Discover Puglia

Puglia, the peninsula on the heel of the boot of Southern Italy, about as far south as you can go on the Italian main land. So much to see, so much to discover, explore, experience. Sights, smells, flavours.

Long a holiday destination for Italians and now fast becoming a favourite for visitors from throughout Europe and much further afield. Now you can discover the secrets of Puglia, this is your chance to experience Italian life as the Italians live it. If you crave the heat of the southern sun and the warmth of the southern Italians then this is the place for you.

But don’t expect noisy nightclubs, all day breakfasts, fish and chips or roast dinners. This is not Ibitha or Tenerife or other well know tourist hot spots. Neither is it the South of France. Sometimes shabby, somewhat down at heel in places, this is the real Italy. Here you will find acres of peaceful olive groves, sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, amazing architecture, years of history, restaurants from the simple trattoria to the more up-market masseria and excellent food and wine.

With so much to explore, here we have gathered together information about our beloved Puglia to help you plan and enjoy your vacation in la bella Puglia. From beaches up and down both coastlines, sleepy villages, historic centres of Puglia cities and towns, places of interest and much much more.


Casalabate, an Italian holiday town

Situated on the Adriatic coast, lies the small market town of Casalabate. Just a few miles south of Brindisi and with Lecce, the Florence of the South, to the south-west, Casalabate is a typical small market town. The population of Casalabate and a 7 kilometre radius is approximately 26000, however this is greatly increased in the summer months when Italians and non Italians alike arrive for their vacation.

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Ostuni, the white city

This exquisite little city is situated close to a tranquil stretch of coastline. It is built across three hills and marks the beginning of the Salentine Peninsula. As you travel down the Bari to Brindisi super-strada look inland and you will see Ostuni, the White City, on the hills in the near distance.

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Otranto : jewel of the Salento

There is something very special about Otranto …… You will read this in many places. And there is something very special about Otranto for us. It’s the place we first visited back in 1998, when we first fell in love with Puglia, and the seeds of our dream were sown. Now we want to share Otranto with you.

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Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte was built by Frederick II in about 1240. Because of his intelligence and learning Frederick was known as the “stupor mundi”, the wonder of the world. Some believe that the castle was built as a hunting residence but Frederick never visited it and it’s true purpose remains a mystery. The castle does not have the defences required to make it a fortress, neither does it have the basic amenities to make it a royal hunting lodge.

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Puglia Attractions : the amazing grotto

Within easy reach of both our Puglia villas one of the most famous Puglia attractions are the celebrated Castellana Grotto. They were discovered by speloeologist Franco Anelli in 1938. The Grotto should be on list of Puglia attractions to visit. A day out to this fascinating Puglia attraction makes a change from relaxing by the pool or on the beach.

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Torre San Gennaro

Facebook Twitter Google+ tumblr Torre San Gennaro is a small holiday village popular with the local Italians. There is a nice sandy bay with  the cafe-bar-pizzeria "Olindo" right  the beach. Whites, cafe-bar/pizzeria is just across the square from the beach. Bar Zoki...

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Facebook Twitter Google+ tumblr Lendinuso (also known as Lindinuso) is a small holiday village with a sandy bay, very popular with Italians in July and August. The beach varies from an uncommercialised sandy bay, running south through a holiday centre with pizzerias,...

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Cipolla – the beach at Casa Mare

“Our beach” ….. a hop, skip and a jump from Casa Mare. A long narrow strip, with no amenities, between Torre San Gennaro and Lendinuso, with sandy bays either end. This beach is constantly changing, sometimes with long expanses of sand, sometimes a mixture of sand, shale and pebbles and sometimes with very high tides leaving only a thin band of stones at the very top of the beach.

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