A patchwork of white that seems to grow out of gleaming limestone cliffs, Polignano a Mare turns heads with its heart-stopping good looks. Just half an hour’s drive down the coast from the port city of Bari, it was built by the Greeks and retains the laid-back feel of Italy’s neighbour from across the sea.
Polignano a Mare holidays are all about relaxing. Cafés and restaurants line the streets, and visitors and locals alike can be found lazing on the rocks around the cove, or sunbathing on the small but perfectly formed sandy beach, taking in the views over the piercing-blue Adriatic . Dazzlingly photogenic, the town is alive with character and buzz, yet small enough that you’ve befriended the local shopkeepers after a few days. Holidays to Polignano a Mare are ideal for anyone who wants a taste of authentic Puglian life – and some of the best Italian cuisine – while relaxing in the sunshine.
Find a viewpoint
There are some amazing vistas along the seafront – take a walk and drink in the views from the rocky plateau that juts into the sea.
Try a coffee with a twist
Look out for legendary gelateria Il Super Mago del Gelo, which has mouth-wateringly good ice cream and does a wonderful speciality coffee with cream, lemon peel and amaretto.
Dine in a cave
Grand Hotel Grotta Palazzese is built above an enormous sea cave that houses its fine-dining restaurant, making for an extraordinary dining experience that you’ll never forget.