I was really looking forward to visiting Polignano a Mare during our Puglia roadtrip. I’ve read about several great restaurants and the famous viewpoint with the beautiful view couldn’t be missed. As the town is quite small and there was so much more to explore in Puglia, we decided to only spend 1 night in Polignano a Mare. When visiting in mid-summer and good weather is guaranteed, I would stay a little longer so you do have some time to enjoy at the beach. Curious to learn more about this nice Puglian town? I’ll give you some more details in this Quick Guide to Polignano a Mare.
Polignano is, just as the rest of Puglia, known for the limestone houses and buildings. Take some time to stroll through the old town, discover the several viewpoints in town, head down to the most famous beach (Lama Monachile Beach) and discover the viewpoints. My personal viewpoint by favourite is the one overlooking the lime stone houses and is called Pietra Piatta.
Of course, you can also visit the nearby cities/villages such as Bari or Monopoli.
Well, one of my favourite things to do on holiday is enjoying a good terrace and tasting great food. As there are not many sights to see in Polignano, except wandering through the old town, heading to the beach and the viewpoints, a lot of time can be spend eating and drinking.
This pizza place is amazing. Honestly, one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. Especially the straciatella (similar to Burrata, but even softer and famous in the Puglian region) is amazing on a pizza, especially combined with some fresh prosciutto and pistache nuts to top it off.
This pizzeria located on the Via Roma can’t be missed when visiting Polignano a Mare. We’ve sat on the terrace, but there is also some room inside.
As we didn’t stay in Polignano too long, we unfortunately didn’t have the chance to also try this place, but I read many amazing stories about their pastas. If you have the time, try it out! 🙂
The cute wine and cocktail bar La Cueva was situated very near to our appartement in Polignano. The terrace was full at all times and it was a great place to watch the Italian life.
Do I need to say anything more then this being a Mojito bar?!
And, if you want to go with a really fancy and potentially unforgettable experience, you might want to go for a cave restaurant for dinner. You might spot pictures like this on Instagram, but you can experience it yourself here in Polignano. Be warned, it’s not cheap. The cave dining overlooking the sea can be found at Grotta Palazzese.
We actually booked ourselves an amazing airBnB, which I would honestly recommend to everyone. It did have 3 levels (all were relatively small) including a roof top terrace and it was located as centrally as possible! The host was even able to recommend us a place for free parking, that was guided with a video on how to drive and how to get there. I would 100% recommend this place! The place did cost slightly less than 100 euros for 3 persons for one night, which I think is really good value for money!
You can book the airBnB called Nisea Lovely Home here!