Self-drive trip

For the city of Taranto we have dedicated a separate section (Taranto attractions).

On this page we list all the most interesting and typical attractions of Puglia that can be reached up to an hour’s drive from Pulsano. This allows you to use even in the afternoon and evening. For those who want to spend a whole day, we recommend the following two itineraries:
– Grotte di Castellana (by morning) – Alberobello (by afternoon) – Martina Franca (by evening);
– Zoo Safari (in the morning) – Locorotondo (by afternoon) – Martina Franca (by evening).

Campomarino (26km)

A small town on the coast, it has a beautiful marina and is very popular in the summer with children and families. The ideal to spend a different evening, with a walk along the harbor, in the center of the village, and then spend a few hours at the Fuori Rotta (beautiful Disco Pub on the beach), where you can listen to Latin American music, enjoying cocktails rich in fruit or unusual exotic fruit dishes (see map below).

Martina Franca (45 km)

One of the most beautiful and fascinating villages in the province of Taranto, the queen of the Valle d’Itria, the heart of the Murgia. We recommend visiting the beautiful Basilica di San Martino and then taking a walk in the small historic center. There are very typical meat restaurants with excellent value for money.

Locorotondo (52km)

Also famous for white wine, it is one of the most fascinating villages in Italy. It has an almost roundish plant and it is very suggestive to walk among the small streets. Since the distance to Alberobello is very close, you can visit together on the same day.

Alberobello (58km)

Unesco World Heritage, it is one of the most beautiful and characteristic villages of the world, also because the most common houses are small Trulli. The small village is divided by two streets, Via Indipendenza and Largo Martellotta, which separate the two main districts, Rione Monti and Rione Aia Piccola. The small Aia district contains about 400 trulli and is known for its intertwining of streets and alleys with a charming atmosphere. The Monti district is instead famous for the sight of its thousand trulli, many of which climbed on the side of the hill that overlooks the Largo della Foggia.

Ostuni – the white town (58km)

Another splendid town, known for its white houses and small and characteristic alleys. In the Palazzo del Comune (Piazza della Libertà), there are large paintings by the painter Onofrio Bramante, which show the most important events in the ancient history of Puglia. The same canvases are illustrated in Pietro Lucchese’s book “Storia della Puglia raccontata” – Ed Carra. Ostuni is beautiful to visit in summer season, especially in the afternoon when it is less hot. In the evening there are many kids and tourists, the restaurants are very good and you can find many pubs where you can have a drink.

ZOO Safari – Fasano (62km)

The only large Italian safari zoo, where it is possible to cross the park by car, among giraffes, monkeys, lions and many other exotic animals, naturally in safety. Inside there is also a playground, for this reason it is the ideal place for children.

Castellana Caves – Grotte di Castellana (75km)

The karst caves of Castellana Grotte are unique in the world for their size and colors. This is why it is one of the recommended places to go with children, don’t miss it!