Puglia is a wonderful place that has so much to offer, and the best way to experience Puglia is to make a road trip of your visit. The best places to go in Puglia are set against sweeping coastal views and incredibly pretty towns that have everything you would want in a memorable Italian getaway. There are hundreds of gorgeous towns across Puglia perfect for exploring, each one with their own charms and characteristics. Puglia showcases historical cities, profound natural beauty, and rich regional cultures.
This gorgeous region is known for historic small towns, amazing food and fresh produce, amazing natural landscapes, and some of the best beaches in Southern Italy. Along the coastline, you will find my favorite town that I visited in this region, Italy’s Monopoli. One of the biggest draws in Monopoli is the amazing beaches, which run to the south of the town, which are among the best places in Puglia to relax and take in the Adriatic Sea. If you are looking for one of the best places to experience a genuine Port Town experience (without the tourists), then Monopoli will be your destination.
Monopoli is located on the coast in Italy’s northeastern corner, and is one of Italy’s best destinations to visit. The alternative is Monopoli, located between Bari and Brindisi, and is an excellent place to visit Puglia’s central area. One of the best places to visit in Puglia is most certainly Monopoli, the town just south of Bari, which is underestimated and is often tarnished in favor of other big cities in Puglia like Polignano a Mare, Ostuni, and Alberobello.
Ostuni, Apulia, is one of the best places to visit in Puglia just to soak up Puglia’s unique setting, culture, and history. If you are in Puglia for vacation, then its beaches should be included on your bucket list.
With so many beaches, art cities, UNESCO sites, and gorgeous sights, it is difficult to narrow down just fifteen must-see places on your holiday to Puglia. To help you decide on the best cities and towns in Puglia to visit, I put together the following list of sixteen best cities, towns and places to visit in Puglia. In this guide, I asked a few of my fellow travel bloggers to tell me their favorite, best cities to visit in Puglia, and that you definitely need to add to your Italian road trip itinerary. From the beachside beauties to stunning mountaintop towns, you will fail not to be impressed with the beauty of these sixteen best towns, and will find yourself itching to book a ticket for the worlds finest Puglia.
There are so many gorgeous places to visit in Puglia, that it is difficult to choose a favorite, but if I had to choose a single destination that I will go back to again and again, that would be Lecce. If you are exploring the best of Puglia, stopping at Lecce is absolutely essential, with a stay in a Puglia villa as your base. Lecce is also a perfect base to visit nearby coastal cities Otranto and Gallipoli.
Alongside some of the best beaches in Italy, like Porto Cesareo, with its sand dunes Punta Prosciutto, the Pescoluse Beach (also called the Maldives of Salento) and the beach Torre Lapillo, are a number of charming towns worth exploring, like Otranto, Specchia and Presicce (rated three of Italy’s prettiest villages). Some of the best beaches are to be found to the south of Salento, in (or near) Torre dellOrso/SantAndrea, Otranto, Maldives of Salento, and Porto Cesareo. The Ionian and Adriatic Seas meet at the Salento peninsula, so it is no surprise the area is home to some of Puglia’s best beaches.