Polignano a Mare Tourism
The fantastic old town sited on its rocky promontory is always going to be the star attraction of this ancient town which was probably founded originally and part of Ancient Greece as the town of "Neapolis", in fact many people still see a Greek flavour to the design and layout of the town.
Another popular outing here is to take a pleasure boat trip to view some of the vast sea caves that penetrate right under and into the old town.
There are many other places within driving distance of Polignano, with castles, beautiful towns, historic sites, museums, kids stuff etc to see details click Puglia Attractions.
If you've enjoyed your visit to Polignano a Mare, you may like to visit the ancient hill town of Ostuni which is just 30 miles further south (an easy 40 minutes drive) along the coast road, as its historic centre is completely intact including the walls.
Just three quarters of an hours pleasant drive (approx 20 miles) inland from Polignano is the very unusual trulli precincts of Alberobello, recognised world-wide, they are an enchanting place to visit and worth the journey.
Going south along the SS16 then turning inland at Fasano on the SS172dir will take you to the beautiful hill top town centre of Martina Franca with its baroque style buildings and palaces.
South-east 25 miles away is the village of Cisternino, astride a hill in the Valle d'Itria with an old quarter where time seems to have stopped still.
Down the coast 20 minutes away (11 miles) are the ruins of the Roman town of Egnazia and gorge of cave dwellings around Fasano.
If you drive south in a few minutes you will pass the town of Monopoli, not as attractive as Polignano, but still worth an afternoon of your time.
South-west of Polignano is the famous town of Matera, with it's spectacular setting and cave homes. The easiest way to get there is drive north along the coast road to Bari, then head inland and south on A14, finally turning right on the SP235 near Gioia del Colle, a journey of about 104 km taking 1.5 hours.
Polignano a Mare tourist office
To contact the local Polignano a Mare tourist office;
Telephone (0044) 080 425 2323