Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio | Puglia, Italy | Right after our visit to the “La Citta Bianca” of Ostuni, in Puglia, South of Italy, we carried on to our next hotel for the night, this time we not only where staying at a Masseria (local farm house) but also, a working vineyard and olives plantation, which promised a great afternoon overlooking the sunset over local wines and olives, and dinner. The estate called Le Fabriche covers about 20 hectares of grapevines, centuries-old olive trees and Mediterranean Maquis. From the panoramic position of the “Serre Tarantine”, the 17th century farmhouse, the Masseria, overlooks this rural amphitheater designed by nature and by men over the centuries. The Masseria offers stunning views of the Ionian sea which is only 4 km far. Continue reading Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio
“La Città Bianca” of Ostuni | Puglia, Italy | The White Town of Ostuni. Transiting, from north to south, the lovely Valle D’Itria, province of Brindisi, in the region of Puglia, South of Italy, along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, I did a brief stop at the White City of Ostuni. From the road below, it appears like a mirage of white light. From the ancient town, up the hill, you can admire beautiful scenery. Via Cattedrale, divides the medieval heart named Terra in two. Stroll through the narrow alleys, steep stairways, craft shops, and restaurants, courtyards and piazzas, where white houses are dotted with geraniums. Continue reading La Città Bianca of Ostuni
Fishing Village of Gallipoli | Puglia, Italy | I think my favorite destination, during my recent visit to the South of Italy in Puglia, was Gallipoli. A destination which apart for offering stunning beaches and attractions, is also important for its historic centre and its architectural beauties. Gallipoli is also know to be the main LGBT hotspot in Italy, particularly during the summer – Mako Beach, is just and example of that. Gallipoli, from the Greek “Kallipolis”, means “Beautiful City”, and indeed it is. On the coast of the Ionian Sea, part of the Salento region, and the province of Lecce. Continue reading Fishing Village of Gallipoli
Wine Tasting by L’Astore Masseria | Puglia, Italy | Of course no visit to Puglia, in the South of Italy, in the region of Salento, can be complete without a proper local wine and olive oil degustation at a traditional Masseria (a typical agricultural estate) and a cooking class. Well we did both… For the first one, we came to the town of Cutrofiano, on our way to the city of Lecce, to visit the estate of L’Astore Masseria. L’Astore wines are favorites of celebrities like Mick Jagger and Helen Mirren. During our degustation, matched with local tapas delights, we tasted three wines. My favorites were the Massaro Rosa wine made out of Negroamaro grapes, and the white Krita made of Malvasia Bianca grapes, all local Salento region grapes. Continue reading Wine Tasting by L’Astore Masseria
Borgo Egnazia Luxury Resort in Puglia | Puglia, Italy | My first stop upon arrival to the region of Puglia, in the South of Italy, was the very lovely and grand, Borgo Egnazia Luxury Resort, located in the region of Fasano in the province of Bari, and part of the Valle D’Itria. Some of you might have heard of this resort in the past, since it was the one which Justin Timberlake took over completely for his wedding to Jessica Biel. An architectural marvel of local stone and quicklime, the Borgo Egnazia recreates a traditional Apulian village amid olive groves and lemon trees. Every detail of the hotel’s main building, separate and private villas, each with its own swimming pool, has been meticulously designed to ensure the highest standards of luxury. The adjacent world-renowned San Domenico Golf Course, with 18 holes, par-72, the Engathia Spa with water and body treatments, the Beach Club, tennis and kids club, and many other activities, make it an unforgettable destination. A shimmering coastline, ancient olive groves, the Roman town of Egnazia and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello are nearby for exploration. Continue reading Borgo Egnazia Luxury Resort in Puglia
UNESCO World Heritage Alberobello | Puglia, Italy | One of my favorite attractions, during my week visit to Puglia in the South of Italy, which at the same time I must admit, was also the most touristic, was the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello and the unique and charming Trulli. An exceptional example of vernacular architecture. It is one of the best preserved and most homogeneous urban areas of this type in Europe. A Trullo or plural Trulli, (from the Greek word τρούλος, cupola) is a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof. Trulli were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural labourers. Traditionally trulli were built using dry stone masonry. Their golden age was the 19th century. Nowadays you can find houses, hotels, restaurants and stores, inside the Trulli, all over the town of Alberobello, also part of the province of Bari. Town we named, in a funny way “Trulliland”, making you feel either in the Hobbit’s Shire Middle-Earth or right into a scene of the Smurfs. Continue reading UNESCO World Heritage Alberobello
Polignano a Mare in Puglia | Puglia, Italy | One of the many stops during my recent visit to the region of Puglia, in the south of Italy, was the charming and worldwide known Polignano a Mare. Famous for being Dominco Modugno’s (Italian singer, songwriter, actor) hometown, Polignano a Mare rises on a rock overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Only 20 minutes away from Bari. Always important meeting point for tourists, it is also the idilic and ultra romantic spot for celebrities, to tie the knot, like recently Japanese superstar Utada Hikaru. The buildings and churches architecture, shows the influence of the Arabs, the Byzantines, the Spanish and the Normans. Continue reading Polignano a Mare in Puglia
TRAVEL ALERT France & Italy | For the next 10 days, I will be traveling in Paris, France and the South of Italy at the Puglia region. Internet access and time will be limited, therefore I might not be able to blog or post as usual. I invite you to follow my hour by hour experiences, reviews and tips on hotels, restaurants, and more at my Instagram @CarlosMeliaBlog. Let’s keep the conversation going. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
During this trip I will be reviewing and experiencing: ( Paris, France ) Staying at Hotel de Sers and Hotel Vernet. Visiting and reviewing Chateau Bouffemont, Le Royal Monceau by Raffles Hotels and Eduard 7. Dinners at Michelin star Il Carpaccio, La Cuisine de l’E7 and Restaurant Le V. Flying New York / Paris / New York on Open Skies.
( Puglia, Italy ) Visiting Bari, Lecce, Monopoli, Alberobello, Martina Franca, Ostuni, Maruggio, Beach of Campomarino, Gallipoli, Galatina and Otranto . Hotel stays at Borgo Egnazia, Le Fabriche Masseria, Relais Corte Palmieri, Hotel Risorgimento. Site inspections of Masseria San Domenico, Masseria Cimino, Relais Don Ferrante, Le Alcove, Pietrefitte, Masseria Torre Coccaro, Masseria Torre Maizza, La Sommita, Masseria Bagnara, Matatelure, Masseria Montelauro and Masseria Prosperi. Flying Paris / Bari / Paris with Alitalia.
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