Apulia is one of the larger regions in Italy being very long in length, stretching some 405 km down to the Salento peninsula (Il Salento). The Gargano and the Salento peninsulas are known for their beaches and scenery. In the interior, the cities of Lecce and Martina Franca are of note. Along the coast, Polignano a Mare is stunning.
This was one of our destinations on our 2005 Italy Trip.
Hotel Covo Dei Saracreni
via Conversano, 1/1A
70044 Polignano A Mare
This is a hotel you will remember. We stayed here in 2005, and booked room #309 which has a large patio overlooking the sea and the old town centre on the opposite cliffs. In this room you even have slippers and a house coat waiting for you!
There is ample parking for your car in the lot right beside the hotel. The hotel is a short two minute walk from the gateway to the old historic centre of the town.
The old historic section of Polignano a Mare is perched on cliffs overlooking the sea.
While the hotel is at the top of our list of Great Places to stay, we can't recommend eating in their restaurant.
We ate once in the hotel restaurant. Most of our dishes went back to the kitchen hardly touched. It is not only that we did not enjoy the food, but the hotel restaurant staff did not adequately respond to our requests. A simple request to have the shell of scampi removed is typically promptly accommodated. Here we were refused.
But don't worry, there are other great places to eat in the town.
L'Osteria di Chichibio
largo Gelso, 12
Polignano A Mare
Tel: 080 4240488
Well after we decided we should go out for dinner in Polignano A Mare, we thought it may be hard to find L'Osteria di Chichibio. Not so. It is just around the corner from the Covo Dei Saraceni.
As we sat down we liked what we saw. The tables were set with colourful ceramic dishes, the osteria kept filling up, there was music at a good volume, a buzz in the air and we made the very good decision to start with the house anti pasto. The food was all very good and no fuss made when we only ordered pastas with no other plates to follow. This is a restaurant that you should check out when in Polignano. It deserves its two-fork Michelin rating.
More information is on their Web Site .
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