Puglia is perfect mixture of what Italy is renowned for, history, scenery and gastronomyEscape the crowds in an area that is still largely untouched compared to some of Italy's more famed destinations
Located in southeastern Italy, Puglia is known for its sweeping coastlines and warm climate. It boasts some of the country’s most enviable beaches and beautiful landscapes. You’ll also get to taste some of Italy’s finest food and wine when staying in this captivating region.
There’s plenty to see and do on luxury holidays in Puglia. Bari and Lecce are the main towns and are well worth visiting for their historic architecture. Many of the villages in the area feature whitewashed buildings reminiscent of Greece, but with their own unique Italian identity.
There are many notable buildings in the Puglia area. Head to the town of Alberobello, which has around 1,500 beehive-shaped houses made from local limestone, many dating back to the 19th century. Another must-see sight is the Castel del Monte. Perched on a hill, the castle is unique in that it has no strategic purpose - there’s no moat, drawbridge, arrow slits or other signs that it fulfilled a military role. Some theories suggest that this 13th-century structure has a religious significance, but the ongoing mystery only adds to its charm and intrigue. The Basilica di Santa Croce in Lecce, complete with the strange creatures carved into its outside stonework and baroque interior, is also a highlight. The Basilica was built in the 16th and 17th centuries by a team of artists under Giuseppe Zimbalo.
Puglia has some of Italy’s finest sandy beaches, blue waters and hidden coves, which are perfect for bathing, snorkelling, fishing and boat trips.
Further inland, the rolling Arcadian Hills grow tasty crops including tomatoes, artichokes and aubergines. There are also nature reserves, olive groves, green meadows and wetlands to explore.
Luxury hotels in Puglia make the most of these landscapes, offering spectacular views and easy access to the area’s natural attractions.
Food and wine
Nowhere in Puglia is far from the sea, so it’s not surprising that seafood features on many of the restaurant menus. Pasta made with fresh local ingredients is also a favourite regional dish. The specialist pasta is orecchiette, sometimes called ‘little ears’ because of its shape. Mussels, aged ricotta cheese and locally reared lamb are also popular, and it’s common to see wood-fired grills on the street where vendors cook meat to order.
Puglia is known for its wine made from the negroamaro or minutolo grape, so don’t miss the chance to try a glass or two.
Why go to Puglia?
If you're looking for a calm and relaxing holiday away from the crowds, Puglia could be the ideal choice for you. Part of the area’s appeal is that it’s still largely untouched by tourism compared to many of Italy’s other regions. The natural beauty of the landscapes and the small seaside villages can be explored by car, and there are plenty of beautiful places to walk or simply unwind on the beach.
Our 5 star hotels in Puglia offer stylish accommodation in some of the area’s most scenic settings. Get in touch with our experienced team by phone or live chat to find out more.
where to stay
We work with a range of hotels throughout the region, and our specialists can ensure you pick the perfect place for you to stay during your holiday. Below is a snapshot of some of the properties we love, but this list isn't exhaustive, so if you want any more advice and full details of all the hotels we work, with please don't hesitate to contact us on 01244 322770.
Sant'Angelo Luxury ResortFrom...
Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort, Matera, is located in a beautiful square in the heart of the Sassi di Matera. Many of the rooms in the resort have been converted from humble cave dwellings to modern residences, offering unique accommodation with first-class facilities.
Built in 1892, Palazzo Margherita, Bernalda, has been lovingly restored to create a luxury boutique hotel. Set in magical gardens, with fresco ceilings and walls, the hotel’s palatial rooms preserve the heritage of the building while also offering a range of modern amenities to ensure guests enjoy a comfortable and indulgent stay.
Masseria San DomenicoFrom...
Housed in a 15th century building, Masseria San Domenico was once used by the Knights of Malta as a watchtower. Today, it offers guests a five star luxury resort with many of the original features, lush tropical gardens and a large, saltwater swimming pool. The hotel also has its own private beach reached through an avenue of olive trees.
Our Destination Specialists
our destination specialist
Have you ever wondered about the team behind your holiday? Our expert team are always on hand and invite you to give them a call to discuss your perfect holiday with Azure.
We are passionate about travel and that passion drives our desire to ensure you have your perfect holiday every time. Our promise to you is your best ever tailor-made holiday01244 322770
- Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm
- Saturday 9:30 am to 1pm
- Sunday Closed
our travellers' journeys
Find out what our clients have to say about their experiences
We have been using Azure to arrange our holidays for over 12 years. Every year usually twice a year, sometimes more, we rely on the experienced team at Chester to provide expert information on our chosen destinations. Be it a return to our established favorites in Barbados and Dubai or a new and exiting destination chosen from Azures brochure it is always handled in a friendly and competent manner. The small details are not missed such as do we need late check out or early arrival, which can make such a difference after sometimes long hours travelling. For us using Azure takes the uncertainty out of booking holidays.
We have been booking our holidays through Azure for 10 years and we can thoroughly recommend them. The Azure team arrange amazing holidays, well chosen destinations and hotels with a tailored itinerary that runs like clockwork with so many wonderful extras, it really takes the time and stress out of planning. When the weather has disrupted our journeys, their 24 hour service has provided us with 5* rescues! Nothing is too much trouble for Azure staff and the same goes for all the staff we have met on our Azure holidays which really are out of this world. We continue to recommend your company and all your wonderful team and look forward to our next holiday with you.
My first experience with Azure was when they came to my rescue when my family and I were stranded abroad on holiday without accommodation, their professionalism and ability to make things happen at very very short notice was second to none. They were very knowledgeable and were able to utilise their many relationships within the industry to get things resolved for me within an hour. I can't praise them enough for rescuing my family's holiday and making it a truly memorable time. Since then the team always do their best to make my holidays the best they can possibly be based on their own vast travel knowledge and experiences. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them and wouldn't use anyone else for luxurious travel.
our travellers' stories
Learn more about our beautiful destinations