Puglia (or Apuglia) is situated at the south-eastern tip of the Italian peninsula, bordering the Adriatic and Ionian Sea. It is characterized by highly various landscapes. Curios to find out what you can find in this Region? Read our green travel guides and discover the eco-friendly accommodations:
It is a lush, largely flat farming region (where they are growing more and more organic farming), skirted by a long coast that alternates between glittering limestone precipices and long sandy beaches.
The undulating landscape of the region is perfect for walking and cycling, and its little resorts and long sandy bays offer many opportunities for water sports as well as just swimming and sunbathing.
The heel of Italy juts into the Adriatic and Ionian Seas and the waters of both are stunningly beautiful, veering between translucent emerald-green and dusky powder blue.
Its extensive coastline bears the marks of many conquering invaders: the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks, the Swabians and the Greeks. Yet, despite its diverse influences, Puglia has its own distinct and authentic identity.
In a land where the cuisine is all-important, Puglia's cucina povera (peasant cooking) is legendary. Olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, eggplants, artichokes, peppers, mushrooms, olives, bread (taralli, tarallini, ecc.) and fresh seafood strain its table.
Although boasting some of Italy's best food and wines, in some places it's rare to hear a foreign voice. But in July and August Puglia becomes a huge party, with sagre (festivals, usually involving food), concerts and events, and thousands of Italian tourists heading down here for their annual break.
Have a look at some of the best ecofriendly accommodations in Puglia:
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Author: Anita Cason
Cover image: Dorli Photography via flickr