The Port network of the Southern Adriatic Sea gathers together the Ports of Bari, Brindisi, Manfredonia, Barlettaand Monopoliall along the west Adriatic coast of Italy. The five-port infrastructure includes 10 cruise quays of approximately 3.3km of total quay length, connected to the rail and road network and served by two major international airports. Bari and Brindisi are both turnaround ports homeports with a modern and fully equipped Cruise Terminal, close to the heart of the City. Among the two major ports, the centralised position of Monopoli’s port – a small port of call –is advantageous and offers an added navigational approach with its historical area along the southern Adriatic sea port system. Manfredonia, located on the Gargano National Park slopes, offers spectacular coves and sea caves, golden beaches and crystal clear sea. Both the above mentioned main ports can accommodate cruise vessels up to 330mtr with a maximum draught of 12mtr.

Offering a mild climate throughout the year in Puglia, these Southern Ports are the best hotspots in the Adriatic and Mediterranean cruise itineraries. A wide range of more than 10 cruise routes and contrasting excursion options, a great collection of gothic churches, Romanesque abbeys and Medieval castles listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage, together with the world- wide famous Trulli, Castellana Grottoes and Sassi and Rupestrian Churches of Matera (2019 European Capital of Culture) between the seashore and low olive–clad hills along 250km of coastline. Extensive sporting and leisure facilities with two 18–hole golf courses, horse riding, scuba diving, waterskiing. Culinary treats in the aromatic food and fish markets, local wine and olive oil tasting, cooking shows and presentations in the land of extra virgin olive oil. The newly born Port System Authority is working together with the Apulian Airports so as to offer fly & cruise services.

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