Beautiful Puglia – Part 2: The Coasts!

Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

As mentioned in part 1, Puglia is a really diverse region of Italy and everything is so close, you can so see a lot in a short time.

In part 2 we want to show you some coastal towns and some of the most beautiful beaches we’ve seen on our trip.

Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy

Polignano a Mare

This is maybe Puglia’s most famous coastal town. I’ve seen pictures of this place a gazillion times on Instagram and it was like we had already seen this place before we were there.

Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy

Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy

Polignano a Mare is famous for its spectacular location on a rock which looks like it’s not going to take all the houses any longer. There’s a small bay where you can sunbath; it’s totally overcrowded in summer and is therefore not inviting.

Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy

What’s less known is the Old Town which is really beautiful and a little bit underrated. Next to the cliff rocks, it seems to disappear a little it.

Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy

We thought about having dinner at the Grotta Palazzese, a restaurant surrounded by rocks. We decided against it. As romantic and beautiful this location is, the bad reviews discouraged us. If you know this place, we’ll be happy to hear about your experiences.

Monopoli, Puglia, Italy

Monopoli

The harbour of Monopoli is incredibly beautiful and picturesque, it made to one of our favourite coastal towns. Picture perfect motives are on every corner. The Old Town is adorable.

Monopoli, Puglia, Italy

Monopoli, Puglia, Italy

What we loved in general about Puglia and especially in Monopoli were the colourful window shutters. Monopoli is a picture perfect Italian town.

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

Otranto

Otranto’s Old Town was a little bit too touristy. It lies on the Salento peninsula and is famous for its beautiful cathedral and the mosaics built in the 12th century.

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

What’s also worth seeing is the fortress Castello Aragonses with its powerful city wall.

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

The harbour of Otranto is just next to fortress.

Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

Gallipoli

This is the perfect sunset city. Unfortunately it was too late for us to explore the Old Town.

Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

Nevertheless we had a perfect time with dinner and wine at sunset. Next time we’ll have a closer look at Gallipoli.

Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

But we can highly recommend you to put this town on your list.

Tranti, Puglia, Italy

Tranti

One of the less known towns in Puglia. It’s not far from Bari and was therefore perfect for our last day. The cathedral of Tranti lies picturesque at the harbour bay.

Tranti, Puglia, Italy

Tranti, Puglia, Italy

Tranti, Puglia, Italy

Together with the little bit come down but authentic houses, Tranti is perfect for spending some time and enjoy your last vino of your stay in Italy.

Punta Prosciutto, Puglia, Italy

Beaches

Puglia’s beaches are relatively unknown but surely play along in Europe’s upper league. We had seen similar beaches in Europe once in Sardinia. If you want to bath October is not your month. It’s definitely too cold for beach weather. But in the first months of summer you should definitely stay longer than we did to enjoy the turquoise waters of Puglia.

From Lecce all the following beaches were easy reachable.

Punta Prosciutto, Puglia, Italy

Punta Prosciutto

It was must visit just because of its name. We actually don’t know why someone would name a beach a sort of ham, but we just leave it at that.

Punta Prosciutto, Puglia, Italy

Punta Prosciutto is a dream beach. But like all beaches in Puglia really overcrowded.

Punta de la Suina, Puglia, Italy

Punta de la Suina

This place was a dream. We had to pay 3€ parking fee but could stay the whole day.

Punta de la Suina, Puglia, Italy

At Punta de la Suina there’s a picture perfect beach plus a beach bar where we enjoyed the last warm sun rays together with drinks and some other people.

Punta de la Suina, Puglia, Italy

Punta de la Suina, Puglia, Italy

With the perfect background music, there was no better place for us to relax. We almost forgot to continue our trip to Gallipoli.

Maledives of Salento, Puglia, Italy

Maledives of Salento

The name says it all though we the weather wasn’t perfect that day. If you want to spend time at a Maledives beach but don’t want to fly so many hours, we can totally recommend this one.

Santa Maria di Leuca, Puglia, Italy

Santa Maria di Leuca

I love the name of this town. It has something melodic. The harbour is really amazing. We had lunch at the Lido Azzurro Restaurante with a beautiful view over the harbour.

Santa Maria di Leuca, Puglia, Italy

Santa Maria di Leuca, Puglia, Italy

Santa Maria di Leuca, Puglia, Italy

In low season it’s almost deserted. We could have spent hours here.

Torre dell'Orso, Puglia, Italy

Torre dell’Orso

This beach is famous for the two rocks in the turquoise sea. In summer it’s a really popular beach. When looking at the pictures it’s obvious why.

Torre dell'Orso, Puglia, Italy

It’s the kind of blue sea that makes you want to jump in right away. During our stay it was windy and cool which was reason enough not to do so.

But enjoying the view was more than enough for us.

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