The small town of Casalabate on the Adriatic Coast of Puglia, Italy is one of the Lecce region’s undiscovered gems. Despite being popular with Italian holidaymakers, the area remains relatively undeveloped, with few British tourists. This means that a holiday home in Casalabate offers visitors a tranquil getaway even during the summer months, yet with all the benefits of the busier Italian beach resorts on the Mediterranean Coast.
Most villas in Casalabate come with their own private pool, which is the perfect place to relax with a good book, and enjoy the fantastic Puglian weather. Those looking for a more active break will also not be disappointed, with a whole host of activities available in and around the village. The proximity of Casalabate to the coast makes it a great place for water lovers, with snorkelling, swimming, Scuba diving, wind-surfing and kite-surfing all on offer nearby.
The beautiful scenery around Casalabate can be enjoyed on foot, with easy walking tracks and more challenging hiking trails around the outskirts. There are also some great trails for cycling and horse riding in the local area.
Puglia is one of Italy’s finest wine producing regions, and also has a great olive-growing tradition. Many vineyards and olive groves around the village arrange tours as well as tasting sessions, and the autumn is an especially great time to visit as the harvest occurs and new vintages are produced.
Those who don’t want to go to the trouble of cooking in their villa will be delighted at the choice of eateries in Casalabate, with several restaurants serving up tasty Italian favourites such as fresh pasta and pizza. If you do want to utilise the kitchen in your villa, the Sunday markets in Casalabate are the best place to stock up on some fresh local produce.
The picturesque town of Lecce is only a 10-minute drive from Casalabate, where visitors can stroll through the centre and view the lavishly styled pink sandstone houses. The ornate crafting creates artwork out of the buildings, and there are plenty of pavement cafes from which to admire the buildings over a fresh Italian coffee.
Casalabate experiences hot, dry summers, with temperatures reaching the high 20s, which is perfect weather to enjoy the beach. Winters too remain mild, with temperatures reaching only as low as 6C even in January, making Casalabate the ideal destination for an activity-based winter escape.
Self-catering accommodation in Casalabate is easily reached via Brindisi Airport (BDS), which receives flights from several Italian airlines as well as UK budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet. Car hire is available from the airport, which is 24km from Casalabate itself, also providing the easiest way for visitors to get out and visit the other fabulous towns and villages in the area.