Polignano a Mare: a pearl of the Adriatic

May, 07 2021 ( Updated May, 18 2021)


Enchanting sea, white houses, narrow and characteristic alleys and a fascinating historical centre. We’re talking about Polignano a Mare, a pearl of Italy’s region Apulia that is definitely worth a visit.

There are two simple reasons why Polignano a Mare is a must-stop if you are visiting Apulia: first, it is easily accessible; secondly,  you can explore it in one day! Let’s see together the main attractions of this beautiful village.

Undoubtedly, Lama Monachile deserves the top spot among the wonders of Polignano a Mare. This small beach is literally wrapped by the typical rocky cliffs overhanging the sea, on which the village is located, and it can offer breathtaking scenery. The crystal-clear water of the sea is a year-round guarantee: irresistible for a refreshing swim during the warm season, and charming on colder days when it can be admired from the 15-meter high bridge over the beach. 

Did you know that Polignano is full of sea caves? You can find more than 70 in this coastal area! The best way to visit them is by boat. There are several organised tours to see the most impressive areas of the coast and also to take a dip in the bright blue water. If you want a unique and luxurious experience inside one of the caves, then have lunch or dinner at the restaurant Grotta Palazzese! Immersed in the limestone cave, this restaurant gives an astonishing view of the sea and offers an unmatched atmosphere. 

Moving away from the sea—but only for a few steps—we reach the historical centre. The area is really captivating and it’s a milieu of different cultures and influences, including the Spanish, Arab and Norman. The smell of good food, decorations of various styles in the alleys, and the friendly people create a perfect combination. The white houses are a pleasant contrast to the blue of the sea and the sky, while the numerous flowered balconies of the town give a sense of romantic harmony. As you walk through the peculiar alleys of the village, you will also notice that the houses are sprinkled with words written on the walls, doors, and even stairs. It is not an act of vandalism, but the work of a poet from Bari living in Polignano named Guido ''il Flâneur''.

Speaking of artists, Polignano a Mare is also known for being the birthplace of famous Italian songwriter Domenico Modugno, author of one of the best-known songs in the world, “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu”—universally known as "Volare". The village dedicated to him a waterfront and a bronze 3-meter high statue, which opens its arms towards the artist’s hometown.

Polignano a Mare is a unique wonder in the world that you should add to your travel bucket list. Take a look here at our holiday homes in Apulia!


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