Puglia offers many delightful
places to see during your stay, all within short driving distances.
The places below are a small selection to whet your appetite!
VADO(Local beach to our Apartment)
This is the nearest beach to the apartment, approximately 2km. It has
a long stretch of fine white sand with beach bars/cafes/restaurants,
Cozza is a favourite. There is a fantastic beach club, bar and restaurant
at Lido Venere where you can hire sun loungers for the day.
SAN GREGORIO(5km from our Apartment)
There two lovely Restaurants/Bar's
at the bottom of the hill with wonderful views of the cove and sea,
the locals love it here as the water is shallow and is great for snorkelling
and sunbathing on the rocks.
MARIA DI LEUCA(9km from our Apartment)
The town is known for its stunning villas dating back to the 7th century.
Seen from the sea, with the green of its pine forests, which alternates
with the whites of its houses, it offers a fascinating spectacle. A
splendid chain of caves runs along the coast east to west of Leuca,
representing an irresistible attraction for tourists in summer. The
'Porcinara' cave is especially important as it was the site of an ancient,
subterranean, pagan place of worship. Thirty precious inscriptions in
Greek and Latin are still perfectly legible. Santa Maria di Leuca has
a large harbour area, where in the summer months you will find large
boats, bars, restaurants and night clubs.
Lecce is rightly described as the most pure Baroque
walled town in the whole of Italy - it is a small Florence without the
tourists! It is a lively cosmopolitan town with a population of 97,000
and is the capital of the Salento peninsula in Puglia. The buildings
in the pedestrianised walled centre are made from a special type of
soft carved stone called tufigna, which look stunning when floodlit
in the evening - don’t miss the Duomo, Rosario and Basilica di
Santa Croce. There are two theatres, an opera season with top international
names, and fantastic restaurants, bars and designer shops. A must see
on your trip and by car will take approximately one hour, but worth
We found a nice restaurant,
Il Giardino - An oasis of excellent taste and flavours in the heart
of the city
Situated on the Ionian Sea, along the western coast of the Salento Peninsula,
Gallipoli is divided into two parts: the Borgo, which is the more recent
town, and the historical centre, located on an island connected to the
mainland by a long bridge on arches, where also the harbour is situated.
The cathedral is a splendid Baroque construction, with fine paintings
inside, and the castle, originally a Byzantine fortress, was modified
under the Angevin rule and rebuilt during the 16th century.
Otranto is a historic seaside town and port on the Adriatic coast. It's
a small place with a lovely castle and Cathedral(dont miss the Mosaic)which
is open to the public with shops and Resaurant hidden up winding alleys,
What is really special about this area, is the coast going to Otranto
from Santa Maria Di Leuca, Driving along this coast will be an unforgettable
This town ,along the Ionian coast on the Taranto Gulf, appears today
as a typical southern fishing village, with narrow alleys, whitewashed
houses, bougainvillea and flower vines, and a lively harbour full of
seafood restaurants. It is today an enchanting tourist resort, with
over 17km of beaches and a little offshore a myriad of small islands
can be found, the largest of which is the Isola dei Conigli (known as
‘rabbit island'). The area is a natural marine park and sanctuary.
Situated west of Brindisi, on the Murge hills covered with olive trees,
gently descending to the sea, is the town of Ostuni. The ancient part
was built on seven hills, on the highest of which is the medieval citadel
called 'La Terra'. It is surrounded by walls and round towers, with
typical narrow alleys, arches, stairways and the famous whitewashed
colour of all the houses, for which it gets its name ‘White City’.
The town of Alberobello is home to a concentration of one thousand or
more trulli – white houses which are curious, rounded structures
with stone, cone-shaped roofs common in the province of Bari and Taranto,
yet unknown in the rest of the world. The town's historical centre is
on a hilltop, amid the scent of almond, lemon and olive trees, and has
been declared an International Human Resource by UNESCO.
MARIA AL BAGNO
Santa Maria is a small
fishermen village with a lovely sandy bay which is located on the coastline
fifteen minutes drive north of Galliopli.
This is a small inlet a short drive from Santa Maria Di Leuca along
the adriatic coast with lovely views of the coast line, there are a
couple of nice restauarants to stop at, the locals go snokelling and
diving from the rocks.
Zio Tom - beautiful views over
the sea, friendly staff with the menu in English. Recommend booking
Mimi’s, San Gregorio
– a lovely setting overlooking the sea. Turn right at the roundabout
towards the small harbour.
Del Moro, San Gregorio
– opposite Mimi’s, a fish restaurant with no menu. Very
friendly but do not speak English.