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Puglia – Territory

Apulia offers tourists very different landscapes: a very extensive coastline, of which 98% for bathing, a mountainous area in the north with the Gargano promontory, a great plain, the “Tavoliere delle Puglie”,  which is the second largest plain in Italy, and the charming archipelago of Tremiti Islands.
Many cathedrals, castles and medieval villages can be visited in the area of Murgia, near Bari.

A gem of the Apulian coast is Polignano a Mare, birthplace of Domenico Modugno and beloved destination by beach lovers and gourmets.
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lberobello is the place of the famous “trulli“, ancient stone buildings with a characteristic conical roof. Trulli can be found just in a small area of Apulia and they have been included in World Heritage Sites (UNESCO).
Not far away are the town of Putignano, famous for its Carnival, and the caves of Castellana.
For a hike immersed in the nature, the must interesting place is the “Alta Murgia National Park“, a last example in Italy of Mediterranean steppe and a perfect habitat for many protected species of animals, plants and flowers.

Prehistory lovers may see the footprints of dinosaurs at Pontrelli quarry.
The “Altamura man,” a hominid dated 250,000 years ago has been found in the Lamalunga cave.
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ncient buildings of worship, as dolmens and megalithic tombs can be visited in Ruvo di Puglia.

Salento is the southernmost part of Apulia and is famous for its farms.
Beautiful city are the ancient Lecce, called the “Florence of the South” for the beauty of its palaces and baroque churches, built with a typical local stone; Otranto, medieval village perched on a rock overlooking the sea; and Gallipoli, a charming seaside resort. In the Northern part of Apulia, another very interesting area is Gargano, a large promontory in the province of Foggia, that offers tourist beautiful landscapes both inland and along the coast.  Peschici, Vieste, Mattinata, Manfredonia are the best known seaside resorts while San Giovanni Rotondo, the city of Padre Pio, Monte Sant’Angelo, a Christian pilgrimage site since the sixth century, San Marco in Lamis are hot spots of religious interest.

NATIONAL PARKS IN PUGLIA:
Gargano National Parks
Alta Murgia National Parks

REGIONAL PARKS IN PUGLIA:
Lama Balice Regional Park
Salina di Punta della Contessa Regional Park
Bosco e paludi di Rauccio Regional Park
Terra delle Gravine Regional Park
Porto Selvaggio e Palude del Capitano Regional Park
Bosco Incoronata Regional Park
Isola di S. Andrea e litorale di Punta Pizzo Regional Park
Costa Otranto – S. Maria di Leuca e Bosco di Tricase Regional Park
Dune costiere da Torre Canne a Torre S. Leonardo Regional Park
Litorale di Ugento Regional Park
Ofanto River Regional Park

NATURE RESERVES IN PUGLIA:
In the Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani:
Salina di Margherita di Savoia Nature Reserve

In the Province of Brindisi:
Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve

In the Province of Foggia:
Falascone
Foresta Umbra Nature Reserve
Il Monte Nature Reserve
Ischitella e Carpino Nature Reserve
Isola di Varano Nature Reserve
Lago di Lesina Nature Reserve
Masseria Combattenti Nature Reserve
Monte Barone Nature Reserve
Palude di Frattarolo Nature Reserve
Sfilzi Nature Reserve

In the Province of Lecce:
Le Cesine Nature Reserve
San Cataldo Nature Reserve

In the Province of Taranto:
Riserva naturale Murge Orientali Nature Reserve
Stornara Nature Reserve

MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN PUGLIA:
Isole Tremiti
Porto Cesareo
Torre Guaceto

WWF NATURE RESERVES IN PUGLIA:
In the Province of Bari:
Boschi Romanazzi
Gioia del Colle
Il Rifugio Melitto
Oasi Acquaviva delle Fonti

In other Provinces:
Lago Salso (Foggia)
Le Cesine (Lecce)
Monte Sant’Elia (Taranto)
Torre Guaceto (Brindisi)

BLUE FLAGS IN PUGLIA:
In the Province of Brindisi:
Carovigno – punta Penna Grossa/Torre Guaceto
Fasano – Egnazia Case Bianche/Savelletri/Torre Canne
Ostuni – Creta Rossa, lido Fontanelle, Pilone, Lido Morelli

In the Province of Lecce:
Castro – La sorgente, Zinzulusa
Idro, Porto Badisco
Melendugno – Roca, San Foca nord/centro/Torre Specchia, Torre Sant’Andrea, Torre dell’Orso
Otranto – Alimini/Baia dei Turchi/Santo Stefano, Castellana/Porto Craulo, Madonna dell’Altomare, Salve – Pescoluse, Posto Vecchio, Torre Pali

In the Province of Taranto:
Castellaneta – Riva dei Tessali/Pineta
Ginosa – Marina di Ginosa
Giovinazzi/Castellaneta marina/Bosco della Marina

In other Provinces:
Margherita di Savoia – centro urbano/Canna Fesca (BT)
Polignano a Mare – San Vito, San Giovanni, Cala Fetente, Ripagnola/Coco Village (BA)

ORANGE FLAGS IN PUGLIA:
In the Province of Bari:
Alberobello
Locorotondo

In the Province of Brindisi:
Cisternino
Oria

In the Province of Foggia:
Alberona
Bovino
Orsara di Puglia
Pietramontecorvino
Rocchetta Sant’Antonio
Sant’Agata di Puglia
Troia

In the Province of Lecce:
Corigliano d’Otranto
Specchia

 

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