Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Puglia, Italy.
The region of Puglia, sometimes known as Apulia, lies in the heel of the “boot of Italy” in the far southeastern corner of the country. An area of few large towns or cities, Puglia is famous for its unspoilt and dramatic coastline, where the Ionian and Adriatic Seas meet. There are dozens of seaside towns where you can enjoy the warm Italian weather and because of the remoteness of the region they don't get too crowded even in the height of the summer. Inland, the scenery is just as dramatic and is popular with hikers and climbers, while those who prefer cultural experiences can explore a huge variety of prehistoric and ancient sites.
The coastline in Puglia is made up of rocky coves and small, sheltered bays, rather than the large sweeping beaches you usually find in seaside resorts. Some of these beaches can actually be difficult to get to, but if you're willing to go off the beaten track a little you could have your own private beach for the day! The Tremiti islands, an archipelago off the heel itself, are known for their unspoilt natural environment and offer great diving opportunities, as well as pleasant beaches. Stretching inland from the coast is the national park of the Foresta Umbra. Here you can find a network of walking paths and biking trails if you want to explore yourself. However, local trained guides offer a more unusual way of exploring this unique environment by offering nighttime hikes.
Puglia villages are famous for their unusual stone houses, built with conical roofs. The best examples can be found in the town of Alberobello, which has dozens of these unique structures, all of different shapes and sizes and most still in use today. Another impressive historical building can be visited just outside the town of Andria; the Castel del Monte. This 13th century fortress is still in remarkable condition and is open to visitors all year round. Note the significance of the number eight in the octagonal structure, with its eight towers and eight major reception rooms.
The only really large town is the region's capital, Bari. Home to several important religious buildings, including the 11th century Basilica St Nicholas and the 12th century Bari Cathedral, the city is also known for its large number of theatres. The most famous is undoubtedly the Petruzzi Theatre, considered one of Italy's most important opera houses. The original building was almost destroyed in an arson attack in 1991, but has been rebuilt and restored and is now hosting performances once again.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Puglia? Then below is a selection of Apartments in Puglia and villas in Puglia that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.