About Apulia, Italy
Consider a beach holiday or romantic getaway in Apulia and the Tremiti Islands, where you can experience secluded beaches and some of the best scuba diving in Italy.
This less-travelled region in ‘the heel’ of Italy (that is more often used as a gateway to Greece, through the port of Brindisi) offers a stunning 800km-long coastline – overlooking the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ionian Sea to the south.
Things to do and see
North of Brindisi sits the picture-perfect Tremeti Islands, famous for underwater grottos and excellent diving. And to the south lie the secluded beaches of the Salentine Peninsula – a region indented with dramatic inlets and secluded pine-fringed coves framed by sheer cliffs and the stunning blues of the Adriatic Sea.
Inland, a flat fertile plain is dotted with whitewashed trulli houses, characterised by unique cone-shaped roofs and surrounded by lush olive groves and vineyards.
The region is easily explored by hire car and the drive south from Otranto to Porto Badisco and beyond to the cape at Santa Maria di Leuca, returning via the west coast to Gallipoli, offers some of the region’s finest coastal views. On the drive you will enjoy a rugged shoreline scattered with ruined towers and indented with picture-perfect coves framed by steep bush-covered cliffs pounded by a deep blue sea.
By air, Brindisi or Bari is an hour from Rome. The rugged region of Apulia (or Puglia) offers an engaging side trip while on a combined Italian–Greek holiday. There is a variety of accommodation options available including the 5-star Masseria Torre Coccaro and its private beach club, a restored 16th century watchtower in Savelletri De Fasano.
Best time to visit
Any time. Apulia enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate year round. Temperatures in the summer holiday months of July and August average 30°C while the shoulder months average 28˚C. The nearby Tremiti Islands are very popular during the months of July and August.