3 Reasons to Visit Monopoli in Puglia

by Diana


You decided to visit region Puglia and after a research, you found out that there are plenty of cities along the coast and now, you are wondering which one to visit? Then, you found the perfect post that gives you 3 strong reasons to not miss this amazing city called Monopoli.

In case you didn’t know:

  • Region Puglia extends across the entire heel of Italy’s boot
  • The longest mainland coastline in Italy is in Puglia
  • Puglia and Calabria cover 68% of Italian olive oil production and also provides around 12% of the olive oil production in the whole world

As I mentioned, along the coastline are plenty of cities that worth visiting, but if you do not plan to rent a car so you can visit all of them and still want to enjoy the southern vibes of Italy, you should know that there is this beautifiul city, called Monopoli, situated just a half and hour away from Bari by train.

Things to know:

  • Bari -> Monopoli = 30 minutes / 3.20 € (one way ticket). Check here to see the schedules.

1st reason- Hidden beaches with crystal clear water

The road to our favourite beach is a 30 minutes walk from the train station, but this walk turned out to be about 1 hour, you will find out below why. As you cross the city you will reach the port of Monopoli, where is your starting point to the south. Beaches are situated 5 to 7 minutes apart from each other, by foot of course. All the beaches are with a crystal clear water that I’ve only seen in Greece (check out here the best beaches in Lefkada, Greece). They are small, pebbly and mostly crowded. That’s why we passed by 4 or 5 beaches until we found the perfect one. Why perfect? Small, not crowded (there were about 10 to 15 people), and the water looked amazing, it was not deep, no waves and there were no stones. Look at the below pictures so you get convinced.

Things to know:

  • The beach is called Porto Verde and it’s situated between Porto Nero and Cala Paradiso.
  • Bring your water and food, it is a wild beach, there are no restaurants or bars.
  • Come early in the morning or stay late till sunset to have the beach all for yourself.
  • Do snorkeling.

2nd reason- Instagrammable places everywhere you look

Thanks to all the unique architecture, every picturesque door and every house with colorful flowers, our 30 minutes walk to the beach was a very pleasant one, and also, as I said, it turned out to be about an hour, as of course we had to stop at every house to take a picture. This city is a dream for every instagrammer out there. The whitewashed buildings along with the cacti, big houses with bright red flowers, every door in different pale colors are waiting to be captured in a photo.

Things to know:

  • Don’t get too distracted by the beauty of the place and be careful at the drivers because they do not stop even if you put your foot on the crossing.

3rd reason- Amazing food

The third, and probably, the most important thing when you’re visiting is the food, which in Monopoli, actually in the entire Italy is absolutely delicious. Italian food is the most popular cuisine in the world. Pizza and pasta are among some of the most popular dishes. In region Puglia they have a local specialty, orecchiette, which are a ear-shaped pasta.

We didn’t had any trouble finding restaurants in Monopoli, as there are plenty, but instead we faced a major problem regarding their schedule. You must know that the restaurants (all of them) are closed between 14 pm and 19 pm.

Another thing that you should know is that at every restaurant we were charged with something called a ‘coperto’. We didn’t noticed this at our first meals. This is an additional fee, charged per person, that is applied to the bill depending on what you eat, how much you spend and where you sit.

Things to know:

  • Keep in mind that most of the restaurants are closed between 14-19 pm.
  • Don’t forget about coperto, which it ranges between one and two Euro per person.
  • A glass of wine at the table will make your food even more delicious 🙂

I hope that these reasons will convince you to visit Monopoli, if you are in Puglia region. If you ever been in Monopoli let me know your impression in the comments below.

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