Monopoli – Polignano a Mare – Bari – Vieste – Termoli
The port of Monopoli is very well protected from all winds.
You can berth in the marina on mooring lines or go alongside Molo Margherita in the center of town which is an even more charming option.
Piazza Palmieri is the restaurant we would like to recommend, it serves traditional seafood dishes, definitely worth a try.
The distance from Monopoli to Polignano a Mare is 16,4 Nm. Be aware of fishing farms nets on your way and avoid them at a safe distance. You can anchor in front of Polignano a Mare, take a swim in the clear sea or just enjoy the amazing view of the beautiful caves and cliffs. Marina Cala Ponte is well protected from all winds and the best option for staying overnight. From Cala Ponte to the city center it is a fun option to use a tuk-tuk. The famous restaurant Grotta Palazzese unfortunately was a huge disappointment for us, the service was arrogant and unfriendly, the food was ok, the prices very high. However, it is one of the most romantic restaurants we have ever seen.
Da Tuccino in our view is a much better option, a beautiful restaurant with absolutely fresh fish and a friendly atmosphere.
From Polignano a Mare to Bari the distance is 19,3 Nm. Be aware of fishing farm nets on your way and avoid them at a safe distance. You can stay overnight in Marina Ranieri located in the commercial port, safe from all winds but not very attractive. The old town of Bari is very nice and worth a visit. Besides the historic sights we recommend to walk through Strada Arco Basso where Orechiette (typical pasta of Bari) are made on the street. Our personal highlight was an Orechiette-cooking class in the kitchen of a local grandmom. If you have the time visiting the cities of Matera and Alberolbello is an absolute must!
The distance from Bari to Vieste is 45Nm. Marina Vieste is well protected from all winds and a good base to explore the town. Vieste Vecchia is a medieval village rising up on a cliff above the sea up to Punta San Franceso – definitely worth a visit. Once you are in Vieste you should also visit the little town of Peschici and reserve a table at Trabucco da Mimi. One of the best and most idyllic places we have been out to eat on this trip.
The distance from Bari to Termoli is 55 Nm. If you have enough time you can drop the anchor on the south side of Gargano peninsula and enjoy one of the beautiful secluded beaches. In Termoli we recommend to stay overnight in Marina di San Pietro for refueling, provisioning and doing your customs formalities for leaving Italian waters, if required.