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 villas give you the ultimate flexibility to create your own itinerary. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
If you’re able to drag yourself away from your private pool, you’ll find lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy together. Take a cycling tour to explore the picturesque countryside or head to Fasanolandia to see the animals. If you need to cool off why not visit a waterpark or discover one of the underground caves in the region?
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. Grotte di Castellana is by far the largest of the grottoes in Puglia, with a network of nearly 2 miles. Children will also love the Dinosaur Park, where they can walk amongst the life-sized models, and the Indiana Park where they can try their hand at ziplining!
Acquapark Egnazia offers a fun choice of water slides, a lazy river and 2 pools for playing and splashing. The jungle themed children’s pool is great for the little ones with jets, mini slides and a climbing area. You can also hire sun beds and umbrellas to relax in the sunshine.
Close to the town of Fasano, there is a popular theme park, Fasanolandia is an amusement park with over 25 exciting rides. Next door you'll find Zoo Safari, a drive-through zoo with over 200 different species living in wide natural spaces. It’s a fun excursion for family members of all ages.
If you’re feeling active why not visit Ciuchino Birichino Adventure Park, located just outside Ostuni? Set up in the trees you’ll find an intricate maze of suspended walkways, rope bridges and zip lines. You can also try your hand at archery, climbing, orienteering and mountain biking. With nearly 200 acres of woodland and meadows there are lots of activities on offer to keep everyone entertained.
For a fun day out be sure to visit Carrisiland Resort, an exciting amusement/water park filled with rides and entertainment. Race down the waterslides or chill out in the wave pool. Children will love the splash area as well as the live themed shows. There is also a small petting zoo with a variety of farm animals, plus a fun train to take you to the different zones of the park.
Located in Taranto, the Jonian Dolphin Conservation offer fantastic boat trips to watch the dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn about the conservation efforts and become a ‘Researcher for the day’ where you’ll record your sightings, photograph the dolphins and listen to the dolphins communicate. Reward your hard work with a delicious Puglian lunch before heading back to shore.
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.
If you’re able to drag yourself away from your private pool, you’ll find lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy together. Take a cycling tour to explore the picturesque countryside or head to Fasanolandia, a theme park and zoo all on one site. If you need to cool off, why not visit the Aquapark Eganzia waterpark? 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.
Puglia is a popular destination during the summer months, where you can expect long sunny days and relaxing evenings - perfect for the alfresco way of life. Daytime temperatures 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.
At Villa Plus, all of our villas offer a relaxing countryside atmosphere but are ideally located within a short drive of the surrounding towns. Take your pick from stunning resorts across the region, including the old town of Ostuni, the charming Cisternino and picturesque Ceglie Messapica. Providing the best of both worlds, you can spend the morning by the pool before heading to a nearby town to enjoy the authentic Italian cuisine and wander the historic streets. You'll also be within easy reach of the picturesque coastline, with a collection of secluded coves, wide sandy beaches and private beach clubs. With a great selection of 1 and 2 bed villas spread across the resorts, a villa holiday in Puglia is a superb choice for your next couples retreat.