YOU MAY NOT WANT TO LEAVE HOME AT ALL, BUT IF YOU DO THERE IS PLENTY TO DO..
Fasano Zoo: A surprisingly good collection of healthy animals in one of the largest open safari zoos in Europe. You'll be closer to many large beautiful beasts than in often possible in the UK.
(Ride the safari in your own car to find lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and many more animals roaming almost free. It includes the only gorillas in Italy; the Lake of the Great Mammals where you'll see polar bears, black bears, rhinos, hippos and seals. Take the metrozoo (a small train) to an oasis with waterfalls & bears, leopards, hippos , rhinos, seals & gibbons. Visit the Monkey Village, an armoured train that drives through 250 Papio hamadryas baboons in the wild. There is also a pedestrian park. It's an unmissable treat for children (and child-adults), though not particularly cheap.)
Caves at Castellana : a particularly stunning karst cave system - impressive even for those not normally hooked on grottos
The sea :
We are strategically placed to reach the beautiful beaches of both the Adriatic and Ionic Seas. Further afield but still accessible are the southern beaches of
Accessible beaches near Ceglie (The Adriatic Sea)
Torre Pozzella: (Our favourite but only one small cafe.) Choose your beach from a series of 5 small bays accessible by driving the rough road to the left behind the beaches. Good for walking as well as swimming from bay to bay. ( Directions: Drive towards Ostuni, on entering the town from Ceglie, at the first roundabout (after a garage) take the road to the right and stay on it through a couple of roundabouts until you reach traffic lights. Turn right, following signs to Caravigno. Turn left at the first roundabout, towards the sea. When you reach the sea follow signs to Torre Pozzella)
Lido Morelli (Fratelli Gallo). Fully accessible beach with boardwalks and bathrooms. It is located inside the regional park of Dune Costiere from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo.
Il Faro. Located at Villanova di Ostuni, Fontanelle area.
Riserva Naturale di Torre guaceto. A little further afield but located in a nature reserve. Many kilometres without sight of cars. Popular in summer but if you are prepared to walk you can find an empty corner. Snorkling is bookable. Beach fully accessible with wooden walkways and bathrooms. More information
Ionic Sea: Drive to the other side of Puglia to experience the long sandy beaches of the Ionic Sea.
Biking the Puglian Aqueduct
In March 2014, the first 10km of the bicycle path that runs over the “Acquedotto Pugliese” (Apulian aqueduct) was opened. This historic “hidden river” of Puglia crosses unique and evocative landscapes characterized by the Mediterranean vegetation and the typical conical constructions, the trulli and can now be walked or biked. The path starts in Ceglie Messapica, a bit out of the town center, (our Trullo manager, Francesco, will tell you where), crossing the Valle d’Itria to Cisternino, Locorotondo and beyond. It’s possible for cyclists to discover a part of Puglia safely on this biking route offering fantastic views. Find a map here. The road book here. There are two mountain bikes in the house that you can borrow. Alternatively, you can rent modern trekking bikes at the Seppunisi Farm over the way from us , and also request guided tours: gastronomic, landscape, cultural(the daughter of the farm organizes them): see www.ciclovaganda.com
San Domenico 18 holes
"Fabulous sea views, myriad bunkers and fierce rough characterise this champion-ship layout. It’s just back from the shoreline, so expect testing breezes in the afternoon and spend some time practising with your sand iron before heading for the first tee. Length 6,986 yards, par 72. Green fees €95-€120 (£82-£103)."
Immersed among 1000 years old olive trees, almonds and carobs, with many up and downs and split level greens, perfectly manicured, beautiful view of the sea from many holes. 1150 mt, par 27 course, driving range, putting green, pitching green, sand area. Lessons for Children and Adults, Beginners and Advanced
(Both about 30 minutes Drive)
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Festivals in Puglia