Puglia is a sun-drenched region in southern Italy, known for its huge stretch of picturesque coastline, whitewashed buildings and delicious cuisine. Whether you want to relax and soak up the sun by the pool or explore some traditional Italian towns, our range of Puglia villa rentals is sure to have the perfect place for you.
Our Puglia holiday villas have been selected due to their fantastic locations close to beautiful beaches and tranquil towns. If you’re partial to soft sand and warm crystal-clear sea, this is the place to be. There are outstanding beaches to discover across the 800 kilometres of undisturbed coastline.
Dip your toes in the silky sands of Pescoluse and snorkel around the brightly-coloured coral reefs at Torre Guaceto. For a fun-filled day out for the family, take a boat trip to the Tremiti Islands, where you will discover hidden coves, small stretches of golden sand and bright-blue sea that’s ideal for diving.
Villa holidays in Puglia, Italy are also perfect for those seeking active adventure. Set off on two wheels, cycling through small villages and rolling farmland where you can spot ancient olive groves and vineyards full of luscious grapes. Take a rest stop in scenic Alberobello to sample some tasty Italian coffee and a gelato.
Our range of Puglia villas give you the ultimate flexibility to create your own itinerary, so you can get out and explore or sit back and relax as you please. Fancy a day of rest and relaxation? No problem. Our villas in Puglia come with a private pool as standard, so you can take a dip or lay on your lounger in the peace and quiet. Eager to discover the local area? Head out for the day to meander through traditional whitewashed towns, knowing you can return to your own private property for a BBQ and a bottle of vino.
Luxury Villas in Puglia
Hand-picked to ensure they provide the highest quality facilities, our luxury villas in Puglia are sure to please. You can expect air conditioning, Wi-Fi, fully-equipped kitchens, BBQs and pool and table tennis tables to keep the kids entertained. Ranging from cosy one-bedroom trulli villas to large Pugliese holiday homes with six bedrooms, there’s a property to suit everyone.
Take your pick from stunning resorts across the region, including the old town of Ostuni, the charming Cisternino and picturesque Ceglie Messapica. Take a look at our villas with private pools in Puglia, Italy, to start creating the holiday of a lifetime.
Where is Puglia?
Puglia lies in the south-eastern corner of Italy, often referred to as the heel, bordered by the Adriatic Sea. The main city, Bari, is situated roughly halfway along the region’s coastline and has one of its main airports. The port town of Brindisi lies further south is where the other airport is located.
Daytime temperatures here rise to around 20 degrees Celsius by the end of April, while summer begins in late May and lasts until the end of September. In July and August, daytime temperatures rise to around 30 degrees Celsius. You can expect a few degrees difference in the temperature between the coast and the inland Vale d’Itria Valley, which is around 400 metres above sea level and tends to be cooler.
For the local Pugliese, the evening begins with the passeggiata, when each town’s residents take to the streets after a siesta to stroll around and chat to friends while dusk falls. You can either participate and appreciate the effect the golden sunlight has on the limestone buildings at this hour, or enjoy an aperitivo, or drink, at one of the many bars found in each town. Dinner doesn’t tend to be eaten until at least 8pm – although you’ll find some restaurants open earlier – and is very much a family affair.
Puglia traces its roots back to the ancient Greeks, but you’ll also find artefacts from Roman amphitheatres to defensive towers built by Norman, French and Venetian rulers. The Spanish occupied during the 17th century too, when many of the finely decorated Baroque churches and palazzos were built. The distinctive trulli houses which dot the land date to the 18th century as a way of avoiding building taxes. Throughout all the changes, the olive groves have remained, some of which are centuries old.
In Puglia, the way of life is still very traditional. Throughout the year there are festivals. Each town has its own saint and there is a day or several days of festivities and services to commemorate them. In addition, there are music, art, food and wine festivals across the summer months with some of the most notable taking place in Martina Franca and Ceglie Messapica. Every town has a market day if you fancy doing some shopping, or even just a spot of people watching.
Places of interest in Puglia
Along the length of the Vale d’Itria valley there are many fascinating towns, each with their own distinct appeal. On the coast, the towns of Polignano a Mare and Monopoli are great for a day out as you can combine a visit to a local beach and a stroll through their historic centres. To the south of Brindisi lies Lecce, a town famed for its Baroque architecture and well worth a visit.
