8 days in Puglia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puglia trip itinerary builder
Make it your trip
Santa Maria di Leuca
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, Fly to Montreal


Santa Maria di Leuca — 3 nights

Santa Maria di Leuca, often spelled simply Leuca, is a frazione of the comune of Castrignano del Capo, in the province of Lecce (Apulia), southern Italy. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Maldive del Salento Pescoluse. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Le Cinque Vele Beach Club and Channel Ciolo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Maria di Leuca: Andrano (Spiaggia della Grotta Verde & Spiaggia Botte), Olio Merico (in Miggiano) and Grotta Zinzulusa (in Castro). The adventure continues: Head underground at Grotta del Soffio and get in on the family fun at Sidereus.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Maria di Leuca sightseeing tool.

Montreal, Canada to Santa Maria di Leuca is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in July, with highs in Santa Maria di Leuca at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lecce.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Lecce — 3 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Visiting Lido Punta della Suina and Baia dei Turchi will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Dolceria Causo and Nardo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lecce: Bahia Porto Cesareo (in Porto Cesareo), Spiaggia di Punta Prosciuto (in Punta Prosciutto) and Spiaggia Baia Verde di Gallipoli (in Gallipoli). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Torre dell'Orso Beach, Head underground at Grotta della Poesia, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre di San Tommaso (Torre Lapillo), and admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo del Principe.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lecce trip planner.

Drive from Santa Maria di Leuca to Lecce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Santa Maria di Leuca in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Lecce: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monopoli.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Monopoli — 1 night

Monopoli is a town and municipality in Italy, in the province of Bari and region of Apulia. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for gifts at Azienda Agricola Arenazza and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Castellana.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monopoli trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Lecce to Monopoli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Monopoli sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Nature · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Puglia travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.