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Guaceto

Carovigno, Puglia

  • 9-10
  • 4
  • 3

Accommodation

At a glance

  1. Sleeps 9-10
  2. 4 Bedrooms
  3. 3 Bathrooms
  4. Air Conditioning
  5. WiFi 
  6. Beaches 3.5km
  • Ground Floor: Kitchen/diner (oven, dishwasher, A/C) with door to covered terrace, living area (TV). Corridor to shower room and double bedroom (A/C) with door to rear terrace. Children’s bedroom (bunkbed, pullout bed and cabin bed) with en suite WC. Double bedroom (A/C) with French windows to side terrace and en suite shower room. WiFi.
  • Annexe: (external access to) Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and small covered terrace.
  • Outside: Open grounds mainly left au natural with olive groves and a variety of trees and Mediterranean plants. Lawned area by pool. Open and covered terraces. Laundry room (washing machine). Poolside shower. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 4m) surrounded by terrace.

Less than 10 minutes from the sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of the Torre Guaceto nature and marine reserve (3.5km), Guaceto, a white washed villa surrounded by olive trees, is a great choice for those wishing to spend days on the beach and days out exploring.  The nature reserve is home to dunes, coves, coral reefs, wood and wetlands, and a sea turtle sanctuary, whilst heading north or south along the coastline reveals villages and towns with a laidback atmosphere, restaurants serving the freshest of fish dishes, traditional fishing harbours and chic beach clubs.  

Close at hand too are two lovely towns, Carovigno and San Vito dei Normanni, both a 10 minute drive away. The beating heart of any Puglian town is the ‘centro storico’, and these towns are no exception. Whitewashed buildings, churches and palazzi line the network of narrow streets and piazzas are home to restaurants and cafes, where people watching and cool drinks are the order of the day.

Outdoor living continues at Guaceto, where a wrap around terrace provides ample space for dining al fresco and relaxing. To one side sits the pool area, bordered on two sides by a deep hedge and on the third by a small lawned area. Cacti and Mediterrean plants, alongside majestic olive trees add further interest in the grounds.  Internally, white walls and polished concrete floors keep the décor simple and fresh. And the sea blue colour used on the door and window frames is a reminder that the clear sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea are only a short distance away

  • Typical of many properties in Puglia, Guaceto has external steps leading to a roof terrace. Please note that due to unproctected drops on the steps and low walls on the terrace, access to the roof terrace is not allowed.
  • There is a railway line nearby so you will be aware of trains passing. The nearest train station is Carovigno (15 minute drive), with trains to Lecce, Bari, Brindisi and other towns.
  • Licence No: BR07400291000015387.
  • Please note: the price shown does not include a tourist tax (2024 rate to be confirmed) which is applied per person per night (maximum 5 nights) and is payable locally. Children under 12 are exempt.

Pricing & Availability

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All Prices are per property, not per person.

Please note: the price shown does not include a tourist tax (2024 rate to be confirmed) which is applied per person per night (maximum 5 nights) and is payable locally. Children under 12 are exempt.

Location of Guaceto

Locality

Great Things to Do Near Guaceto

Weekly markets

Puglia is known as the Garden of Italy, supplying the country with vegetables and fruit, so where better to shop than in one of the local weekly markets?  Visit Ostuni on a Saturday, Cisternino on Monday, Wednesday Martina Franca, Friday Locorotondo.  They take place in the mornings until lunchtime, when you can head to one of the local restaurants or back to the villa to enjoy all the local produce you have just bought!

A blue door

There is a famous 'blue door' set into the one of the walls in the old town of Ostuni.  The striking contrast between the blue of the door and the crisp gleaming white of the walls has made it famous (possibly thanks to many Instagram posts).  For more photo opportunities, head to Piazzetta Martiri delle Foibe for a wonderful view over Ostuni and the coastline. 

Walk (Run?) in the footsteps of Bond

and visit Matera, the fascinating troglodyte city just over the border in Basilicata.  It has many accolades: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, European City of Culture in 2019 and the location of some great scenes in the Bond film 'No Time to Die'.  

