Where to Stay in Puglia

Are you planning to travel to the diverse and wonderful Puglia region? Great choice! Puglia is such a rich region you have historic cities full of beautiful ruins and other major sights, charming towns with amazing local cuisine, and beautiful pristine waters that will enchant beach lovers! Puglia is truly a hidden gem, and so versatile that everyone will find it appealing!

Since there are so many good spots in the region, I researched for hours where to stay in Puglia, so you can rest assured you are staying in the top areas and have the best accommodations. You can just pick the best area for you and half the planning is done for you!

This article features the locations of Bari, the capital of the region; Polignano a Mare, with beautiful beaches; Alberobello, with stunning trulli houses with whitewashed walls; Ostuni and its surrounding olive groves; Lecce’s rich old town, and Monopoli’s nearby beaches.

Each location has 4 options for the best hotels and nearby attractions you should visit! This fantastic region is getting more popular every year, so it is vital to book your room in advance!

Let’s check out the best areas in Puglia. Shall we?!

If you are in a hurry

If you need to book fast, here are the best accommodations in Bari; this is the best area for first-timers, and it features historical attractions, amazing food, and beautiful beaches:

luxury hotel

Dilman Luxury Stay

Best luxury hotel in Bari

airbnb

Bari in the Center

An Airbnb with amazing reviews

mid-range hotel

Dimora Fantasia Charme B&B

budget hotel

Bed and Breakfast Oz

The best affordable accommodation in the center

Since the region of Puglia is quite big, here you have a map to help you understand the exact location of each historical town and seaside town: 

1. Bari – where to stay in Puglia for the first time

an aerial view of a city by the ocean

I had to start with the capital of the region: Bari. This amazing city has a rich history, beauty, and culinary delights at every corner. The historic center, also known as Bari Vecchia, is the perfect place to get lost with its beautiful narrow streets and all the major sights, from basilicas to castles, and many restaurants offering the most delightful and traditional dishes.

This city in southern Puglia, Italy, has an amazing view of the Adriatic sea, perfect for a leisurely stroll around the picturesque town and stopping by charming cafes, and why not rest and swim at Pane e Pomodoro beach before heading back to the city center?

Another great thing about this historic city, full of gorgeous whitewashed houses, is its closeness to other beautiful towns; for example, just a 60-minute drive away, you have Matera, which is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Sassi di Matera.”

Bari is, without a doubt, a great option for first-timers looking to explore Puglia; apart from having amazing attractions within walking distance, there are many nearby towns you can visit easily while you stay in the capital city. For anyone who loves a good day trip, Bari is the one for you!

Below you can see the top accommodations in Bari for all budgets!

Luxury hotel

If you like luxury hotels, this is the best option in a central location with the train station within easy walking distance. The hotel’s stylish rooms can come with a private terrace, sauna, or spa bath. You can enjoy a free breakfast every morning and gather energy for your day! The great thing about this hotel is the staff, who will give you personalized help in any way they can!

Other accommodation options in Bari

mid-range

This cute boutique hotel is just a few minutes away from the town center, rooms can host 5 guests maximum

budget

Ideally located near the historic center and with a rustic charm, this hotel offers complimentary breakfast and a 24-hour front desk

airbnb

This self-catering accommodation is just a short walk away from the center and has a roof terrace with views

Things to do in Bari

2. Polignano a Mare – for beach lovers

a group of people swimming in a body of water

Wow! What a stunning coastal town, truly a hidden gem! This incredible town features the most amazing cliffs and scenic views of the pristine water of the Adriatic Sea. Staying here will make you feel like you are in a beautiful Italian film about romance and art in the summer!

Polignano a Mare is a serious haven for beach lovers. It has some of the most stunning scenery and its beaches are famous all over the world!

Imagine walking around in the small town, filled with ancient, medieval buildings with exposed stone walls! It’s a great opportunity to learn about the town’s rich history. Something beautiful about this town is that it is known as the city of art; its streets and landscapes have inspired many artists, and maybe it will inspire you, too!

Did you know that cliff diving is one of Polignano a Mare’s main activities? But don’t worry! You don’t have to do it if you visit; you can simply lie down on the beautiful beaches of the area and enjoy one of the most stunning scenarios in Puglia.

Luxury hotel

Located just outside of the city, this gorgeous, luxurious hotel features an outdoor terrace with a swimming pool open to all guests, a wellness center, and a complimentary breakfast. The rooms can come with private terraces or spa baths. All the rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, impeccable style, and can host up to 2 guests. The thing you’ll really love about this place is how calm and tranquil it is!

