Puglia by beach | Monopoli city beaches

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Monopoli is often referred to as Puglia’s seaside town. Although there are many others all around Puglia’s coast, Monopoli does have a number of small, but popular, city beaches within walking distance of the old town. These are mainly rocky coves and shelves with some sandy spots sandwiched in between them.

Sitting below the old town’s defensive sea wall is Cala Porta Vecchia.

Spiaggia Cala Porta Vecchia, Monopoli town beach | Photo copyright © the Puglia Guys for the Big Gay Podcast from Puglia guides to Puglia, Italy’s top gay summer destination
Cala Porta Vecchia

Lido Bianco is a very small sandy public beach a few minutes walk away. Nearby restaurants and bars provide the facilities (there are restaurants on either side).

Lido Bianco, Monopoli. Photo copyright © the Puglia Guys for the Big Gay Podcast from Puglia. Puglia city and beach guides.
Lido Bianco, Monopoli (May)

Cala Porto Rosso is another small sandy cove, about a 10 minute walk from the old town. Cala Porto Rosso is a public beach. Facilities are found in nearby bars and restaurants. The Red Beach Bar sits alongside for food and drink.

Porto Rosso, Monopoli, beach. Photo copyright © the Puglia Guys for the Big Gay Podcast from Puglia. Puglia city and beach guides.
Porto Rosso (July)
Porto Rosso, Monopoli, beach. Photo copyright © the Puglia Guys for the Big Gay Podcast from Puglia. Puglia city and beach guides.
Porto Rosso (July)
Porto Rosso, Monopoli, beach. Photo copyright © the Puglia Guys for the Big Gay Podcast from Puglia. Puglia city and beach guides.
Porto Rosso (July)

The beach section will be crowded all summer long. Bathers spill over onto the surrounding rocks. But either side of summer the beach will be much calmer.

Porto Rosso, Monopoli, beach. Photo copyright © the Puglia Guys for the Big Gay Podcast from Puglia. Puglia city and beach guides.
Porto Rosso (May)
Porto Rosso, Monopoli, beach. Photo copyright © the Puglia Guys for the Big Gay Podcast from Puglia. Puglia city and beach guides.
Porto Rosso (May)

Spiaggia di Porto Verde | A tiny cove popular with locals.

Cala Paradiso | By spiaggia di Porto Verde but with a little more room. Part public beach, part beach club with some facilities during the peak season. It’s 2km from the old town – about a 20 minute walk.

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