The coast of Puglia Italy. From north to south in Puglia where to visit: the destinations not to be missed

The coast of Puglia Italy. From north to south in Puglia where to visit: the destinations not to be missed


On your next Puglia Italy holidays, you won’t know where to turn. The Apulia Italian region has an extensive and beautiful coast. So as you are planning your Puglia Italy holidays, it can get tricky knowing where to go. 

North to South, from the Gargano Promontory to Capo di Leuca, the Apulian coast offers unique and unmissable scenery. 860 km of breathtaking views and naturalistic landscapes of the Mediterranean meet the crystal clear blue of the Apulian seas - the Adriatic and Ionian seas. The variety of dwellings present along the Apulian coast surprises everyone, even the most discerning visitors.
You will find stretches of coastline equipped to accommodate families, resorts that have plenty to keep the kids busy, romantic stretches for couples in search of privacy and absolute relaxation and finally cliffs overlooking the sea for the most adventurous in search of an active travel experience. Our Puglia package holidays include all the must-sees destinations in the entire region of Puglia Italy. We strive to craft itineraries in which you can experience the very best of the Apulia Italian region.

First, let’s begin our Puglia travel guide from the north, on the slopes of Gargano.

They boast an extended coastline mainly rocky and jagged with coves and caves that overlook the pristine sea. In this area, you will find sandy beaches close to Vieste and Peschici. In the area, you should not be missing two stops along this stretch of the Apulian coast - the suggestive localities of Pizzomunno and Pugnochiuso.

Heading south towards Puglia’s tip of the heel, you will reach Margherita di Savoia, famous for its salt pans, the largest in Europe. An ideal location for breathtaking sunsets pictures.  

Further south of the Apulian coast, there is the coastal stretch of the province of Barletta, Andria, and Trani.
Visiting this area of Puglia Italy will give you the opportunity to do excursions and experience the true essence of the Apulian territory. Among other wonders you will discover many architectural masterpieces such as the Cathedral by the sea of Trani, Castel del Monte, or appreciate the wild nature of the Alta Murgia National Park.
During your Puglia vacation, why not indulge in some cheese making classes and take your time to savor and taste local delicacies such as the Burrata of Andria, orecchiette pugliesi, panzerotti… Our expert local Puglia guides will make sure to reveal all the secrets of the pugliese cuisine.  These are just some of the things you can do in this inland area of the Apulia Italian region.  
Let’s proceed along the coast of Bari, where there are a series of unique places to visit, washed by the Adriatic Sea such as San Vito, Monopoli, Polignano a mare - the enchanting city of singer and songwriter Domenico Modugno who composed  "nel blu dipinto di blu,  Volare" - and finally Torre Canne. To visit in depth these locations, you can take advantage of one of our Puglia package holidays. 
Passing by Ostuni, you’ll reach Brindisi then Lecce with its rocky coasts which alternate with wide uncontaminated beaches and small towns that offer quintessential Apulian charm without the crowds. In this area there are seaside resorts such as Santa Cesarea, Castro and Porto Badisco. On your travel to Puglia Italy, do not miss the Grotta dei Cervi. 
Further south along the Apulia Italian region coastline there is a succession of wide beaches such as Torre dell'Orso with its stacks "the two sisters", lakes such as the Alimini Lakes with the wonderful Baia dei Turchi. For those who love diving, the rocky Apulian coastline is a must. It stretches from the small harbor of Sant'Andrea to the Grotta della Poesia.
The Apulian coast of Salento continues with the southernmost stretch of the Italian heel. On the very tip of the heel, you will encounter Santa Maria di Leuca called De Finibus Terrae with its immaculate sea.
There, the coast boasts numerous small coves and a multitude of caves such as La Zinzulusa, the Cave of the Three Doors and Cave Ciolo which offer mesmerizing views. On your Puglia trip, a spot not to be missed is La Serra - a natural swimming pool along the Apulian coast, located in Tricase.
Going up the stretch of Ionian coast instead, you’ll come across the famous Maldives of Salento and its homonymous beach. Moving up north, you’ll reach stretches of fine beaches such as those of Posto Vecchio (labeled “bandiera blu” a certification delivered by the Foundation for Environmental Education), Punta della Suina or Baia Verde near the famous city of Gallipoli. The latter is the ideal place for those looking for fun and great parties on the beach at sunset with DJ sets. A great addition to your Puglia vacation!
Our Puglia travel guide overview of the unmissable destinations to visit along the extensive coast of Puglia ends with the stretch close by Castellaneta Marina. Along this strip,we recommend a few beaches such as Sant'Isidoro, Torre Lapillo, Punta Prosciutto and further north Campo Marino and Marina di Lizzano.
If you want to make the most of your Puglia vacation, take advantage of our Puglia package tours. We can customize itineraries to fit your interests and needs, and thanks to our expert Puglia guides you will get exclusive access to the must-see places of Apulia in Italy. Just travel to Puglia Italy with us!