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WGSN City by City: Polignano a Mare

In my previous blog post, I gave you a 48-hour insight of Jordan’s capital Amman — but today, I’m not going as further afield, and I’m staying in Europe (for once).

Like most, I’m always drawn to holidays in far-flung, remote corners of the world but, often, time and money don’t allow it – and there are plenty of adventures to be found on your doorstep.

Today, I am going to share with you a few reasons to explore Puglia, the sunny southern region of Italy (and less than a 3 hour flight from London to Bari).

Expect plenty of Instagrammable content, from delicious Italian Cuisine to bursts of colour on the local beaches.

 

 The Food

As a self-confessed foodie, my travels usually revolve around a country’s cuisine. I always love to try new dishes and just eat (and live) like a local. During our short stay in Polignano a Mare, a dreamy coastal town located on the Adriatic coast, my friend and I were lucky enough to discover the Trattoria Il Grottone, a seafood restaurant with mind-blowing views from its shaded terrace. Everything from octopus salads, to fish tartare and seafood trofie pasta dishes — all with a nice glass of fresh, local white wine. Round off lunch Il Super Mago del Gelo for an ice-cream of your choice or a lemon granita. Established in 1935, the gelateria has kept it’s original, almost-kitsch aesthetic, making it very Insta-friendly.

 

Swim & Tan

Summer travels often mean hopping from one place to another, trying to cram in everything on your travel hit list. However, I always try to dedicate a few hours each day to stop for a swimming break in the sunshine. Polignano a Mare is known for its picturesque bay Lama Monachile. I would recommend viewing it from the heights of the city instead of going there for a swim and tan — it gets crowded, and the view is just simply better appreciated from further away. I recommend Cala Paura, located a short walk from the town centre. The fisherman seaside village offers two white pebble beaches with beautiful coloured fishing boats, and soft, terracotta-coloured loungers at the private lido. You can choose from relaxing on the beach or on the wooden dock. The water is crystal clear and the view on the two inlets is perfection. If you decide to stay all-day, have some cash to hand for a slice of freshly made focaccia, or a packet of taralli from the friendly vendors.

 

City Wander

With a population of 18,000, Polignano a Mare is located just 30km from the city of Bari. The historic centre has Arab, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman traces, which can be seen in the architecture. I love walking, especially when it means sight-seeing from pedestrianised streets. Polignano a Mare is perfect for this, offering great things to see in every corner, from coastal views to hidden coves. Just feel free to get lost in the town — it’s far too small to actually get ‘lost’, so don’t panic! Small shops can be found scattered across the town centre, selling traditional and unique craft goods.

Feeling inspired? Polignano a Mare is the perfect weekend stop-off this summer. For my next trip, I’ll be heading to El Salvador next month. Stay posted on WGSN Insider for my travel tips and discoveries.

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