Puglia, Italy’s heel, is a paradise for its coastline. This vast expanse of land is much larger than people think. It has the longest stretch coastline in Italy. It is bordered by the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea. The region’s southernmost tip is blessed with beautiful weather that allows you to enjoy sun, sand, and sea. These are our top picks for the best beaches Puglia.
1. Pescoluse, Leuca
This beach is affectionately called Italy’s answer for the Maldives. Pescoluse’s shimmering Ionian waters, silky white beaches are a beach-lover’s dream. It is ideal for families who want to enjoy a relaxing holiday on the beach, as well as those who prefer to avoid swimming. This area is still unknown to American and English tourists, so most of the beach-goers are Italian.
2. Gargano, Tremiti Islands
Only two of the three Tremiti islands can be inhabited. However, you can reach them all by boat from the mainland at Terminoli or other towns in the Gargano region . San Nicola and San Domino are the largest islands. They offer more facilities. You can enjoy amazing snorkelling and diving, as well as beautiful beaches and coves.
3. Torre Guaceto, Brindisi
Torre Guaceto has been designated a protected marine reserve and nature reserve. This stretch of Brindisi is a beautiful stretch of beach. It’s located near Alberobello in Puglia. You can snorkel for hours on end with the help of seagrass and coral reefs. If the afternoon heat becomes too intense, there is a tower from 16th century and a visitor center with a museum.
4. Torre Dell’Orso, Melendugno
This 1.5km stretch is located in the Melendugno region Puglia . The most distinctive feature of the beach is its ‘two sisters’, which are twin rock stacks located side-by-side. It is surrounded by rock-cliffs with interesting caves, and surrounded by lush pine forests.
5. San Pietro in Bevagna Beach, Maruggio
This protected beach in Maruggio can often be found deserted. Relax and enjoy the peace and luxury of azure water and white sand dunes. You can also enjoy a little bit of civilization while on holiday in Italy. There are areas of the beach that have services, so you can relax on a comfortable lounger and get cool drinks.
6. Dune di Campomarino beach, Maruggio
The Campomarino sand dunes beach is the best option for total solitude. You won’t find any beach bars or umbrellas, but there is lush shrubbery, and vegetation such as lavender, thyme, and fragrant juniper. This is the place to be if you want peace, tranquility, and crystal clear water.
7. Baia delle Zagare, Gargano
Baia delle Zagare lies in the Gargano Subregion between Vieste e Mattinata. It was named after a local flower that is native to the region. The soft, white beach measures 1 km in length and is surrounded by a national forest. Two distinctive white rock formations are located near the beach, making them one of the most prominent sights in the area.
8. Torre Lapillo Bay, Porto Cesareo
This large bay is the gateway to the Torre Chianca and Torre Lapillo lighthouse towers. You can enjoy rolling sand dunes and beautiful seaside homes, as well as crystal clear shallow water. This is a great place to spend an afternoon while on holiday with your family in Italy.
9. Baia dei Turchi, Otranto
Literally, it means The bay of the Turks. This bay was where the Turkish soldiers arrived during the Otranto battle in 15th century. It’s now a tranquil haven of turquoise water and white sand in a protected cove that can be reached by foot via a pine forest.
10. Porto Badisco, Otranto
This is, according to myth, a magical beach. According to Virgil, an ancient Roman poet, Aeneas was said to have landed here. The pebble beach is a beautiful spot for picnicking and offers stunning views.
Where to Stay:
Gorgeous Puglia is home to some unique design features that must be seen. It will be unforgettable with its quirky conical roofs, Art Nouveau stylings, and rustic stonework. Here are a few of our top picks.
1. Villa Ciottolo
This simple renovation of an old farm building was elegant and peaceful. It also made the most of its unique features. These large spaces, once used to house livestock and farmers, are now home to six spacious bedrooms and plenty of living space. This villa is situated in its own grounds and has a swimming pool as well as a portico.
2. Villa Ribezzo
The villa is modern and minimalist, and it is surrounded by olive groves. The exterior is cool and refreshing. However, the interior has been kept intact with nods to the traditional Puglian style. This is a wonderful base for a Puglian holiday. It’s close to Ugento and the beach.
3. Villa Trullo
This stunning traditional trulli has been given a luxurious makeover. It’s elegant round structure with 11 conical roofs has been complemented by a pool with outdoor showers, an gazebo kitchen, and sleek interiors. The grounds also offer a variety of olive and fruit groves for guests.
4. Trulli La Pietrina
This Oliver’s exclusive home is stunning and has a beautiful exterior. The large, private grounds are a great place to play with children and the pool is a great place to relax after a day in the nearby town.