The region Apulia (Puglia in Italian) is located in the south of Italy and forms the spur and heel on the Italy map. Rich in beautiful landscapes, coastline, history and culture, Puglia is now one of the most popular destinations for holiday rentals. Luxury self-catering villas with pool and apartments near the sea are spread along the region, offering plenty of choice to take a break from the everyday life and to explore the area.
Apulia is a land of pristine nature. It boasts vast and diverse natural landscapes, starting with the National Park of the Gargano and the Murge, the marine reserves of the Tremiti Islands and Torre Guaceto. The countryside is dominated by gentle, fertile land where tasty vegetables, grapes and olives are grown.
Apulia is a land of history and art. Many towns and villages are the expression of Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque eras and they are not short in museums, historical buildings, archaeological parks, and castles. The most famous among them is the Castel del Monte, the 13th-century castle constructed by the Emperor Frederick II and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When is the best time to visit Puglia
Blessed with an average 300 days of sunshine per year, Apulia has a wonderful climate. The hilltop towns in the Itria Valley always offer a sweet breeze, even in the hottest months of the year and the humidity is generally minimal. It is a lovely dry heat that warms you, either whilst sitting in a piazza, enjoying an ice cream, or on the beach soaking up some rays before taking a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Rainfall is scarce and generally concentrated in the winter months. Puglia weather in October is clement and often permits to swim in the sea.
How to get there
Puglia has airports in Bari and Brindisi. Nearest airport to Puglia is Bari’s airport, about 9 km west of the city at Palese. Brindisi’s Casale airport is 4 km north of the city.
There are several available flights from the UK. Alitalia flies several times a day from Heathrow and Gatwick to Bari and Brindisi. Flights are via Rome or Milan. British Airways flies from Gatwick to Bari. Ryanair flies daily from Stansted to Bari and Brindisi.
Where to stay in Puglia
Accommodation options from Italian Breaks around Puglia include some of the best villas to rent, ideal for a magnificent holiday with your friends or family in this region. From luxury villas with a private pool to villas near the beach, they are all ideal to stay for a dream vacation and you can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for a romantic break with your loved one, rent one of our villas for two or villas for couples Also, we offer plenty of family villas that are a great option if you want to be close to the main attractions, or if you want to have child-friendly facilities. We hope we’ve inspired you to head south and explore the towns of Puglia. These are just some of the possibilities, pick a town you want and you’ll likely to find a fascinating history, beautiful architecture, friendly people, and delicious food.
Villas in Puglia FAQ’s
Why Italian Breaks?
All of our holiday homes in Italy are handpicked by Italian Breaks founder, Cristina Swift. She was born and raised in Italy so you can be sure that she knows the best locations for an Italian getaway. Whether you’re looking for luxury or value, the Italian Breaks portfolio is always filled with exclusive properties that radiate comfort and quality. If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line accommodation with a local touch, Italian Breaks is where you’ll find it.
Is there a deposit?
A refundable deposit for incidentals is required on arrival to the key holder. Each property differs in price, so the deposit total will be indicated at the time of confirmation. Make sure to claim your deposit when handing in your key.
Are additional services available?
Additional services can be made available for a fee. Whether you’re looking for a chef, baby-sitting, special events, or recovery of lost property, you may be charged a fixed amount starting from £30, or a percent of the cost of the service.
What do you recommend doing in the area?
This region of Puglia is home to the trulli, intriguing houses with roofs shaped like cones. These buildings date back to the Bronze Age, and this area specifically has been dubbed a World UNESCO Heritage Site.
This land mass offers beaches, national park land, and seaside towns. The medieval town of Monte Sant’Angelo is a top choice for visitors who love history and architectural beauty. If you love to explore, this region is a great option.
Beach-lovers will cherish this beautiful region of Puglia. It can be found in the south and is dotted with beaches and quaint towns that show off Greek-like architecture. Visitors will find Roman and Greek ruins, olive groves, and vineyards.
This seaside town is a beautiful place to visit while in Puglia. Visitors usually spend time at the castle and the cathedral. Spend some time wandering the harbor or visiting the religious sites.
This baroque city is nicknamed the ‘Florence of the south.’ It’s full of history, charm, and architecture that makes it seem like another world. It’s known for its beauty, culture, and paper mache crafts which make great souvenirs.
This is one of the largest cities in Puglia and it’s known for history and castle. Make sure to visit Church of Saint Nicolas and walk along the seaside path. The pedestrian street is lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and a theater.
Known as the ‘white city,’ Ostuni is lined with whitewashed buildings and winding alleyways. The historic center is a beautiful place to relax after getting lost amongst the ancient city walls.
When is the Best Time to Visit Puglia?
The best time to visit Puglia is in the Spring, early summer, and the fall. The height of summer, July and August, can be extremely hot, while winter months can get quite cold and rainy. September, October, and April are particularly good months to visit, especially if you plan on being outdoors.