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Discover Puglia and its turquoise grotto caves under the sea
If Italy was indeed a boot, as it is often described, then Puglia or Apulia as it is often called in English would be its heel and what a lavish heel it is. For your holiday in Puglia choose a vacation rental such as a villa with pool or an apartment, it is indeed the best accommodation you can hope to have for your trip. Guesthouses are available in all main seaside resorts of Puglia as well as a large number of rooms for rent and cheap apartments, just choose what is ideal for you in the ideal location for a pleasant holiday in the "heel of the boot".
All the wonders of the historic Garganic Riviera
A wide and wonderful peninsula backed by a mighty mountain chain by Foggia, the Gargano is known worldwide not only for its beautiful mountains landscape but also and mainly for its uninterrupted 200 kilometers of splendid sandy coastline all along the Adriatic Sea. The most splendid beaches of Italy in Gargano offer tiny little hidden bays, wonderful huge white rocks which are locally called "Faraglioni", a sheer turquoise blue uncontaminated sea, the most incredible Mediterranean vegetation and a true collection of hidden grotto caves under the sea where you can have a bath or sail with a boat. Stop in the village of Vieste, pearl of the Gargano, where white ancient houses and the cobalt colour of the peaceful Puglia Sea will astonish you. You will most definitely wish to have your own holiday apartment in Puglia in Vieste or even a villa with swimming pool and seaview near the Faraglioni rocks. All around you pines, olive trees, and citrus groves surround the little Gargano bays: just enjoy the thousand perfumes of Italian Mediterranean Sea in Puglia. Vieste was the beloved town of Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen who spent most of his life in Puglia and built here a large number of castles some of which are not deemed to be just simple fortifications but true esoteric symbols inspired by the laws of the Universe and the Gnosis to which the German but Italian born Emperor was so devoted.
A rough yet totally unspoilt and protected landscape, you will love the Gargano coasts and their beaches, particularly suitable for all kind of water sports and scuba dive activities. There is nothing in the world like sailing on a boat among the different big Faraglioni white cliffs coming out of the sea like ancient giants of mythology and enter inside one turquoise grotto feeling its natural increased warmth and the pleasant sound of sea water against its stalagmite walls, it is the best hammam and swimming pool you can ever hope to know. Visit the villages of Mattinata and the beautiful town of Manfredonia which not only offers a very strategic position on the Adriatic Sea but also has a number of important monuments which deserve an entire day visit such as the Castello Svevo Angioino, a mighty 13th century castle, the beautiful Cathedral and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Having lunch in one small piazzetta of an ancient village in Gargano and enjoying the simple, "poor" but generous food of this region is an experience you will never regret. Puglia will inspire you much more than you could ever believe.
Travelling across the Salento and its towns
Otranto Cathedral dates back to year 1000 when the Normans built it. Mysterious mosaics show a tree of life sustained by two elephants with encompassed visions of heaven and hell, Adam and Eve, but also mythological heroes and gods and historical chiefs inspired both by reality and by legends. An amazing vision of religion, mythology, superstition and tradition all mixed together on the floor of this wonderful Cathedral which really deserves a long stop for a visit. Rent an apartment or a vacation house in Otranto and fully enjoy all the pleasures that Salento can offer you, from one town to the other you will get to know all the story of Puglia and of its real and mythical heroes.
If you are fond of baroque architecture you cannot miss a visit to Lecce. The town was entirely redecorated in all its fronts, buildings and churches in the 16th and 17th centuries and everywhere you will look around, you will only find allegorical statues, chubby cherubs and beautiful angels in stone overlooking the most stunning squares you could ever dream to see. More than a town, a real theatre in which you can spend entire days sitting in a café to admire all the beauties around you, there is no way you can get tired of Italian baroque architecture it will always surprise you with something new you had not noticed before.
Healthy food and lively people: Enjoy Puglia lifestyle from morning to night
Although it is often called the "cucina povera" there is really nothing poor in the food you can enjoy in Puglia but rather something very natural and uncomplicated, which is far from creamy and buttery preparations but only loves olive oil toppings and light cooking. Needless to say that fish is the main serving in all Puglia restaurants, accompanied as a first serving by a variety of pasta qualities and everything highlighted by spices, tomatoes, herbs and garlic. A genuine food just as much as the people who live in this region are genuine, you will find them particularly warm and joyful, open and always happy to help and introduce you to all the beauties of their land of which they are so proud. Do not be shy during your vacation in Puglia and do make friends, you will discover in this way the best restaurants, bars and nightclubs and have huge fun in good company. There is nothing that Puglia cannot do for you, rent a holiday apartment in Puglia and just let the region drive your steps to a higher level of knowledge and enjoy the magic.