, Easy walk from resort centre,
Parking: Within 5 mins walk,

Beach type:

Golden sand, Rock, Public beach, Straight beach, greater than 2km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Secluded/quiet beach

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag


Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger with cushion, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Disabled toilets

Activities for hire:

Wind surfing, Sail boats


Beach front: Bar


There is a small marina that hosts fishing boats and pleasure crafts. Take advantage of the sea bed dives or group dives organised by the local diving centre.
Information updated 28 May 2014

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*Whilst wheelchair / disabled access (where stated) is deemed good in our opinion, it may not be compliant to Disability and Discrimination Act standards - for more detailed information we suggest that you contact the local tourist board.

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