The quaint and ancient fishing village of Monopoli, with its white-washed stone buildings and sculptured churches, is around 30km south of Bari in Puglia in Italy’s famous Apulia region – on a map you will find it in Italy’s heel.
“Monos Polis” means singularly unique and what makes it so even today is its sensational coast line that hems the Apulian coast because hidden within are ribbons of sand that can be found hidden in small coves and the low limestone rocks.
Some are right in the city, others a little further out. Some have a beach club with umbrellas and sunbeds to rent, others are hidden and satisfyingly difficult to reach. The further away you move from the town the more the coves alternate between beautiful low cliffs and spectacular caves.
Here is a list of the 11 most beautiful beaches near Monopoli.
Monopoli Town: Cala Porta Vecchia
Cala Porta Vecchia is a small cove at the foot of the town’s sixteenth century fortified walls and from the historic centre it is the easiest beach to find. It is a strip of sand that flows under the ancient walls and has free access. It’s a very scenic location that has a lovely promenade too.
Monopoli Town: Cala Porto Bianco
The cove of Cala Porto Bianco is easily accessible from the road and from the cycle path. It is a small patch of sand hidden among the low rocks, with restaurants on both headlands. There is a bar is on the road facing the bay to satisfy your thirst.
Monopoli Town: Cala Porto Rosso
Cala Porto Rosso is a small free beach in south Monopoli, just after Cala Porto Bianco. Along the southern edge of the beach, there are large rock walls and a lawn where it is possible to stay and from where there is direct access to the sea. The water is high and cold and is served by is a nice little bar with music. The place is definitely cool.
Northern Monopoli: Carla Susca
Cala Susca is a very small but easily accessible cove. Around there is a long low rocky stretch where you can relax and sunbathe or go into the water.
Northern Monopoli: Carla Monaci
Cala Monaci and the Green Cave – another inlet accessible from the car park, this time from the north. The small beach is very easy to reach and there are several covered picnic tables above.
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Southern Monopoli: Calamarena
Calamarena is probably one of the best beaches on the southern coast of Monopoli, and the locals love it. Some describe this stretch of coastline are “intact” and “wild”.
Here you can enjoy crystal clear blue water, the sound of the sea away from the crowd, a spectacular view of the historical center of Monopoli but there are also sunbeds and umbrellas to rent and a bar with a menu of typical Apulian dishes. If you love simplicity and nature, this beach is for you.