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Welcome to Puglia, Italy. This is one of Italy’s most exciting regions: cliffs, heavenly beaches, troglodyte houses, fishing villages, focaccia and burrata tasting, you’ll never get bored. The heel of the Italian boot juts out into the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, whose waters are breathtakingly beautiful, sometimes a translucent emerald, sometimes a dull pastel blue. Let your imagination run wild as you drive along roads lined with olive trees, sit at an old fishing port or relax by the water under the blazing afternoon sun.
Fly direct from Paris and land at Brindisi airport, where you can collect your car and begin your journey. Go to your first accommodation, an hour away. Set in the heart of an olive grove, this peaceful residence invites you to let go of all pressure and connect with the peaceful, natural rhythm of life here, with its swimming pool, farm animals and fragrant orchards. Don’t miss a trip to the spa in your free time, to feel ready and relaxed for this journey into the heel of the boot…
We’re off to Otranto today. First Greek, then Roman, in Byzantine times Otranto was one of the most important ports on the Adriatic, a stopover on maritime trade routes. The ancient town is surrounded by a powerful fortified wall that still bears the scars of the battles between the Turkish janissaries and the Christians… It has retained all its charm with its Greek air and its cathedral with its magnificent mosaic floor.
There’s also a lovely walk along the shore, and if you want to cool off, there’s even a small beach below the ramparts.
Lecce is rich in historic monuments and superb architectural masterpieces that make it worthy of comparison with the more popular city of Florence. But Lecce is also blessed with something Florence doesn’t have: a stunning seascape representing the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Despite all these natural attributes, fortunately Lecce isn’t as touristy as Florence, and that’s another reason why it’s a real travel gem! With its Baroque churches, palaces and superb beaches, Lecce is a delight for visitors who see it for what it is!
On the Ionian coast of the Salento peninsula, discover Gallipoli, which seems to float on the emerald sea. Gallipoli means “beautiful city” in Greek…
Here, you’ll really want to take your time and take it easy. Whenever you feel like it, set off to discover Gallipoli, its historic old town and the beautiful sandy beaches that are Gallipoli’s pride and joy. Then continue up the coast to drop off your luggage at a charming new home. Set in a smooth landscape that rolls gently down to the enchanting Ionian Sea, among endless olive groves, vineyards and Mediterranean thickets. With great respect for its ancient architecture, this home has become a unique farmhouse that combines its strong agricultural identity with refined hospitality.
Head up the coast again today to reach the town of Taranto. A former Spartan colony, Taranto’s Greek ruins, Aragonese castle and stately palazzi make it one of Puglia’s most fascinating destinations. If the heat is getting to you, take a trip to the very interesting National Archaeological Museum, or take a dip on one of the many white-sand beaches along the coast.
Today is the last stage before closing the loop and heading back to Brindisi, and not the least. The white city of Ostuni will delight you both visually and in terms of taste. Situated on the Appia dei vini, it is heir to a rich tradition of gastronomy and viticulture. Make the most of it! Wander between the ramparts of this town with its medieval touches, enter the churches made of pink and grey limestone, and lose yourself in this utterly bucolic and relaxing atmosphere.
Return to Brindisi today to drop off your car and catch a flight back to France.
From €1,300/person (based on 2 people).
This price includes: return flight Paris-Brindisi, airport taxes and fuel surcharges, one piece of hand luggage per person, rental of a Fiat 500L or similar mid-size car for the duration of the trip, 7 nights in a double room in charming accommodation.
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