Other accommodation options in Polignano a Mare

mid-range

What fantastic views from the rooftop terrace! Select rooms can have a private panoramic terrace or balconies with sea views

budget

Such a pretty boutique hotel with cave-style rooms! Some of them come with a private kitchenette, location is ideal

airbnb

What a cute property! Super artsy with great decor, like vintage furniture and beautiful tiles in the kitchen!

Things to do in Polignano a Mare

3. Alberobello – stay in a UNESCO site

a cobblestone street lined with white trulli houses

Alberobello is a must-visit for history lovers! This is such a unique town located in southern Puglia. Undoubtedly, the Trulli are the main attraction of the cute little town!

The trulli are cone-shaped houses that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to another world! They are built in such a way that the temperature inside is perfect in both winter and summer.

One great stop in Alberobello would be visiting Trullo Sovrano, a 2-story trullo that has been turned into a museum, where you can experience how life would have been in the past! It features furniture and decor from the time of the trulli.

Albelobello has a super rich history, which is still alive nowadays when you visit the town; for example, you can be part of the many festivals and celebrations, such as Saints Cosma and Damiano, or the Christmas celebrations in the winter!

The culinary experience here is also spectacular! Imagine tasting homemade Orecchiette, a fresh focaccia Barese with tomatoes and top-quality olive oil, all accompanied by Primitivo wine, the region’s wine! The beach is only 20 minutes from Alberobello, so fresh seafood is offered in the area – and it may well be the best you’ll ever taste!

Luxury hotel

I highly recommend staying in a luxury trulli for the ULTIMATE Alberobello experience! I promise you, it’s so worth it. The decoration inside is truly fantastic, with exposed stone walls and whitewashed walls, wooden furniture, and modern amenities. The hotel has a wellness centre so you can feel pampered and refreshed, and if you wish, you can book a room that comes with a complimentary breakfast!

Other accommodation options in Alberobello

mid-range

Wow! Fantastic style and decoration inside this Trulli hotel! It comes with an outdoor hot tub on the roof terrace

budget

Impeccable accommodation! Located near Arbelobello’s train station, and with bars and restaurants just steps away from the property

airbnb

Beautiful! This trulli comes with a fantastic garden with a terrace. Nicely decorated, and the kitchen has an old-school oven

Things to do in Alberobello

4. Ostuni – for a cozy stay

a tuk tuk parked in front of a building

Let’s take a look at the outstanding White City of Southern Puglia! Imagine a town set on a hilltop washed in white and shining under the Mediterranean sun like a little piece of paradise! The ocean views as you start going uphill in the city are truly stunning, you will feel like you are part of a movie set!

Go for a walk in the narrow streets of the historic center, get lost in the charming alleys, and enjoy an amazing meal in any of the cute little cafes and restaurants you can find on your way through the city’s staircase. Once you get to the top of the hill, soak in the sun, and admire the panoramic views, the sea, the olive trees, and the charming town of Ostuni!

Just like the rest of the country, Ostuni has incredible cuisine, including fresh pasta, regional wines, and one of the best olive oils in the area. Actually, the city is known for being a great olive oil producer! Before leaving this amazing city, stop by one of the many local craft shops, and buy a little ceramic souvenir so you can remember this trip for the rest of your life!

Luxury hotel

As the hotel’s name suggests, this hotel really does look like a palace and features the most fantastic views of the city. The hotel restaurant offers local cuisine, and you can find an indoor hot tub, Turkish bath, and sauna at the hotel’s spa and wellness center. Some of the rooms come with a private balcony with views! You’ll be so well-rested you won’t want to leave!

Other accommodation options in Ostuni

mid-range

A fresh and bright hotel, with a great lounge area that includes table tennis. Some rooms come with balconies

budget

Staying at this hotel will make you feel right at home! Rooms are cozy, and guests can enjoy free breakfast

airbnb

This property has a unique Mediterranean charm! Bright white walls, stones, and a roof terrace with unbeatable views

Things to do in Ostuni

5. Lecce – for a historical encounter

the ruins of a roman city under a blue sky

Ah, Lecce, bella città, another hidden gem in southern Italy, located in the Salento peninsula! Coming to Lecce, you need to be ready to be amazed by this city’s stunning Baroque architecture that will have you daydream while wandering around this open-air museum. Everything in this city, including Piazza del Duomo and Basilica di Santa Croce, is a piece of art that will transport you in time!

The architecture in the city is incredible, you have astonishing ancient ruins, cathedrals, and basilicas with the most exquisite detail in their facades and the inside of the monuments, and big piazzas that will be filled with locals, live performers, and much more! Walk around or sit in one of the many restaurants’ terraces and watch the world go by while sipping on an Aperol spritz. You’ll feel like a true Italian!

Of course, Lecce is another culinary heaven, from pasticciotti to pizza, fresh pasta, and gelato, because we all need a summer treat to freshen up! Lecce has everything you need for the perfect summer or winter holiday, and it is an amazing place to visit alone, with a partner, friends, or with the entire family!

