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The south-east coast of Puglia from Manfredonia to Torre Canne, Fasano

Manfredonia to Torre Canne

The stretch of coast that goes from Manfredonia to Polignano a mare is characterized mainly by a number of cities ports and a jagged coast. From north to south these cities are: Margherita di Savoia, Barletta, Trani, Bisceglie, Molfetta, Giovinazzo, Bari and Mola di Bari.

The coast gets interesting again near Polignano a mare. Here the coastline has high cliffs, on one of which is Polignano a mare, and lower parts with many nice beaches and inlets. Heading further south, after Monopoli, begins a stretch of coast with a long sandy beach, called Capitolo, and then Torre Canne, a very well known spa, appreciated for its healing waters.

 

Margherita di Savoia

Stretching along the south coast of the Gulf of Manfredonia, Margherita di Savoia is famous for its spas and for the production of salt. The territory is dominated by the salt works, which stretch for about 20 kilometres along the coast. These salt-works are the most ancient of Italy and go back as far as the III century B.C.

  • Coordinate Lat-Long: 41.375057, 16.152223 (41°22'30.2"N 16°09'08.0"E)

Barletta

Barletta is an ancient town with some interesting monuments to see. Of these the Cathedral dedicated to S. Maria Maggiore, built in 1140 in Romanesque style and the Castle of Norman origin but rebuilt by the Swabians in 1234. Inside the Castle it is possible to visit the Cantina della Disfida, a wine cellar where, according to legend, the French captain La Motte challenged the Italian Ettore Fieramosca.

  • Coordinate Lat-Long: 41.321352, 16.285990 (41°19'16.9"N 16°17'09.6"E)

Trani

The old town of Trani extends along the port and onto a small peninsula. Inside the historic centre the S. Nicola Pellegrino cathedral stands in a position directly beside the sea. It is the finest examples Apulian-Romanesque architecture and one of the most ancient churches of the whole Italy. Its construction begun in 1097 and progressed in stages, the main phase falling between 1159 and 1197.

  • Coordinate Lat-Long: 41.278472, 16.418942 (41°16'42.5"N 16°25'08.2"E)

Bisceglie

Bisceglie is an essential place to visit for whoever is interested in visiting the ancient megalithic stones called dolmens. The most important is located in the area called 'Chianca', near Corato. One more can be seen near Cimadomo known as Tavola dei Paladini. Two more are on the road to Ruvo from Bisceglie.

  • Coordinate Lat-Long: 41.278472, 16.418942 (41°16'42.5"N 16°25'08.2"E)

Molfetta

Molfetta is an important fishing port. Its main monument is the Duomo Vecchio dedicated to the town's patron saint, St. Conrad of Bavaria. This Duomo is the largest of those Apulian-Romanesque churches whose cupolas are built on an axis and rest on octagonal tambours.

  • Coordinate Lat-Long: 41.205753, 16.598875 (41°12'20.7"N 16°35'56.0"E)

Giovinazzo

The ancient town of Giovinazzo stands on a promontory which dominates the sea. There are here buildings of great historical interest such the XII century Cathedral, the palazzo Ducale, the Palazzo Saraceno, the church of Spirito Santo.

  • Coordinate Lat-Long: 41.188982, 16.673483 (41°11'20.3"N 16°40'24.5"E)

Bari

Bari is the capital of Puglia with the most important port in south italy and the most important airport of Puglia. If you are planning to go to places in north of Puglia, such as the Gargano, then you should fly here. The old town of Bari is quite interesting and if you have sometime go and see the Basilica of San Nicola. Without doubt one of the most splendid examples of Romanesque architecture.

  • Coordinate Lat-Long: 41.129414, 16.869418 (41°07'45.9"N 16°52'09.9"E)

Mola di Bari

The historic centre of Mola di Bari stands on a rocky promontory and contains a well conserved Cathedral, dedicated to St. Nichols, built between 1545 and 1564 in a Dalmatian-Renaissance style. Also to visit the Castle designed by Pierre d'Agincourt for Charles I of Anjou.

  • Coordinate Lat-Long: 41.062487, 17.092546 (41°03'45.0"N 17°05'33.2"E)

Cala Fetente

Cala Fatente is the first beach on the north side of the territory of Polignano a mare. It is a very pretty bay with a small island off the coast and a sandy beach. A lively place during summer evenings with music and concerts.

  • Type of coast: 40% sand - 680% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: services available
  • City hall: Polignano a mare
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 41.025998, 17.176654 (41° 1' 33''N 17° 10'' 35''S)

Cala San Giovanni

Going south, soon after Cala Fetente and after some rocky coast, there is the beach of Cala San Giovanni. It is a sandy beach with a lido that offers rental services such as chairs, sun umbrellas and showers.

