Lama Monachile Beach, also known as Cala Porto, is a small public beach in Polignano a Mare, located near the historical center of the city. The beach, enclosed between two rocky walls, is probably the most photographed spot on the Apulian coast.
The beach is about 40 meters wide and is made entirely of pebbles. The water is very clear, but the beach doesn’t get too much sunshine during the day, due to the high cliffs flanking it.
Lama Monachile has a Blue Flag certification and, since 2008, the beach and the nearby waters are the scene of the Red Bull Cliff Diving competition.
HOW TO GET THERE
The beach is located about 800 meters away from the Polignano a Mare train station, or about 12 minutes on foot. From the train station, walk along Viale delle Rimembranze, make left on Via Pompeo Sarnelli and, when you reach Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, search the staircase which leads to the beach, located near the Bridge of Lama Monachile.