Cheap flights to Puglia

Considered the ‘heel of Italy’s boot’ - in reference to its south eastern location on the boot-shaped map of Italy - the region of Puglia isn’t top of mind when it comes to an idyllic European vacation, but that’s precisely why it is the place to go for the savvy traveller. Less burdened by English-speaking tourists (and the commercialisation that usually follows said tourists), Puglia has managed to retain much of its old-world charm and unspoilt natural beauty. Enjoyed mostly by Italians only, this region – with its 800 kilometres of sun-drenched coast – is a well-kept secret reserved only for the more informed.

Bordered by the crystal clear Ionian and Adriatic Seas, Puglia is a seaside dream with its warm blue waters, rocky coasts and golden sand beaches. Besides the typical sun, sea and sand attractions, though, the region also boasts a rich culinary heritage, plenty of pristine archaeological sites left behind by a diverse tapestry of past invaders (including the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Spanish and Normans), picturesque little towns and much more, all squeezed within its area of 7,400 square miles.

Getting around

The entire of Puglia is chock-full of wonderful things to see, do and eat. As such, tourists wanting to truly experience everything the region has to offer might find it in their interests to rent their own car for easy transport around the region. Though getting lost appears to be a common theme, Puglia is so beautiful that most people don’t seem to mind terribly.

For those averse to helming their own vehicle, public buses and railways are available in Puglia as well – the Ferrovie Sud Est Railway, for example, links the popular towns of Lecce, Otranto and Alberobello, and is a great way to enjoy the scenery of the Puglian countryside without having to drive.

What to see and do

If in Puglia, don’t miss a visit to the pretty little town of Alberobello, one of Puglia’s most iconic attractions. Characterized by its unique traditional architecture – the conically-shaped white limestone houses called Trulli – the whole of Alberobello is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its irreplaceable cultural and architectural value.

But of course no trip to this gorgeous region is complete without spending some time whiling away the summer heat by the seaside. To find a good beach in Puglia, though, will be difficult – not because there aren’t any, but because you’d be spoilt for choice. The region alone is home to more than 10 beaches with the Blue Flag eco-label, a prestigious certification given by the Foundation for Environmental Education to beaches with the highest quality of seawater, and that promote sustainable development as well as good safety and environmental management.

One such example is the Marina di Pescoluse (or Pescoluse Beach) known as the Maldives of Puglia. An 8km stretch of coast, Pescoluse boasts ultra-fine white sands, sparkling shallow clear seawaters and an attractive clientele of young Italians on holiday.

Flights to Puglia

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