Puglia Car Rental
Puglia, formerly known as “Apulia”, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and this is due to its countless historical and natural attractions.
In fact, there are so many things to see in Puglia, ranging from the Caribbean-like beaches of Salento to UNESCO sites such as Castel del Monte and the trulli of Alberobello, to cities of art such as Lecce and Brindisi and hidden villages such as Oria and Bovino.
However, Puglia is not only art and nature, but also stands out for its excellent traditional cuisine and folklore. All these elements allow visitors to enjoy a truly multi-sensory holiday experience.
List of Locations Puglia
Places to visit in Puglia: what to see in the “heel of Italy”
If you want to spend a holiday in Puglia full of fun and discovery, the car is the best means of transport, as it allows you to reach unusual and fascinating destinations.
Renting a car with Maggiore is not only convenient and simple but also extremely safe, since all the cars are cleaned and sanitised before every new customer, a guarantee especially in this period of health emergency.
Once you have picked up your car, you can set off to discover the most beautiful places in the region, visiting first of all the “Sperone d’Italia” i.e. the Gargano.
The crystal-clear sea and beautiful beaches here will keep you entertained for hours on end. Between one dip and the next you can explore the beautiful villages of Vico del Gargano, the “village of love”, and Monte Sant’Angelo, famous not only for the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo, UNESCO site, but also for being a stop along the Via Francigena.
You can also drive along the more than 140 km of coastline, stopping off at fantastic beaches such as Baia delle Zagare and Vignanotica or head up to an altitude of 800 metres to visit the Foresta Umbra, a nature reserve dominated by many varieties of plants such as pines, firs and beeches.
Heading down south, stop in the capital and immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere of Bari Vecchia (Old Bari) with its symbolic monuments such as the Basilica di San Nicola or take a walk along the seafront, not forgetting to taste the famous octopus panini.
Back in the car, continue your trip towards Polignano a Mare, a small town overlooking the sea with lots of beautiful beaches and coves. However if you want to visit inland Puglia, don’t miss the Castellana Caves, a speleological complex that extends for 3 kms beneath the village of Castellana Grotte.
What to see in Puglia: the Salento
With a rental car in Puglia you can head to the south of the region and visit one of the best known areas, the Salento, whose coastline stretches for 170 km between the Adriatic and Ionian coastlines.
The Adriatic Salento will amaze you with its Caribbean-like beaches, crystal-clear sea and natural areas, as well as enchanting villages that seem to be suspended in time.
Stop in Santa Maria di Leuca, known not only as a seaside resort but also as an important place of worship thanks to its famous Sanctuary, or you can continue towards Basso Salento and immerse yourself in the charm of Tricase, known mainly for its magnificent Palazzo Gallone, and Castro, renowned for its famous caves such as Zinzulusa and Romanelli.
One of the most beautiful places in the region is Otranto, the most easterly point of the Italian mainland. This city is a popular tourist destination not only for its beaches but also for its characteristic historic centre dominated by the imposing Aragonese Castle.
On the Ionian coast of Salento, you will find unspoilt sites surrounded by the beauty of the Mediterranean scrub as well as a shallow, sandy seabed where you can enjoy water sports such as snorkelling.
Stop off at Porto Cesareo and visit the “Pietro Parenzan” Museum of Marine Biology, and the magnificent Baia di Porto Selvaggio, before heading back to Gallipoli, the “beautiful city”, which will welcome you with the beautiful Angevin Castle and the Cathedral of Sant’Agata and with the majestic Regional Nature Park of Sant'Andrea and the Punta Pizzo coastline, a protected natural area of 700 hectares.
Finally, with a rental car you can easily move to the other side of Puglia and have the opportunity to tour the Itria Valley, admiring the most representative villages such as Locorotondo and Martina Franca and especially the trulli, ancient conical buildings typical of these areas.
When talking about trulli, one can’t help but mention Alberobello, a UNESCO site since 1996, so be sure to include it among the places to visit in Puglia.
Therefore, renting a car in Puglia is the perfect choice for exploring the length and breadth of the region and allows each traveller to plan the perfect holiday.