Sun, sea and beautiful scenery sound like the perfect ingredients for any holiday. Puglia’s combination of glittering azure seas, both rocky and sandy beaches, mountains and miles of olive groves mean there’s plenty to explore. Hiking around this spectacular landscape, venturing off road by bike and dabbling in a few of the region’s popular water sports will dissolve your stress as well as toning up your body. This secret gem, nestled away in the heel of Italy will also provide some typically Italian chill-out time, making Puglia the perfect, balancing, wellness break. Puglia Villas specialist, Think Puglia shows you how to make the most of your wellbeing break in the region.
With so much to see, you’ll want to walk for miles around this beautiful region. As Puglia is located on a peninsula it has nearly as many miles of coastline as islands, Sicily and Sardinia. Explore the dramatic views in the rocky north before making your way down to the golden sandy beaches. For a more leisurely walk, meander through some of Puglia’s gorgeous baroque-style towns and cities, with their narrow winding streets. Exploring on foot, you can get into the smallest nooks and crannies of the region- absorbing the culture and the country air you may even forget that you’re exercising.
With long stretches of coastline, Puglia is perfect for water sports. Try your hand at sailing around the cliffs or neighboring islands, such as the island town of Gallipolli on the Ionian coast, before taking a dip in the turquoise sea. Whether you just go for a paddle or try something more adventurous, you’ll want to spend hours surrounded by the azure waters of the region. There are plenty of water sports centres around the peninsula to help you on your way to rekindling an old passion or mastering a new skill.
While walking is great for discovering hidden treasures buried in secluded alleyways or country lanes, cycling through Puglia is great way of enjoying vast sweeps of varied landscape at a faster pace. If you get bored of exploring the never-ending coastline, you could always hit the inland cycle paths among the ‘blanket of olive groves’ which cover much of Puglia. Nestled between the trees you’ll find gorgeous farming villages with the region’s famous Trulli conical shaped houses. Your holiday simply won’t be long enough to explore all Puglia has to offer- even by bike.
More in line with the typical view of an Italian getaway, Puglia is great for relaxing. Choose from one of the expansive sandy beaches or simply take some chill out time by the pool in your villa. While resting your weary muscles, take some time to sample the local cuisine. Italy’s more famous food offerings are a little on the naughty side but with Puglia producing some of the country’s best olive oil and its rich agricultural tradition you’ll be sure to find enough delicious local fare, which won’t undo all your hard work.
Where to stay: Masseria Acquadolce is a stylish, refurbished Masseria with a fantastic pool – ideal for enjoying a relaxing time to yourself, away from the hustle and bustle of life back home. Set within six hectares of private estate, you’re sure to enjoy peace and quiet and a Michelin starred chef and Masseuse are available should you wish to be truly pampered.
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