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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: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

2. Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

Your tour lasts about 1.5 hours with departure and arrival at the small port of San Vito (Abbazia di San Vito and Polignano a Mare). Included is a visit to the main caves, with a break to swim in one of the most evocative places on the Polignano's coast. You'll also be treated to a tasty Prosecco-based aperitif which will be offered by the crew. The itinerary is divided into stages and includes the visit of the main caves. These caves include Grotta Palazzese, Grotta Santa Caterina, Grotta Chiari di Luna, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Cala Paura/Grottone, Grotta Azzurra, Statua “Domenico Modugno”, and Grotta Piana, just to name a few. Each boat has a length of 6.5 meters with a capacity of 8 people for each boat. The boat has a parasol, and is equipped with ladders and floats for both adults and children.

Polignano a Mare: Boat Trip, Swim & Cave with Aperitif

3. Polignano a Mare: Boat Trip, Swim & Cave with Aperitif

Experience a wonderful day at sea on a guided boat trip departing from Polignano a Mare. Visit the coast, coves, and sea caves, take a refreshing dip in the ocean and savor a small aperitif. Choose from a shared or private option based on whether you prefer privacy or the chance to meet others. As you hop on board, be greeted by the staff, who will provide you with towels, snorkeling equipment, and personalized glasses. Discover the magnificent coast of Polignano and see the statue dedicated to Domenico Modugno. Next, make your way to the beautiful bay of Lama Monachile. Explore the Palazzese Grotto and see the Island of the Hermit (San Paolo Island), before taking a dip in the pristine waters of Apulia. After a refreshing swim, toast with a complimentary prosecco and Apulian taralli on the way back to Polignano a Mare.

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

4. 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: 3.5-Hour Boat Trip with Cave Exploration

5. 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.

Polignano a Mare: Tuk-Tuk Tour Along the Coast

6. 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

7. 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.

Monopoli: Bike Rental Service

8. Monopoli: Bike Rental Service

Explore Monopoli and the wonderful Apulian cities as you ride from town to town on a comfortable and high-quality rental bicycle. The city as well as the surroundings are really bike-friendly. After you have received your bike you are free to create your own itinerary through the city. You can also go at your own pace! Monopoli is a sunny, safe and totally flat city, perfect for cycling! In addition to your comfortable and stylish bike that you will pick-up from the rental place, you will also be given a complimentary city map to help you navigate around this beautiful region. Before you set off on your adventure, be sure to ask the friendly staff at the rental place for suggestions on places to visit - they will be more than happy to help.

Polignano a Mare Walking Tour with Special Coffee Tasting

9. 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: Guided Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Polignano a Mare

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 386 reviews

It was a really nice trip. We were 10 people on the boat and did the trip with our kids (6 and 4). Ideal length of the trip. We were there at 3 p.m., of course there are many boats in the caves.

I definitely recommend it to anyone! After visiting the caves with nice guides, we could jump into the water, then we got a snack and prosecco. Unforgettable impressions:)

It was great, even if the weather was not great, we learned a lot about the caves and were able to swim in them before having an aperitif Thank you

Fantastic !! good and beautiful attraction with very funny guide and crazy (in a good way) captain!

Great to see Polignano a Mare by boat, easy to find and excellent guides