Looking for a culture-packed city break in 2021? Then Bari, situated on the gorgeous Adriatic Sea, with its eclectic mix of historic attractions and quirky nightlife, might be the perfect place for a holiday this year.
Bari is the vibrant capital of Puglia and it is regarded one of Italy’s most important cities. While the tourist-filled areas of Rome, Florence and Pisa keep increasing in popularity, this stunning destination is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Effortlessly photogenic, it makes for a laid-back getaway with a different. And, to sweeten the deal even more, think of the glorious Italian ice cream that awaits you.
What’s more, with quiet, picturesque towns like Ostuni and Matera surrounding the city, there’s more than enough to discover. Make your way through meandering streets, rolling landscapes lined with verdant olive groves and fragrant lemon trees. The surrounding region is filled with an array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with fascinating Italian culture to be found at every turn. Whether you’re heading off on a family break or you’re in search of a romantic getaway, you’re sure to love a holiday in Bari.
Why book Bari holidays
Top attractions to visit
Don’t miss out on the basilica of San Nicola and the cathedral church of San Sabino
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Walk along the alleyways of the atmospheric Bari Vecchia (Old Town)
Art & culture
Visit the ancient Castello or the magnificent theatre Teatro Petruzzelli
Greet the sunrise at Lungomare Nazario Sauro (Seafront Promenade)
Sample the cafe culture
For cafes and restaurants aplenty head to Piazza Mercantile!
Must-visit historical sites
Why not discover the ancient city of Egnazia just southeast of Bari?
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Your guide to Bari holidays
The city is split into two distinct halves, offering a welcome mix of old and new. The Old Town, or Vecchia Bari, is a symbol of the city’s medieval past, complete with narrow streets and Romanesque architecture. You’ll find some of Bari’s top attractions here, including the iconic Basilica. Hailing from the 11th century, this famous site is a wonder from the outside with its majestic adornments and Romanesque features. Better yet, inside are the remains of Saint Nicholas, or Father Christmas as he is better known.
While there are numerous religious buildings in and around Bari, you’ll want to head to its main squares first – Piazza del Ferrarese and Piazza Mercantile. These pretty squares host the most stunning architecture, set amid charming coffee shops and restaurants. Sit in one of the squares and enjoy people-watching while sipping on an authentic Italian coffee.
If you’d rather explore Bari’s modern side, head to the other side of town. Built at the start of the 19th century, it’s a world away from the Old Town’s ancient streets. You’ll find a vibrant shopping district with enough options to suit the most discerning shopper, alongside a pleasant promenade boasting an enticing array of bars and restaurants.
If you crave a bit of time by the sea alongside your city break, Bari is your best bet. While the area doesn’t have big-name stretches of sand to land your beach towel, there’s a pleasant beach located just a ten minute drive from the city centre. A mix of golden sand and shingle, Pane e Pomodoro beach is perfect for tourists looking to escape the bustle of the city for the day – although it can get quite busy during the summer months.
Heading further out, you’ll find a few beaches in neighbouring resorts. Trani, Barletta and Bisclegie, located just north of Bari, offer a number of white sandy beaches with unbeatable views out to sea. Some even have water sports available, so why not try your hand at parasailing, snorkeling and even banana boating?
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Prices last checked at 14:30 24 January 2021