If you are thinking about your next holiday and you have not yet decided where to go, then follow my suggestions for an unforgettable and exciting journey to Apulia in the south of Italy. If you would like to combine a trip with a mix of history, art, enjoyment and relaxation this is ideal for you. For singles, groups of friends or families Apulia has something to offer all. Discover the following places and you will understand why. All the places that I am going to describe are connected with Brindisi Airport, which is between 30-50 miles distant.
Why to chose Apulia region?
After a long winter closed up in the office or absorbed by work, we agree you deserve a holiday. Apulia offers many places that overlook the sea and many cities which are very close to beaches. Let’s start with describing the main locations.
Salento is a big area where you can find all you need. If you want to spend most of the time on the beach you can chose one of these following locations, which are known as the Maldives of Salento. I suggest Gallipoli if you are young or for a group of friends that are looking for the best enjoyable holiday on the beaches. There are great night clubs, and amazing food and drink at cheap prices. There isn’t just one beach in Gallipoli, but many beaches and creeks with rocks and sand such as Baia Verde beach, but there is also Lido Conchiglia, Padula bianca, Punta pizzo and others. Here some pictures.
These pictures are just a small example of Gallipoli beaches. Another location 30km from Gallipoli is Porto Cesareo. Both cities are in the Province of Lecce. Porto Cesareo is on the Ionian coast of Salento in the province of Lecce. Other activities include visiting historical places such the Church of Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso which was built in 1880 and the chapel dedicated to the Virgin Santa Cesarea erected in 1639. Important examples of military architecture include the different coastal towers lined up along the coast: Torre Cesarea, a 16-meter high square tower, residence for the Coast Guard, Torre Chianca, located on the peninsula of Scala di Furno - headquarters for an important prehistoric site for all the Puglia region.
Pictures of "Isola beach" in Porto Cesareo: a night club where people dance for all night!
Lecce is the so-called Florenz of South. There are three things that must be seen. The historical centre of Lecce in Puglia is big and beautiful with hundreds of alleys and winding streets which get lost among the Baroque buildings made in Lecce stone, with ornate balconies, courtyards full of flowers, and dozens of churches that appear all of a sudden. The most beautiful thing about Lecce is the pleasure of walking through its centre, stopping in the bars, and always meeting lots of people in the street. You cannot lose through doing these things - the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Roman Amphitheatre, and Piazza Duomo.
Otranto is an ancient town, which preserves monuments, roads, rocks and a borderline vibe. The things you need to see in Otranto ate Castello Aragonese, Cattedrale dell'Annunziata and Chiesa di San Pietro.
The Salento area and its beaches are the most popular in Italy. It has the best Italian beaches and the most crystalline sea - the hinterland is one of the most beautiful Italian rural areas, wine and food … Obviously. There isn’t one place in Italy that doesn’t have its own special, unique cuisine. Here, too, there is the local cuisine as there are the native wines from age-old vines like Primitivo and Negroamaro. Consider low prices of hotels, holiday houses, B&B's, the best food and wine and the #Music. Apulia is full of musical events in the summer. Many of these events are related to the 'Pizzica' and the folkloristic sagre: events where people can dance, drink and eat. Here some event pictures:
Now, what are you waiting for? Come to Apulia? If you need more information, don't hesitate to comment on this article.