Puglia’s Valle d’Itria, with rolling olive groves and white walled hilltop towns, is not our top destination for a beach based vacation. Puglia’s best beaches are in Gargano and Salento.
The stretch of the Adriatic coast from Bari south has more rocky coves than the endless strips of sandy beach you will find on the Ionian coast. Nevertheless there are some fine sections to enjoy, particularly around Ostuni.
Here are some of our favourites.
Long stretches of sandy beach. Many private lidos with loungers, umbrellas and but with public beaches squeezed in between them.
Towards the north between Torre Cintola and Lido Azzurro are beautiful coves and low lying cliffs.
A small fishing village known for its luxury resorts. Rocky coastline with the occasional sandy cove.
The restaurants in Savelletri mean a great selection of good seafood is available. Try MòMò or Ristorante AlbaChiara. We recommend the ricci (sea urchins) and Gallipoli red prawns.
Long stretches of public, sandy beaches. Popular with families and sports enthusiasts, there is canoeing and kite surfing.
Sandy beach, popular with residents of the camping and touristic villages nearby, who often arrange for residents’ beach club activities for kids, so it can get noisy!