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Puglia Holiday

The heel of Italy’s boot is a sun-soaked region famous for pristine beaches, architectural wonders, glorious national parks and a love for earthy comfort food.

Puglia, also called Apulia, blends the rustic beauty of Italian countryside with Baroque cities, medieval hilltop towns and elegant beach resorts. This delightful tourist region stretches along southeastern Italy. Its coastlines along the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea have about 300 days of sunshine. Puglia also has centuries of winemaking heritage and simple cucina povera cuisine.

Admire ancient churches and the Norman Castle while wandering along Bari’s cobblestone streets. Find innumerable churches, palaces and plazas in Foggia and explore the grandiose fortress of Lucera. View Baroque architectural masterpieces in Lecce. Tour the hilltop towns of the olive grove-covered Itria Valley, revered for medieval whitewashed trulli houses. Alberobello, Cisternino and Martina Franca are also worth visiting.

The white sandy beaches, crystalline water and rugged bays of Puglia’s coastlines showcase an infectious Mediterranean charm. Trani, Polignano a Mare and Monopoli decorate the Adriatic shoreline and are just a short drive from Bari. Go biking, snorkeling and scuba diving at Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve, near Marina di Ostuni. Secluded coves and sea caves characterize the Ionian shores of the Salento Peninsula. Enjoy the beauty of Santa Maria di Leuca, Marina di Ugento and the Gulf of Gallipoli.

Get active on bike, foot or horseback in Gargano National Park, where dense woodland spills down to lively beach resorts. Catch a ferry to the idyllic Tremiti Islands. Discover deep gorges, rocky villages and Byzantine-era relics in Terra delle Gravine Regional Park. Escape the crowds in Alta Murgia National Park.

Satisfy your appetite with hearty cucina povera meals, a concept based on age-old peasant principles of turning simple ingredients into culinary art. Popular dishes include melanzane ripiene (stuffed eggplant), polpi in umido (stewed octopus) and orecchiette pasta. Accompany it with Puglia’s fruity, full-bodied offerings from wineries such as the 17th-century Leone de Castris.

Reach Puglia by flying to Bari or Brindisi from major European cities. Rent a car and travel around this scenic region via meandering coastal and country roads.


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Palace Hotel £103
Reviewed on 14 May 2019
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Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel

Via Francesco Lombardi, 13, Bari
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Great locations walking distance greate to the city center, port, historic center, castle around the corner. the room was spacious, classic furniture, nice to have a balcony, the bathroom was clean and it worked well, available parking for 20 e/ngt. Very friendly staff.

    Grand Hotel Leon d'Oro £118
    Reviewed on 3 May 2019
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    Grand Hotel Leon d'Oro

    Grand Hotel Leon d'Oro

    Piazza Aldo Moro 4, Bari, BA
       
      3.4 of 5
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      Very close to all transportation Trains, buses, pedestrian walkways, restaurants, the coastal promenade

      iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni £148
      Reviewed on 15 May 2019
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      iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni

      iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni

      Lungomare Nazario Sauro 7, Bari, BA
         
        4.3 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Good location in Bari. We were definitely pleased with the hotel. The room was comfortable and we had an amazing view of the harbor/seaside. We used this as a base for travels in the area. If we return we would likely stay elsewhere but not because we didn't like this hotel. Also, our last night ...

        Covo dei Saraceni £114
        Reviewed on 11 Dec 2018
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        Covo dei Saraceni

        Covo dei Saraceni

        Via Conversano 1/A, Polignano a Mare, BA
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0

          The hotel was beautiful and the location was perfect. The only problem we encountered was that many of the staff did not speak very good English and our Italian is not real good.

          Borgo Egnazia £833
          Reviewed on 21 Apr 2019
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          Borgo Egnazia

          Borgo Egnazia

          Strada Comunale Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano, Fasano, BR
             
            4.9 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Very well trained and attentive staff! Immaculate cleanliness! The overall design of the property is great, spacey and comfortable!

            iH Hotels Bari Oriente £103
            Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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            iH Hotels Bari Oriente

            iH Hotels Bari Oriente

            Corso Cavour 32, Bari, BA
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Ideally situated for getting out and about by train. The reception staff were not very helpful on arrival as they could not understand our English but things improved as he week went on. We arrived very tired from travelling and would have liked to eat at the hotel but were told this was not possible. ...

              Patria Palace Hotel Lecce £102
              Reviewed on 5 Mar 2019
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              Patria Palace Hotel Lecce

              Patria Palace Hotel Lecce

              Piazzetta Riccardi, Lecce, LE
                 
                4.5 of 5
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                Elrgant hotel, very comfortable, well situated, superb breakfast

                Torre del Parco - 1419 Dimora Storica £124
                Reviewed on 19 May 2019
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                Torre del Parco - 1419 Dimora Storica

                Torre del Parco - 1419 Dimora Storica

                Viale Torre del Parco, 1, Lecce, LE
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Best room I've ever stayed in. Huge bed and jacuzzi, sky TV. Private entrance to the spa lounge. Really nice breakfast. Eggs cooked freshly to order. Easy walk to Lecce center. Parking was easy to find and good value. Hotel was loud at night due to private functions. these functions had us confined ...

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