Cala Monachile

Cala Monachile

Charming free beach in Polignano a Mare

Cala Monachile, Polignano a Mare

Located in the middle of the city centre of Polignano a Mare, the charming free small beach of Cala Monachile or Lama Monachile is wrapped up by two magnificent rocky cliffs.

This characteristic shape makes this one of the best places in Puglia, definitely!

Cala Monachile is very famous for its charm. But, mostly because this bay – featured by a lot of white, rounded pebbles – gives an amazing, clear, turquoise, and pristine sea.

This little beach gets every year the national blue flag indeed, which means here there’s a perfect sea.

  • The cliff at Cala Monachile | Polignano a Mare | Puglia
  • A detail of Cala Monachile | Polignano a Mare | Puglia
  • Sunset at Cala Monachile | Polignano a Mare | Puglia
  • A romantic couple at Cala Monachile | Polignano a Mare | Puglia
  • Cala Monachile | Polignano a Mare | Puglia

The location and the Roman bridge

Cala Monachile or Lama Monachile is situated in one of the natural geological water crack, typical of the Puglia’s karst territory.

Indeed this area, as well as the entire Apulian coastline, is full of caves that are very interesting if you’re a lover of geological and natural matters.

Anyway, Cala Monachile is one of the main attractive places of Polignano a Mare.

The view of Cala Monachile is enjoyable from the Roman bridge behind the bay.

The Roman bridge is located just on the natural crack and comes across the historic Via Traiana.

a wide view of Cala Monachile in Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Bari area
veduta notturna della scogliera di polignano a mare illuminata dalle stelle e dalle sue caratteristiche luci
una turista scata una foto ricordo dalla balconata di lama monachile a polignano a mare
Una foto aerea di Polignano a Mare, Puglia, al tramonto
polignano a mare in una vista perpendicolare dall'alto che mostra la scogliera e la spiaggia di cala monachile

The romantic town of Polignano a Mare

Actually, it’s almost expected that the incredible panorama of Cala Monachile was located in the beautiful, stunning, and terrific town of Polignano a Mare.

Maybe you don’t know yet, but it is something you cannot forget easily.

Polignano a Mare is the romantic town par excellence of Puglia, at least so far.

Citizens work together every day to keep it colourful, romantic, and clean to give the best appearance of Polignano and increase tourism.

In fact, people decorate their own places with colourful flowers and they keep the streets tidy and clean.

Then, there’s a Poet who, inspired by the sea and the beautiful narrow streets, started to write poems all around the town.

Walls, stairs, often walking through the streets of Polignano a Mare you’ll meet romantic and evocative poems.

gli splendidi colori di lama monachile a Polignano a Mare durante una giornata d'estate
la grande scogliera di polignano a mare vista da sotto l'arco della grotta piana
una veduta aerea dal drone della scogliera di polignano a mare illuminata dal sole dell'alba
mare in burrasca sulla scogliera di polignano a mare in puglia
An amazing pic made by Roberto during a storm

Facilities and The Red Bull Cliff Diving

All around Cala Monachile and actually in the whole Polignano a Mare, there’re a lot of restaurants, pizzeria, wine bars, and nightclubs.

Here you’ll have some tasty local food and wine and, obviously, a lot of fun. Furthermore, this little town is also fully equipped with high-quality accommodations for your holidays.

Concluding, every year, since ten years ago, Cala Monachile hosts a great sports competition: the Red Bull Cliff Diving.

During the Red Bull Final World Series, the best divers worldwide face each other diving from one of the most significant locations in Europe.

The cliff of Polignano a Mare from a drone view

Further information

Enjoying this small pebbly beach is free of charge, even during the Red Bull Cliff Diving, but remember, we said “small” so, only a limited number of people can enjoy the competition from the bay.

For more info about the sports competition visit the proper web site.

Then, if you would like to plan a tour at Polignano a Mare, please contact the Tourist Info Point directly by the contact area below.

Otherwise, visit the Municipality official web site.

Get in touch

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Info Points nearby

Polignano a Mare

Info point City Centre
Via Martiri di Dogali, 2
Tel. +39 080 4252336


Info point Airport
Arrival Area
Tel. +39 080 5361350

Info point City Centre
Piazza del Ferrarese, 29
Tel. +39 080 5242244

Cala Monachile - Lama Monachile | 70044 Polignano a Mare (BA)


The tale of the Two Sisters

Traveling on the Apulian Adriatic coastline, in a few km from Lecce city, you’ll reach the marine area of Torre dell’Orso and the most famous Two Sisters Beach | ita: Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle.

  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia

Are you curious to know something about that singular name?

Well, there is a nice and a bit sad tale behind the Two Sisters Beach | ita: Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle. This gives the location a huge air of mystery.

This marine area is very fascinating. Reachable walking through a little Mediterranean Maquis forest, under the cliffs there’s a sandy beach 800 meters long.

Slight white sand, clear turquoise seawater, warm enchanting sun, everything in the same stunning place.

But probably you’re still thinking about the tale, so, I’m going to tell the story.

The tale of the Sisters

« The tale says that once upon a time, two young sisters were living in the Salento area. They were very hard workers, and they had never seen the magnificence of the sea.

One day, to counteract the hot summer, they went toward the seaside for the first time. Well, they were so much fascinated by the amazing view they got there that the younger one dived from the cliff into the water. At that point, the eldest sister tried to save her, but it was too late.

They couldn’t get back to the shore. The Gods, looking at them: alone, desperate, and cute, decided to turn them into two beautiful rocky stacks in the middle of the sea.

A fisherman, while walking nearby, just saw two rocks rise from the sea. Since that day, the beach is known as Two Sisters Beach. »

The tale is very magical but a bit sad, and once there, it’s really hard to don’t get emotional.

Then, the clear seawater just completes the landscape.

Two Sisters Beach and Torre Dell’Orso

The Two Sisters Beach| ita: Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | is located in the marine area of MelendugnoTorre dell’Orso. For the sake of completeness, we have to say that also this name has got a charming little story.

In this case, the name Torre dell’Orso, which literally means Bear Tower, derives from the sighting tower by the sea.

Then, on the cliff under the tower, there’s a rock shaped like a bear by the erosion.

  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia

One day trip

If you want to get a fantastic and cool experience traveling on the Adriatic coastline, start your trip having a good breakfast in Lecce.

We advise you to ask for a pasticiotto and a caffè leccese: you’ll love them from here to the moon and back!

Then, drive from Lecce to Roca Vecchia village, where the amazing Poetry Cave | ita: Grotta della Poesia | awaits you for a nice dive.

After that, run towards the Two Sisters Beach | ita: Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | to get a relaxing swim into one of the most beautiful seas of Puglia.

In the end, reach Torre Sant’Andrea to admire the stunning view of The Sea Stacks of Sant’Andrea | ita: I Faraglioni di Sant’Andrea .

But if you have still time, don’t miss the weird landscape of the Bauxite Cave | ita: Cava di Bauxite | quite close to Otranto.

You can easily do this little itinerary on a one day trip. From the morning to the night on the southern Adriatic coastline of Puglia.

We did it and you find an article about our Road Trip in Salento on the blog!

Would you like to start your trip? Enjoy your One day trip to Salento!

Click on the map below to directly get the direction.

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