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Our most recommended Apulia Water Sports

Otranto: Coastline Boat Tour with Swim Stops & Local Snacks

1. Otranto: Coastline Boat Tour with Swim Stops & Local Snacks

Discover the southern portion of the Otranto shoreline, a wild and untouched environment where the high cliffs alternate with a variety of rocky coves and striking caves. Take a scenic boat ride departing from the port and take in the multiple local landmarks from the water. Hop aboard a boat and head out to explore all the famous beachside buildings and stunning natural formations. Gaze at Torre del Serpente, Punta Facì', Baia delle Orte, Capo d'Otranto, Sant’Emiliano, Porto Badisco, Grotta delle Rose, Grotta della Fraula, Santa Cesarea Terme, and many more. Admire the imposing rocky scenery and the incredible waterfront sites you wouldn't be able to access from land. Take a dip in the crystal clear water as you take breaks from navigating and enjoy a delicious aperitif made with traditional Salento products.

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

2. 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.

Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

3. Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

After meeting with your skipper at the marina in Bari, hop on board your sailing cruise. Enjoy a welcome snack of local focaccia and an excellent Primitivo red wine to start your sailing adventure. Then it's time to cruise out to the high sea. Out here, you can admire the imposing lighthouse of Bari. If you're lucky, you'll spot dolphins who often come up close to the boat. If you'd like, the skipper will even give you the opportunity to temporarily maneuver the boat yourself. If sea conditions allow, take a dip in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the refreshing temperatures. Your skipper will cast anchor at the old navy of Bari where you'll be able to take another swim and take panoramic photos of the promenade. Finally, visit the historic center's ancient fish market and admire the Basilica of San Nicolas.

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

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

We will start our tour with an introductory course for beginners so that you can tackle the hike without difficulty. After that we will start sailing towards the city of Polignano a mare Going to one of the most famous beaches in Italy and that is Lama Monachile. After a short stop, some dives and photos we will begin to explore the caves present in the cliffs.Later we will continue to other caves including Grotta Palazzese and Grotta Ardito where we will stop for diving and photos and then return to Cala Paguro. We will explore the hidden treasures of the Polignanese coast on the sup, starting from Cala Paura and paddling between hidden coves and sea caves, where in ancient times the pirates of the Mediterranean crossed these waters and took refuge in these natural ravines. We will explore Grotta Azzurra, Lama Monachile beach, up to Grotta Ardito and the suggestive Grotta Palazzese. Along the way it will be possible to take a few baths in the crystal clear waters of these magical places. Non-paddling children can participate free of charge if accompanied by an adult on their SUP board. HIKERS DETAILS ►Length of the route: 2 km ►Difficulty: Simple Suitable for All, Children from 14 years. ►Level: T (Tourist) / E (Hiking) ►Type of seabed: 100% rock Indicative program regarding the activity: • Small basic learning lesson • Departure of the excursion • Arrival in Lama Monachile, photo stop and exploration of the area • Grotta Palazzese with photo stop and exploration • Grotta Ardito with photo stop and exploration •Come back in

Apulia: Horseback Riding Trip in Parco Dune Costiere

5. 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: 3.5-Hour Boat Trip with Cave Exploration

6. Polignano a Mare: 3.5-Hour Boat Trip with Cave Exploration

Discover the unbreakable link that Puglia has with the sea expressed through the harmony of sailing and nature. Enjoy the crystal clear waters, listen to the wind on the sails, and the sound of the waves on the hull as you sail among breathtaking cliffs, coves, caves, and golden sandy beaches. During this tour, explore the sea caves of Polignano a Mare, cruise out to sea and take in the scenery as your skipper handles the navigation. Grotta Delle Rondinelle, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Ardito, and Grotta Palazzese are a few of the breathtaking natural wonders that characterize the entire area, which is only accessible by sea, all have unique rock formations and colorful light displays. Snorkeling allows you to immerse yourself in clear waters teeming with colorful fish while admiring the seabed. A pleasant change of pace, accompanied by an aperitif and a convivial lunch on board. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling sea breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities.

