I was excited to visit Polignano a Mare during our 10-day Puglia road trip. There are great restaurants and a famous viewpoint with a beautiful view. Despite its small size, we spent only 1 night in Polignano a Mare as there was much more to explore in Puglia. Next to that, there are amazing restaurants to be found, and I’ll show you where to find the best pizza in Polignano a Mare! Lastly, for a mid-summer visit with guaranteed good weather, consider staying longer in town to enjoy the beach. Want more details? Check out this Quick Travel Guide to Polignano a Mare.
The best way to get to Polignano a Mare is by (rental) car or public transport from Ostuni, Bari, Alberobello, and Monopoli. Its central location in Puglia makes it unmissable!
Polignano a Mare is, just like the rest of Puglia, known for its limestone houses and buildings. In any case, take some time to stroll through the old town and discover the several viewpoints in town. Next to that, you can’t miss the most famous beach (Lama Monachile Beach). Moreover, my personal favorite is the viewpoint overlooking the limestone houses which is called Pietra Piatta.
Another activity that allows you to further explore this beautiful coastal town is a boat tour. Whereas the viewpoints offer a great city view, with a boat tour you can explore the coastline and nearby sea caves. Finally, when you have finished this quick travel guide to Polignano a Mare, you can also visit the nearby cities/villages such as Bari or Monopoli.
Certainly, one of the highlights during my holiday is relishing a delightful terrace and savoring delectable food. Since Polignano a Mare offers limited attractions beyond exploring the old town, visiting the beach, and enjoying viewpoints, ample time can be dedicated to indulging in delicious meals and drinks. Bear with me to explore the best restaurants and bars in Polignano a Mare, including the best place for pizza!
This Polignano a Mare pizzeria is amazing. Certainly, this might be one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. Especially the stracciatella pizza is amazing(similar to Burrata, but even softer and more famous in the Puglian region). They top it off with two other amazing Ingredients: prosciutto and pistachio nuts.
This pizzeria is located on the Via Roma and is in my opinion the place to get the best pizza in Polignano a Mare. We sat on the terrace, but there is also some room inside.
Bella ‘Mbriana seems to serve the best pasta in Polignano a Mare. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to indulge in a meal here due to our short stay in town. Nevertheless, the stories I’ve read convinced me this place is part of the best restaurants in Polignano a Mare.
Are you looking for one of the best wine bars in Polignano? The cute wine and cocktail bar La Cueva was situated very near our apartment in. In fact, the terrace was full at all times and it was a great place to watch Italian life. If you are into wine bars, don’t forget to add Al Buco to your list as well, which also serves tasty snacks.
Do I need to say anything more then this being a Mojito bar?!
Lastly, if you want to go with a really fancy and unforgettable experience, you should at the famous cave restaurant in Pogliano a Mare to your list. You might spot pictures like this on Instagram, but you can experience it yourself here in Polignano a Mare. Howerver, be warned, it’s not cheap. The cave dining overlooking the sea can be found at Grotta Palazzese.
My accommodation recommendation: We booked an amazing Airbnb, highly recommended to everyone. With 3 levels, including a rooftop terrace, it’s perfectly located in the center. The host even provided a video-guided free parking recommendation. 100% recommended, costing slightly less than 100 euros for 3 people for one night, great value for money! Currently, the place has moved to Booking.com and you can find Nisea Lovely Home here!
Luxury hotel in Polignano a Mare: If you are looking for a high-end hotel in Polignano a Mare, Aquamarea is the place to be. For a night in this most beautiful hotel in Polignano a Mare, you will pay around €235.
Mid-range hotel in Polignano a Mare: As a mid-range hotel option in Polignano a Mare, I could recommend Dimora Anderi, starting from €100 a night.