Polignano a Mare

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Polignano a Mare featuring a beach and rocky coastline as well as a large group of people

Vacation in this seaside town built on cliffs and appreciate its scenic rocky coastline, cliff-diving opportunities, popular beach and old churches.

Polignano a Mare benefits from a spectacular setting on top of a limestone cliff above the Adriatic Sea. It is a place where you can explore sea caves, relax on attractive beaches and see ancient architecture.

Start your visit in the town’s old quarter to get some insight into Polignano a Mare's history that stretches back more than 2,000 years. To reach the old quarter, walk through the Arco Marchesale, a 16th-century archway. Wander through the warren of narrow streets and alleys. Browse the stores and take in some refreshments at a bar or restaurant with a sidewalk terrace.

Visit the town's old churches, such as the Mother Church of Santa Maria Assunta, a 13th-century place of worship that was built on the ruins of a pagan temple. Inside are religious works of art that are hundreds of years old as well as the remains of San Vito, the patron saint of Polignano a Mare. During your old town tour stop at one of the panoramic terraces to marvel at the fabulous sea views.

Head down to the beach, just a few minutes’ walk from the old town. The beach is sandwiched between two cliffs and features calm, clear water. Look up from here at houses that seem to be perched precariously on the rocks.

Cliff diving is a popular activity in Polignano a Mare, particularly among teens who leap off the rocks into the sea. Occasionally, the town hosts an international cliff-diving competition in the summer.

Rent a paddle boat or schedule a boat tour to explore the inlets, caves and grottos that dot the rocky coastline, some of which are under the old town. Grotta Palazzese is the largest of the town's grottos. It is a huge cavernous space that is also the setting of a restaurant.

To get to Polignano a Mare, drive along the coastal road from the international airports at Bari or Brindisi, approximately 22 miles (35 kilometers) and 52 miles (83 kilometers) away respectively. Stay for the history, coastal scenery and hours of beach fun.

Covo dei Saraceni
Covo dei Saraceni
4 out of 5
Via Conversano 1/A, Polignano a Mare, BA
The price is AU$259 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Located in the heart of Polignano a Mare, this spa hotel is steps away from Statue of Domenico Modugno and Lama Monachile Beach. Cala Paura Beach and Grotta ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (249 reviews)
"Outstanding hotel! Great restaurant and great overall service"

Reviewed on 6 Oct. 2021

Covo dei Saraceni
Antico Mondo Rooms & Suites
Antico Mondo Rooms & Suites
Via Mulini 9, Polignano a Mare, BA
The price is AU$307 per night from 21 Feb. to 22 Feb.
Located in the heart of Polignano a Mare, this beach townhouse accommodation is within a 5-minute walk of Lama Monachile Beach and Statue of Domenico Modugno. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (20 reviews)
"Perfect location great staff highly recommend. The rooms are big and spacious"

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2020

Antico Mondo Rooms & Suites
San Michele Suite
San Michele Suite
Via Arco Bellipario 5, Polignano a Mare, Bari
The price is AU$568 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.
Situated near the beach, this townhouse accommodation is steps away from Lama Monachile Beach and Statue of Domenico Modugno. Grotta Ardito Promenade and Pino ...
5/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Incredible Puglia Experience
"The experience with San Michele Suite was incredible from beginning to end. We were met upon arrival to the city by reception who took us to our suite. She explained everything we needed to know for our stay. We had the suite with the balcony and sea view. It was spotless, nice and bright and the ..."

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

San Michele Suite
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Dimora Anvì Casa Vacanze
Dimora Anvì Casa Vacanze
The price is AU$201 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
This family-friendly Polignano a Mare apartment building is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Grotta Ardito Promenade, Lama Monachile Beach ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Family Vacation
"We had a fantastic stay at Gianni’s beautiful, spacious home! The unit is very clean and well equipped (excellent espresso machine!!) and Gianni is exceptionally attentive, friendly and helpful at ensuring that his guests have a wonderful stay! The location is fantastic and within walking distance ..."

Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2021

Dimora Anvì Casa Vacanze
Villa Incanto a Mare
Villa Incanto a Mare
Situated in Polignano a Mare, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ponte dei Lapilli, Abbey of San Vito and Beach of San Vito. Porto Contessa and Cala Paura ...
5/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Antonella and Luigi were wonderful. Antonella was at the property when we arrived greeting us, g..
"We would highly recommend this villa. The location, the size (great for 3-4 couples)the service and the price were perfect!!!"

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2019

Villa Incanto a Mare
The scents of the Puglia countryside a stone's throw from the sea of ​​Polignano a Mare
The scents of the Puglia countryside a stone's throw from the sea of ​​Polignano a Mare
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Statue of Domenico Modugno, Lama Monachile Beach, and Cala Paura Beach. Ponte ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Tutto ok.
"Proprietario gentile e disponibile."

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2020

The scents of the Puglia countryside a stone's throw from the sea of ​​Polignano a Mare
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