Looking to explore Bari, and discover the whole stretch of a very enticing coastal city? You can be sure to expect some of the most thrilling views of the Adriatic Sea, enjoy some delicious local cuisine and marvel at the stunning architectural works found here. It’s therefore, a good idea to consider moving around this tourist city in a car rental. Whether looking for a short vacation or even a longer break, this city is the ultimate choice for you.
Bari is a city located in southern Italy. If you are looking forward to visiting Bari, you probably fall into either of two camps – short or long trips. Firstly, this delightful Italian city can make a very nice destination for your weekend. You can also opt for a road trip, of course, using a rental car here. Whichever camp you fall into, there are a number of things you may need to know about this city. This includes where to eat, the best sporting activities here, some good historical sites and perhaps the best sandy beaches around Bari’s coastline. Major cities near Bari include Napoli, Foggia, Andria.
Like most of the small cities in Puglia, the majority of what interests visitors here lies within the walls of the old city. The narrow-stone lined streets, the beautiful shuttered windows and, of course, the wrought-iron balconies are the first sights that meet you. If you are looking to have some fun, you can make good use of your camera and capture some of the best scenes Bari has to offer. You perhaps can even consider some sunset videos, too. Below are some of the attractions that you should have at the top on your list.
Are you a fan of seafood? If yes, then Bari is a place you perhaps should consider visiting. Here, you get fresh seafood, straight from the sea. Every single day over the lunch hour, fishermen return to the shores with their daily haul. Tables are set up upon the seashore and it’s time for some good seafood feasting. Whether you love oysters, calamari, mussels, octopus, prawns or even sea urchins, there’s something for everyone, plus a plate goes for about 5€. Don’t forget to add some Italian bread to your dish too.
Love riding bikes? If so, then you can head on a bike tour too. Usually, you can cover the Bari Vecchia coast in about two hours. Along the route you can visit major landmark sites, numerous local beaches, and the famous fish market. You also will have a chance to get a taste of lots of local treats. If bike riding isn’t your cup of tea, you can opt for a Ferrari ride along the coast too. With this, you get the most spectacular views of Bari and the entire coastline.
Once you have landed in Bari, there are a number of tourist sites you can explore using a rental car. However, there are several factors to consider. Firstly, you may need to get a good hotel for the time you will be around. The good thing is that most hotels are located around town. Once you got a proper boarding facility, a rental car and perhaps a guide, you can set the ball rolling. Ever heard of San Nicola basilica? This is one of the places you simply should not miss out anytime you visit Bari.
San Nicola basilica is located 12.8 km from Bari Town centre. With the normal Bari traffic, you can take up to 30 minutes. Further, you will need to pay some entrance fees once you get to the basilica. Usually, the fee is about 5€. You also may need to note that entrance hours are 7 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 7 am to 6 pm on weekends. So, what’s very interesting about San Nicola basilica? Well, this is an ancient Roman town built at around 1080 AD and is a preserve of the relics of St Nicolas.
Another destination that you have at the top of your list once you land in Bari is Castello Svevo. If you are boarding a facility within the town, it will take you only 12 minutes to get to Castello Svevo. It’s about 3 km if you use the Via de Rossi. If you find the route not conducive, you can try the Lungomare Imperatore Augusto route – 4 km.
You also can opt to drive your rental car down to Lungomare Nazario Sauro. It’s just 1.5 kilometres from town. It’s a journey full of pure sightseeing. This stunning coastal promenade stretches about 1 km. It starts from the main harbour running for 1000 metres all the way to the Parco per Cani. We must admit that this seaside has just got a lot to offer apart from the usual walking around and taking snapshots. Lungomare Nazario Sauro is a perfect place to set back, relax and enjoy the Mediterranean sunset.
One thing about Bari that makes it stand out from the crowd is the large number of airports you can access it through. The main airport here is Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport. The airport lies approximately 8 kilometres northwest of the town centre. The Airport is named after Pope John Paul II, who was born Karol Wojtyła. This airport is also known as Palese Airport. Some rental taxi companies available here include Europcar, Sixt and Budget. Some of the most popular flights departing from Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, are routes to Milan, Munich and Budapest.
The other airport you can consider if you are travelling to Bari is Brindisi Airport. You might have to note that the airport is located about 100 km from Bari. This means that you will have to drive all the way from Brindisi Airport to Bari if you decide to use this option. Well, it doesn’t break a bone driving all the way, considering the beauty of the countryside too. Available rental car companies include Avis, Gold Car and Firefly Car Rental.
Bari City is individually served by one airport – Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport. If you are looking to explore the different sceneries around Bari, you can take a rental car and drive yourself around the town. Alternatively, you can use the services of a local driver to give yourself enough time to explore the city’s surroundings. Whichever way you choose, be sure to enjoy this old age Italian town to the fullest.
Just like many other European towns, Bari may sometimes have traffic snarl-ups from time to time, more so in the mornings and late evenings. Well, they are not often a bother since they are always sorted as soon as they happen. You can take a look at Google Maps or local map providers to help you settle down on the route to take. Some routes may have lesser traffic but be a little bit longer.
While in Bari, you should be cautious with the speeds you do, mainly around town. You can only do a top speed of 30 miles per hour within the town. Flouting this can land you a speeding ticket. Furthermore, in case you want to park your car while in Bari, there are a few things to note, such as parking zone colours and time zones. Blue means space has been paid for, yellow is for people with disabilities, and white signifies free parking. You are expected to pay parking fees from Monday to Saturday between 8:30 am to 8:30 pm.
More so, there are 4 different parking zones. For Zone A the fee is 2€ per hour while that for Zone B, C, and D is 1€ per hour. Moreover, one thing that the management of Bari has invested in is standard roads. You don’t need to worry too much about potholes. You also won’t bump into clogged drainages or even waste pipes being emptied on the roadside. With these insights in hand, you can be sure to tour Bari any time of the year and have some precious moments that will last a lifetime!