The Active Gourmet Travel

The Essential Puglia

Puglia is an ancient land on the heel of Italy, washed by the Adriatic and Aeolian Seas.

It's the sunniest area in the whole of Italy, so the glorious clear water and sweeping beaches are a total magnet, especially after a New Zealand winter!

The food is simple, distinctive and very tasty, and the wines have been sought-after since the very first Greek settlers hit these shores.

Our tour takes in the three distinct sub-regions of Puglia: the forested Gargano Peninsula, surrounded by magnificent beaches, the Murge, a flatter area with a strong agrarian tradition and traditional trulli houses built from stone. Further south, close to Greece, the Salento, where seafood is king. 

Explore sea caves, relax poolside or by the turquoise sea, pedal a bike if you are so inclined.

You'll also venture to neighbouring Matera, visiting houses built into the rocks, the mysterious painted churches and the new town rebuilt by order of the post-war Italian government.

There will be many opportunities to sample regional specialties in a range of eateries, and several chances to learn new cooking and foraging techniques guided by friendly locals.

You'll be staying in a range of carefully restored properties in the heart of the old Puglian towns, and on an organic family estate, or masseria, where the gnarled old olive trees produce deep, pungent oils.

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