From the Gargano peninsula in the northern part of the region, to the long Adriatic coastline and of course, the lively sub peninsula of Salento, you are simply spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a summer holiday destination in Puglia.
So, as summer gets into full swing, why not take a trip to the ‘heel of the boot’ and discover some of these amazing beaches for yourself?
Golden sand, stunning blue waters and some of the tastiest seafood you can get your hands on? We’re already there…
Starting at the top of Puglia, you’ll find the geographically diverse Gargano peninsula.
With cool, dense forest, dramatic cliffs and cute little bays, it’s well worth taking some time out to explore the area. The towns of Rodi and Vieste should definitely be on your must-visit list, but it’s nearby Peschici that’s home to some truly splendid beaches.
After strolling around the little streets and marvelling at the charming, whitewashed houses, head down to the sea for a refreshing dip, before relaxing on the white sand. In the area surrounding Peschici you can also find several little bays and coves (such as Baia Zaiana), many of which have a very VIP feel to them.
Make sure you arrive early on in the day though, as the beauty of these bays really draws in the crowds! From here you can also take a boat trip to the beautiful Tremiti Islands.
Tremiti Islands - Puglia
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Around 20 minutes from Puglia’s capital Bari, you’ll come across the small town of Polignano a Mare.
Here, you may find a rocky coast line but there are also a handful of clean, blue flag beaches where you can spend the day in peace and tranquillity- unless you go in August that is!
If you do tire of the gorgeous beaches then head into the historical town and get lost in the winding alleys; stopping only to enjoy some great gelato and be amazed by the incredible views.
The area of Salento is famous for its attractive coastline and alluring beaches; here you could spend a whole week swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear sea.
But where exactly should you head to?
Torre Lapillo - Puglia
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The blue flag beach of Torre del Orso in Melandugno is home to some of the most transparent sea water you will ever set eyes on, and is also where you can find the fascinating Grotta di San Cristoforo. Still in the province of Lecce, you’ll also find Porto Cesareo, which boasts over 15km of glorious sandy beaches.
Head to the bay of Torre Lapillo for a truly stunning beach experience.
Porto Cesareo - Puglia
And finally, a trip to Puglia is not complete without a visit to Gallipoli, on the west coast of the Salentina peninsula.
This historic fortress town is bursting with alleys and piazzas where you can enjoy a cooling aperitivo on a warm summer’s evening. But let’s not forget the beaches; try the Spiaggia della Purità for golden sands and calm, warm waters. And for those of you who are looking for great nightlife? Gallipoli is the place to go and dance the night away on the seashore!
Gallipoli - Best beach destinations in Puglia
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