The outline of a castle and ancient walls announce the beautiful town of Monopoli, which overlooks the Adriatic Sea 40 km (25 miles) from Bari.
The town’s 99 contrade (districts) stretch out flatly, allowing you to admire them entirely with a single glance from the splendid belvedere of Loggia del Pilato. This natural terrace, on the road to Selva di Fasano, overlooks a countryside characterized by masserie (farmsteads), churches, rupestrian settlements, and villas.
The symbol of the town is the Castello Carlo V (Castle of Charles V), which stands on the promontory of Punta Penna, and today hosts exhibitions and conferences. You’ll find well conserved and carefully restored masserie in the heart of the marina, as well as in the low-lying hills and flat interior. Also in the countryside is the Lama degli Ulivi Botanical Garden with its caves, rupestrian churches, and more than 2,000 species of Mediterranean flora.
Local celebrations include the festivities held to honour the patron saints Cosmas and Damian on the first weekend in June, and the re-enactment of the landing of the raftcarrying the statue of the Madonna della Madia, on August 14th and December 16th.
Information of the website www.viaggiareinpuglia.it