Puglia, in the boot of Italy, is spoilt for choice with its coastline, which is the longest in Italy. The region borders both the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea, and being the furthest south, it boasts glorious weather, ideal for spending the day at the beach. When staying at our Puglia villas, these are the best beaches to check out:
Baia delle Zagare
In the Gargano sub region, between Vieste and Mattinata is the Baia delle Zagare. It is named after a local flower that is indigenous to the area. The soft white beach is 1km long and surrounded by a national park. Near the shore, there are two instantly recognisable rock formations, which are a popular draw for beachgoers.
San Pietro in Bevagna Beach, Maruggio
San Pietro is a protected beach and is usually deserted. You can really bask in luxury and peace alone with the azure sea and white dunes. There are parts of the beach that are serviced too, so you can enjoy the beautiful beach from a comfy lounger and have cool refreshing drinks within easy reach.
Torre Dell’Orso, Melendugno
The thin stretch of pristine sand is a total of 1.5km long, and just off the coast there are the ‘two sisters’. The twin rock stacks that stand side by side are a striking white that stand out against the bright blue of the sea. The beach is surrounded by rocky cliffs full of interesting caves to check out.
This beach is named after the small sand banks offshore that resembles a collection of islands at sunset. Italy’s answer to the Maldives, you can easily spend a day soaking up the sun on the silky white sands while the Ionian Sea sparkles. The shallow waters make it ideal for family holidays, and it hasn’t become a tourist hive yet.
Tremiti Islands, Gargano
You can reach the Tremiti Islands by boat from Termoli, and several other coastal towns. San Domino and San Nicola are the two largest islands and offer a lot in the way of superb beaches. You can go snorkelling and diving in the clear water, and the beaches are sandy and wild.
Torre Lapillo Bay, Porto Cesareo
The huge Torre Lapillo Bay provides a sandy pathway between the Torre Lapillo and Torre Chianca lighthouse towers. There are rolling dunes, pretty seaside houses and crystal clear shallow water to paddle in. With all this on your doorstep from your Puglia villa, you can easily spend the whole day at the beach, sun bathing, swimming and building sandcastles.