  • Type of coast: 40% sand - 60% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: access and services for disabled available
  • City hall: Polignano a mare
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 41.017888, 17.186911 (41° 1' 4.3''N 17° 11' 12.8''E)

Cala San Vito

After Cala San Giovanni there is the beach of San Vito, inside the bay of San Vito and just next to the Abbey and the tower of San Vito. It is an interesting sandy beach at just about 3 kilometres north of Polignano a Mare.

  • Type of coast: 40% sand - 60% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: access and services for disabled available
  • City hall: Polignano a mare
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 41.013484, 17.192876 (41° 0' 48''N 17° 11' 34''E)

Cala Cavallo

Cala Cavallo can be reached proceeding towards Polignano a mare, after some rocky coast. It is a quite small sandy beach, of free access and ideal for families.

  • Type of coast: 30% sand - 70% reefs
  • Services: no
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Polignano a mare
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 41.007874, 17.199775 (41° 0' 28''N 17° 11' 59''E)

Cala Paguro

This is certainly one of the most characteristic and busiest places along the coast near Polignano a mare. Within the bay there are two beaches, one used as a small boat harbour and, the other, as beach for bathers where you can also rent pedal boats.

  • Type of coast: 40% sand - 60% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Polignano a mare
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.998965, 17.214171 (40° 59' 56''N 17° 12' 51''E)

Cala Porto or Monachile

Cala Porto, also called Lama Monachile, is located just outside the centre of the town. Here, there is a nice beach made of pebbles with a crystal clear emerald waters.

It is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches of Polignano mainly for its location below the old town and the surrounding high cliffs. There is a beautiful view of this beach from one of the terraces of the city.

  • Type of coast: 20% sand - 80% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Polignano a mare
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.996700, 17.219237 (40°59'48.1"N 17°13'09.2"E)

Polignano a mare

The small town of Polignano a mare is an enchanting historic centre located on a high cliff. The charming old town is a maze winding white-washed alleys with beautiful old churches and palaces, leading to terraces with breathtaking views of the Adriatic sea and the cliffs and caves below.

  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.996700, 17.219237 (40°59'48.1"N 17°13'09.2"E)

Cala Incina

Cala Incina is the only interesting beach on the south side of Polignano. It is a natural area of particular beauty with a defensive tower. The beach is small but sandy and surrounded by high cliffs.

  • Type of coast: 30% sand - 70% reefs
  • Services: no
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Polignano a mare
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.978364, 17.257882 (40° 58' 42''N 17° 15' 28''E)

Monopoli

The old medieval town of Monopoli was a flourishing port in Byzantine and Normans times. It was occupied by the Venetians and later by the Spanish. During the Baroque period various churches and palaces were built like the splendid Palmieri residence.

Along the north coast of Monopoli there is small beach, mostly used by the locals. Going south there are some small inlets with sandy beaches.

  • Type of coast: 20% sand - 80% reefs
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.956308, 17.300479 (40°57'22.7"N 17°18'01.7"E)

Cala di Paradiso

Cala Paradiso is a small beach south of Monopoli privately managed. Offers services for renting umbrellas, beach chairs, bar, restaurant/pizzeria and parking.

  • Type of coast: 20% sand - 80% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Monopoli
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.943774, 17.313960 (40°56'37.6"N 17°18'50.3"E)

Santo Stefano

Santo Stefano takes its name from a Benedectine Abbey, founded in 1086 by Geoffrey of Hauteville. There is here a nice small beach with a private lido that occupies the all beach. Available rentals of sun umbrellas, sun chairs, showers and parking.

  • Type of coast: 20% sand - 80% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Monopoli
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.928423, 17.331622 (40°55'42.3"N 17°19'53.8"E)

Capitolo

Long beach sometimes wider sometimes narrow with services scattered here and there, especially along the wider part of the beach. It is characterized by a series of beautiful coastal dunes and Mediterranean vegetation. All lidos located along the beach offer services for renting umbrellas and chairs. There are, still, vast areas for free use of the beach.

  • Type of coast: 80% sand - 20% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Monopoli
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.905465, 17.350331 (40°54'19.7"N 17°21'01.2"E)

Torre Canne

Torre Canne is a famous spa. Its water springs are good for the liver and the biliary ducts and a cure for hyperuricemia. Just south of the town starts a long and sandy beach with many organized lidos and resorts. This long beach extends down to Lido Morelli in the Ostuni area. Its southern side is part of the nature protect area of Parco delle Dune Costiere.

  • Type of coast: 20% sand - 80% reefs
  • Services: yes
  • Facilities for the disabled: can access but no particular service
  • City hall: Fasano
  • Coordinates Lat-Long: 40.838830, 17.467935 (40°50'19.8"N 17°28'04.6"E)

 

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Tourist offices

IAT Polignano a mare
+39 080 4252336
Via Martini dei Dogali 2

 

IAT Fasano
+39 080 4394164
Piazza Ciaia 1

 

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