Tips for the perfect holiday in Puglia

To fully enjoy your summer vacation in Apulia (Puglia), have in mind the below tips from our own experience. Read this article for a summary of our great trip to Puglia.

Tip: ALWAYS have coins in Italy J most of the street parking payment machines do not accept bank notes or credit cards. So do not be surprised if you have to pay 10 EUR or even more in coins. Also, as a recommendation do not test your luck by leaving your car without a parking ticket – because we saw quite on some occasions cars being locked and slips for wrong parking penalty being left on the driver’s window. Even on a late Sunday evening, at 21 pm there were some officers from the municipality who were writing tickets to the cars who had not paid for parking.

Tip: If you go for the option of using your private umbrella, beware that due to the strong winds in entire Puglia it is recommended that you also have a rope to secure the umbrella in the nearby sand/rock so that it does not get blown away by the wind. Ask a local if you are unsure. Italians are great at securing their umbrellas so that nothing ruins their relax time.

Tip: Do not forget your snorkel to enjoy the various opportunities to spot the sea wild life.

Tip: Just do not forget your swim shoes in order to fully enjoy the wilder rocky beaches of Puglia. 

Tip: Beware to have enough spare space in your luggage for the nice souvenirs you will find here. Surely you will be tempted by the local ceramic masterpieces. Some of the most popular ones are the ceramic lucky bell, sea stone carved lamps and other ceramic plates and mugs. In Lecce we shopped a nice stone lamp for a reasonable price at a shop that happens to have also a website (which is not that popular in Italy) - you can check their products here.

Tip: Plan your day so that your lunch is before 2:30 pm. Most restaurants close for an afternoon break between 2:30pm and 7:30-8:00pm. Italians have hearty lunch and tend to dinner late in the evening - normally after 9:30-10:30pm. Restaurants are empty till late (1:00-2:00 am) but almost everything is closed in the afternoon. 

Tip: Never drive Lancia. See why here

Enjoy your holiday in Puglia! 


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