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Puglia

Possibly Italy’s best kept secret, Puglia covers 19,300 square kilometres, and offers an encyclopedic array of terrain – from the coveted sandy beaches and sea caves in the south to the picturesque golden wheat fields covering the north. Spend your holiday exploring Baroque churches, wine tasting at the regions’ vineyards and lazing on the fine-sand beaches. Unbelievably you can do this largely undisturbed as the region is yet to be discovered by the tourist masses.

The beauty of Puglia lies in its variety – the coast is peppered with stunning limestone cliffs, which you can discover via a well-maintained network of national parks, then refresh and refuel in charming towns such as Torre Canne. Here you’ll find a mineral-rich hot spring, and beautiful dune-framed beach. Make your way further down the coast to explore Torre Gauceto’s wild beaches, part of a stunning nature reserve.

If culture is more your thing, you’re in good company. The Greeks, Romans, Normans and Byzantines have all called Puglia home, and each left their own mark on the region. Given its strategically vulnerable position as the heel of the Italian boot, medieval watchtowers remain – a reminder of centuries of invasion threats. The town of Ugento is home to some of the best examples of ancient archaeological treasures – including a bronze statue depicting Zeus, dating from the 5th Century, and Fasano offers pre-Roman churches and palaces, ripe for exploration.

 

What you’ll love most about Puglia

  • Wander through Puglia’s picturesque towns, such as Alberobello with its unique trulli houses, Ostuni with its whitewashed buildings, and Lecce with its baroque architecture
  • Delight your taste buds with Puglia’s delicious cuisine, including orecchiette pasta, burrata cheese, fresh seafood, and local olive oil, accompanied by robust wines from the region
  • Unwind on Puglia’s stunning beaches along the Adriatic and Ionian coasts, such as Polignano a Mare, Gallipoli, and Porto Cesareo, known for their crystal-clear waters and limestone cliffs
  • Explore Puglia’s rich history by visiting landmarks like the UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte, the ancient city of Matera (just across the border in Basilicata), and the Baroque palaces of Martina Franca
  • Immerse yourself in the rural charm of the Puglian countryside, dotted with olive groves, vineyards, and historic masserie (fortified farmhouses), offering opportunities for agritourism and authentic farm-to-table experiences
  • Engage in local festivals and events celebrating Puglia’s traditions, such as the Festa di San Nicola in Bari, the La Notte della Taranta music festival, and the Sagra degli Orecchiette pasta festival in Bari Vecchia

Where to Book

  • Ancient town of Gravina in Puglia

  • Trulli of Alberobello in Puglia, Italy

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 13℃
  • 13℃
  • 16℃
  • 19℃
  • 24℃
  • 29℃
  • 32℃
  • 32℃
  • 27℃
  • 22℃
  • 17℃
  • 14℃
  • 7
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 2
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

Rainfall

When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

January

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

February

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

March

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

April

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

May

May marks the start of the holiday season. Bars, restaurants and hotels open their doors, temperatures rise above 20 degrees and fewer tourists means this is a fantastic month for a spring time beach holiday. What’s more, there are usually great value offers to be had from tour operators and hotels.

June

As temperatures start to rise, the holiday season is well underway. This is the perfect month for those wanting a Summer break before the schools break up for holidays.

July

As schools break up and the destination experiences some of the best weather. This is a fantastic time to travel so special offers are becoming limited - book early if you have specific holiday needs.

August

Schools out for the Summer and the weather is perfect for beach holidays. There are little or no deals available during this period and popular hotels are likely to become booked out.

September

As schools return, the crowds reduce making September a great time to sit back and relax on the beach. Special offers return as familes are unable to travel during this period.

October

The temperatures start to drop but it's the perfect time to grab a beach holiday away from the crowds and to take advantage of any special offers.

November

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

December

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

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