Polignano Mare: holiday in the ancient village, what to see

What to see in Polignano Mare, holidays and attractions to visit in this ancient village of Puglia washed by the Adriatic Sea in the province of Bari.

Holidays Polignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare is perched on a rocky cliff about twenty meters high, that the action marine dug at the base, forming magnificent caves, the most striking of which is the cave Palazzese, topped by a terrace that offers a splendid view of the sea and the cliff.

To visit the cave you must contact the staff at the Hotel Grotta Palazzese, located on top of it, or as an alternative, but only in the summer months from May to October, by booking at the restaurant whose tables are right inside the cave. To visit the other caves need a boat.

What to see Polignano a Mare

According to some scholars, Polignano could be built on the site of the ancient Greek city of Neapolis in which they found some coins around. Through the arch Marchesale leads to the heart of the village where you will find the Governor’s Palace and the Mother Church dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, which was the cathedral before the diocese of Polignano was united to that of Monopoly.

Not far from the city center lies the Cala Porto Beach or Monachile Lama, which takes its name from the bridge of the ancient Via Traiana, along which we can benefit from one of the most beautiful of Polignano a Mare. At about 3 km from the center of Polignano, going to Bari, there is the ‘Abbey of San Vito, whose origins are linked to the relics of the body of San Vito. At the convent, now used as a dwelling, is attached a small church in the Romanesque style.

Every year on the eve of the feast of San Vito, 15 June, there is a procession to the sea formed by a procession of boats accompanying the Holy floating on an altar, from ‘Abbey of San Vito al port of Cala Paguro. The party continues and ends in Clock Square, in the center of Polignano.