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Enjoy Holidays in PUGLIA

Puglia is the ‘stiletto-heel’ of the famous ‘boot’ of is Italy. Flanked by the Adriatic and Ionian seas, this region offers an authentic taste of traditional Italy to the visitor. At Essential Italy we offer quality accommodation to give our clients the ideal backdrop for their holidays in Puglia – our guests can find themselves staying in the gently rolling countryside of the Val D’Itria or on the spectacular and rugged coastline of southern Salento.

Explore Puglia with Essential Italy

Over the past decade, many of the traditional buildings - the unique cone-shaped Trulli and Masseria – have been restored to create stunning holiday apartments and villas. This beautiful region is the natural backdrop to many of Essential Italy’s favourite Puglia holidays, ideal for enjoying the simple pleasures of life in Puglia.

Whether you’re a couple looking for an idyllic hideaway, a family, or group of friends looking for a typical Pugliese retreat, we have the perfect villas, town apartment or intimate hotel for the best holidays in Puglia.

Towns and Cities in Puglia

The main towns of Puglia are Bari and Lecce, the latter being known as the ‘Florence of the South’ due to its stunning Baroque architecture and maze of backstreets. Puglia offers the visitor countless small towns and villages just waiting to be explored. Ostuni (the ‘White City’) stands proud and high above the Adriatic coastline, its white-washed buildings reflecting the baking Mediterranean sun. The Val D’Itria is scattered with charming towns and villages, all of which ooze typical Pugliese character and superb local restaurants. Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Ceglie Messapica are all must-see destinations, and the UNESCO heritage site of Alberobello is truly a trulli wonderland. Just across the border into Basilicata is the town of Matera, famous for its extensive cave-dwelling district, the sassi.

However you want to spend your holidays in Puglia, Essential Italy’s villas, apartments and hotels across the entire region will provide you with the perfect base.

The Countryside of Puglia

Puglia can be divided into two distinct areas: north and south. The northern region is characterised by rolling hills, with the hilltop towns making the most of the cool summer breezes. The area around Ostuni and Alberobello is where you will find the famous trulli, the cone-shaped farmhouses, many of which have been converted into the unique villas that characterise the region. The south – Salento – is flatter, arable land, and outsiders rarely visit many of the towns, which retain their original, authentic feel and ancient traditions making your holiday in Puglia a truly cultural experience.

Beaches in Puglia

The Italians have kept Puglia’s beaches a well-guarded secret for many years. Long sandy beaches typify the Adriatic coast, while further south the coastline comprises spectacular rocky coves, with crystal-clear water. On the largely uninhabited west coast, the Ionian Sea laps gently on beautiful sandy beaches.

Food and Wine in Puglia

Puglia is an extremely fertile region and your first overwhelming impression upon arrival will be the rolling hills covered with ancient of olive groves. It is one of the largest olive oil producing regions in the world, and many of the olive trees are centuries old.

The olive harvest takes place from November onwards and the fertile soil also produces a huge variety of vegetables - artichokes and fennel being our personal favourites. To make sure your holiday in Puglia is truly memorable; you should make time to try some of the local restaurants. Such restaurants will make the most of the fresh produce, and these simple, traditional regional dishes will be some of the best you have ever tasted. Fennel picked directly from the garden with newly pressed virgin olive oil simply can’t be beaten!

Over the past decade, the quality of wine from Puglia has really started to make an impression on the wine world, and the locals are rightly proud of their homegrown vintages. The most common grape is Negroamaro, which is almost exclusive to this region. The most famous variety is the Primitivo grape, which produces a strong and full red.

Whether your stay is in one of our secluded rural villas, a town apartment or a hotel, our representative in Puglia will happily recommend the best local restaurants and vineyards for the highest quality Puglia holidays.

Puglia Secrets – Off the beaten track

We have been regular visitors to Puglia for over a decade, and every visit reveals some new and exciting aspect of this remarkable region. Whilst the main attractions of Lecce, Ostuni and Alberobello are always on the ‘must-see’ list, we are increasingly drawn to the smaller towns of Cisternino, Martina Franca and Castro on the south tip of the heel. Regardless of which of our beautiful villas you choose, our local Puglia holidays representatives are always on-hand to guide you to the undiscovered corners of this very unique part on Italy.

Many people who choose a holiday in Puglia want to stay in an authentic villa and experience the classic Italian lifestyle disappearing from many other regions: the simple pleasures of passing time with family and friends over a long lunch and a quiet wander through the backstreets of the local village.

Holiday accommodation in Puglia

At Essential Italy we pride ourselves on finding the best villas, apartments and hotels for the best holidays in Puglia. We have visited all the properties on our website, and stayed in many. Our pre-departure information includes all the local information you’ll need to guide you to the hidden corners of Puglia, and point you in the right direction of the perfect local restaurant or bar.

Ready to Holiday in Puglia?

Call us on + 44(0)1223 460100 and we’ll put our friendly and local expertise to work and find you the perfect villa, apartment or hotel to make your holiday in Puglia a wonderful experience to remember.