7 of the Best Beaches in Puglia
The heel of Italy is a dream for anyone planning a holiday there, with an array of ancient towns, fascinating churches designed by Europe’s most prestigious architects and a foodie’s haven. However, the allure of the region doesn’t stop there, and sun worshippers from all over the world flock to this charming region to make the most of the longest coastline in of any region in Italy. The crystal-clear sea, golden sands and abundance of sunshine is what appeals to many and is what makes it the perfect place to lie down with a book, catch some rays, take a break from the hectic nature of 21st-century living and relax. Next stop Puglia? Below we’ve listed seven of our favourite beaches, so that you can experience the very best during your stay in one of our luxury villas in Puglia.
The Tremiti Islands, Gargano
Those looking to make a day of a trip to the beach can opt for a boat trip to the Tremiti Islands, of which only two out of three are inhabited. There are regular trips out of Termoli, and the boats can go to all three islands, but the largest and most convenient in terms of facilities are San Domino and San Nicola. The golden sand is sheltered by the imposing, rocky headlands and there’s an undeniable desert island vibe to the spot that makes you feel like you are a million miles away from reality. Hit the crystal-clear seas for some of the most fantastic snorkelling and diving in Europe.
Baia Dei Turchi, Otranto
Literally meaning ‘The Bay of Turks’, this gorgeous beach has a strong historical context as the place where Turkish soldiers landed in the midst of the Otranto battle in the fifteenth century. The white sand and turquoise water provide a tranquil afternoon escape from your arrival, as the bay is reached on foot by a short walk through the pine forest. There are high rocks and cliffs for the more adventurous of your party to jump off, but there are obvious dangers, and we recommend relaxing with your feet firmly on the ground to make the most of such a divine spot.
Capitolo is home an abundance of long, sandy beaches split by rocky cliffs to create several beautiful bays. Just South of Monopoli, the beach has been awarded the blue flag thanks to its family-friendly features, and it can easily be reached both by car or public transport. The beach is perfect for sand-castle building, swimming and bathing so is sure to keep everyone in your party entertained for the duration of your visit. Should anyone want a day off from the beach, attractions such as the Zoo Safari and the renowned golf course San Domenico make it favourable and appealing to all.
Torre Dell’Orso, Melendugno
On the bay of Melendugno sits Torre Dell’Orso, a 1km golden sands haven backed by dunes and a pine forest, which provides some well-need shelter from the unforgiving sun for those who need it. The sea water is as clear as can be thanks to the currents of the Otranto Canal, and keep your eyes out for the Two Sisters, which is the name given to the two twin rocks that sit a little offshore. A popular beach by all accounts, but the spot has a way of making you feel like you’re the only one there.
Dune di Campomarino beach, Maruggio
For those wishing to disconnect with the outside world and find total seclusion, look no further than the atmospheric sand dune beach of Campomarino. Amenities are somewhat restricted here, and there’s no beach bar, sun lounger or shop in sight, but the lush shrubbery and vegetation including lavender, thyme and juniper provide the perfect environment to relax. The seas are crystal clear, and you’ll soon find yourself immersed with nature – the ideal escape for anyone in need of a digital detox!
Torre Guaceto, Brindisi
A protected marine area and nature reserve, this beautiful sandy bay stretches out for several kilometres, meaning that even during peak seasons you’ll be able to find a patch of sand to call your own. Head out early morning, and spend the day relaxing on the beach, retreating to the 16th-century tower or visitor centre and museum for when the heat of the day gets a little too much. The shallow bay is home to vibrant coral reefs and seagrass carpets the bottom of the ocean here, making for immense snorkelling fun.
Marina di Pescoluse, Maldive del Salento
As the name suggests, with the deep blue sea and fine white sand, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were actually in the Maldives as opposed to one of Southern Italy’s finest beach. The sea is shallow, and perfect for lots of splashing around with young children, while the surrounding dunes are covered with acacia trees and tamarisk. The sands have various facilities including bars, restaurants, shops and the friendly locals that work there would be happy to help any queries you may have.
Have you visited Puglia, and have a favourite beach of your own? Share your own personal haven with us and other travellers in the comments, and we’d love to see some of your photos! If you’re planning a holiday to Italy anytime soon, check out our recent Guide to Visiting Italy in the Autumn, and search any of our other blog posts for more inspiration on things to do and see during your stay.