I promised you a few places where you can enjoy a break from either shopping or sightseeing in Martina Franca. These are not in the historical area ( centro storico) as I find they are just tourist rip offs.
Martina Franca, certainly in the centre, is a very beautiful and almost undiscovered town tourist-wise. The outer area suffers as do almost all Puglian towns from appalling post war development which reminds you of the worst excesses of East Germany. Huge concrete high rises lacking any form of charm. So let’s concentrate on the centre.
My favourite bar, because the owners are so lovely, is Bar Cin Cin ( Cheers no less in English !)
( Again don’t forget to click on the photo to enlarge )
Next door is being cleaned at the moment hence the covering to the right. This little bar serves the best coffee in Martina and that’s not me talking but many many Italians that know it.
Try a snack while you have your coffee or beer, There is a Sala da Te ( Tea Room no less) off the main bar area so plenty of places to sit as well as an outside area in the summer. You can find Cin Cin on Via Antonio Bruni just off the main shopping street , nicely tucked away from the crowds.
The next little gem is Da Vinci
This is ideal for anyone that loves pastries. Both owners were pastry chefs before marrying and opening this cafe not far from the fruit market. It really comes into its own in May when the cafe opens a large sitting area with huge sunshades . Again don’t expect to find any tourists there when you visit they are busy being fleeced in the historical area !! The Da Vince can be found on Via Maria D’Enghein.
Finally a bar I have used ever since I first came to Martina both during the day for coffee and for drinks and some excellent free snacks ( local olives, cheese, peanuts and tarelli which are crunchy bagel type small shaped sticks ) in the evening . Florien ( a play on the famous Venice cafe !) is the other end of town to the other two but close to several restaurants and no distance to the centro storico.
The guys that run it are very go ahead and they have this up on Youtube.
so no need for me to show you photos.
Tomorrow down to the coast to show you a little town on the Adriatic 30 mins from my home called Salvelletri a place that rather sprung to fame when Justin Timberlake got married nearby last year.