Earlier this week, an impressive 293 of Italy’s beaches were given a prestigious ‘Blue Flag’- awarded only to beaches that meet stringent quality standards.

Each year the Foundation for Environmental Education issues the flags to beaches around the globe – and this year Puglia comes in fourth, with 11 beaches.

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So, where do you have to swim and relax this year?

Bari: Polignano a Mare

Barletta-Andria-Trani: Margherita di Savoia – Centro Urbano Canna Fesca

Brindisi: Carovigno  (new entry), Ostuni, Fasano

Lecce: Melendugno – (Roca, San Foca Centro, San Foca Nord-Torre Specchia, Sant’Andrea e Torre dell’Orso), Otranto, Salve, Castro

Taranto: Castellaneta, Ginosa – Marina di Ginosa

We personally love the beaches around Ostuni and every now an then hire a little boat in Castro. Bring some wine and pizza and you will have a lovely full day on the sea!

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Read more about the Blue Flags on The Local.

Best beaches (Blue Flag) in Puglia

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