Have you ever wondered what Sorrento, Monterosso, or Capri were like before global tourist migration crushed the life out of them? Otranto, Puglia is the answer with its pristine beaches, friendly locals, exquisite range of local seafood and produce, and of course acres of rustic rural landscape. We flew into Brindisi from Rome in early September 2015, hired a car at the airport and made our way down to Otranto. This idyllic coastal town has everything you need to explore Puglia and neighbouring provinces. We stayed at the Corte di Nettuno where we ate, drank, and relaxed for seven wonderful nights. The staff were very welcoming and willingly helpful on many occasions. Otranto has many things for you to do. The castle and marina are excellent stating points to begin incredible journeys through the winding streets to shops, restaurants and the beaches. We went to a different restaurant every night and enjoyed every one of them. From Otranto we did some longer hauls to Alberobello where we saw distinctive local tuiile houses, and Matera, via Taranto, to see a cross section of history from ancient cave dwellings to modern times. There are many local beaches, including Castro, and Gallipoii and a blue cave at Grotte Zingaluse that was without the crowds of the blue grotto near Capri. We were the only ones in it! Also, from Otranto you can cross the Adriatic and breeze through Croatia or travel onto Greece and beyond. I highly recommend Puglia, but some tips: see it soon before it goes like very other 'secret' place, rampantly busy!, see it in September when it's quieter and know that they have a siesta there. Stock up to cover that mid-day break over lunchtime. Better still have a siesta yourself.
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