You will be spoiled for choice when selecting beaches to visit while in Puglia. Our trulli provide easy access to either the Adriatic Sea beaches (east coast, 20-25 min along country lanes) or the Ionian Sea beaches (west coast, 40 min along country lanes). Here are 10 of our favourites:
Costa Merlata (Adriatic) 40°46'25.3"N 17°39'07.3"E
A series of Adriatic coves, close to Ostuni. Park your car at Paragraph 25 (beach bar).
A series of 6-8 coves heading south beginning at Paragraph 25 and ending at
Torre Pozzella, which has another chilled out beach snack bar run by Mirella.
Long sandy stretch of white sand beach in Ostuni. Park either in the beach parking lot, where you can access the public beach . . . or at Lido Bosco Verde beach club (eg umbrella, sun lounger hire), which also has an excellent seafood restaurant and bar.
Coccoro Beach Club (Adriatic) 40.895495, 17.373662
If you are looking for a more refined beach experience, Coccoro Beach Club is the place. Refreshment service to your sun lounger on the beach and an very good restaurant for lunch. The glamour does come at a cost as this is one of the most expensive beach clubs in the area.
Secluded series of coves with gentle waters and even hot springs. Park on street above and follow t the paved pathway down steps to the beach. No facilities, so bring your own refreshments and picnic lunch.
A regular stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving circuit, Polignano a Mare is a picturesque town in its own right. But it's famous beach, nestled in a ravine surrounded by century's-old homes dripping from the cliffs is what really makes this a 'must see' spot.