Monopoli Puglia Italy | Travel Tips and Best Places

By vovidi

Monopoli is a lovely town of Italy. It is located in Puglia region and famous with its beautiful beaches. Monopoli is also very close to one of the big cities of Italy, which is Bari. People living in Bari are also coming to Monopoli beaches for swimming. Of course Monopoli has a very nice old town and must seen attractions for tourists but I strongly suggest all visitors to spend some time to discover amazing bays. I will try to give you an idea about the things that can be done in Monopoli, but you can also watch the interview video to get some special local advice. I’ve recorded the video with my dear friend Annarita who is an amazing host and the owner of  La Torre e il Mare B&B .

TRANSPORTATION

In Puglia region, railway system is well developed. Trains are on time and you can even go to small villages by train. Just be sure that you check the timetable before going to the station from trenitalia.com. Monopoli is very close to Bari city center. Therefore if you are staying in Bari and you don’t have time to discover other parts of Puglia, at least you can visit Monopoli for a different experience. You can reach Monopoli easily by car or train in half an hour.

ACCOMMODATION

Monopoli has many  B&B options but I recommend the La Torre e il Mare B&B  which is located at a very central point of old town. This B&B is managed by Annarita who is a very friendly and helpful host. She welcomed us with nice coffe and she created a sightseeing tour plan for us. So that we were able to cover many historical places and also many of the lovely beaches in a short time. For the beach tour she has two bicycles in reception area and you can use them if they are available. I liked that thoughtful idea and we gained time thanks to that opportunity.

monopoli bicycle

One of the other things that I liked most in that B&B is the cute roof terrace. Watching sunset with a glass of vine from here is a very good idea. If you are staying in this place you don’t need to look for any other place for the happy hour time before dinner. During our stay we also had chance to chat with Annarita in that terrace and learned more about the history, culture and of course we gained a smiling friend which is more important than anything.

la torre e il mare

MONOPOLI OLD TOWN

1. Castello di Carlo V

The castle just next to seaside is built in 1552 to control and defense the port of Monopoli. In 1600 it was enlarged. In 19.th century it was used as a prison. Nowadays it is hosts important cultural events.

monopoli castle

2. Monopoli Cathedral

Monopoli Cathedral is also known as Basilica of the Madonna Della Madia otherwise  Santa Maria della Madia. It is the main and Roman Catholic cathedral of the town.

monopoli cathedral

3. St. Leonardo Cathedral

Construction of building was completed in 1745. It is one of the famous structures of Monopoli.

4. Church of St Francesco d’Assisi

It is an 18.th century struture built just outside of the town walls. Structure shows a inear Baroque but also has Renaissance shapes.

Church of St Francesco d’Assisi

5. Church of St Giuseppe e Anna

This is one of a series of combination of churches and convents. It is located on the edge of the old town close to the new part of Monopoli.

6. Church of Purgatorio

This church is also known as Santa Maria del Suffragio. The baroque church was built using the local stone, which turns into a golden colour with time. Church is open just a few hours in the early evening. Interesting thing about this place is that it contains mummies.

7. Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi

This is the main square where most of the restaurants and bars are located. Buy yourself a dinner especially seafood in this square.

BEACHES OF MONOPOLI

1. Lido Santo Stefano

This beach is 20 min away from the Monopoli center with bicycle. You can have a sunbath by watching the cute castle near the sea. It has a charming atmosphere. Besides a private one there is also a free public beach. Since it is not so close to the town center, this beach is relatively quiet and there are less people.

monopoli santa stefano beach

2. Porto Marzana Piccolo

There is a private beach called “Marza”. It is not so big but very nice place with hammocks in the water. It was a pleasure to spend couple of hours in this place. Don’t miss it! 🙂

3. Porto Bianco & Porto Rosso

These two are the closest bays to the Monopoli center. If you don’t have so much time you can swim in one of these two public beaches. I must say that they are bit over crowded but still the sea is nice.

monopoli porto rosso

4.Other Beach Recommendations

Here is a list of some other nice beaches recommended by locals.  We couldn’t find time for them but maybe you can visit and let us know your opinion 🙂

Cala Paradiso, Cala Marena, Cala Cerasa, Lido La Perla Nera, Porto Ghiacciolo

puglia monopoli beaches

Afterall, I can say that Monopoli is still not a very famous place especially among the foreigner tourists. Thats why you can enjoy a more local experience in this historical seaside town. 1 day  maybe even half day is enough to discover Monopoli old town but for the beautiful beaches, you will need at least 2 days, so make your plans accordingly and have a nice time! 🙂

For another locely place in Puglia region you can have a look to my Lecce post. Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

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