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Just under a two and half hour flight from the UK lies the lovely region of Puglia, the ‘heel’ of Italy. This is a fabulous, lesser known region for luxury holidays in Puglia is ideally suited to the more independent traveler. Like Sicily, it boasts an excellent mix of culture, history, beaches, gastronomy, a warm climate and very friendly people!

Not unknown to us!

We are excited to offer holidays throughout the entire region – ranging from the promontory of the gorgeous Gargano (the ‘spur’ on the Italian ‘boot’) in the north to the crystal clear waters and beaches of the splendid Salento region in the south.

Our carefully selected accommodation ranges from friendly three-star family run hotels to exquisite character properties such as the ‘Masserie’ (a renovated Puglian farmhouses) and ‘Trulli’ (traditional dry stone houses with conical roofs), together with retreats perfect for luxury holidays in Puglia.

What to see and do

Having been invaded and colonised by the Romans, Greeks, Spaniards and Normans, Puglia remains a fascinating destination with plenty to see and do: from the UNESCO sites of Castel del Monte (a Norman castle) and Alberobello (home of the ‘Trulli’), to the amazing nature and coastline of the Gargano National Park; from the pretty fishing village of Trani with its imposing Romanesque cathedral to the beautifully kept olive oil producing Valley of Itria; and from the mystical ‘Sassi’ (caves) of Matera to the stunning baroque masterpiece of Lecce, also known as the ‘Florence of the South’. Whether it’s history, architecture, art, nature, or cuisine that interests you, Puglia holidays have something for everyone.

Food glorious food

Enthusiasts of gastronomy will not be disappointed here! Inland, locally produced, sun drenched vegetable ‘antipasti’ are served up in terracotta dishes whilst the Puglian pasta ‘orecchiette’ (little ears) is simply delicious with home-made tomato ‘salsa’, fresh basil and ricotta cheese. Around the coastal areas, sumptuous seafood and fresh fish are the order of the day. Wine is excellent throughout, especially the local DOCG red grape, Primitivo, whilst Puglia is the single largest producer of olive oil in the whole of Italy! Luxury holidays in Puglia simply must include samples of the local delicatessen.

Beaches in Puglia

Beach lovers will be in their element from May to September with a wide choice ranging from the wooded and dramatic coastlines of the Gargano in the North to the pristine white sands and clear waters of the Ionian and Salento in the Mediterranean South. The long yet narrow region of Puglia means you are never far from the coast, making this an ideal destination to mix and match your Puglia holidays between sightseeing and pure relaxation

Stay in more than one place

Driving is a fairly civilized affair and a multicentre/twin-centre holiday suits Puglia down to the ground, but if you’d prefer, we’d be happy to arrange a private transfer from one area to another. One thing is certain – this relaxed and laid back area of southern Italy will rejuvenate you and recharge your batteries. Go now whilst Puglia is still a relatively well kept secret!