Known as cucina povera, the food of Puglia is simple yet very tasty and makes the best use of locally sourced fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. In recent years, it’s become more renowned for its wine production with Negroamara and Primitivo being the most popular grape varieties. Every town has a pizzeria although the wood-fired ovens are only lit in the evening due to the heat.
Things to do for families
In the centre of the region, close to the coastal town of Monopoli is Fasanolandia, a theme park and zoo all on one site. Near Monopoli, Aquapark Egnazia, open from June to September, has pools and slides and areas where you can sunbathe. For something completely different, visit the Grotte di Castellana, a network of caves nearly 2 miles long and 60 metres deep. A guided tour takes around 2 hours and is an ideal way to avoid the heat of the day. There are also smaller cave complexes you can visit near the town of Putignano..
Here at Villa Plus, our customers are always at the forefront of our minds and we believe that our individually selected self-catering villas in Puglia, give you a choice that you’ll struggle to resist. Enjoy the luxury of a peaceful countryside retreat, with plenty of outside space to relax and dine al fresco. Some of our villas are trullis converted into comfortable villas and all have the added bonus of a private swimming pool. All our villas in Puglia are located in or near the Valle d’Itria, an area famed for its historic towns and landscapes, unchanged for centuries yet still a joy to explore. You’ll have a home away from home with plenty of space around it, a private pool and stretching views of the surrounding olive groves. Each villa is within 20 minutes’ drive of a town so you can dine in restaurants or pick up essentials at the local markets and supermarkets to make your own Pugliese feast. As locals to the destination, we’re on hand 24-7 to ensure you have that perfect getaway that you’ve been dreaming of. We live and breathe villa holidays and want to ensure you leave Puglia loving it just as much as we do..
Our villas are all located in the central region of Puglia known as Valle D’Itria and a convenient 20 minutes’ drive from one of the 'White Towns'. There are a number of towns in this region, the most famous and northerly being Alberobello. To the west lies Noci while Locorotondo Martina Franca, Cisternino, Ostuni and Ceglie Messapica are east or south east. Between all the towns are plains and rolling hills covered in woodlands, vineyards and farms, a landscape largely unchanged for centuries.
The distinctive trulli houses are scattered across the rural landscapes here. Their white walls and grey roofs can be seen in every area but particularly in Alberobello, where 1,400 form a town which has been recognised by UNESCO. A short walk up a hill is the other half of the town which has the Church of Santi Medici, the weekly market and a number of cafes and restaurants.
A town yet to be touched by volumes of tourists, Ceglie Messapica has retained the traditional way of life with a weekly market. It has many elegant buildings and numerous streets to explore where you’ll find bars and restaurants hidden away.
Set on top of a steep hill with excellent views of the surrounding countryside, Cisternino has a couple of distinctive features including an elegant central piazza surrounded by restaurants and boutiques.
An elegant town with a series of squares linked by narrow winding streets. It has some very fine Baroque architecture, including a palazzo with amazing frescos, but retains a friendly, small town feel. The weekly market is one of the most renowned in the area. Each year from mid-July to early August, it plays host to an arts festival with classical concerts and operas.
Located to the west of Alberobello, Noci is a small, relaxed town with a reputation for excellent wine and dairy products which is less well known as a tourist destination. There are a number of small courtyards which are interesting to wander around.
Discover hidden passageways lined with boutiques, cafes and restaurants or relax with an excellent artisanal gelato in a sunny piazza while taking in the ornate architecture of Ostuni, one of the 'White Towns'.
San Vito dei Normanni is close to Brindisi and enjoys the best of both worlds. You can experience the local Pugliese way of life but will also be close enough to the famous White Towns, some local beaches and key tourist attractions.
Located over 430 yards above sea level, on the highest point in the province of Brindisi, Selva di Fasano is often known as ‘the Italian balcony of the Orient’. Here you can enjoy not only panoramic views of the Adriatic Coast but also the pristine natural setting surrounded by forests of cypress, chestnut, pine, oak and carob trees.
For an authentic Puglia experience, discover the small village of San Michele Salentino. The village sits in the countryside, surroundedby olive groves where you’ll be able to see the famous trullis, the conical houses for which Puglia is famed.
Torre Santa Sabina has the spectacular backdrop of the Adriatic Coast with a relaxed seaside feeling paired with luminous waves of the sea. The sandy beach is lined with beautiful seafront restaurants, open-air cafes and plenty of gelaterias for holiday treats.
Carovigno, situated in the "Upper Salento" region, is renowned for its olive oil production thanks to the beautiful olive trees overlooking the coast. A great base to explore, the stunning ‘white city’ of Ostuni is just 20 minutes’ drive away, while the picturesque coastline is also within easy reach.
