Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.

Sophisticated and stylish, poetic and timeless. Ostuni rises up from the rolling olive groves that surround it, a gleaming white oasis, framed by Puglia’s endless blue sky. With a vibrant bar and restaurant scene Ostuni is one of the most popular stops for visitors to our region. Loose yourself in its nooks and crannies as you explore the tangle of narrow streets and stairways of the centro storico. Its central location makes Ostuni the perfect home base for venturing into the Valle d’Itria and beyond.

In this Guide:

1. Where to eat | Ostuni’s best bars and restaurants

Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Ostuni Bistrot on the main piazza.
Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Ostuni Bistrot on the main piazza.

The choice of dining experiences in Ostuni during the summer season seems endless. Excellent restaurants and chic bars are tucked away in the maze of medieval alleys, arches and stairwells of the old town that shoot out from via Cattedrale and wind around the duomo and the old town walls.

While bad food is hard to find some restaurants offer better value than others. Many restaurants regularly recommended on travel forums are recommended by tourists and visited by more tourists, even though locals would not eat there. The food and dining experience may be good, but if it is comparatively overpriced without any added value, we haven’t included it.

We eat where locals eat and we pay for all our meals and review anonymously.

This is our insider guide to Ostuni’s best and best value bars and restaurants for eating out in Ostuni.

Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Ostuni Bistrot on the main piazza.
Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Ostuni Bistrot on the main piazza.

2. Life’s a beach | the best beaches nearby Ostuni and beyond

Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Pilone beach, Ostuni

The stretch of the Adriatic coast from Bari south has more rocky coves than the endless strips of sandy beach you will find on the Ionian coast. Nevertheless there are some fine sections to enjoy, especially around Ostuni.

From family friendly to gay and naturist, here is our insider guide to the best beaches in and around Ostuni.

Puglia has some of Italy’s finest coast. In 2023 it was awarded 22 bandiera blu awards for the water quality of its beaches, the most in Italy outside the Italian Riviera.

Here is our insider guide to 50 of the best beaches in Puglia.

Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Pilone beach, Ostuni

3. La città bianca, Puglia’s White City | what to see and do

Loose yourself in its nooks and crannies as you explore the tangle of narrow streets and stairways of the centro storico.

From the Piazza della Libertà (main town square), with the baroque obelisk of Sant’ Oronzo (la colonna), along the Via Cattedrale up into the old town to the duomo, under the Arco Scoppa, to the selfie at La Porta.

Our insider guide to Ostuni includes details on what to see and do in Ostuni, including where to park in Ostuni and instructions on using the pay and display parking machines, where to find the best value Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main piazza (and where to avoid one of the most expensive in Italy).

Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.

4. The best time to visit Ostuni

The city is at its most vibrant over summer when visitors swell Ostuni’s population from around 32,000 to over 100,000.

From the end of October until spring revives the city at the start of Easter, many bars and restaurants in and around the old town stay closed. During this period options for eating out – especially during the daytime – will be very limited.

Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.

5. Aperitivo time | the best value Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main piazza

Ranging from 4,90€ to 15€, be careful where you choose to sit for your Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main piazza! Around the square Italy’s favourite aperitivo is served with a small ‘tris’ – a selection of 3+ small bowls from the following: olives, crisps (US chips), taralli, savoury crackers and peanuts. 

Prices as at November 2023.

Best value Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main square, piazza della Libertà. The cost ranges from €4,90 to €15 a glass.
The best value Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main piazza comes in at 4,90€ with tris, at Caffè Fanelli. Across the square the same will set you back 15€ at Casbah!

6. Accommodation in Ostuni

For some of the best value private rental accommodation in Ostuni, try Apartment Q40 Ostuni.

Apartment Q40 Ostuni, one of the best value rental apartments according to reviews on Booking. Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Apartment Q40 Ostuni terraces
Apartment Q40 Ostuni, one of the best value rental apartments according to reviews on Booking. Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Apartment Q40 Ostuni terraces
Apartment Q40 Ostuni, one of the best value rental apartments according to reviews on Booking. Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Apartment Q40 Ostuni terraces
Apartment Q40 Ostuni, one of the best value rental apartments according to reviews on Booking. Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
View over Ostuni’s old town from Apartment Q40 Ostuni terraces

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4 Comments

  1. Buongiorno,

    Vorrei il vostro consiglio per favore. Vogliamo venire in Puglia per 10 giorni ad Aprile. Pensiamo di stare in due posti. Cerciamo due belli alberghi, uno vicino il mare. Grazie per il vostro aiuto.

    1. Ciao. This guide has all our thoughts on where to base yourself depending on your requirements (sea, city, countryside and whether you have a car or rely on public transport).

      Ciao. In questa guida sono raccolte tutte le nostre riflessioni su dove alloggiare a seconda delle vostre esigenze (mare, città, campagna e se avete un’auto o vi affidate ai mezzi pubblici).

      Enjoy!

      https://www.pugliaguys.com/where-to-base-yourself/

    1. All summer long the various towns and cities have their Patron Saint festivals. The most impressive and famous is Scorrano known for its light and sound show. This is part of the civil celebrations, which includes a food festival. Side by side there are religious parades and celebrations. People visit from all over the world for Scorrano.

      https://www.hdsalento.com/luminarie-del-salento/

      As we said, these take place across Puglia all summer long. As do the sagre food festivals. We explain what they are in this article:

      https://www.gaypugliapodcast.com/mainguides/foodfestivals/

      In July there will be:

      Patronal Feast of Santa Domenica in Scorrano (LE) in Puglia
      Feast of San Vito in San Vito dei Normanni (BR) in Puglia
      Festa Madonna del Carmine in Tuglie (LE) in Puglia
      Feast of the Madonna del Carminein Apricena (FG) in Puglia
      Patronal feast in honor of the patron saints Vito and Vincenzo in San Vito dei Normanni (BR) in Puglia
      Historical parade of S. Margherita in Latiano (BR) in Puglia
      Sagra te lu ranu in Merine (LE) in Puglia
      Sagra ta Turre in Ugento (LE) in Puglia
      Country festival Maria SS. Di Mellitto with floral floats parade in Grumo Apulla (BA) in Puglia

      Among the other events held in July in Puglia are:

      Palio dei capatosta – the challenge between the districts in Mola di Bari (BA) in Puglia
      Tango Festival in Trani (BA) in Puglia
      Pizzica in festa in Sternatia (LE) in Puglia
      Assaprà Festival in Corato (BA) in Puglia
      Festival Music Mundi in Grottaglie (TA) in Puglia
      Summer Massafra Carnival in Massafra (TA) in Puglia
      Wine is Music in Grottaglie (TA) in Puglia
      Festa te la uliata in Caprarica di Lecce (LE) in Puglia
      Festival of Lecce pasticciotto and Mediterranean flavors in Surano (LE) in Puglia
      Summer Putignano Carnival in Putignano (BA) in Puglia
      Troia Teatro Festival in Troia (FG) in Puglia

      One of our favourites is the Coreutica festival, which is a celebration of pizzica, the music and dance of Salento. Again, combined with food, there are dance and music workshops, and free exhibitions and performances. It also includes street dancing for the public:

      https://youtu.be/omnCyTiyFNQ?si=bquCOo9uV3OPnrYE

      In due course info for 2024 will be added to their website:

      https://www.worldmusicacademy.it/coreutica-2023/

      Hope that helps.
      LuigiMax

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