Polignano A Mare

3 nights in Polignano A Mare, Puglia

Polignano a Mare is a gorgeous region in Puglia, and for a short trip you can just stay in the area and properly enjoy all it has to offer. It’s only 30km away from Bari so it’s easy to get to from the airport or cruise port.  You can, and should, easily fit it into a road trip of the Puglia region or stay for a couple of nights and relax.

Sasha, Aleena and I were overdue a little girls getaway, so we booked to go to Polignano a Mare in Puglia, Italy. 

We booked an absolutely stunning Airbnb – it felt like a palace, split between 3 stories with the most amazing private terrace and balcony overlooking the beach. We were in love. Even better was the fact that one of the rooms faced the most famous beach of the area as well so we got to experience the sound of the waves lulling us to sleep. In addition to that, while people around us were scrambling for a place at rooftop terraces, we were in the comfort of our Airbnb – a luxury, specially during Covid-19 times when it’s best to socially distance from others!


Boat tour

  • This was a fantastic experience. Inexpensive, and you get to swim in a couple of caves and out in the ocean. You also get to see a few other beaches along the coastline apart from the main beach (and crowds);
  • It’s also the closest you’ll get to the Grotta Palazzese restaurante unless you’re extremely rich and can afford a visit!
  • Don’t be tempted to walk to the place where the boat tour sets off from – get yourself a tuk-tuk there and back, it’ll cost you 10 euros but you’ll avoid walking down a busy road.

Get a sandwich from the Pescaria and eat on the rocks overlooking the ocean

Yes, there will be a queue to order and get your food but yes, it will be worth it.

Enjoy the main beach, Lama Monachile or Cala porto (aka the one you see in all the photos)

  • There is a small cave on the right – you’ll see everyone disappear into it. Do the same – it’s worth it. You get a different view of the beach and can also jump into the water from there;
  • It is a rocky beach some come prepared for that!
  • On windier days the water can be a bit rough, but it’s otherwise very clear water;
  • Arrive early in the morning if you want to bag a spot – the sun creeps in first on the left side of the beach as you walk toward it.

Walk around the little streets and fall in love with the architecture and small shops.

Admittedly, I don’t know if this is Covid-19 times specific, but the streets only came alive around 6-7pm and were otherwise very quiet!

Have a drink and enjoy people watching at the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II

You can also go for an evening drink at the Caffe dei Serafini – sitting in the square is nice or if you’re lucky you could get a seat indoors overlooking the ocean. I particularly enjoyed the Marshmallow cocktail they were offering.

If you’re not lucky enough to be staying somewhere with a good ocean view, find a terrace bar or head to Balconata Sul Mare for good views

If you’re not going to Alberobello, you can still see a couple of trulli as you approach Polignano a Mare, so keep an eye out for those.

All in all, Polignano a Mare is a lovely place, but I suspect it does get extremely busy during non Covid-19 times so if you’re only visiting for a day, make sure you arrive early.

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