Charming Italy stay at a Puglian palazzo

Villa Raffaella, Puglia

Santa Cesarea Terme

Superior room

Superior room

Santa Cesarea Terme

Superior room

Superior room

Classic room

Classic room

Santa Cesarea Terme

A relaxing break on Puglia’s Adriatic Coast in a converted palazzo just steps from the beach – includes breakfast and more for longer stays

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Overlooking the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea, the hotel is close to the centre of Santa Cesarea Terme and just two minutes’ walk from the town’s thermal spas. Relax in the garden or stroll down to the coast to swim in the sea and relax on the beach. There are also bikes to borrow for pedaling along the coast and inland on the quiet lanes that snake through the olive groves.

The south of Puglia is a joy to explore too, with fewer crowds than the trulli-dotted central region and wide open spaces to wander. Spend a day exploring Otranto and its resplendent cathedral, castle and old quarter, where remnants of Greek, Roman and Turkish rule remain. Jostle for space on the beach with Italian holidaymakers and enjoy the lively bars and restaurants before heading back to the calm of Cesarea Terme. Enjoy a late night crepe from Zorbas or splash out on a romantic meal overlooking the sea – the seafood is particularly delicious.

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