With authentic village charm, fresh seafood and a golden beach, Santa Maria Al Bagno holidays are relaxing escapes.

Traditional charm

Perched on Puglia's Ionian Sea coast in the stiletto heel of mainland Italy, this teeny village is just the spot for escaping the stresses of everyday life. Swim in the turquoise sea, relax on golden sands or dine on fresh fish in local restaurants.

Historic Gallipoli

For an easy daytrip, make the 20-minute drive to Gallipoli. Here, contemporary boutiques rub shoulders with historic buildings and an authentic fishing port. When you start feeling peckish, you'll have plenty of restaurants and cafés to choose from.

Beach days

Undisturbed sunbathing sessions are served up in spades on Santa Maria Al Bagno’s curved beach. Lounge on the powdery sands or take a dip in the sparkling sea. When dinnertime rolls around, restaurants near the shore serve up fresh seafood pasta.

Into the wild

The popular Porto Selvaggio nature reserve is just a 20-minute drive away. Explore the jagged coastline, peppered with caves and pine forests. Alternatively, head straight to the reserve's own beach and have a playful paddle in crystal-clear waters.

At a Glance

  • Savour fresh seafood by the coast
  • Relax on a tucked-away beach
  • Take a daytrip to a wildlife reserve