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Polignano a Mare: Group Boat Tour to Caves with Aperitif

1. Polignano a Mare: Group Boat Tour to Caves with Aperitif

Excursioni Sofia is a boat trips company in the beautiful Polignano a Mare (BA). It has got two boats of 6.5 meters in possession of a sailing license of pleasure craft with CE marking. Excursions Sofia offers its guests guided tours of the Polignano a Mare caves starting from the new tourist port "Cala Ponte Marina" in via San Vito pier D. With its 11 km of coastline and an enchanting skyline, Polignano has a coastline dotted with cavities karst. The skippers of Sofia, expert navigators and connoisseurs of the area, with their smile and their kindness will accompany you in many of the most beautiful views of the coast and in small hidden coves, perfect places for swimming, sunbathing or enjoying an aperitif. We also offer an English translation which is always available on board. The duration of the excursion is two hours. The standard departures for the excursions begin at 09:00 and proceed every two hours until 19:00. The excursions are available from 01/04 to 31/10. The seats available are ten per boat. In case of adverse weather conditions, excursions may be subject to changing.

Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

2. 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.

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

3. 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.

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

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

We will start our tour with an introductory course for beginners so that you can tackle the hike without difficulty. After that we will start sailing towards the city of Polignano a mare Going to one of the most famous beaches in Italy and that is Lama Monachile. After a short stop, some dives and photos we will begin to explore the caves present in the cliffs.Later we will continue to other caves including Grotta Palazzese and Grotta Ardito where we will stop for diving and photos and then return to Cala Paguro. We will explore the hidden treasures of the Polignanese coast on the sup, starting from Cala Paura and paddling between hidden coves and sea caves, where in ancient times the pirates of the Mediterranean crossed these waters and took refuge in these natural ravines. We will explore Grotta Azzurra, Lama Monachile beach, up to Grotta Ardito and the suggestive Grotta Palazzese. Along the way it will be possible to take a few baths in the crystal clear waters of these magical places. Non-paddling children can participate free of charge if accompanied by an adult on their SUP board. HIKERS DETAILS ►Length of the route: 2 km ►Difficulty: Simple Suitable for All, Children from 14 years. ►Level: T (Tourist) / E (Hiking) ►Type of seabed: 100% rock Indicative program regarding the activity: • Small basic learning lesson • Departure of the excursion • Arrival in Lama Monachile, photo stop and exploration of the area • Grotta Palazzese with photo stop and exploration • Grotta Ardito with photo stop and exploration •Come back in

Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour by Night & Wine Tasting

5. Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour by Night & Wine Tasting

Jagged cliffs overlooking the sea, caves and creeks, sandy coves surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation in complete harmony with the turquoise blue sea, make this strip of coast, one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Grotta delle Rondinelle, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Ardito, and Grotta Palazzese are just some of the most beautiful natural attractions that characterize the entire area, accessible only by sea. Enjoy the coast and the caves of Polignano, sip some local sparkling wine on board while admiring Polignano in the moonlight.

Polignano a Mare: Tuk-Tuk Tour Along the Coast

6. Polignano a Mare: Tuk-Tuk Tour Along the Coast

We will take you across coves, cliffs, beaches, and Saracen towers, landmarks of this area, where the waves seem to get lost over the clouds and the wind gives way to the horizon, opening to infinity. The colors and scents are unique: the ones of eternity, of the Mediterranean. Learn about all the curiosities of the coves, the creeks and the most evocative marinas of our territory. A hidden gem by the sea. The town, birthplace of “Mr. Volare ”offers a unique sight due to various terraces overlooking the sea, where the blue sky meets the blinding white houses. You can caress and breathe the Mediterranean soul through the typical alleys of the old town among flowers, poems, churches, squares, and historical buildings.

Bari: Bari and Polignano Full-Day Guided Tour

7. Bari: Bari and Polignano Full-Day Guided Tour

Guided tour of Bari, famous around the world to preserve the relics of St. Nicholas of Myra, venerated as a saint by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Discover the Basilica of St. Nicholas, built in the twelfth century to preserve the relics of St. Nicholas of Myra, is considered one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture. The walk will continue to the Cathedral of St. Sabino of the eleventh century until the Norman-Swabian Castle Fortress built in the twelfth century by Roger the Norman, and after the destruction by William I of Sicily, was rebuilt by Frederick II Hohenstaufen. The tour will end with the visit of Mercantile square and the Column of Justice After Bari, the guided tour continues to Poligano a Mare, 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. We’ll visit the historical centre, amazing nice buildings and very special atmosphere, It is a labyrinth of treats, old houses all linked to each other, little squares and all standing huddled together over a series of caves fringed on the sea below. We will see the statue of great singer Domenico Modugno, It's fun to take pictures with on the background with the monument, unforgettable songs Volare…(Nel blu dipinto di blu) Polignano a Mare always surprise. Finally the sea and coastline with the very nice clifs makes this town very special to visit whatever time of the year.

Polignano a Mare: Guided Walking Tour

8. 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.

Polignano a Mare Walking Tour with Special Coffee Tasting

9. 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.

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

10. 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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What people are saying about Polignano a Mare

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 145 reviews

We didn’t know what to expect of the tour but it was fantastic:) The views and going inside the grottos was amazing but our driver put the experience over the top. The music, popping Prosecco and pointing out all the interesting sights. Don’t miss it! If I had one critique it would be to better arrange the pick up and drop offs. Way more confusing than necessary :(

Very enjoyable coastal trip, skipper was a great guy!! Lots of fun along with giving information on the caves and surrounding areas. If you have enjoyed Polignano a Mare on foot then check it out on the water, a whole different experience. Contact & info on this trip was clear & precise. Highly recommended. Definitely worth it!

Beautiful, relaxing view of the town and the caves. Not too many people on the boat. A bargain at the price! Must-do in Polignano a Mare. Way better than seeing it from the beach/street.

Absolutely amazing. The views were breath taking and the instructor was fantastic. So good I went again the next day

Beautiful caves and a view of the coast from Polignano a Mare. Really worth.