Bari, Southern Italy
Sitting pretty on the Adriatic coast, Bari is an alternative holiday destination which is full to the brim with culture. Liverpool John Lennon Airport are pleased to announce a brand new route with Ryanair to this flourishing Italian port, set to start just in time for summer 2017. Offering endless sightseeing scenes and all the fresh seafood you can wish for, plan your trip to Bari with travel starting from April.
Why you should go
Whether you’re looking to explore the old streets or simply take in the salty air at the harbour, Bari is a unique location you should find time for. As a famous university town, Bari is rapidly moving with the times, offering an array of upcoming activities for all those who visit. Whether you’re visiting to discover Bari itself, or passing through on the way to tourist havens such as Puglia, the rustic streets throughout the city are worth a wander.
Considered as compact yet vibrant, Bari is a must for culture vultures and history buffs. Sightseeing is second to none, with the Basilica San Nicola and Citta Vecchia topping the list of things to do. For a taste of ‘real’ Italy, head to Piazza del Ferrarese where you can immerse yourself in the culture of the city, as well as being spoilt for choice in terms of bars and cafés! One of the favoured ways to see all the sights is on a bike tour, so sit back, relax and take it all in.
We can’t talk about Bari without mentioning its excellence in gastronomy. Being a stone’s throw away from the sea, Bari is often recognised for its seafood and fish offering, which is the core ingredient for many restaurant dishes. Whether it’s mussels in their shells or prawns, cuttlefish and octopus, when combined with Italian rice or potatoes, be prepared to taste something extra special.
When you should go
Although Bari is a stunning looking seaside city at any time of year, the best time to visit and take in all its glory is during spring or autumn. Summer temperatures can reach up to 26 degrees, so if you fancy trying to catch some rays, we’d recommend you go in July and August.
Where you should stay
No matter your preference or budget, there’s plenty of choice in terms of places to stay in Bari but B&Bs tend to be popular amongst visitors. As well as Bari Centrale, many people choose to stay in nearby areas such as Fiera del Levante, Torrente Picone and Polignano a Mare.
Although Bari could be considered as a hidden gem itself, there’s plenty of alternative things to do on your trip such as:
El Chiringuito – Nestled right by the fish market, this charming bar offers both stunning views of the city, as well as a relaxed atmosphere to drink Peroni and panzerotti. Head down during the summer and you might be treated to the sound of bongo drums.
Impact Beach, Torre Quetta – If you’re looking to try your luck at windsurfing or kitesurfing, try this beach location on the southern coast of Bari. It’s fairly untouched by tourists, so consider this a true hidden gem.
Teatro Margherita – For classical music lovers, the Teatro Margherita is a great way to experience this genre of music in Italian. This beautiful, art nouveau setting is definitely a great way to spend one of your evenings in the city.
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