You can see the beautiful facade of this tiny white washed town from afar, a contrast to Cisternino’s and Martina Franco’s blander ‘new towns’ which surround their pretty ‘centro storico’. Locorotondo does bars as well as Cisternino does restaurants, but it’s all on a very modest scale. Walking around you can’t help but notice its subtle poverty, while the houses are pretty, look closely and you’ll see the windows and doors are plastic and its ‘palazzi’ are modest to say the least. But the locals are so friendly, and you don’t need a map as you wander through there quiet, winding streets. Keep an eye out for their street name signs – a lovely touch.
You don’t really expect a stylish bar like BBeP (Barba, Baffi e Pellicce) – which has a serious cocktail list – in a little place like this. From about 7pm this place opens up and you can enjoy a range of cocktails, beers and wines on the cobbled pavement outside. I love their interior design and branding. Take a close look at their logo and google translate what ‘pellicce’ means. You’ll see that these Italians have a good sense of humour.
Dock 101 is even trendier, with its all white and wooden decor, live music and views of the valley (across a road though). Next door you’ll find the very tempting looking Creperia and Yoghuteria Cre P’scrè. The surprise just adds to the pleasure of an evening stroll in Locorotondo.
Bina is where it’s all at in Locorotondo. While we sadly did not get to try this highly recommend restaurant, it’s a lovely restaurant to head to after a drink at BBeP. The interiors are surprisingly elegant and stylish, cream furniture matching the whitewashed vaulted ceilings. The food is cooked by Bina herself, most food typical of the Valle D’Itria. The ‘primi’ plates are from €10, while the meat and fish dishes are around €15. Apparently well worth ordering some aperitivo. It’s on my list for when I return.
Half an hour drive from Locorotondo you’ll find Masseria Cimino, owned by the same group who own the stunning but huge five star Borgo Egnazia (very close by). Masseria Cimino has more gentle prices (from €90 per person per night, Half Board). It only has 15 rooms, a stunning pool, access to a lovely golf course and bicycles to borrow. And you’re very close to the beach of course. We did not stay here but Conde Nast and other travel magazines highly recommend it.
Photos all mine, bar Bina’s.