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Puglia Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Puglia, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Italian
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 230V

The heel of Italy's boot, Puglia boasts a wonderful Mediterranean climate and mile-upon-mile of shoreline dotted with fantastic beaches, along with a good sprinkling of dramatic rocky coves and traditional fishing villages. Head inland and discover rolling landscapes of olive groves, fruit orchards and vineyards – the fertile land produces more wine than anywhere else in Italy and much of the country’s olive oil. Over the centuries, just about every super-power has stamped their mark here, including the Greeks and the Romans, and there are many ruined sites and medieval hill towns to discover.

Don’t miss the buzzing Baroque city of Lecce, Martina Franca, with its Moorish ambience, and the ancient city of Bari. Also, Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Puglia's signature buildings, called trulli. A ‘trullo’ is a circular, whitewashed stone building with a conical roof, dating back to well before the 16th century.

Highlights+
Cuisine

Puglia produces silky olive oils, sun-dried tomatoes and plenty of pasta too – every Sunday, the ladies of Bari can be seen deftly making orecchiette (small, ear-shaped, pasta). Savour the local fish and seafood dishes, including oysters roasted in olive oil, lemon and garlic, as well as spit-roasted lamb with rosemary, all perfectly paired with wines such as Castel del Monte Rosso, Terra d'Otranto and Bianco di Train. In Cisternino, look out for butchers who offer appetising meat options, including parcels filled with mince, ham and cheese called 'bombette' – a local delicacy and great barbecue ingredient.

Sightseeing

Lecce is a Baroque gem, with a beautiful Old Town of golden-stone architecture overflowing with fancy churches, palazzi and piazzas. Highlights include a Roman amphitheatre, Piazza del Duomo, with its 70-metre-high bell tower, Basilica di Santa Croce with its intricate façade, Il Castello di Carlo V and the Church of Saints Niccolò and Cataldo. The pretty town of Ostuni, meanwhile, is a jumble of whitewashed buildings spread over a hillside, all overlooked by a stunning Gothic cathedral. Browse its narrow streets and stairways, taking in the views at every bend and calling into shops selling regional goodies and keepsakes.

Valle d'Itria

Discover this sweeping, picturesque area of vineyards and olive groves, punctuated by farmsteads, trulli and lovely old towns. Cisternino’s slender streets wend to elegant piazzas, edged with restaurants and beautiful old buildings, such as the 14th century Church of San Nicola – if you visit in August you’re likely to catch fantastic local festivals. Locorotondo is another pretty town, known for wine production and whitewashed 'cummerse' buildings, their pointed gable roofs more typical of the Baltic region. Alberobello is perhaps the most famous, its historic town centre filled with clusters of trulli – unique to the area, these conical-roofed houses are still inhabited today.

Beaches and Coastline

Ostuni has some protected coastal parks and – about eight kilometres away from the town – are some of Puglia’s best beaches. Other places of interest by the sea include the resort of Oranto with its Old Town area and Polignano a Mare with its cliffs and sea caves.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Local Culture
Borgo Egnazia’s piazza − the beating heart of the resort − frequently hosts a variety of events that celebrate local festivals, products and fare.

Climate+

Puglia boasts a wonderful Mediterranean climate. The spring comes early and is generally warm and sunny, with temperatures rising to the early twenties by the end of April. The summer is long, hot and dry and lasts from the end May through to the end of September. Temperatures typically rise to around the 30°C mark in July and August.

The autumn, remains generally warm with temperatures only really dropping out of the 20s towards the beginning of December. More rain is experienced in the winter months with average temperatures around the 12-15 °C mark.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Puglia.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January962
February957
March1150
April1469
May1835
June2214
July2424
August2430
September2150
October1766
November1399
December1092

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways from London Gatwick to Bari.

Flight Time
From London Gatwick to Bari: 2 hours, 55 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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