The best places to visit in Puglia to enjoy its clear waters and fresh seafood

Puglia: the word means an endless summer.

Puglia travel is turquoise waters lapping the sands, white cities shining under the sun, and seafood so fresh it was caught no more than a few hours ago. This long, thin region of southern Italy is the heel of the country’s boot, a peninsula that divides the Adriatic from the Ionian Sea.

There are endless cities and towns to visit, and passing by the twisted olive trees, whitewashed buildings, and clear water might bring to mind Greece. In fact, Puglia was part of the Magna Graecia. Its long history has made the region fantastically diverse, from Baroque Lecce to the fairytale trulli homes in Alberobello; the “City of Two Seas,” Taranto; “the white city,” Ostuni; the capital of Itria Valley, Martina Franca; and many more places to visit in Puglia.

A hot country, Puglia is known best for its concentrated, powerful reds, particularly Primitivo di Manduria or Gioia del Colle; or Salento wines from its southern area like the rich and well-structured Salice Salentino made from negroamaro grapes.

The wines near the mysterious octagonal Castel del Monte are often made with nero di troia, and further north, international grapes are commonly cultivated. But the region has also been turning out good, native rosés and whites, such as mineral-forward verdeca from the Itria Valley and beautiful, salmon-colored aleatico from the Salento.

Overall, Puglia is a wine region to watch; known for its bulk wine in the past, it has made great strides in techniques and quality in the past fifteen years.