The town of Martina Franca perfectly symbolises everything that the Murge plateau in Puglia is about. The ancient town centre has been perfectly preserved, with fantastically elegant baroque architecture providing a magnificently regal façade, and attracting visitors from miles around. Located in the heart of the Valle d’Itria, which is known colloquially as ‘the Valley of the Trulli’, there can be no finer setting to truly immerse yourself in traditional Puglian cultures than a Martina Franca villa.
The historic centre of Martina Franca is a real treasure. The charming white houses nestle between imposing baroque facades, with wrought iron balconies awash with the bright colours of flowering plants. There are a whole host of delightful little churches, extravagant palaces and elegant memorial arches throughout the centre, providing an incredible view at every turn.
The countryside surrounding a Martina Franca property rental is a joy to explore. Not only is the Valle d’Itria a wonderful place to walk, ride and cycle, it is adorned with vineyards which produce the region’s finest wines and are open for tours and wine tasting sessions and traditional trulli, the charming white, conical houses. Horse riding holidays are also exceptional in the region.
Puglia is awash with places worth visiting, and to see it all, you would have to take self catering Martina Franca accommodation for many months. The White City of Ostuni can certainly not be omitted from any sightseeing tour, nor can the roman and baroque marvels of Lecce. The whole region is actually adorned with castles, monumental villas, ancient villages and charming churches worthy of investigation.
The beaches of southern Italy are just 30km from a Martina Franca property too, and although the summer remains refreshingly cool up on the Murge Plateau, the allure of a day at the beach is always strong. The coastline is stunningly beautiful, wonderful under-developed, and consisting of a chain of small bays and beaches seemingly untouched by human hands. Water sports are available though, with water sports found in the larger seaside towns.
A holiday rental in Martina Franca is 70km from Brindisi Airport (BDS). Brindisi Airport receives direct Ryanair flights from London Stansted (STN) on a regular basis, and although it is possible to reach a Martina Franca villa via public transport, having the use of a hire car is very strongly recommended during your Martina Franca holiday.