Things to do in Polignano a Mare

Our most recommended things to do in Polignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour with Aperitif

1. Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour with Aperitif

Set sail along a stretch of the Adriatic Sea from Polignano a Mare to admire the coastal caves by sea. Stop to peek into sea grottoes like Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Piana, Cala Paura, and more. Take a dip in hidden coves with the floatation devices provided and enjoy an aperitif onboard. Explore the many caves that dot the coast of Polignano a Mare on a relaxing boat tour. Enjoy an aperitif, make frequent stops to swim in the crystal-clear waters, and soak up the dramatic views of the coast. Set sail from the small port of San Vito and begin your tour of the main caves, including Grotta Palazzese, Grotta Santa Caterina, Grotta Chiari di Luna, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Cala Paura/Grottone, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Piana, and more. Stop for a swimming break in one of the most beautiful places on Polignano's coast and indulge in a delicious Prosecco-based aperitif during the cruise. Soak up the sunshine on deck or relax under a parasol. Take advantage of the ladders and floats for both adults and children. At the end of the tour, return to the departure point.

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

2. Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

Polignano a Mare is the ideal place to plunge into uncontaminated waters and immerse yourself in the marine environment. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, this small town is just over 30 km (18.5 miles) from Bari. After a brief practical lesson, get ready to begin paddling along the coast. Enjoy the scenic coastline as you explore in a stand-up paddleboard. Discover one of Puglia's most beautiful coastal stretches, peppered with hidden inlets and charming sandy bays. Crystal clear waters and cliffs pitted with caves carved by the sea give Polignano a Mare its uniqueness. Do not miss the opportunity for a dip in these spectacular turquoise waters.

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Board Sea Cave Trip

3. Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Board Sea Cave Trip

Uncover the beauty of the coastline on this SUP paddleboard trip from Polignano a Mare. Follow your instructor past sights like the Grotta Palazzese. Enjoy an introductory course for beginners that ensures that you have the confidence to complete the trip. Meet your instructor at the activity provider's shop in Polignano a Mare. Listen to a safety briefing and complete a paddleboard tutorial before beginning your water adventure. Paddle towards the cove and rock entrances Lama Monachile, one of the most famous beaches in Italy. Stop for a swim at this stunning location before exploring the caves in the cliffs. Next, continue to other caves including Grotta Palazzese and Grotta Ardito where you can take a second dip or capture some photos of the breathtaking views. Paddle between hidden coves and sea caves, where pirates took refuge in ancient times. Cruise thorugh Grotta Azzurra and pass by Grotta Ardito and Grotta Palazzese. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Polignano a Mare: Tuk-Tuk Tour Along the Coast

4. Polignano a Mare: Tuk-Tuk Tour Along the Coast

We will take you across coves, cliffs, beaches, and Saracen towers, landmarks of this area, where the waves seem to get lost over the clouds and the wind gives way to the horizon, opening to infinity. The colors and scents are unique: the ones of eternity, of the Mediterranean. Learn about all the curiosities of the coves, the creeks and the most evocative marinas of our territory. A hidden gem by the sea. The town, birthplace of “Mr. Volare ”offers a unique sight due to various terraces overlooking the sea, where the blue sky meets the blinding white houses. You can caress and breathe the Mediterranean soul through the typical alleys of the old town among flowers, poems, churches, squares, and historical buildings.

Polignano a Mare: Panzerotti Cooking Class with Drinks

5. Polignano a Mare: Panzerotti Cooking Class with Drinks

Explore your taste buds as you learn how to cook Panzerotti with the guidance of a professional chef. At the end of the lesson at the table, taste the fruits of your labor with other typical Apulian food paired with drinks. Take part in an authentic cooking class in the coastal town of Polignano a Mare. Get the ingredients together and follow the instructions of your chef to create authentic Panzerotti. They are one of the most popular and envied food of the Bari cuisine, representing one of the best specialties ever. Since 1500, it’s the master of our local cuisine, becoming the undisputed king of street foods immediately. Follow a family recipe that has been passed down through generations, because, as in all important aspects in the world, even for the panzerotti there are different philosophies and ways of thinking. Your chef will show you all the secrets and at the end of the preparation, we will eat them with other Apulian local food.