Cartapesta - Papier-Mâché

Remember making things from papier-mâché in school? Well, Puglia is famous for it and has elevated it to a fine art! It was used to construct statues for the many churches and monuments being built in Lecce. In the North of Italy, marble was commonly available and therefore used but in Lecce and the surrounding area, there wasn’t the access to marble and so the craftsmen improvised! Visit the Church of Santa Chiara in Lecce to see the cartapesta decorations on its ceiling. There are still workshops in Lecce making papier-mâché items and throughout Puglia you will find examples both to see and buy.
 

Florence of the South

Otherwise known as Lecce, the capital of Puglia. It is a city that fully embraced the Baroque style of architecture. Much remains today making Lecce a wonderful city to walk around. Visit the Basilica di Santa Croce and see if you can spot, on its ornate façade, griffins, dodos, angels and sheep…

Go underground and visit the ‘Grotte di Castellana’

The town of Castellana is famous for its network of caves, the largest in Italy. They are over  3km in length, go to a depth of 122m, and the temperature stays a constant 16.5C, so a refreshing place to visit when the outside temperatures soar. There are a couple of tours available: visit the full length or a shorter version of 1km.

La Citta della 'Nzegna

Carovigno is known as ‘La Citta della ‘Nzegna’ – the town of flags. It is renowned for its troops of ‘sbandieratori’ who put on spectacular displays of flag throwing which are incredible to witness. Huge colourful flags are thrown between the men in displays of pageantry, accompanied by the sounds of drums and trumpets. If you get a chance to watch, do so - they are very impressive.

Trulli of Alberobello

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello is famous for its trulli: tiny limestone houses topped by conical roofs. Built without mortar, the houses mostly date from the 14th century, but the building technique has been used since ancient times. You will see them everywhere in this part of Puglia, especially in the Valle d’Itria but Alberobello is quite literally made up of them, there are over 1500. Visit early morning or late in the day to see them without the crowds.
 

Un caffè 'alla Salentina'

Have a coffee ‘alla Salentina’, an iced glass with 5 ice cubes, a layer of almond milk and hot coffee.

Gargano Peninsula

For a full day out, explore the Gargano Peninsula. Most Italians tend to flock to the seaside towns of Vieste and Peschici – make time to go as they are lovely places. But there is also the Foresta Umbra (UNESCO listed) which is home to over 2000 species of plants and trees – a beautiful place to walk and cycle. The town of Monte Sant’Angelo is famous for its Basilica and, surprisingly, for its sourdough loaf!
 

Città Bianche

The white towns of the Valle d’Itria are charming places to wander around. They all have the whitewashed buildings and a ‘centro storico’ (historic centre) with a maze of narrow streets but each one is different. Spend a morning in each (followed by lunch of course) to discover its charm.
 

Picture Postcard Polignano

Gracing many a postcard and Insta post, Polignano a Mare is a picture postcard seaside town – white washed houses line narrow streets and perch atop the cliffs with fabulous views over the turquoise sea and beaches below.
 

Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve

Named after the tower that was built in the 16th Century as part of a coastal defence system, the nature reserve is a protected area covering 8km of coastline. The area includes wetlands, dunes, marshes, Mediterranean maquis, agricultural land and is home to a variety of animals and birds. The coast and sea are also part of the protected zone, with the rocky seabed teeming with underwater fauna and flora. You can explore the area on foot and on bike, and go snorkelling and diving in the clear blue waters.

Nearby

Towns/Villages

San Vito dei Normanni 10 mins 
Carovigno 10 mins 
Brindisi 25 mins 
Ostuni 30 mins 
Locorotondo 50 mins 
Lecce 50 mins 
Alberobello 50 mins 
Matera 2 Hrs  

Beaches

Torre Santa Sabina 10 mins 
Torre Guaceto 10 mins 
Polignano a Mare 50 mins 

Airports

Brindisi 20 mins 
Bari 1 Hr 15 mins 
Times are approximate

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