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Holiday destinations: Apulia

Apulia

Puglia (Apulia) is a very long and narrow region (average 50-60 km wide) surrounded by two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea, hence the long varied coastline (about 800 km, bathing percentage close to 98%). At the same time it is the least mountainous region of Italy - because there are only the northwestern mountains of Monti Dauni (highest peak Monte Cornacchia, 1152 m). The spectacular Gargano Peninsula has a lovely coast-line and the upland plateaus (the Murge) descends towards the Salentine Peninsula and the Adriatic.

Puglia from north to south
Do not just quickly rush on through the Autostrada del Sole, you can slow down and visit Puglia in peace. You will find at the beginning a vast plain, with the exception of the Gargano, home of the national park of the same name (which includes the spectacular Tremiti islands): characteristic vegetation, the very dense and shady forests of Umbria, - extending to the sclerophyllous vegetation of the Mediterranean.
The Parco Nazionale del Gargano headquarters is in Monte Sant'Angelo (Sanctuary of the Archangel Michael, World Heritage Site).
The coast of Gargano, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, is generally rocky, with few villages, such as Peschici - beautiful like a fortress above the sea - but with numerous coves with sandy beaches.
On to Vieste where you can still see the traditional trabucchi, antique fishing dwellings built to admire. Vieste has a beautiful old town and owes its popularity especially its picturesque pink and silver sand beaches in the north, the monumental rock "Pizzomunno" and the unique charm of its natural bay of Vignanotica.

Further south the coast is low and sandy, with shallow water; we meet Margherita di Savoia (Europe's largest salt pans, hot springs). Not far inland is the Castel del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a famous and elegant octagonal building, in the 13th century. Frederick II. Built. Perhaps it is little known that Friedrich II (Staufer-Kaiser) significantly contributed to the improvement of the beautiful horse breed Murgese, espeally in the area of Martina Franca and Noci.

Next is Trani and its significant romanesque cathedral in very impressive seafront location.
Bari, whose old town contains all the main sights such as the Cathedral of San Nicola, where the mortal remains of the Saint (still today he is the patron saint of children) are stored.
Below you will observe the Murgia, a plateau of mainly medium-sized hills which runs parallel to the Adriatic coast, behold - an impressive backdrop for many places. Alberobello (UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its 1,400 Trulli), Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Cisternino (one of the "most beautiful villages in Italy" because of its medieval village) are the most famous centers of the Itria Valley, the "home of the trulli" - an incomparable harmonious and imaginative built drywall houses, some with chalk drawings on the fairytale cone shaped roofs.

Our trip to the south, can either go along the "road of extra virgin olive oil" with centres such as Ceglie and Ostuni (the "White City", which stands out against the sky almost like a mirage) or be continued along the coast road to admire the protected area of coastal dunes. South of Brindisi to Otranto (cathedral with beautiful mosaic floor of approx 1,600 sq mtr. a great illustration of the Tree of Life), the coast is littered with Saracen towers. Now the coast becomes rocky with beautiful caves (Grotta Zinzilusa) where you can drink in the charming natural inland of the Salento. Majestic olive trees with twisted trunks, small plots of land separated by dry stone walls and numerous old masserie (fortresses similar to farms from the 16th -.18 century).

Soon you will discover cities such as Lecce - Capital of the unique architectural baroque style - and a hidden Salento, characterized by underground monuments, early Christian churches, caves and Hypogeum oil mills. On the Ionian coast up to Gallipoli (one of the most beautiful beaches of Salento), we meet again rock walls, punctuated by white sandy beaches that are near Taranto and surrounded by pine forests. We are in the Magna Grecia (Great Greece) - In the land of cave dwellings (Park "Terra delle gravine") Major cities are Massafra (cave dwellings and churches), Mottola and Grottaglie (known for its pottery production).

Weather and climate in Puglia
The climate in Puglia is typically mediterranean with hot, windy and dry summers and mild winters. Rainfall is in late Autumn and Winter, with the probability of a lot of snow concentrated on the Murgia plateau area.

Puglia Events and Festivals
Puglia is a region with strong deep religious traditions, especially in the summer, there are many traditional festivals and celebrations.

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