Apulia Nature & adventure

Our most recommended Apulia Nature & adventure

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

1. 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.

Apulia: Horseback Riding Trip in Parco Dune Costiere

2. Apulia: Horseback Riding Trip in Parco Dune Costiere

Horseback riding through the Mediterranean vegetation and coastal dunes in the regional Park of Dune Costiere. Along a short stretch of coast, close to the sea, and in the middle of olive oil trees and typical Apulian dry-stone walls. After a short theoretical and practical lessons, horseback riding on the beach: galloping free on the endless sandy expanse, crossing along paths and breathtaking landscapes through the Mediterranean vegetation and coastal dunes.

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

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

Uncover the beauty of the coastline on this SUP paddleboard trip from Polignano a Mare. Follow your instructor past sights like the Grotta Palazzese. Enjoy an introductory course for beginners that ensures that you have the confidence to complete the trip. Meet your instructor at the activity provider's shop in Polignano a Mare. Listen to a safety briefing and complete a paddleboard tutorial before beginning your water adventure. Paddle towards the cove and rock entrances Lama Monachile, one of the most famous beaches in Italy. Stop for a swim at this stunning location before exploring the caves in the cliffs. Next, continue to other caves including Grotta Palazzese and Grotta Ardito where you can take a second dip or capture some photos of the breathtaking views. Paddle between hidden coves and sea caves, where pirates took refuge in ancient times. Cruise thorugh Grotta Azzurra and pass by Grotta Ardito and Grotta Palazzese. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Andria: Castel Del Monte 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

4. Andria: Castel Del Monte 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

Go on a journey through the history of Puglia on a 1.5-hour guided tour of Castel del Monte in the hills of Andria and discover a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide at the castle entrance, 36 miles (60 kilometers) from Bari. Explore the castle grounds and walk around the outside of the mountain fortress while your guide describes its history. It was first recorded as the Castellum Del Monte in 1223, and built by the humanist Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Frederick imbued the castle with symbolic significance, defined by the laws of math and astronomy. Soaring 1,770 feet (540 meters) above sea level, in the heart of the Alta Murgia National Park, you will get panoramic views of the surrounding area, from the Gargano promontory up to the ancient province of Lucania. Discover impressive structural elements that follow the repetition of the number 8, from the castle’s basic octagonal shape, to the 8 trapezoid rooms, 8 towers, and 44 steps of the spiral stairs. Admire the harmonious blend of Romanesque and Gothic influences, together with important contributions from Islamic art.

Matera: Sassi, Murgia, and Tibetan Bridge Trip

5. Matera: Sassi, Murgia, and Tibetan Bridge Trip

Step back in time with this guided tour of Matera. Discover an ancient cemetery. Explore caves where people used to live. Hike along alpine paths to the Porta Pistola. Cross the Ponte Tibetano to reach the Belvedere Timone Murgia and its sweeping views.Meet in Piazzetta Pascoli before heading to the Barbarian Cemetery. Learn the history of the Lombard peoples who once lived in Matera. Stroll the streets of the old town to the Sassi caves. They served as homes from the Stone Age until the 1950s. Find a souvenir at a shop in the former cliff-dwellings. Descend into the Gravina gorge at Porta Pistola. Hike the same paths as members of the Italian Alpine Club. Enjoy a waterfall’s torrent as you cross the Gravina along a suspension bridge to Murgia.Spend some time to take in the panoramic views of Matera and the Gravina from the Belvedere Timone Murgia. Return to Matera by van, with a dropoff at Piazza Matteotti.

Lecce: Long Bike-Rickshaw City Tour & Local Flavors

6. Lecce: Long Bike-Rickshaw City Tour & Local Flavors

Join a guided tour led by an expert multilingual guide and discover the main attractions of Lecce, visiting the city on a funny and eco-friendly rickshaw. Visit of the main turist attractions such us Sant'Oronzo square, Duomo Square and Santa Croce Basilica, as well as the amazing ruins of the Roman theather and amphitheatre and the sumptuous churches of the Baroque style.  Tour throughout  the monumental doors, the amazing historical palaces and courts and the most picturesque and hidden places of the old city, full of legends and interesting anecdote.  During this unique experience, among monuments and shops, you will visit old boutique selling local handcrafts, such us papier-mache crafts and the stones of Lecce, taste local wine and products, visit an ancient cellar collecting the best wines from allover Salento; A unique experience combining art, culture, flavours and popular traditions. Each rickshaw can accomodate 2 adults and 1/2 children up to 10 years old.

From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

7. From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

Enjoy the historic port town of Trani and UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte in one day. Explore 2 of Puglia's most alluring sights with a convenient transfer from Matera via a comfortable minivan. Tuck into an Apulian lunch at a local farmhouse. Meet your driver in the center of Matera and leave for imperial Apulia. After an hour-long drive, arrive in Trani, the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Catch beautiful views over the Adriatic Sea and the Italian coast. Be led by your local tour guide to Trani Castle and the seafront Cathedral. Visit the ancient Jewish quarter with its Synagogues and a maze of small alleyways. After the walking tour, hop on board the minivan to continue to a typical farmhouse in the Alta Murgia National Park. Taste the Apulian cuisine during a delicious light lunch. In the afternoon, reach the UNESCO site of Castel del Monte. Admire enchanting views from over 500 meters. Observe the beautiful park that surrounds you from above. On clear days, you can see the sea and the Gargano, a spectacle of nature. Learn about this emblematic octagonal castle, designed by Emperor Frederick II. Walk through the rooms inside the castle and discover the many mysteries and secrets that lie within its walls. Conclude the tour with a return transfer to Matera.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Experience made with my two girls, Polignano from the sea is an even more beautiful sight! The guides are also very attentive to the needs of the smallest ones. Highly recommended

A wonderful experience! So much fun, the guides were so helpful and nice. Going into the caves was really beautiful and I would definitely recommend it!

Francesca is great, the great experience, the magnificent site and the discovery of paddleboarding on the waves charmed me.

3 hours very interesting and not tiring allow to visit Lecce and to appreciate the monuments even by 35 degrees

Mega experience, was great fun 3000 times better than with a boat.