Italy is an amazing place with amazing landscapes food and please. Being quite lucky with living in Belgium from where I have loads of flights all over Italy I am visiting a different spot in Italy every year and I always come back happy from my trip. And so this year was finally time to visit Puglia, this super amazing end of the heel of our lovely boot looking country. But to cut a long story short, let's see what I got to do, eat and see ;)
Getting There & Moving around
You have 2 main airports which are Bari and Brindisi to which you have flights from some airports across Europe. An other alternative would be flying to Naples/Rome and catching a train but this might be quite long.
Once in Italy, best and most flexible option is to rent a car. The smaller the better, but we had a Fiat L and had no issues. Ensure to adjust to the Italian driving style if you want to enjoy the ride.
There is public transport to move around, but it will more difficult to reach more remote places.
In short where we've been
I'll break down the trip in several ways to make sure everyone finds their info collection style.
Below you'll find a short overview of the stops we've done, here will be separate posts more in details of the different locations, another post on food and in the itinerary you can of course find a view on our exact route. So taking it step bu step.
Polignano a Mare
This is a must stop, although you should not really expect the chance to find a spot on the tiny beach on a sunny day. But the place is GORGEOUS
if you fancy architecture then you'll love it. Lecce is a a wonderful city filled with Baroque architecture. they call it Florence of the South, but to be fair I clearly like it more than Florence.
Perfect place to enjoy a wonderful sunset in the sea
Santa Maria di Leuca
The place for the Adriatic and Ionic sea meet
Beach spots next to Otranto
Baia dei Turchi
Go there early, you'll thank me for it
Not a place to swim (unless you are in search for snorkeling) but the views are super spectacular
Grota de la Poesia
That's a special place, jump in if you have the guts ;) .... can get extreme crowded
I loves this cute little white city, but what I enjoyed most is the road there and the city lifts up in front of you...awesome
They call it one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, well...I have not seen all of them but i for sure can say it is PRETTY!!!!
I mean this is a fairy tale village where everything happens in a Trulli type of house. Expect loads of tourists but I do consider it worth it to top by.
This is an amazing place and not to wonder it's Capital of Culture in 2019. Make sure to book your spot early and remember 2nd of July the city is celebrating Festa della Bruna.
We've visiting as one special Italian fried is from here ;)
i won't have a post about Bari as i did not really get to see it properly. From what I did see, i would not lose a lot of time here....but I do leave you with a beautiful sunset
This all has been done in 6 days, we landed in Bari on Thursday AM and left back to Belgium next Wednesday AM, just to give you an idea of the travel time needed. It was a total of just under 1000 km.