Oria is a stunning medieval village in the Puglia Province of southern Italy. The countryside is awash with traditional trulli in which to stay if you would like the authentic Puglian experience, but there are a whole host of luxury Oria villas too if you would prefer to bask in space during your holiday in the sun. The locals are fantastically welcoming, and if you are looking to eat and drink well during your holiday, you have certainly come to the right place.
Oria is a thriving town all year round, especially in the historic centre, which is filled with beautifully understated monuments from throughout the ages. The beautifully domed cathedral and the impressive medieval castle dominate most sightseeing guides to Oria, but the 10th century Jewish quarter also holds a great many treasures worth exploring, especially the Synagogue. The region is carpeted in vineyards and wineries too, which provide both an excellent accompaniment to local cuisine and fascinating vineyard tours and wine tasting sessions to interested tourists.
Oria is home to one of the most bizarre tournaments in Italy. The Tournament of the Districts (Torneo dei Rioni) was first held in 1225, and is still re-enacted today. Preceded by a 400 strong costumed procession and contested with remarkable support, this really is a fantastic time to be staying in Oria accommodation. The whole city is decorated with banners, and the lavish opening ceremony which starts the competition is great fun to watch. So, if you are looking to watch a town compete in competitions as varied as weight pulling to horse battles, then a holiday rental in Oria during August is the perfect solution!
The glorious sandy beaches of the Ionian Sea are just 20 minutes drive from a holiday rental villa in Oria. The beaches are absolutely glorious, lined with fine, golden sand and lapped by the warm, crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea. There are many water sports available along the Ionian coast, and whether you are wishing to go sailing, windsurfing, swimming, deep sea fishing or scuba diving, you will be well catered for from a self catering Oria apartment, villa or trulli.
The city of Lecce, often referred to as the ‘Venice of the South’, for its artistic heritage, is just 50km from a holiday rental property in Oria, Italy. The city is astonishingly elegant, with beautiful sights to see at every turn. The trip to Lecce is certainly worth it, especially if you are interested in the intricacies and unique stylings of Barocco Leccese art.
The weather in Oria is wonderful, year round. The beaches are most popular from May until September when daily peak temperatures can be guaranteed to soar into the 30’s (˚C) on a regular basis. The extraordinarily mild winters and autumns are perfect for those wishing to explore the area on foot, by bicycle or from the back of a horse.
Brindisi Airport is just 35km from a holiday rental property in Oria, Italy. Ryanair make reaching an Oria property wonderfully easy, providing direct flights from London Stansted (STN) to Brindisi. Having the use of a hire car is strongly recommended, especially if you would like to visit the coast or take a historical tour of the local area.