Let’s see the best accommodations in the area!

Luxury hotel

Let me tell you, this hotel straight-up looks like a castle! The decoration inside is classy and luxurious, making you feel like royalty! I highly recommend staying at the deluxe double room, this one comes with a hot tub, perfect for relaxing after a long day in the city!

Other accommodation options in Lecce

mid-range

Can I live here? ???? Amazing style, a mix of modern and vintage decor. Located a 30-minute walk from the center

budget

What a cute bed and breakfast! Some of the rooms come with a balcony, some have an external private bathroom

airbnb

Oh my god! You’d never imagine what is behind that little wooden door. This property looks like a fancy castle!

Things to do in Lecce

6. Monopoli – for coastal towns fans

a bunch of boats that are in the water

And the last amazing spot, in Northern Puglia, is the beautiful coastal town of Monopoli. First things first, one of the most amazing aspects of Monopoli is its beaches, crystal-clear waters, soft sandy shores, and beach clubs; everything together makes it look like the perfect postcard came to life. Put on your sunglasses and sunscreen, and get ready to spend the most fantastic time sunbathing under the sun and swimming in pristine waters!

Take a walk through the old town and let its narrow streets transport you back in time. You’ll stumble upon ancient churches, charming piazzas, and hidden corners that are begging to be explored. This entire coastal town is the perfect place to take your camera and gather memories for those Instagram stories!

Wouldn’t it be perfect to close the day with a delicious meal? Picture this: You wake up and explore the old town, after you take a lunch break and lay on the sand; when your skin feels warm enough, you jump in the ocean, then you head to any of the amazing restaurants you can find in the city and eat fresh food, drink red wine, and try a delicious traditional tiramisu. Chef kiss!

Luxury hotel

I want to have the hotel’s fantastic breakfast on that lovely terrace overlooking the city! The ocean is just a minute’s walk from the hotel, and they even have bikes you can use for a fee, which is amazing for exploring the old town! The rooms are also super cozy and comfortable, you may even want to extend your stay!

Other accommodation options in Monopoli

mid-range

Located just steps away from the sea and minutes away from amazing attractions. This property serves Italian breakfast every morning

budget

This property has a unique Italian style! The staff will also give you all the info you need to enjoy your stay to the fullest!

airbnb

Stunning! Mixing traditional architecture and design with modern amenities. This property even has its own private jacuzzi

Things to do in Monopoli

  • Visit the stunning Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia
  • Explore a castle Castello Carlo V
  • Relax at the beach, Cala Porta Vecchia
  • Bathe in pristine waters at Spiaggia di Porto Ghiacciolo
  • Have aperitivo at Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi

FAQs about where to stay in Puglia

a view of a city featuring trulli houses from a rooftop

???? Which city is the best in the Puglia region?

If you are visiting for the first time, Bari is a great place to stay, and you can even go on day trips to small towns nearby, so it makes for the perfect hotel spot! A great hotel in Bari is Dilman Luxury Stay.

????️ Is it better to visit Polignano a Mare or Monopoli?

Both are amazing options; Polignano a Mare is best known for its scenic views and great cliffs, and a great hotel there is Echi di Puglia. Monopoli is known for its sandy beaches and historical charm, so if that’s more your vibe, a top accommodation is Palazzo Fiscaiolo B&B.

???? Where are the best beaches in Puglia?

Let me tell you, you cannot go wrong with beaches in Puglia! Polignano a Mare and Monopoli are 2 amazing options if you love a good beach ???? Some amazing accommodations in coastal towns are POSEA (Polignano a Mare) and Vista Cattedrale (Monopoli)

???? Can you travel to Puglia without a car?

Absolutely, I would recommend starting off in Bari if you travel by plane to the region (Dimora Fantasia Charme B&B) and visit the rest of the towns by train or bus! If you do want to rent a car once you’re there, book your rental car in advance for the best prices!

Conclusion

a large building with a clock tower on top of it at sunset

That is a wrap for today, folks! What an amazing range of cities in the region of Puglia, plus amazing accommodation options where to stay in Puglia, from luxury hotels to self-catering apartments.

Honestly, I love all the accommodations mentioned in this post, but if I had to name my 2 favorites, I would go with:

  • Echi di Puglia – Located in Bari, this gorgeous hotel has an outdoor pool to freshen up during the hot Italian summer
  • LE home B&B – I am in love with the decoration and style of this bed and breakfast located in Lecce. Stunning!

Which of these areas in Puglia is your favorite? Have you ever stayed in any of these? Let me know in the comments, and right after, book your hotel room before someone else does and start planning the rest of your vacation!

Until the next trip,

Daniela


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