Polignano a Mare Attractions
The main attraction which brings visitors to the town from far and wide is of course the famous historical centre which is beautifully preserved and sitting precariously on the limestone cliffs, which are riddled with caves, above the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.
Entrance to the old quarter is between the Ponte Lama Monachile and the Piazza G. Garibaldi on the main road through the town, through the 16th century archway, the Arco Marchesale, which was once the only entrance to the original fortified town that was completely walled and moated on the land side.
On the seaward side, the protection is obvious when you look over the walls and down the cliffs to the water below.
If you closely as you enter you can still see the evidence of the chain holes for the drawbridge, the old sentry stations, the groove for the portcullis and various other doorways.
Once inside you enter a labyrinth of alleys and narrow streets that have changed little through the centuries, with plenty of pavement restaurants and bars to keep you refreshed during your stroll. There are a few other shops with the usual tourist stuff to try to tempt you to part with a few euros for a souvenir or two, plus the occasional fashion outlet.
Polignano Old Town
As you wander through the town you will find various view points overlooking the sea (and high above it) where you can take those sensational holiday snaps and marvel at the houses perched precariously on and into the rock face.