Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare, often called “the Adriatic pearl” is about 10 km away from Monopoli and 30 km away from Bari. It is the Domenico Modugno hometown, the unforgettable singer of “Nel blu dipinto di blu” and “Meraviglioso”, the latter song has been recently revived by the Apulian band called Negramaro. And there is actually a statue dedicated to Modugno on the boardwalk of the town. It goes without saying that the statue of the singer is not the only attraction you can experience in Polignano. The old town, with its Arabic, Spanish and Norman influence, attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. Particularly, not to be missed is the “Chiesa Matrice dell’Assunta” with its peculiar mix of Gothic, Apulian-Romanesque and baroque style. But that’s not all, because you have to see “Lama Monachile”, the most famous inlet among those which cut through the coastline of the town. It lies to the West of the old town and it is particularly overcrowded in the summer months: the power of the place and the crystal-clear water (Blue Flag beach for years) make it one of the most famous and coveted Apulian localities. Still here the international diving competition called Red Bull Cliff Diving which has earned wide public and media attention in a few years, thanks in part to the power of the town, takes place. People find really fascinating and curious diving from 20 metres from a balcony of one of several houses at the edge of the cliff of this wonderful Apulian town.
You can’t miss this!