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Exploring Coastal Puglia

By Viator, June 2018

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As the heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia packs in 500 miles (800 km) of coastline on two seas, the Ionian and the Adriatic. Both offer up one sandy beach after another, each backed with impossibly turquoise waters, and along with predictably hot weather and the wild landscape, the region closely resembles Greece, even down to its whitewashed seaside towns.

The sea is calm and warm along most of Puglia’s coastline; the cliffs and sea stacks of the Gargagno in the north gradually give way to some of Italy’s best beaches such as the sandy expanses at Polignano a Mare and Otranto, although south of Bari many beaches turn to pebble. The major cities of Bari and Brindisi both sit on the Adriatic and are major ports as well as gateways to the southern Mediterranean. Nonetheless, the waters around these cities remain pristine, with the marshy wetlands of the Natural Maritime Reserve of Torre Guaceto found just north of Brindisi, an area of sparkling white sand and schools of fish flitting under rocks in crystal-clear seas.

After hitting the Salento in the south, the shore turns to limestone cliffs; inlets become fjord-like in shape, beaches shrunk to miniscule sandy coves and strange rock formations line the waters’ edge. Little, whitewashed hill towns perch above the sea, including Santa Maria di Leuca; moving west from there is the sandy delight of Marina di Salve, and beyond that Rivabella and Taranto, both boasting lengthy soft strips of sand, alternating neatly with rocky outcrops, lagoons and cozy little bays.  

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Boat Tour with stops in S. Isidoro, Porto Selvaggio and Punta Lea, Puglia, null
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Boat Tour with stops in S. Isidoro, Porto Selvaggio and Punta Lea

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For sea lovers, this is an excursion to one of the most beautiful regional parks of Southern Italy. Take a boat trip from Porto Cesareo to Santa Caterina. Dive ...  Read more

Location: Porto Cesareo, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.61
Polignano a Mare Caves Boat Trip from Polignano, Bari or Brindisi, Puglia, Day Cruises
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Polignano a Mare Caves Boat Trip from Polignano, Bari or Brindisi

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Visit the sea caves of Polignano a Mare on a 2-hour tour from Polignano, Bari, or Brindisi. Enjoy a cruise to explore the unique formations of the caves. ...  Read more

Location: Polignano A Mare, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.06
Boat Tour with Stops in Punta Prosciutto, Porto Cesareo and Under Water Roman Columns, Puglia, Day ... 
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Boat Tour with Stops in Punta Prosciutto, Porto Cesareo and Under Water Roman Columns

On one morning you will have the chance to navigate along 30 km. coastline that characterizes the entire Marine Protected Area of Porto Cesareo. Trip Boat from ...  Read more

Location: Porto Cesareo, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.61
Private Tour: Lecce City Sightseeing Including Basilica di Santa Croce, Lecce, Day Cruises
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Private Tour: Lecce City Sightseeing Including Basilica di Santa Croce

Discover the highlights of Lecce on a private walking tour with an expert guide. Known as the ‘Florence of the South,’ Lecce is full of beautiful Baroque ...  Read more

Location: Lecce, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.21
Sunset Boat Excursion with Local Aperitif - Salento, Puglia, Walking Tours
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Sunset Boat Excursion with Local Aperitif - Salento

Enjoy the colors of the marvelous sea and taste the flavors of the Salento at sunset . Explore the Ionian coast with its sandy beaches and rocky shores ...  Read more

Location: Gallipoli, Italy
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $58.02
Private Tour: Bari City Sightseeing Including Basilica di San Nicola and Castello Normanno-Svevo, ... 
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Private Tour: Bari City Sightseeing Including Basilica di San Nicola and Castello Normanno-Svevo

Take a private walking tour of Bari to discover the history and sights of Puglia’s capital city. Visit top attractions including Castello Normanno-Svevo ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.12
Private Tour: Polignano a Mare City and Boat Tour, Puglia, Walking Tours
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Private Tour: Polignano a Mare City and Boat Tour

Polignano a Mare is one of the most fascinating small towns near Bari and it is famous for its white cliffs facing the blue-green sea.

Location: Polignano A Mare, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.24

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