Day 1 - 22 Aug 2021
Content: I had always wanted to visit Polignano a Mare, and last August I had the chance to do just that. I had my flight back to Scotland from Bari, and I was staying overnight there, so I thought to wander around a little bit :). I took the train from Bari towards Lecce. It only takes 30 minutes to get to Polignano, and the return ticket costs between € 2,60 and 10,00 depending on the type of train you get on. The picture was taken on the way back of course :)
Day 1 - 22 Aug 2021
Content: The train station is quite close to the old town which was the part that I wanted to visit the most. If you have a car there are different car parks close to the Old Town and it costs around € 1,50 per hour.
Content: Polignano is built atop cliffs so there are lots of viewpoints from where you can admire the emerald waters down below. One that I recommend is Terrazza Santo Stefano. It gets quite busy so you will probably need to wait for your turn, but it is worth it.
Content: As you walk around the Old Town start to pay attention to the various poetic words written in Italian on doors, stairs and walls.
Content: This is probably the most famous beach in Polignano a Mare. Lots of locals come here for a swim and the view is very beautiful.
Content: This bridge is one of the last remnants of the old Roman road, the Via Traiana.
Content: If you have enough time you should join a boat tour to the sea caves that are at the bottom of Polignano a Mare’s cliffs. You can also enjoy a snack and a Prosecco on board while admiring these coastal formations. I personally, did not have the time to do it but there are a few companies that have great reviews: Blue Moon Escursioni, RentMe Escursioni and Chiara Escursioni for example.
Content: Polignano a Mare is full of great restaurants but if you fancy something unique, you should try Grotta Palazzese, a luxurious restaurant/hotel located in a beautiful cave with stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. Of course, the meals here can be expensive and there is a dress code. I was alone and I did not have enough time or the right dress to eat here, but everyone talks highly about this place.
Content: As I said, I was in a bit of a hurry, and I opted for something a little bit cheaper but definitely delicious. It was probably the highlight of my day in Polignano (lol). I ordered Puccia with Octopus, burrata and dry tomatoes, accompanied by a classic Italian Aperol Spritz. It was like being in heaven for a while :) The place is called Bonta’ Sotto L’Arco and it’s very close to the entrance to the Old Town.
Content: I did not stay overnight, bur this place has got beautiful reviews and it’s right in the centre of the Old Town with views over Lama Monachile.