Seven reasons to visit Puglia
If you are thinking of Italy for a family holiday, here are seven great reasons to choose Puglia.
1. Borgo Egnazia Hotel Villas Golf & Spa Resort
This luxury destination resort borders the ancient ruins of Egnazia to the north, the fishermen's village of Savelletri to the south and is surrounded by acres of stunning Apulian olive groves. The resort comprises a 184 room boutique hotel, private villas, and a traditional Borgo (village) created as a modern interpretation of the ancient city that once stood in its place. There is a cookery school, stunning spa, kids club, tennis academy, three restaurants and four swimming pools.
2. Vair Spa at Borgo Egnazia
The spa offers a 1,800 sqm oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation, with a gym, yoga studio, a salon and a wet area with a Tepidarium (warm room), Calidarium (hot room), Frigidarium (cold room), and two Roman bath scrub rooms, offering the only modern Roman bathhouse in Italy.
3. Space Kids Club at Borgo Egnazia Resort
The leading family beach resort in the Mediterranean offers a full range of childcare for children aged eight months to 13 years. Staff are friendly, multilingual and highly qualified. Activities include cooking lessons, outdoor sports activities, computer and console games for the older ones and soft crèche areas for youngsters.
4. Italy's finest boutique agri-turismo
Masseria Cimino – this boutique hotel is one of Italy's finest, an 18th century "agri-tursimo" farmhouse located next to the San Domenico Golf course;a stone's throw from the coast. It has 15 rooms, all with views overlooking the golf course or the Adriatic. The food at Masseria Cimino is grown organically on the estate or sourced locally.
5. Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites
6. The "White Caves" of Puglia
Entered by a 60 metre vertical tunnel, the caves in Castellana, are said to be among the deepest in the world. This huge gaping chasm, known as La Grave (the Deep), leads to the cave network's central chamber - a vast passage almost 600 metres long.
7. The Cuisine of Puglia
Fresh vegetables are key to Apulian cuisine. Olives, aubergine, onion, garlic, hot red pepper, sweet pepper and fresh mozzarella contribute to the tantalizing dishes created in a traditional kitchen. Pizza and focacce are extremely popular, as is Calzone – a pizza pie made of two sheets of thin oil based pasta stuffed with a mix of vegetables. Though much of seafood is eaten raw with prawns, sardines and cuttlefish as big ingredients, another favourite dish, is polpi arriciati (curled octopus).