Puglia is a beautiful region in South Italy with crystal clear waters, white washed buildings over dramatic seaside settings, and of course Puglia is ideal for travel and leisure. Puglia is surrounded by water creating astonishing coastlines which leave you without words for their enormous amount beauty. Not only is Puglia surrounded by water, but it is also rich in history, food, wine, and true Italian hospitality.
Home to many caves, cliffs, and beaches Puglia remains one of the most fascinating places in the world.
Referred to as “Apulia” in English, Puglia still remains unknown to many foreign tourists. After visiting many of the more known cities in Italy, my boyfriend and I decided road-tripping the South of Italy sounded like a great idea. I had no idea at the time, how truly beautiful it was and why more people didn’t know about these unimaginable cities in casual beach settings- with little to no tourists.
I can’t quite describe Puglia in words, it’s truly something you must experience yourself. However if my description hasn’t got you searching flights to Italy yet, here’s 8 more reasons you should consider road-tripping Puglia for your next holiday.
1. Picturesque Settings
Not only can you take breath-taking beach photos, but you also can walk the cities and find cobblestone roads in all white and light colored settings.
Obviously being near the sea means the best fish and seafood in the World, plus pasta and all the fritto misto you could ever want…
What could be more romantic then road tripping through the South of Italy, adventuring through different cities, trying new wines and foods with the one you love. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s just as perfect for family vacations too.
4. Avoid the Crowds
Puglia is not flooded with tourists like the Amalfi Coast and Positano. People in Puglia also seem to live life at a slower pace- making it so easy to relax and enjoy your vacation.
5. Close Proximity to Many Beautiful Cities
We were able to travel to Lecce, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, and Gallipolli. Spending two days in each. Each city was no more than 45 minutes apart from each other.
Since Puglia is surrounded by water it’s not hard to enjoy the beach everyday with activities like boat rides, caves, cliffs- there are a plethora of things to enjoy. We paid 10 Euro per ticket for our 2 hour boat ride through the Caves of Salento.
Boutique hotels and BnB’s in South Italy generally offer breakfast included in your hotel rate. I’m talking huge breakfasts, with typical Italian foods from the Puglia region. All activities are under 20 Euro for the most part. If spending the day at the beach, stop at an Italian deli, get fresh cheese, meat, and bread for lunch- we did this on most occasions, and added fruit and wine and never spent over 10 Euro. South Italy is EXTREMELY affordable.
8. De-stress and Relax
Enjoy your trip, drive through one of the most beautiful regions in the world, stop at different restaurants, beaches, bars, and experience the welcoming Italian lifestyle with the most passionate people in the world. Italy has a way of captivating you, ensuring a relaxing breathtaking experience time and time again.
If you’re interested in travelling to Puglia checkout my Ultimate Guide to Gallipolli or Planning my Trip to Italy + Resources to Plan your Next Vacation.
I’d love to hear from you if you’re planning on traveling to Puglia soon or have been before.