Apulia: Full-Day Salento Coast Caves Sail Boat Tour

7. Apulia: Full-Day Salento Coast Caves Sail Boat Tour

Spend the day at sea on this sailboat tour around Salento. Explore caves and have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in them. Enjoy lunch with an Apulian appetizer, pasta with fresh fish, and more. Have the chance to learn the basics of sailing and assisting in steering with open sails. Your sailing tour begins at 10:00 AM from the Tourist Port in Santa Maria di Leuca (Apulia). Sail to the point where the Ionian and Adriatic seas meet. Then see the natural caves along the Adriatic Coast until Marina di Novaglie. Stop at the Grotta del Lago cave and stop for some swimming and snorkeling inside. Then cruise to the Ionian Sea coast and see the Grotta del Diavolo and Grotta delle Tre Porte caves. Have another stop here to go inside and snorkel. During this stop, lunch will be offered. For lunch enjoy a typical Apulian appetizer, spaghetti with fresh fish, fresh fruit, espresso, coffee, water, and white wine. Your last stop will be in San Gregorio. Enjoy a last swim in crystal clear water here before heading back. Arrive back at port at about 6:00 PM.

Walking Tour In The Wonderful Monopoli

8. Walking Tour In The Wonderful Monopoli

Monopoli is a perfect combination of old world charm and great beaches; a wonderful, typical, picturesque Apulian town, which despite it's unquestionable charm manages to retain it's traditional identity. Lots of quaint narrow streets, pretty squares, and a picturesque harbor to boot. The old town is a typical Apulian gem replete with quaint narrow streets, pretty squares, interesting houses, and a picturesque harbor. The walking tour will take you to visit the small Castle, which is set in a very picturesque square. The homes and small buildings are charming. You will walk through an arch doorway that opens to the sea with a lovely walk along the harbor. This is a very cute castle and the best part of it is its view over the blue waters of Monopoli, with its characteristic village surroundings and fishermen's port. Then, you'll see the baroque cathedral dedicated to the Madonna della Madia protector of the town, an amazing basilica. Seemingly small, it turns out to be a huge cathedral with amazing ornaments from the inside. Very elaborately decorated with gold and a variety of marble in amazing colors. The number of side altars along both sides of the main auditorium are stunning. It's hard to imagine a more fantastic townscape: narrow alleys, arches, towering spires, a fort, old stone walls, light coming in from a dozen different directions, and a crystal clear swimming beach, right outside the gates. It's a photographic dream.

From Vieste: Private Pizzomunno Arches and Beaches Boat Tour

9. From Vieste: Private Pizzomunno Arches and Beaches Boat Tour

Sail the waters of the Gargano National Park among sea caves, natural arches, high cliffs, impressive stacks and beaches among the most famous of Puglia. Pizzomunno, Scialara beach, Portonuovo Island, Arco di San Felice, Baia di campi, Cala Sanguinara, Arco di Portogreco, Portopiatto, Baia di Pugnochiuso, cala della Pergola, Arco ricamato, Baia dei Gabbiani, Baia del Leone, Baia e faraglioni delle Zagare. Places full of history, legends and breath-taking natural charm, where the Mediterranean vegetation is the perfect background to the crystal-clear waters.

Vieste: Guided Walking Tour

10. Vieste: Guided Walking Tour

Discover why the village of Vieste is such a popular destination for travellers and locals alike. The guided tour will start from the historic center and course the typical alleys dotted with classic white houses that overlook the sea. Visit the cathedral built in the eleventh century and dedicated to St. Maria Assunta in one of the highest part of town. See the exteriors of the Swabian castle that is currently used by the Italian Navy.  Be enthralled by the sights of the surrounding mountains, the incredible sandy beaches and sea caves. Admire the Pizzomunno rock, a 25 meter high symbol of the town closely linked to a local legend of love. Hear of the beautiful poem-song about the love story of the young fisherman Pizzomunno transformed into stone by the jealous sirens of a girl he loved, the beautiful Cristalda. See the historical trebuchets and ancient fishing installations that have in recent years been refurbished and are now used for tourist activities.

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What people are saying about Apulia

I went on the boat excursion with my husband and 3 children (ages 12, 8 and 8). They absolutely loved jetting over the waves and going top speeds in the open water. Seeing the caves and swimming in two locations was the highlight for my husband and I. Local snacks and wine was a nice treat too.

Very nice trip on a very nice boat. Vito is an enthusiastic and funny guide, I would definitely book this trip once again. Thanks for the great experience!!

It was amazing! Much better than lay down on the beach or the boat trip. We had time to dive in the caves and we had a lot of fun!

A fun and interesting activity Some difficulties in finding your balance on the wavelets, but a striking spectacle in the caves!

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