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A cove near Polignano a Mare
by Jesse Andrews

Street in Polignano a Mare
by Jesse Andrews

The harbour, Polignano a Mare
by Jesse Andrews

Welcome to Polignano a Mare
From Jesse's Journeys in Italy

Population: 16,294 (2002)
Official website: Polignano a Mare
Wikipedia: n/a
Mapquest:  Polignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare (population 16,000) is a small, though vibrant fishing village surrounded by the lush blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

The skyline is formed by brilliant white square Mediterranean buildings which seem to grow organically out of the rocky limestone cliffs, on which the town is situated.

The architecture and sharp contrasts of colours in Polignano a Mare, where restaurants are built into caves, such as La Grotta Palazzesse restaurant in the Palace Cave, give the town a magical, almost surreal quality. 

The town's winding streets are lined with flowering plants.  At night, the streets are illuminated with thousands of lights, which makes the town seem even brighter at night than during the day.

Students from Bari and locals from the surrounding area, come to experience the illuminated town of Polignano a Mare on the weekends and enjoy one of many outdoor terraces, osterias or enotecas (wine bars). 

"Polignano to Sea", as it translates, is located on the western coast of Apulia in the "heel" of Italy and was called Neapolis during ancient Greek times.

The numerous coves in Polignano al Mare were formed from the rough sea waves that molded the rock. Some of the caves are deep enough to reach the center of the town. Records from the Paleolithic Age humans have been found in several of these caves

The summers in Polignano are hot and dry, and the vacation spots fill up quickly. The beaches are rocky but beautiful, and there are some sandy beaches available.

Winding small roads are excellent for bicycling, and masses of people come to do just that.  Unfortunately, many of the roads are not on the maps, and it is easy to lose your way. The locals, however, are known for kindly pointing lost tourists in the right direction.

If you plan on spending a significant amount of time on dry land, it is best to go in spring or fall when the weather is more accommodating. The crowds will be, too.

Region of Puglia



Lecce - km; Bari - km; Foggia - km; Taranto - km; Brindisi - km; Pescara - km.


Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese

Waterfront, Polignano a Mare
by Jesse Andrews