Situated in the far south-east – ‘stiletto heel’ – of Italy, Puglia offers a profusion of spring flowers, as well as an excellent variety of butterflies, birds and other wildlife. During this 2-centre holiday we will stay in charming family-run ‘Masseria’ (fortified Puglian farm houses). We begin our holiday with an exploration of the Capo D’Otranto, Italy’s most easterly point and an excellent vantage point for watching the spring raptor migration as birds pass north towards the Balkans. The region’s colourful maquis vegetation should be in full bloom during our visit and we’ll look for orchids and numerous butterflies on daily excursions. We will also visit some of the region’s ancient cave dwellings and characteristic ‘trulli’, while a walk along the Gravina di Laterza offers the chance to see breeding Egyptian Vulture and Lanner Falcon.
- 2-centre holiday exploring a deeply rural & little-known region of Italy.
- Enjoy excellent, local cuisine in charming ‘Masseria’ hotels.
- Lesser Kestrel, Blue Rock Thrush and spring migrants among avian highlights.
- Beaked Ophrys, Apulian Bee, Bumblebee & Lax-flowered Orchids plus many more.
- Colourful pink & white Cistus & yellow Callicotome among special maquis flora.
- Butterflies include Italian Marbled Whites, Swallowtails & Adonis Blues.
- Led by expert naturalist guide.
All included in the price
Two comfortable and friendly family-run hotels, both with private facilities.