"Pearl of the adriatic sea", "bandiera blu" holder since 2008
Polignano a Mare, in the province of Bari, is a hamlet whose ancient nucleus is located on a rocky spur overlooking the Adriatic sea. Polignano is also called "Puglia in miniature" because all the beauties of the region are gathered in this land: the light-blue waters, the characteristic houses and the delicious food.
Polignano a Mare has been awarded with a "bandiera blu" every year since 2008 for its clean waters and beaches, its beautiful coastlines and tourist harbours. It is also full of marine grottos (the Rondinelle) and inlets like Le Lame along its rocky and jagged coast. Among the most beautiful inlets there are Lama Monachile, where the monk seal used to live, and Lama Santa Caterina. The first, in particular, is one of the main attractions in Polignano because of the scenery it offers: a small inlet between two rocky cliff edges.
Polignano is also important from a historical and cultural point of view. There is a bronze statue dedicated to the singer Domenico Modugno on the seafront (named after him); from here, a staircase leads to a natural terrace with a view on the suggestive Cala Monachile, the cliff and the historical centre that overlooks the sea.
Polignano a mare