Located on the ‘inside of the heel’ of Italy, or in south west Puglia, the province of Taranto is a rural province boasting a magnificent sandy coastline on the Ionian Sea. The countryside is largely agricultural, dotted with beautiful castles, fortresses and stately villas. Taranto is known on the tourist map for two main reasons; the beaches and the exceptional food in Taranto which is among the best quality in Italy.
The Ionian coast of Taranto, Italy, is wonderfully unspoilt, with wild stretches of dunes, interrupted only by rock outcrops. The waters of the Ionian Sea are known as the “Seven Colours Sea”, due to the magnificent changing colours of the clean waters. The sands along the Taranto coast are impossibly soft, and the sheltered, clean beaches are perfect for family holidays with small children. Snorkelling is an enchanting activity in the Taranto area, as the Ionian Sea teems with marine life. There are plenty of spots along the Taranto coast for sailing, kite surfing and windsurfing, as well as scuba diving and deep sea fishing.
The food in Taranto is quite exceptional. Seafood is a real speciality in Taranto, and there are a huge number of excellent seafood restaurants throughout the region, many of which are family run, traditional Italian eateries. There are a huge range of traditional dishes to try in Taranto, ingredients for which can be seen growing on the sun baked slopes of the southern hills, and are readily available from local weekly markets if you would like to try your hand at preparing traditional food in Taranto accommodation.
Campomarino is a fantastic region of beaches on the coast of Taranto, Italy. With little sandy beaches sheltered by rock outcrops, Taranto villas in Campomarino are ideal for family beach holidays, and after a day on the beaches, the small restaurants offer a sublime meal, especially if you try the local fish dishes, washed down with the famous wines of the area, including Panzerotti, Primitivo di Manduria and Orecchiette.
San Pierto in Bevagna is a wonderful beach town, which so far has been completely uninfluenced by the onset of tourism in the region. With long, white sandy beaches and plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to explore, as well as tennis courts, and plenty of water sports including wind surfing, sailing and scuba diving.
Martina Franca is a charming town set high on the last of the hills of southern Italy. The old town centre is a delightful example of baroque architecture. Martina Franca is a fantastically traditional place to take a self catering Taranto property, with beautiful houses, traditional trulli and elegant churches surrounding the town.
Taranto is located in one of the hottest regions in Italy. During July and August, daily peak temperatures can reach around 38°C with alarming regularity, which makes a Taranto villa with a pool almost priceless during the summer months. Average monthly temperatures remain above 20°C from early May right through until late October, giving Taranto a wonderfully long holiday season.
Brindisi Airport (BDS) is within an hour’s drive of the majority of self catering Taranto villas. There are regular flights fromLondonStansted (STN) to Brindisi, provided by Ryanair.