Holidaymakers looking for an excellent climate, lots of history and great scenery might like to try the Italian town of Ugento. This is a wonderfully scenic place in the far South East of Italy in the province of Lecce. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas and apartments.
White sandy beaches can be found just a five minute drive away, providing ideal relaxation for holidaymakers. Various watersports are available in the region as well such as swimming, water skiing, sailing, wind surfing and diving. It is a very scenic area with lovely places to walk, horse ride or cycle with the coast nearby, countryside and lots of olive groves too.The region of Puglia has numerous golf clubs including 18-hole courses near Lecce and Taranto and there are tennis courts about 10 minutes from Ugento. Families with children may like to take a day out visiting places such as Castellana Grotte with its dinosaurs or a safari at the zoo near Fasano. Those with a love of the water can try the waterpark near Gallipoli.This market town has several bars, restaurants and cafes offering traditional Italian dishes. Nearby towns have street markets selling clothes, food and souvenirs. Ugento has a choice of stores selling groceries, delicatessens and small supermarkets although self catering holidaymakers should note most of these are closed Thursday afternoon and Sundays.
There are many museums to visit in the region of Puglia including the Archaeological Museum of Brindisi. Many old and interesting buildings can be seen in the area such as monuments, temples and churches as well as a castle and cathedral in Ugento. Some of the religious sites in the region include the Cathedral, St Mary of Casale and St Benedict.Puglia also features many other interesting towns and cities such as Gallipoli, Brindisi and Alberobello. Regular ferries take tourists from Bari and Brindisi to Greece and Albania. Santa Maria Di Leuca at the tip of the heel of Italy is a mid size town open and is a highly recommended place to visit.
This part of Italy benefits from a moderate climate all year round. The hottest time of the year is July and August when average maximum temperatures are approximately 30 degrees centigrade. Whilst December and January is chilly with average highs of about six degrees centigrade there is still usually plenty of sunshine. July generally sees around 10 to 11 hours of sunshine per day and is the driest month of the year, while October is often the wettest.
Approximately one hour and 35 minutes from Ugento is the Airport of Salento in Brindisi, which has flights from Milan, Rome and Venezia. Ryanair also offer direct flights from London Stanstead. There are buses and taxis located at the airport as well as several car rental firms including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore, Sixt and Thrifty.Palese Airport at Bari is approximately two hours and 45 minutes drive from Ugento and has flights to and from various Italian cities as well as other European destinations such as London, Bonn, Munich, Bucharest, Budapest, Prague and Zurich. There are several car hire firms and taxis situated here too.