One of the least known regions of Italy, Puglia is a joy to discover for many reasons. The land, sea and towns each have their own appeal and are all worth exploring. Be sure to hire a car to make the most of your time in this fascinating place.
Puglia is full of interesting and characterful towns that are definitely worth a visit. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello with over 1,400 trulli houses or visit the ‘White City’ of Ostuni. Explore the charming town of Locorotondo and don't miss the city of Lecce. With so many places to see, you may struggle to fit everything in!
Situated in the heart of Puglia, the Valle d’Itria’s beautiful countryside consists of hilly landscapes, olive groves, vineyards and fruit orchards. There are lots of walking routes to explore stunning scenery and views. Or if you’re feeling active why not rent bikes and pack a picnic?
The limestone of Puglia has been worn away for 100,000 years creating caves and grottoes across the region, many of which have been turned into churches and visitor attractions. Visiting the grottoes makes for an interesting afternoon and is also a great way to cool off from the sun.
If you can drag yourself away from your villa and pool, Puglia has plenty of attractions and activities on offer that the whole family can enjoy. Cool off at one of the waterparks or take a ride on the exciting rides at Fasanolandia. Families will also love the Ciuchino Birichino Adventure Park, with activities including zip lining and archery.
Stretching along the Adriatic Sea, the coastline of Puglia is a mixture of small coves and larger sandy beaches. Beach clubs and lidos are popular and you'll find plenty to choose from around Savelletri and Villanova. You can also pack a picnic and head to one of the sandy coves which have little in the way of facilities but offer an opportunity to swim in the sea and relax.
There is a small beach in the centre of Monopoli close to the city walls. Stroll through the historical centre, around the harbour with colourful fishing boats to the castle. There are a few restaurants along the sea front and plenty in the old town from contemporary bars to traditional trattorias. North of the town, there are simple, local beaches with limited facilities so you might want to bring your own picnic.
At the mouth of a rocky gorge, surrounded by cliffs that people like to dive from into the clear, deep sea, Polignano a Mare beach has a stunning setting. There are several restaurants overlooking it which specialise in seafood. Pass through a gateway into the old town and stroll around the maze of streets until you come to the viewing point over looking the beach and sea caves, a perfect photo spot.
A combination of port and holiday resort, Savelletri is a popular spot for a day out. Head to the harbour where you can take a stroll around and admire the pleasure and fishing boats. There are plenty of fish restaurants or just enjoy a chilled wine or "gelato" and sit in the sun. Up and down the coast, bathing areas can be found, just park where you see a spot. You may also visit one of the local lidos where you can hire sun loungers and parasols and use the snack bar.
On the coast, south of Carovigno and to the north of Brindisi, you’ll find Torre Guaceto National Park, renowned for its dunes and sandy beaches. You can hire snorkelling equipment or bikes to see the area in depth and at a leisurely pace.
On the coast close to Ostuni, Villanova has several beaches in and around the town including a wide sandy public beach which slopes gently in the sea with some sun beds are available for hire. There are also upmarket beach resorts where you can hire a sunbed for the day and use the onsite restaurant. To the north and south of the town are simple coves and bays with limited or no facilities.
Torre Canne is home to beautiful long stretch of golden sand and clear, shallow waters. This picturesque Blue Flag beach is surrounded by sand dunes and olive trees and is popular with families. You’ll find ice cream shops and restaurants nearby, ideal for a lunch with a sea view, and there is also a local market held in the evenings.
Torre Santa Sabina is home to a collection of natural sandy beaches, rocky coves and more upmarket beach clubs. The seafront is lined with restaurants, cafes and plenty of gelaterias for that all-important ice cream. The Spiaggia Della Mezzaluna beach club has calm waters and soft, white sand with sun loungers to hire as well as a bar offering a light lunch service. Or, head to Isoletta, a natural rocky inlet with bathing platforms – there are no facilities here so be sure to take a picnic.
The stunning Blue Flag Torre dell’Orso beach is a ½ mile stretch of fine sand and crystal-clear waters. This sheltered cove is flanked by cliffs and takes its name from the 16th century Torre dell’Orso (the tower of the bear) set on the clifftop. Look out to see and you’ll find the landmark white limestone rocks called Le Due Sorelle (the 2 sisters). The beach consists of a selection of beach clubs as well as stretches of free beach where you can just throw your towel down and relax with a picnic.