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Between sea and history: Porto Ghiacciolo


When nature and history intersect: the fantastic cove at the foot of an ancient Monopoli Abbey


Sea beaches Puglia MonopoliNature, as we know, always gives us indescribable emotions that are difficult to discuss, but when history and nature intersect, a fascinating place is born!

A clear example is this beach in Monopoli , in the province of Bari (about half an hour by car) , renamed Porto Ghiacciolo .
This cove, among the many wonderful ones in Monopoli , is not very large but has two characteristics that make it particularly special: first of all, its clear sea and quite cold compared to that of other beaches (hence the name Porto Icicolo, even though it is of a pleasant water temperature) but above all its location since this crystalline sea rises at the foot of an ancient structure, the Abbey of Santo Stefano (or castle of Santo Stefano), a building built in 1086 and which In medieval times it had the task of defending the coast of the ancient city of Monopoli.

In light of the above, this place today is an undisputed destination for many citizens and tourists who want to spend an unusual day in a particularly beautiful and evocative context. The color and transparency of the water, combined with the fascinating castle located on the side of the beach , create a unique and probably unrepeatable atmosphere.

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However, there is no shortage of healthy fun; Porto Ghiacciolo , in fact, boasts a small lido located on the opposite side of the ancient building from which it is possible to rent sunbeds or enjoy tasty drinks and food (with some Apulian ) in the company of cheerful background music.
The only flaw in this splendid corner of the coast of Monopoli is that being very small it is extremely difficult to find a place, which is why it is advisable, if you decide to opt for this beach , to go to the sea as soon as possible to be able to take advantage of the free area or of the part reserved for the lido (even the sunbeds at the lido are snapped up) .

Caves port icicle beach Monopoli Another note worth mentioning, especially for adventurers , concerns the historic fortress of Porto Ghiacciolo and the surrounding area; if you enter from the sea towards the Abbey you will find small and suggestive caves where you can breathe the magical air of this place and perhaps take a souvenir photo. So if you find yourself near Monopoli , or simply want to leave from Bari towards this fantastic location, Porto Ghiacciolo is one of those places that will remain in your memory the most, both for the crystal clear sea and for this elegant historic structure on the coast.
What do you think, does this beach deserve your attention?
I would say yes.

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