Polignano a Mare is a romantic seaside town built upon limestone bluffs. It is easy to see why it is known as The Pearl of the Adriatic — the water is a million shades of blue and green and the waves are crystal clear. Located in Puglia, on Italy’s southeastern coast, it’s an area mainly for tourism, good food and wine, and of course, fantastic beaches. I fell in love with it immediately.
I loved lying on the beach and soaking my feet in that cool clear water. I could have been happy to spend a week doing nothing else in Polignano a Mare. But what I liked best were the views of the Adriatic ocean. Priceless!
Though it was only April, the weather was perfect and the beaches were almost deserted. Each day I soaked up the early spring sunshine as I walked to my favorite coffee bar – where I often stayed until evening apertivo hour. La dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing) was my daily life.
If you to go to Polignano A Mare
I went in April and it was not crowded at all. After May, it is packed through the summer. Off season is best for some privacy on those beautiful beaches.
The statue of Domenico Modungo. Domenico is a famous singer and a celebrity in Polignano a Mare. You’ll know the song, Volare! As I write this I can hear that song playing in my head.
Here are my recommendations for places to eat, drink and sleep in Polignano A Mare.
Bar Millenium for the perfect beach side caffe’ (also good for apertivo).
Mint for fresh vegetables, cheese, wine and salads. Don’t miss their cheesecakes!
Joya Canti di Stagione for heat-busting fruit salads.
Pescaria a Monaco for fresh seafood.
La Terazza for a wide variety of delicious pizzas.
Super Mago el Gelo for one of the best gelatos. Try their Cafe Speciale for a different espresso with lemon and liqueur.
I stayed at B&B Grottone on a beautiful cove overlooking the beach.
If you want to take a break from the beach you can visit the nearby towns of: Ostuni, Alberobello, Cisternino, Locorotondo. These are considered some of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Thanks to Green Italy Tours for my day trip in the Valle d’ Itria.
The best way to reach Polignano a Mare is by train from Bari or Lecce. It’s a ten minute walk into town from the train station.
Ishita is an Indian blogger who is very passionate about Italy and feels deeply connected to its language, culture, food, and history. She writes about her travels on her blog Italophilia, and visits Italy every year. You can follow her on twitter and Facebook.