Polignano a Mare: Guided Walking Tour

6. Polignano a Mare: Guided Walking Tour

Polignano a Mare is a picturesque city, thanks to the presence of the blue sea in contrast with the white of the houses. Polignano is famous for two reasons: it was the birthplace of Domenico Modugno, the singer of the famous song Volare, and also for the Red Bull cliff diving, during which experienced divers leap from the famous terrace. A local tour guide will take you to visit the historic center during a pleasant walk. It will show you the history of the city as well as the daily life of its citizens and its traditions. During the walk you will have the opportunity to see the art of churches and buildings, to walk among the alleys adorned with flowers and to read the poems written on the faces of the buildings.

Polignano a Mare Walking Tour with Special Coffee Tasting

7. Polignano a Mare Walking Tour with Special Coffee Tasting

The quaint old town with its medieval structures and the breath-taking sea views make this a location worthy of a visit if you are in Puglia. The statute of the great singer, Domenico Modugno, is the meeting point with the local guide and from here your adventure begins. You'll visit the historical center, the heart of a lovely restored ancient village on the Adriatic Coast, the entrance is via an old archway into a narrow paved street with charming shops and cafes. Downtown is all about culture and history with its amazing buildings and very special atmosphere, It is a labyrinth of treats, and little squares all standing huddled together over a series of caves fringed on the sea below. The dramatic setting on cliffs above provides a  wonderful backdrop for the stone buildings and winding streets. The town's rocky beach sits at the bottom of a small canyon with sheltered swimming in the azure blue Adriatic. A great place to slow down, unwind and enjoy La Dolce Vita. The tour ends with a tasting of typical special coffee, a mix of espresso, lemon, cream and amaretto. It's simply amazing.

Polignano a Mare Walking Tour

8. Polignano a Mare Walking Tour

Explore one of the most important settlements of Puglia on a walking tour of Polignano a Mare. Stroll along the medieval streets to get breathtaking sea views and learn more about the ancient architecture. Start by the statue of the singer Domenico Modugno, born in the town in 1928, and then make your way to the historical center. Enter the village via an old archway into a narrow paved street with charming shops and cafes. Experience the special atmosphere of the maze of streets and little squares huddled together over a series of caves in the rocks. The dramatic setting provides a  wonderful backdrop for the stone buildings and winding streets. The town's rocky beach sits at the bottom of a small canyon with sheltered swimming in the azure blue Adriatic Sea.

Polignano: Magical Christmas Tour

9. Polignano: Magical Christmas Tour

Soak in the Christmas spirit by taking a walking tour through the beautiful and festive Polignano. Discover a wide variety of traditions and customs when the city is filled with colors and traditional Christmas offerings. Wander through the streets draped in Christmas lights, and feel spellbound by the magical atmosphere during the festive time.Learn about the history of the Christmas tree and the first person who decorated it. Hear interesting the stories of the Christmas spells, and the Christmas legends of the city.  Visit a cozy Christmas village and see a beautifully lit Great Christmas tree. At the village markets, savor some of the most renowned local products of the city. Fill your heart with joy and experience the magic of Polignano. 

Polignano a Mare: Street Food Tour with Tastings and Wine

10. Polignano a Mare: Street Food Tour with Tastings and Wine

A tour with local guide in Polignano a mare. Taste the traditional street food like: "Panzerotto" stuffed with mozzarella and tomato sauce, typical Apulian cold cuts, crusty Focaccia, excellent local wine and to top it off, a special coffee in a historical coffee bar in the city center. Eat, drink and explore like a local ! Enjoy a panoramic tour on the terraces of Polignano a mare with a local guide !

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What people are saying about Polignano a Mare

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 462 reviews

Wonderful boat trip. Breathtaking view of the town of Polignano a Mare! Visit of the impressive caves, and our really nice and interesting guide Pietro. Finally a swim at the foot of the Grotte Palazzese in the magnificent blue water. Do not miss this visit !

Wonderful time on the boat with great guides :)) beautiful views and swimming in the sea with the accompaniment of Italian music :) I sincerely recommend this trip :)

It was a beautiful day to be on the water, the only issue we had was it was not that easy to find but the tour operator stayed in touch with us until we got there.

A lovely and simple way to see the coastline around Polignano a Mare and learn a bit of history about the area!

beautiful scenery from the waters edge. totally different perspective of the city