Category: Places

Bari 2021 | Quick Guide

Ignore warnings that Bari Vecchia is a gritty “no-go” area. Extensive regeneration has transformed the area into a vibrant hub for bars and restaurants centred around the piazzas Mercantile and Ferrarese and a fine destination for visitors. All the while the everyday life of its longtime residents continues as it has been and still is. […]

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Torre dell’Orso | quick guide

Overlooked by the ruins of the Torre dell’Orso (the Bear Tower) this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Puglia with its stunning natural rock formations. Beach clubs and lidos run along the length of the beach, frequented by young Italians With soft, white sand, crystal clear sea and its gently undulating dunes dappled […]

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The BIG 2021 Podcast Guide to Alberobello

Undisputed capital of the trulli in the gorgeous Valle d’Itria. Though it is the only town in Puglia where you’ll see a constant flow of tour buses. Dig a little deeper, away from the crowds of the rione Monti, and it is still possible to discover a little bit of authentic Alberobello. Don’t forget to […]

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Alberobello 2021 | guide and gallery

Think of Puglia and you will probably picture Alberobello’s trulli – as iconic as Polignano a Mare’s Lama Monachile – and just as likely to grace the cover of the latest edition of The Lonely Planet Guide to Puglia. Although trulli feature across the green and gorgeous Valle d’Itria, Alberobello is the undisputed capital. Drawing a […]

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Puglia’s best destinations you probably haven’t heard of | Grottaglie

Grottaglie is a must visit for design lovers who want to bring home some ceramics. The town has its own ceramic quarter where over 50 artisan potters have studios. Wonderful practical and decorative objects, from inexpensive espresso cups to fabulous lamps and pieces of art are widely available. Check out Enza Fasano Ceramiche for a taste of […]

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Gay Puglia | Pôr do Sol, Baia Verde, Gallipoli

Year on year, Puglia’s reputation as a gay holiday hotspot grows. Salento remains the focus for gay travellers. The beautiful and the “gifted” are found hanging out on the beaches around Gallipoli and nearby Baia Verde. Gallipoli has a well known reputation for being one of Italy’s top gay summer destinations, drawing a cosmopolitan and […]

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Porto Selvaggio, Nardò

Porto Selvaggio is a nature reserve filled with thick, pine forest, covering an area of 1100 hectares in the comune of Nardò. The main beach is Spiaggia della Sorgente | Spiaggia di Porto Selvaggio.  There are a couple of concessions selling refreshments and snacks. Despite the rocky coast it is a busy and popular little beach.

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Ask Big | Salento, lu sule, lu mare, lu ientu

We are often asked for travel advice and information by visitors and those planning trips to our region. If you have something to ask to help with planning your holiday to Puglia email us. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram. This one comes via Twitter, from The Wanderer. THE QUESTION: There’s a breeze at […]

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The BIG 2021 Podcast Guide to Polignano a Mare

Think of Puglia and you may well picture Polignano a Mare. It has one of the most iconic views of Puglia, often found on the cover of guide books to our region. Oh, and that song you know, “Volare”… Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram.   https://open.spotify.com/episode/6JOV1GHQvShc4or6lhiqrS?si=bE3N6-lIQmmphZ6J8aQBzw

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The BIG 2021 Podcast Guide to Polignano a Mare

Think of Puglia and you may well picture Polignano a Mare. It has one of the most iconic views of Puglia, often found on the cover of guide books to our region. Oh, and that song you know, “Volare”… Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram.   https://open.spotify.com/episode/6JOV1GHQvShc4or6lhiqrS?si=bE3N6-lIQmmphZ6J8aQBzw

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