There are huge stretches of public beaches but beach clubs are good value compared to the rest of Europe. They provide beds, sunshade, a restaurant and sometimes beach volley ball and a children’s area. The following beach clubs in nearby Marine di lizzano (4 kms from the house along the coast road) are recommended.
Massieria Barco di Tenuta, Pulsano: For 12 euros per head have a wine tour and wine tasting at the local Masseria Tenuta Barco di Emera, Pugliese antipasti are included too. Really interesting and delicious wine and food! Antonio can book for you or Telephone: +39099533051 or 393334316593.
San Marzano is a large co-operative winemaking business at San Marzano with 1500 small vineyard owners, often owning only one hectare have their wine made here. Extremely high quality, free tour of the factory and wine making process and excellent tasting offered if booked in advance. Telephone: +39 099 9574181
If you are interested in wine, you are in the centre of the Primitivo vineyard area and there are further excellent wine tours in nearby Manduria as well.
From the parking area next to El Caribe beach club on the beach next to the villa: Easy cycle ride to Marine di Lizzano beaches!
Cala Junco – Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi | presso Scesa Vasto, 74123, Taranto, Italy. 450 euros Telephone: +39 335 644 8888
1 hour boat tour for 10 euros from Taranto; shows big and small sea and mussel farms.
Located on the western Ionian coast of Salento in the southernmost half of Puglia, the town of Marina di Pulsano is surrounded by a region of natural beauty. Step out of your front door, and you’ll find a coastline of continuous sandy beaches, tucked-away bays, and crystal-clear turquoise waters. It is always warm here whatever the season with year round sunshine. Pulsano’s old town is also a treasure trove of historical sights. Highlights include the 15th-century Castello de Falconibus and the church of St. Maria La Nova built in the mid-800s.
The Surrounding Region: Beyond the immediate area, the whole of Salento is within a 1 to 2 hour drive. Along with 500 miles of coastline, paradisiacal beaches and glittering bays, the region is dotted with medieval towns, sun-baked olive groves and vineyards.
Be sure to explore the historic centres of whitewashed hilltop towns such as Cisternino, Martina Franca, Ceglie Messapica, Ostuni and Locorotondo. Hiding maze-like streets, Baroque churches, medieval castles and communal gardens, these charming towns are all within easy reach of one another and can be visited as part of a day trip.
History buffs will adore wandering the atmospheric quarters of pretty towns such as Gallipoli, Nardò and Maglie. Sitting on the edge of rugged limestone cliffs, there’s more exploring to be done in the ancient town of Polignano a Mare. Considered one of Puglia’s most significant early settlements, it was previously inhabited by invaders ranging from the Normans to the Huns.
Further afield, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello is worth a special visit. This enchanting town is home to 1500 white washed conical roofed houses known as trulli, dating back to around the 14th century. Matera, a fascinating hilltop town of cave dwellings and buildings cut into the rocks, was Europe’s City of Culture 2019 and is a 90-minute drive away.
Meanwhile, Lecce “The Florence of the South”, is a walkable city of exuberant Baroque architecture, buzzing pavement cafes, outdoor wine bars, and outstanding cuisine.
If you’re looking for a complete change of scene, drive 1 hour 15 minutes to Fasanoland, a safari theme park loved by adults and kids alike.Next section: Eating Out