The chances are that you've seen picturesque Polignano A Mare on Instagram, without even knowing it. This town's famous little cove has got to be one of the most Instagrammed spots on the planet, and yet, somehow it's still not entirely overrun. Here are 3 quick tips tips to get the most out of your visit to this photogenic hotspot:
1. ARRIVE EARLY
Despite Puglia still not being so on the radar of the mass tourist trail, Polignano can still get busy in summer ( because it's a popular spot for Italians themselves). To have the town – or beach – to yourself for a little while, make sure to arrive well before 10am. It may seem criminal rising so early on an Italian holiday, but if you manage to get there for 8:30/9am, I promise you it will be worth it.
2. ORDER A CAFE AND CORNETTO
Beija Flor Café cafe is a great place to watch the world go by and – if you followed the advice above – to watch Polignano wake up as the morning moves on. This is clearly a local spot, where the owners sip on a cafe with the clientele because, well, they are friends. Expect the morning stillness to be punctuated with happy shouts of "Ciao!" to passersby, as the Polignano residents greet each other. The coffee here, like all of Puglia, is perfection. But, the real treat are the cornettos - fresh, squidgy pieces of goodness that melt in the mouth. Once you've had one here, you'll never eat a croissant at home again.
3. STROLL ON OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE
Sure, the well-known shot of the famous cove is not to be missed, but a short walk over to the other side of it will also reward the intrepid wanderer with some lovely views of pretty Polignano itself. Step out onto the cliff jutting out of this side of town, for some sweeping views of the dramatic coast. Oh, and don't worry, when i say 'cliff' I don't mean a treacherous edge where you're likely to fall into the sea while snapping a selfie.