With wild beaches, atmospheric towns and fresh local food, holidays to Puglia in Italy's south-eastern tip are a feast for the senses.

Picture-perfect Puglia

Puglia's a treasure of a region which lines the heel of Italy's boot. It's growing in popularity thanks to clear turquoise seas, expansive coastlines and rocky coves. As if that weren't enough, it's also got welcoming locals, traditional architecture and tasty food by the bucketload – get ready to dig in.

Historic towns

After surviving a fair few invasions over the years, Puglia's towns have now got a mishmash of architectural styles. Impressive castles and cathedrals are dotted all over, while traditional whitewashed 'trullo' houses can be found in charming Alberobello. Lecce, the 'Florence of the South', is full of elegant Baroque buildings, while the kasbah-esque quarters of Bari are not to be missed.

Tasty treats

There's no shortage of yummy food and drink in this region. Rolling fields of wheat, grape-heavy vineyards and olive groves provide the fine Italian staples we know and love. Gallipoli's the spot to feast on seafood – you'll also find time-tested local favourites like sun-dried tomatoes, orecchiette pasta and spitroast lamb.

At a Glance

  • Sunbathe on sandy beaches lined with secret coves
  • Soak up Medieval, Baroque and Roman architecture
  • Wander through romantic vineyards and olive groves

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