The best of Puglia: 7 must-see cities

The votes are in, and Puglia will be the location of our first boutique hotel! We are very excited about this destination for so many reasons. Puglia offers rich history, gorgeous beaches, fascinating towns and archeological sites – all in a sublime, warm climate. Who could ask for a better travel destination? Here are a few of our favorite highlights from this amazing region.

 

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Lido Baia delle Zagare, Gargano. Photo by ENIT.

 

 

About Puglia’s past

Puglia is located in southern Italy, forming the heel of the boot, and it has a long and storied past. The ancient Greeks and Romans, along with other major powers of the day, invaded this region, conquered and colonized it. Luckily for us, travellers nowadays can expect a more serene atmosphere, with clear ocean and gorgeous sunshine. Puglia is a major tourist attraction for both Italians and foreigners.

 

 

Puglia’s cities and archeological sites

Puglia is known worldwide for its gorgeous architecture. Because it was conquered by a wealth of major powers throughout history, its landscapes incorporate a mixture of influences. Puglia is home to many old towns, balconies, doorways and arches that give you insight into these different civilisations. Features with Roman, Greco and Messapian influence are often side by side, bringing history to life.

 

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Ostuni, the white town.

 

 

Here are a few must-see cities

  1. Ostuni – This is a unique and architecturally all-white town, providing the perfect photo opp.
  2. Otranto – As one of Puglia’s sea-front towns, Otranto offers stunning views.
  3. Gallipoli – Get a taste of history by visiting this Puglian island town, surrounded by defensive walls that were built in the 14th century.
  4. Santa Maria di Leuca – Located on the southern tip, this town contains quaint sea-front villas.
  5. Alberobello and Locorotondo – These towns are known for their classic, fairytale-like old-town centres and trulli. Trulli are conical roofs made entirely of local limestone. They were built by peasant farmers, and some date back to as late as the 15th century.
  6. Lecce – This Puglian city is known for its beautiful Baroque churches.
  7. Bari – This is the Puglian capital known for its ambiance and excellent dining. The Saracen conquest left many of its structures with a kasbah influence.

 

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Città di Otranto

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Basilica of St. Giovanni Batti in Lecce

 

 

What we love most about Puglia

There are so many exciting things to do in Puglia. Whether you want to relax on the beach or scuba dive for the first time, you can do it all here. Below is a list of awesome attractions to keep in mind for your visit.

  • Torre Guaceto – This is an area with a beautiful sand dune stretch, olive groves and clear water. It is the perfect location for cycling, walking or scuba diving.
  • Gargano promontory – For a diverse landscape, visit this area that is full of sandy beaches and cool lagoons.
  • Alta Murgia national park – This is a great location for tourists to take day-long hikes to see castles and prehistoric tombs. It is also home to a cave that has 30,000 dinosaur footprints!
  • Salentine peninsula – Located at the southernmost tip, this area offers gorgeous sea caves and coves for a quick dip.
  • Otranto Jazz Festival – If you visit during the summer, you must check out this festival and get a feel for the traditional dance, the Pizzica.
  • Castel del Monte – Built by Frederick II of Swabia, these castles are a must-see.

 

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Castel del Monte. Photo by Guglielmi.

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Centuries old olive tree

 

We want you to be just as excited as we are; and we hope this blog did that! Puglia is home to so many stunning sites and amazing activities. Whether you are planning a family trip, a romantic getaway or you are riding solo, Puglia should be next on your agenda. Stay tuned for our next two blogs, where we explore arguably the best part of travel – the wine and food. :)

 

Cheers,

Marcus & Kristin

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