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With a coastline that extends for over 500 miles (800kms) Puglia is famous for its beaches - over 50 of which have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag status by the FEE (out of 427 for the whole of Italy in 2022). The Daily Telegraph Travel section published a special Italy 2015 supplement in January 2015 and rated Puglia as its number one destination for beaches:
"Some of the best beaches in mainland Italy are in Puglia - particularly in a string of pristine sandy strands south of the historic towns of Avetrana and Manduria...For white sand, translucent water and informal beach-shack lunches, head for the seaside villages of Punta Prosciutto or Torre Colimena."
This is our local stretch of beach (if we head south) about 35 minutes drive away - whilst heading north-east the coast is about 20 minutes away.Beaches in Italy fall into two categories; public / free beaches where you can turn up with your cool-box of refreshments and towels to enjoy the sea and sand; and private lidos where you typically pay to hire an umbrella and sun loungers (most families hire two loungers) for the day - they usually have toilets, a bar, snack shop and often a play area. Most lidos also have lifeguards on duty.