A beautifully restored spacious apartment in an 18th century 'palazzo' in the historic centre of the typical, Puglian fishing town of Monpoli; just 50 metres from the crystal clear sea and blue flag beaches. Two beds, 2 baths. Sleeps 6 comfortably.
This luxury apartment is located in the narrow streets of the historical centre of Monopoli, on the Adriatic coast of Puglia between the bigger ports of Bari and Brindisi both with international airports. Monopoli is a thriving fishing port where trawlers arrive daily with their fresh catch and fishermen sit in the ancient port untangling their nets. There are an abundance of excllent fish restaurants and trattorie serving meat and pasta dishes and pizza. Fresh fish, fruit and veg are sold in the local shops. Within 200 metres of the apartment is a sandy beach where you can swim in the shade of the ancient city walls in turquoise blue, crystal clear sea. From here, the coast is littered with idyllic sandy coves until it flattens out into long stretches of sandy beach. Here you will find Capitolo (20 mins drive) with its sophisticated lidos where you can hire sunbeds and beach umbrellas, sip cocktails at sunset and dance till dawn.
This large, bright, airy apartment is on the top floor of an early 19th century, stone built 'palazzo', and was sympathetically restored by the current owners, using the skills of local craftsman. There are two huge double bedrooms, one with en suite shower room, and a further bathroom. There is a large dining kitchen and a comfortable sitting room with tv and dvd, an MP3 docking station and broadband. The master bedroom and kitchen have French doors leading onto the vast, private roof terrace with shaded dining area and views of the cathedral and rooftops of the old town. There is a communal roof terrace with sea views above the apartment. There is central heating for the colder months.
Puglia is renowned for its agricultural produce and its gastrononic specialities. Much of Italy's olive oil and wine is produced here. It is easy to get off the beaten track and follow desserted countryroads meandering through olive groves and vineyards divided by dry stone walls and scattered with 'trulli' - the unique cone shaped dwellings and 'masserie' the country estates some of which are fortified. The quaint white towns of Ostuni, Locorotondo and Cisternino are just a short drive or bus ride away as is Alberobello the Unesco site and trulli capital. Lecce, often described as the 'Florence of the South', with its wealth of baroque architecture, is just over an hour's drive or easily accessed by train.
The beauty of this apartment is you can leave the car at home and have a lazy holiday beakfasting in the local bars alongside the fisherman and local business people, reading on the terrace and taking regular dips in the sea - reached in less than 5 minutes through the narrow shady streets. Or you can stroll or cycle along the coast to spend the day in your favourite cove with a picnic lunch or freshly cooked pasta in one of the breach bars. Evenings can be spent meandering through quaint streets and dining in one of the squares. If you are feeling more adventurous. you can hire a car or negotiate local transport to explore Puglia's many historic towns of the region, each with their own gastrononic delights.
Guests have entire use of the apartment, the roof terrace and access to an addtional roof terrace above which has views of the port.
Guests will be met by a local colleague on arrival day. Owners will be available by phone/email during the time of the stay to handle any requests.
Rental fees include bed linen, towels and weekly cleaning. There are no addiotional fees.
I am a former documentary film producer, and now am mother of two girls. I play a minor role in my husband's company, Numa Productions which develops on-line software. I graduated in modern languages, and speak French, Spanish and Italian. I have lived and worked in France and Spain and travelled overland through Asia. I love the sea and mountains, and regularly practise yoga. Although I enjoy the outdoors, I live in London as I enjoy the multi cultural community and the wealth of culture and good food on my doorstep.