Visiting Polignano a Mare you will see one most beautiful and popular coastal towns in Puglia in Southern Italy. In Summer months, it is a bustling hotspot of tourists from all around Europe and beyond.
It’s a great day out for families, groups of friends or couples alike.
Does Polignano a Mare have good beaches?
The main cove in Polignano a Mare is so picturesque that it’s become something of an Instagram hit. Subsequently, it is very popular. I visited in August (also known as Silly Season) so it was FULL! Be aware of this when visiting Polignano a Mare.
But don’t lose heart. If you keep walking a little further along the coast, there are two more options.
The first is to perch on the rocks and you can dip into the lido type pool nestling below.
The second is to continue on and there are two small beaches and a wall surrounding the sea. You can easily lay your towel down and while away many an hour, dipping into the blue water when you need to cool down.
What are the best food and drinks in Polignano a Mare?
There is a thriving old town with cobbled streets dotted with bars and restaurants serving lunch, dinner or cocktails. The Spritz Granita (frozen mix of prosecco, aperol and fizzy water) seems to be a particular fave.
When visiting Polignano a Mare one the biggest hits in town is the array of Foccacia shops selling slices of Italian bread loaded with tomatoes and cheese. Theres also a wonderful Panzerotteria selling Panzerotti (obviously!) These are small Calzone-esque treats. Like a cross between a Pizza, Cornish Pasty and Empanada. A multitude of fillings is available, including sweet options like Nutella. (Want to know more about Puglian street food, read about it here).
When visiting Polignano a Mare there are also a smattering of supermarkets and small delis, so you could easily do it like the locals and picnic on the beach/rocks.
How to get to Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare is a 30 minute train ride from Bari central station. The train runs all the way to Lecce along the coast, so you could make a day of it and visit other towns as well. The train from Bari to Polignano a Mare costs €5.40 return per adult.
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