Gallipoli is the best gay destination in recent years, not only in Apulia or as well known as Puglia but throughout Southern Italy. Every year, it attracts more and more tourists not only Italians but also a big public from all over the world. It is considered a place like Ibiza in Spain, because of the nightlife you can feel in there; the crystal clear water and fabulous beaches surrounded by nature as well.
Salento is full of beaches, especially in Gallipoli. Many of them are gay-friendly like Punta Pizzo, Punta della Suina where you can find the most LGBT-friendly seaside resort in the area. Here you can also enjoy the most beautiful sunset with a drink, music and gay friends.
If you are not sure yet to go to Puglia we can tell you that this region is a treasure trove of art, history, and nature. It is a land of sun and hospitality, it’s located on a strip of land in southeastern Italy, in a strategic position in the heart of the Mediterranean. Centuries of history and a range of charming landscapes are just some of the reasons why it’s such a unique destination, one where you’ll enjoy some truly unforgettable experiences. Puglia, with its 800 km (500 miles) of coastline, is hugged by two incredible seas.
The Ionian and the Adriatic have crafted a variety of different shores, with steep cliffs overlooking colorful sea bottoms and golden beaches sloping into crystal clear waters. Inland, the uncontaminated realm of nature comprises great valleys and gentle hills covered with olive trees, vineyards, and luxuriant forests, as well as some surprising Mediterranean gravine (ravines). From the Ancient Greeks to the Romans, from the Byzantines to the Normans, and from the Swabians to the Angevins, many civilizations have followed one another in ruling Puglia.
Over the years, numerous archaeological excavations have brought back to light priceless artifacts and works of art and architecture testifying to the history and wide-ranging cultures of the different societies that were once here. And so you’ll find menhirs, cave churches, medieval castles, Baroque and Romanesque churches, noble palaces and historical residences, enchanted hamlets and art cities, charming masserie (manor farms) and casali (rural homes). In addition to this exceptional heritage, there are also three Unesco World Heritage Sites: Castel del Monte, the mysterious fortress of Fredrick II (near Andria); the trulli, characteristic drystone huts, unique in the world; and the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo in Monte Sant’Angelo, a masterpiece of medieval art and an international pilgrimage destination
Puglia is shrouded in a magical atmosphere, where the past embraces the present, and where ancient religious and popular traditions are safeguarded. Towns and cities come to life with thousands of lights, colors, sounds, as they commemorate their devotion to patron saints with lively celebrations and festivities. In Puglia, ancient customs are perpetuated through rituals related to harvests and fishing, and the work of master craftsmen. The authentic Puglia can also be enjoyed at the table. Its food and wine are an explosion of exceptional flavors. It is also famous thanks to some typical products like the famous taralli; the bread made in Altamura; orecchiette, a kind of pasta that you have to eat in Bari; also the olive oil produced there and mozzarella are some things that you should try at least once in life. The secret is in the ingredients, all genuine and locally grown, which give rise to superb extra virgin olive oil and exquisite wines.
The quality of life in Puglia is excellent and the weather is always warm.
Every season countless events, festivals, and international fairs enliven the region. Moreover, this land is also a perfect film set for directors and famous stars. From the Gargano and Daunia to Imperial Puglia, from the Terra di Bari (land of Bari), to Magna Graecia, Murge and the gravine (ravines), passing through the Itria Valley and Murgia dei Trulli, all the way down to the Salento: you’ll feel at home everywhere you go. Hospitality comes first and the people of Puglia will always welcome you with a smile. Holidays in Puglia are getting more and more glamorous, with an increasing number of tourists coming from all over the world thanks to convenient and fast connections. You can easily reach Puglia from any major European capital, with direct flights to Bari and Brindisi, as well as several boat and ferry options. Puglia is waiting for you.
Let this extraordinary land and the people in there captivate you!