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Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Board Sea Cave Trip

1. Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Board Sea Cave Trip

Uncover the beauty of the coastline on this SUP paddleboard trip from Polignano a Mare. Follow your instructor past sights like the Grotta Palazzese. Enjoy an introductory course for beginners that ensures that you have the confidence to complete the trip. Meet your instructor at the activity provider's shop in Polignano a Mare. Listen to a safety briefing and complete a paddleboard tutorial before beginning your water adventure. Paddle towards the cove and rock entrances Lama Monachile, one of the most famous beaches in Italy. Stop for a swim at this stunning location before exploring the caves in the cliffs. Next, continue to other caves including Grotta Palazzese and Grotta Ardito where you can take a second dip or capture some photos of the breathtaking views. Paddle between hidden coves and sea caves, where pirates took refuge in ancient times. Cruise thorugh Grotta Azzurra and pass by Grotta Ardito and Grotta Palazzese. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Castro: 2-Hour Private Tour (Puglia) w/Great View of the Sea

2. Castro: 2-Hour Private Tour (Puglia) w/Great View of the Sea

The guided tour of Castro will begin with a visit of the Mother Church dedicated to the Madonna of the Annunciation. The church was erected on a Greek temple. Of Romanesque design, the interior is characterized by a high altar in Baroque style and numerous paintings such as the Madonna of the Annunciation, protector of the village. Following the tour, you will continue in the narrow streets of the historic center until you get a suggestive view of the sea and its Aragonese castle built on the remains of the oldest Byzantine fortress.  The castle has a rectangular plan with four corner towers. Entering, there will be a courtyard formerly used to store agricultural products that were marketed, and a large scale, now disappeared, with which you accessed the upper floors. In the courtyard, you'll also find the doors of the rooms on the ground floor. Inside, visit the Antonio Lazzari Civic Museum with its permanent archaeological exhibition "Castrum Minervae: between Greeks and Messapi," which will allow you to admire the numerous and various finds from recent excavation campaigns in the area of the historic center.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Very friendly guys who guide you and are helpful if it doesn't work out. Tip is to really wear water shoes or something. In the caves, but also on the beach to get into the water, there are pebbles and boulders. You slip easily. Highly recommended!

Experience made with my two girls, Polignano from the sea is an even more beautiful sight! The guides are also very attentive to the needs of the smallest ones. Highly recommended

Enjoyable trip to see the caves at Polignano. A little more time to master standing up would have been useful (especially for us older ones!).

A fun and interesting activity Some difficulties in finding your balance on the wavelets, but a striking spectacle in the caves!

Mega experience, was great fun 3000 times better than with a boat.