The Prettiest Spot in Puglia – Polignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare

We took a day trip from our base in Torre Vado up and across the peninsula to visit Polignano a Mare, about a 2 hour drive away. We had spotted this place on Instagram while following #Puglia (highly recommend doing this as you find some great spots!). Polignano a Mare is busy and touristy but one of the prettiest places we saw in Puglia. I highly recommend visiting, or even basing yourself here for a few days!

We were able to find parking in a car park pretty easily and walked back to the beautiful Roman bridge and the old part of the city.

We decided to explore the old town first and stopped in the beautiful piazza for a quick cappuccino and croissant!

We then wandered around the narrow streets, finding various lookouts over the sea and onto the gorgeous white-pebble beach of Lama Monachile.

Of course, we couldn’t leave without a dip in the sea! We were wearing our swimsuits under our clothes, so we headed down and attempted to find a spot among the pebbles and bodies strewn around.

Me and Amy at the Polignano a Mare beach
white-pebble beach of Lama Monachile
white-pebble beach of Lama Monachile

As you can see, it’s not the comfiest of beaches to lay around on for a long time. There were some spots at the sides and around the edges of the cliffs that were flatter and gave some shade. It was, however, one of the nicest seas to swim in! Clear and the most amazing shades of blue. But quite pebbly and uncomfortable to walk into the water. I would recommend water shoes or, as we did, walk to the edge with flip flops and leave them on a rock and try and submerge yourself in the water as quickly as you can to take the weight off your feet! We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this beach and I would have liked to have stayed longer.

Eventually, hunger drove us back to the old part of the town and we found a shady spot in the main piazza again for sandwiches and cold drinks.

Lunch spot

What a thoroughly pleasant way to spend a morning! We then headed off to nearby Alberobello.

Admiring the pretty houses in Polignano a Mare

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