If you saw my post last week, you will know that I rather excitingly won a weekend away to Bari on the southern coast of Italy with Wizz Air. Literally one of the most exciting things to happen to me!
It was part of a huge PR stunt, which chartered a mystery flight from London Luton Airport to the Unknown, and none of us knew where we were going until we landed. Mega exciting!
That blog post was mainly focused on the excitement and process of The Trip to The Unknown, so I thought I’d do a follow up post to talk more about the top things to do in Bari.
Bari is a pretty sleepy little town – beautifully quaint with cobbled streets, wide open squares, ornate churches, stretches of sea side promenade and a small sandy beach. You could pretty much experience it all within half a day, or a full day if you want to go and explore inside the churches and the fort.
There are a few shops if that’s your thing (including a Sephora!) and there’s plenty of cafes and restaurants to keep you well satisfied during your trip. The train station in town also easily connects you to some of the famously picturesque towns of Puglia, like Polignano a Mare and Alberobello (and in hindsight I wish we’d gone to explore these too – next time!)
As it was though we were very content spending an extremely leisurely couple of days just wandering, soaking up the sunshine, and spending a lot of time chatting and chilling.
Here are the seven top things you have to do when you visit Bari
1) Basilica di San Nicola– this church is simply beautiful inside, has been visited by the Pope, and we witnessed two weddings while we were there – a great insight into Italian culture.
2) Eat all the sweet treats – well you can’t go to Italy without trying the gelato can you? We also ate the biggest and most decadent cannoli I’ve ever had, and Bari is also famous for it’s Nutella pizza. Well, it would be rude not to!
3) Walk the city walls– gorgeous views of the city and the coast from a high vantage, with some beautiful colourful houses. Perfect Instagram opportunities! Check out more of my fave Instagram spots in Bari here.
4) Try the seafood – being a port town, Bari is famous for its seafood. We had some of the nicest grilled king prawns I’ve ever had (and I’ve had A LOT) at Pizzeria Alleggre, just off the Main Square, Piazza Mercantile. There’s an excellent seafood restaurant on the Square itself too – Black and White – but unfortunately we couldn’t get a table!
5) Look up! Bari has one of the most wonderful collection of window boxes and decorations I’ve ever seen! Flowers, colourful windmills, ornate balconies and even some floating teacups – Bari is as beautiful above the warm toned cobbles as it is at street level.
6) Go to the beach – Bari’s beach is quite small, but it is there – the sand is golden and the sea is warm. I really wished we’d packed our swimming things as the water was crystal clear and the perfect place to cool down on a hot day. It’s sheltered by bars of rock out to sea, so it’s nice and calm and not too deep – perfect for swimmers of all ages and abilities. We had a nice little paddle in the sea then went for a drink at the beach bar. Dreamy.
7) Mercantile Nove Cafe – our favourite spot to sit and chill, we came here at least once a day. The staff are friendly, it’s on the corner of the main square so far enough from the tackier places but close enough to still watch the hustle and bustle. Plus the food is EPIC! They also have a sister restaurant next door which also does insanely good paninis to take away.