Region of Puglia is a perfect destination for your next vacation! If you don’t know yet where to go and which point of the map to choose, ask me! I will find you cutiest masseria or a comfort villa to rent in Puglia. Just send me an email.

Italian heel has 2 seas – Adriatic and Ionian sea. In addition to being the most eastern region of Italy, Puglia, with about 800 kilometers of coastline, is the biggest coastal region in Italy. One of Puglia’s major cities Lecce is a cultural capital of Europe in 2019. It has two fantastic areas – Salento, which is called Italian Maldives, and Gargano which is in the north of the “heel”. It owns several pieces of UNESCO World Heritage, like Castel del Monte. Not enough? Read the article till the end 😉


Puglia has the longest coast in Italy!

Tip #1 Plan your arrival to Puglia

There are two international airports in the region – Bari and Brindisi. Choose Brindisi if you want to spend your vacation in Salento and Bari airport if you will stay somewhere around Bari or around Gargano.

When flying from European countries consider what Wizzair flies to Bari, Ryanair to Bari and Brindisi. Lufthansa & KLM have a good connection with the region as well.

plan vacation in puglia

Tip #2 Book a car

In Puglia you will not be able to move without a car. All the South, wherever you go in Italy, moves only by car. The public transport is present but in a few quantity. Taxi is only in big cities. Otherwise you’ll be constrained stay mainly in the same place.

Book the car very in advance. Don’t count that you’ll come at the airport and will easily rent  car during the summer season. So book a car at RentalCars.

Tip #3 Choose the area and your perfect beach to stay

Before choosing the area/city where you’d like to spend vacation choose the sub-region. Puglia has 3 sub-regions: Gargano, area around Bari and Salento.

Gargano in the North is rocky, Salento has sandy coasts, area below Bari is cliffy.

My personal choice is Salento!

Salento, which I told you about in details in my previous post, starts below Brindisi around the coastal towns in from of Lecce at the Adriatic side and finishes near Punta Prosciutto, Porto Cesareo at Ionian side. All these area is considered to be Italian Maldives due to its fantastic sandy beaches.



Having fun in Salento

If you want lots of bars, clubs, aperitive places around you, go to Gallipoli and the nearest areas.

Beaches. Baia Verde to the South, Rivabella to the North. Everything is full of restaurants and other infrastructure all around.
Beach clubs. Samsara, Zen beach.

From Gallipoli you can move towards Porto Cesareo.
Beach clubs. Bahia Porto Cesareo, Togo bay beach.

Another spot which attracted my attention is to the north from Porto Cesareo and is called Campomarino di Maruggio.
Beach clubs. Tayga beach.

There is one very lovely spot we’ve visited this spring and during the summer with a fantastic view on that port called Al fresco. Come here for an early Aperol Spritz or for a late drinks. I don’t recommend you to stay here for a dinner. The quality of dishes is not what we’ve expected and the time to wait is terrible. But the rooftop is magnificent to tell the truth. So your choice. 🙂

Calm seaside relaxation in Puglia

If you want to escape from noise, go to the South of the “heel” towards Pescoluse. Pescoluse is definitely a paradise. Calm and peaceful.

If you want a mix, here is the list of most precious beaches.

Ionian coast best beaches
Puntа Prosciutto – is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Salento; Torre Castiglione, San Pietro in Bevagna, Porto Selvaggio which is a National park. 

Adriatic coast best beaches

Just in 8 kms from Otranto there is Porto Badisco, which is another breathtaking location. Baia dei Turchi, Torre dell’Orso, Grotta della Poesia, Castro Marina, Santa Cesarea Terme.

Santa Cesarea Terme, Adriatic coast between Porto Badisco and Otranto
Torre Santa Sabina, Fasano. Adriatic cost

Tip #4 Learn some Italian

Notwithstanding there are lots of English, German people, in Puglia Italians don’t speak English a lot. So be ready to find yourself in a totally authentic Italy. 🙂

And I will start to think about making video lessons of Italian language 😀

Tip #5 Choose the right time to come to Puglia

If you want to dive into Italian lifestyle choose July and August. Starting from August 15 all the Italy go on vacation. Obviously, in Puglia, this is the highest season and the prices triple. If you want to be in a desert or at least calmer atmosphere choose beginning of June and September. The prices are adequate.


Porto Cesareo

Read the post about vacation in Gallipoli with the detailed description of the details like a special system of booking in South of Italy and more.

Salento area map
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4 thoughts on “5 tips to plan your vacation in Puglia, Italy

    • masha says:

      Hi, if you want to shop in Puglia, I’d recommend you Martina Franca – it has a lot of manufacturing around the city, and lots of various shops in the downtown. Also Bari. The is an outlet in Molfetta, but as for me it is not worthy visiting. Did I answer you question? Or were you searching for smth else?

  1. Milana says:

    Thank you so much for this post! It is really helpful! So what city do you suggest to stay in if I come to Salento this summer? And do you know how to come from the Brindisi airport to that city? Thank you in advance!

    • masha says:

      Hi Milana,
      I am glad you find this info useful!
      First of all if you need an apartment or a villa, or a hotel, you can always make me a request. I work with lots of hotels, b&bs, apartments and villas. So I can find it for you.

      All depends on your requests, if there are kids or not. You can go to Gallipoli or to Pescoluse (Italian Maldives). Th epublic trasport is not well developed to the Ioniain cost, but there are a lot of private shuttles. It take you aroun 1,15 hours to get to Gallipoli and 32 euros.

      By public transport you’ll have to get from Brindisi to lecce and from there by train Lecce -Gallipoli http://www.fseonline.it/ using this website of the local train company.

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