Discover the delights of a vacation or a day visit to Monopoli here with all the facts and options for a day trip or holiday. The town has a small historic quarter centred around the castle with the rest of the population (about 48,000) spread out along the coast in the modern town.
Monopoli is located in the province of Bari (Apulia Region) just 45 minutes drive (approx. 30 miles) south east of the city and airport of the same name and just under an hours journey (45 miles) from the other Puglia airport of Brindisi, both via the E55 coastal dual carriageway, allowing easy access for foreign visitors.
With plenty of unspoilt coast, clear blue seas and the beautiful countryside given over to mainly olive production, orchards and almond trees, it is easy to understand why Italian tourists arrive in droves during the summer, festivals and holidays. There are over 2 dozen sandy beaches dotted along the 8 miles of this part of the coast and many other bathing opportunities from the low lying rocks.
For history buffs you will find plenty to interest you as the town has been under the rule of the Norman, Byzantine, Swabian, Venice, Spain, Austria, Naples before finally become part of the Kingdom of Italy, all leaving their mark in the area, plus Roman and bronze age settlements can be seen locally.