are you sure for this destination? trani area (molfetta, barletta, bisceglie) has not the best sea and beaches in puglia.
maybe you can consider Margherita di Savoia near trani to be a good solution.
otherwise look at the Gargano or at a southern area like San Pietro in Bevagna
distance is less then 200 km but you'd need about 2,5 hours to drive from aeroport to vieste ( translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c… ) because the last 50 km of the journey are on windy and panoramic road.
if you choose gargano for your holiday then be careful to find a good accomodation near a sandy beach (most of beaches in gargano are shingly)
After just coming back from Calabria (near Pizzo), with a very shingly beach, a sandy beach is important to my grandson! I've been looking at San Pietro as you suggested and this also looks very promising. We have spent several holidays in Otranto and do like this area. Hard to beat Puglia with its relaxed atmosphere and lovely food! Many thanks again for your help and we are looking forward to next summer. Mille grazie!
I don't even know if you're active on TripAdvisor anymore but I'll appreciate the reply if you take time to answer it.
Would you care to elaborate a bit please? What makes Barletta beaches mediocre? Is swimming a problem due to seaweeds? Are they trash infested? Too many tourists on July?
Cuz we could probably compromise on "too many tourists" but not on seaweeds or trash for example.
Didn't stay in Baretta, took advice about beaches but would not think adverse report was due to trash or seaweed. We revisited the Torre Cane, that area has few tourists and lovely long sandy beaches. Also Otranto is a very interesting place to visit particularly the cathedral. Haven't been to Italy for a few years as our local airport doesn't service southern Italy so hope it's still as unspoilt as when we last visited! Hope you have a great time (ps. would advise taking phrase book as a little Italian would help in this region).
We were in Barletta this time last year, so not beach season, but the beaches were not very visually appealing.
Where the beaches were stunning (looking at them) was on the Ionian Sea side of the " heel",. we drove along the coast road from Taranto to Gallipoli and porto Cesareo are in particular was so pretty. But I can imagine that in the summer it gets very busy
Agree about the lack of English in the region too, we were managing with my school Italian and my husband's adapting his native Spanish to Italian!
But the tourist information provision in English is excellent, starting here
This was good too www.italyheaven.co.uk/puglia/index.htmlEdited: 9:38 am, April 14, 2018
Yes, the coastline between Bari and Barletta is better to be avoided for a beach holiday (this is mainly a working area, also close to a major city, thus not the best location to swim and sunbathe), although these towns have remarkable historical centres and are definitely worth a visit. The Trani Cathedral in particular is one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Southern Italy, and it's blessed with a scenografical location above the sea. And you have that gorgeous, iconic monument which is Castel Del Monte in a short distance. Capitolo (part of Monopoli actually) and Torre Canne are probably the nearest places suitable for a beach holiday, but you should be aware that in summer season they get very crowded.
@SouthWalesTravelgirl unluckily Puglia is not unspoilt anymore...what I am angry about is that local authorities and entrepreneurs have done everything to promote tourism in the region without developing proper services and infrastructures, the result is that nowadays Puglia, especially along the Ionian coast in summer season, is jam-packed quite in an unpleasant way. Of course this affects a lot the quality of the seawater and the general cleanliness of local environment. But if you organize carefully your holidays you still can have great time in Puglia, as much as you can do basically everywhere in the world.
The thing is that we live in Canada so any half decent beach would be acceptable to us. Our flight is to Rome. I have found a Rome-Barletta direct bus so the transfer is going to be hassle free and won't need to rent a car.
We are only there for the beach. If the water is not dirty and the beach is not pebbly or full of weeds, we'll take it.
So basically swimming and sunbathing on the golden sand. Is it possible in Barletta?