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Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

1. 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.

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Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

2. 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.

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Polignano a Mare: Guided Walking Tour

3. 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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Polignano a Mare Walking Tour

4. Polignano a Mare Walking Tour

Explore one of the most important settlements of Puglia on a walking tour of Polignano a Mare. Stroll along the medieval streets to get breathtaking sea views and learn more about the ancient architecture. Start by the statue of the singer Domenico Modugno, born in the town in 1928, and then make your way to the historical center. Enter the village via an old archway into a narrow paved street with charming shops and cafes. Experience the special atmosphere of the maze of streets and little squares huddled together over a series of caves in the rocks. The dramatic setting 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 Sea.

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Polignano a Mare Walking Tour with Special Coffee Tasting

5. 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.

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Polignano a Mare: 3.5-Hour Boat Trip with Cave Exploration

6. 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.

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Polignano: Magical Christmas Tour

7. Polignano: Magical Christmas Tour

Soak in the Christmas spirit by taking a walking tour through the beautiful and festive Polignano. Discover a wide variety of traditions and customs when the city is filled with colors and traditional Christmas offerings. Wander through the streets draped in Christmas lights, and feel spellbound by the magical atmosphere during the festive time.Learn about the history of the Christmas tree and the first person who decorated it. Hear interesting the stories of the Christmas spells, and the Christmas legends of the city.  Visit a cozy Christmas village and see a beautifully lit Great Christmas tree. At the village markets, savor some of the most renowned local products of the city. Fill your heart with joy and experience the magic of Polignano. 

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What people are saying about Polignano a Mare

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 145 reviews

Very nice and dynamic cave tour! Definitely recommended in the evening, aperitif time to enjoy a perfect sunset and coolness. Super nice and nice staff and really helpful! Highly recommended

This boat tour was a perfect way to be on the water, see Polignano a Mare and just have a tiny excursion.

Was worth it! Price / performance top! Very nice staff. The AHA rules could be adhered to.

Bring swimming clothes so tgere us possibility to swim at the end of this trip)

Absolutely recommended lovely places hospitable and super helpful people