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Our most recommended Apulia Cave Tours

Polignano a Mare: Speedboat Cruise to Caves with Aperitif

1. Polignano a Mare: Speedboat Cruise to Caves with Aperitif

Embark on a relaxing cruise along the coast of Polignano a Mare. Sail on a 6.5-meter speedboat to some of the best caves in the area. Meet the local skipper and crew in the Cala Ponte Marina and set sail for the caves. Cruise past 11 km of coastline and take in views of the city from a unique perspective. During the cruise, stop at the best places for swimming and dive straight into the crystal clear water. Alternatively, stay dry on the boat and soak up the sun rays or enjoy a traditional Italian aperitif on board.

Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour by Night & Wine Tasting

2. Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour by Night & Wine Tasting

Jagged cliffs overlooking the sea, caves and creeks, sandy coves surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation in complete harmony with the turquoise blue sea, make this strip of coast, one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Grotta delle Rondinelle, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Ardito, and Grotta Palazzese are just some of the most beautiful natural attractions that characterize the entire area, accessible only by sea. Enjoy the coast and the caves of Polignano, sip some local sparkling wine on board while admiring Polignano in the moonlight.

Apulia: Full-Day Salento Coast Caves Sail Boat Tour

3. Apulia: Full-Day Salento Coast Caves Sail Boat Tour

Spend the day at sea on this sailboat tour around Salento. Explore caves and have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in them. Enjoy lunch with an Apulian appetizer, pasta with fresh fish, and more. Have the chance to learn the basics of sailing and assisting in steering with open sails. Your sailing tour begins at 10:00 AM from the Tourist Port in Santa Maria di Leuca (Apulia). Sail to the point where the Ionian and Adriatic seas meet. Then see the natural caves along the Adriatic Coast until Marina di Novaglie. Stop at the Grotta del Lago cave and stop for some swimming and snorkeling inside. Then cruise to the Ionian Sea coast and see the Grotta del Diavolo and Grotta delle Tre Porte caves. Have another stop here to go inside and snorkel. During this stop, lunch will be offered. For lunch enjoy a typical Apulian appetizer, spaghetti with fresh fish, fresh fruit, espresso, coffee, water, and white wine. Your last stop will be in San Gregorio. Enjoy a last swim in crystal clear water here before heading back. Arrive back at port at about 6:00 PM.

Polignano a Mare: 3.5-Hour Boat Trip with Cave Exploration

4. Polignano a Mare: 3.5-Hour Boat Trip with Cave Exploration

Discover the unbreakable link that Puglia has with the sea expressed through the harmony of sailing and nature. Enjoy the crystal clear waters, listen to the wind on the sails, and the sound of the waves on the hull as you sail among breathtaking cliffs, coves, caves, and golden sandy beaches. During this tour, explore the sea caves of Polignano a Mare, cruise out to sea and take in the scenery as your skipper handles the navigation. Grotta Delle Rondinelle, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Ardito, and Grotta Palazzese are a few of the breathtaking natural wonders that characterize the entire area, which is only accessible by sea, all have unique rock formations and colorful light displays. Snorkeling allows you to immerse yourself in clear waters teeming with colorful fish while admiring the seabed. A pleasant change of pace, accompanied by an aperitif and a convivial lunch on board. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling sea breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities.

Apulia: Monte Sant'Angelo Tour with Guide

5. Apulia: Monte Sant'Angelo Tour with Guide

Start the tour at the caste of Monte Sant’Angelo, originally a Byzantine castle built before the year 1000. The castle was later flanked by the so-called Tower of Giants, an 18 meters tall, 3 meters wide monument that was expanded by the Normans, Swabians, and Aragonese. Visit the various rooms within the castle including the treasure room, and wander through the impressive walkways which have panoramic views of the entire city and the Gargano. After the castle, head to the Sanctuary of Saint Micheal to admire the imposing octagonal tower built by Charles I of Anjou on the model of Castle del Monte. Continue onto the cave of Saint Michael which is accessed from the Angevin staircase, the devotional museum, and the crypts. Travel down the Angevin staircase until you reach the “terrestrial home” of Saint Michael, the cave, and experience a sense of spirituality and mysticism that is unexplainable. At the main altar, admire the Statue of Saint Michael the Archangel, in Carrara marble, holding a sword that symbolizes the power over evil that comes from God. Further inside the cave, find the episcopal chair and the statue of San Sebastiano. Experience the rich history held within the walls of the crypt which dates back to the Lombard age, and still bears rich inscriptions along the walls that document the influx of pilgrims from all over the world. Retrace the steps of Saint Francis of Assisi, who visited in 1216 and, not feeling worthy to enter the cave, stopped in prayer and recollection at the entrance, repeatedly kissing the earth and engraving on a stone the sign of the cross in shape of "T", a sign that is still visible and revered as a relic. The tour ends with a fascinating trip to the museum and to the lapidarium inside the basilica.

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What people are saying about Apulia

Beautiful and exciting experience of the Polignano caves !! Our guides (one who spoke Italian and the other English) perfectly explained everything we were visiting !! Aperitif with taralli and a glass of bubbles appreciated !! Finally, a nice dive off the coast away from the chaos of the coast !! I would have stayed on that beard all day !!

7 of us went for a hen party, a wonderful experience, Pasquale helped us understand the history of Polignano. The visit to the caves is fantastic and the diving with a swim offshore is a unique experience, an aperitif that is a bit poor and needs to be improved.

Great trip. We had a good fun with our capitan and guide, seen some marvelous caves, had a nice swim in the sea and returned happy and refreshed on a very hot day. I trully recommend this activity.

Small group of less than 10 people. Too bad not to have comments possible in French but it's worth a look and the very nice little aperitif like the guide, to do.

The trip was great. We saw all the caves in the area and there was time for swimming. A great adventure. I recommend to everyone.