Puglia: superb beach holidays in the heel of Italy
Seaside resort:

Puglia in brief


Visit Puglia for high quality olive oil, scenic beaches, city sightseeing, over 100 types of bread and whitewashed Mediterranean architecture.


South-eastern Italy

Nearest airport:

Bari and Brindisi

Key resorts & areas:

Gargano, Ostuni and Salento

Major sights & activities:

Gargano National Park, Peschici castle, historical churches, Gallipoli, hiking, sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, canoeing, kitesurfing

Best time to go

June to September; July and August is the peak season

Did you know?

Puglia produces more olive oil than any other region of Italy. Look out for oils featuring local olive varieties such as Coratina, Provenzale and Ogliarola.


Beach holidays in Puglia


Puglia is the Italian name for the Apulia region of Italy that sits in the ‘heel’ of the country’s boot shape. The region has a varied landscape, wonderful historical sights and some stunning beaches perfect for a relaxing holiday in the sun.

One of the highlights of a holiday to Puglia is the food. The region is a famous producer of olive oil and its cuisine focuses on fresh seafood and vegetables - as well as bread, of which it makes over 100 varieties! Its wines are also of a high quality and include the famous Patriglione red wine.

Destinations to consider for a beach holiday in Puglia include:



The forest-covered promontory of Gargano is largely a nature reserve and has beaches and lagoons to the north and forests and mountains elsewhere. It also includes the Tremiti Islands - San Nicola, San Domino and Capraia - which comprise a marine reserve where divers will be in their element. Other points of interest include Lake Varano - southern Italy’s biggest lake.

In terms of beaches, there are several to choose from. Rodi Garganico has a golden beach with citrus orchards and olive groves nearby, while Peschici is a traditional beach town characterised by whitewashed houses small squares, stairways and lanes.

Vieste is known for its 13th century castle and also one of the best beaches in the region, offering amazing views of the massive Scoglio di Pizzomunno monolith. Other beaches to consider are Convento Beach, Pizzomunno, Portonuovo, San Felice, Baia di Campi, Pugnochiuso and Baia Vignanotica.



Ostuni is a city filled with traditional whitewashed Mediterranean architecture and nods to its medieval history.

Its 17 km of coastline features an array of sandy and rocky beaches with particular highlights including the dunes of Pilone beach and the rugged Costa Merlata and Santa Lucia.

In terms of sightseeing, it’s worth making the trip to the Grotte di Castellana in the Valle d’Itria. Italy’s longest network of subterranean caves feature some amazing formations and a White Grotto. Closer to Ostuni is the Museo di Cività Preclassiche della Murgia and its 25,000-year-old female skeleton along with the city’s 15th century cathedral.



Salento is the peninsula that forms the actual heel of Italy and is characterised by its remnants of Greek culture.

Its most popular beaches include the white sands of Torre Pali and Torre Giovanni, as well as Porto Cesareo and its thermal springs and Santa Maria di Leuca at the very tip of the heel. Otranto is the largest resort and ideal for a lively beach holiday.

Other local attractions include sightseeing in the city of Lecce - where you can see the Santa Croce basilica and the impressive buildings around the Piazza del Duomo - as well as Oria with its gothic castle and the splendid architecture and history of Gallipoli.


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