Cycling Holidays in Puglia

 


 

Our cycling holidays in Puglia are an ideal way to explore Italy by bike.

Apulia, known as Puglia in Italian, is bordered by the sea on two sides - the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast. The region is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and verdant vineyards. The charm of this cycling tour is that it leads you into a region of scenic beauty, which is remains unspoiled by the ravages of tourism.

Heralded as the new Tuscany, Puglia is fast becoming Italy’s fashionable heel. An architectural jewel with dwellings carved directly into ravines and gullies, and white washed baroque towns, you’ll explore both the Ionian and Adriatic coastlines before heading deep into the Salentinian countryside. Parts of this trip go through World Heritage sites, before riding through the town of Lecce – known as the Florence of the South.

Fishing boats pull up in ancient harbours where locals eat the daily catch in tiny restaurants, along with delicacies such as succulent mozzarella, stuffed zucchini, cured meats, and crunchy refreshing fennel.

Greek sailors saw this place as being "lit by the sun". Take a look at the azure sea, olive groves, vineyards and fields of golden grain, and you’ll see why.

This self guided cycling tour encompasses everything you want from a bike tour, with magnificent scenery, beautiful and historic towns, and scrumptious local delicacies.

Dates

Departures between 01/04 - 31/10/2018

Price - £850pp

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £195

Bike hire - £80

E-Bike Hire - £150

Improved Hotels - £340

 

Transfers

Transfers (min. 2 people, to be requested when booking the tour):

Bari Airport-Matera - £40

Lecce-Bari Airport - £90

Brindisi Airport-Matera - £75

Lecce-Brindisi Airport - £40

 

Trip Code

 

FERVIB

 

Rob's Highlights

  • The city of Matera

  • The white town of Ostuni

  • Francavilla Fontanas historic centre

  • Ionian coastline 

  • Gallipoli

  • Otranto

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Matera

Your cycling holiday in Puglia starts with your arrival to Matera. You are free to get settled at your hotel. Upon request you can have a guided walk, visiting the Sassi (ancient Matera districts) and the Park of Rupestrian Churches. Dinner takes place in a typical Sassi restaurant carved out in the Rock.

Day 2 – From Matera to Alberobello (69 km)

Today’s ride takes you through rolling hills and short climbs. You will cycle through the small villages of Gioia del Colle and Noci and on to Alberobello, before you reach the capital town of Trulloes, Alberobello, a UNESCO’s world heritage site. Accommodation is in a Trullo house or a stunningly restored local farmhouse.

Day 3 – Ostuni “the White” (45 km)

Cycling through the Selva forest near Fasano, you follow the Adriatic coast and reach Ostuni, which is an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its glimmering white walls and its traditional white-painted architecture.

Day 4 – Castles and farmhouses (55 km)

Cycling south through the quiet country lanes to the charming town of Francavilla Fontana and on to Oria, famous for its 13th century Castle and delightful historic centre. You continue cycling through the countryside to a Masseria, a typical Apulian converted farmhouse, and your accommodation for the night.

Day 5 – Gallipoli and the Ionian Coast (60 km)

Today your route passes through Porto Selvaggio and skirts the Ionian coast to reach Gallipoli, derived from the Greek word kalépolis, meaning “beautiful city.” Your hotel is located on the coast.

Day 6 – Far East (71 km)

Today the cycling in Puglia is bit more taxing with a few short hills. Cycling to Otranto, the route will take you to the wildest and most easterly rocky coast of Southern Italy. The sun and the atmosphere is unique, in a place where the Turks and Greeks landed centuries ago. Otranto has a wonderful centre, with walls and a castle. A masterpiece is the mysterious mosaic in the Romanesque Cathedral.

Day 7 – Lecce, the Baroque gem (45 km)

Cycling the last stage will take you to Lecce, the Baroque town with wonderful façade of buildings and churches. Taste a Puccia (local bread filled with salami or vegetables) or a Pasticciotto (delicious pastry), and enjoy shopping and taking in the sights of the city centre.

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast and departure.

 

Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.

Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

7 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

 

 

Flights

Bike Hire

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

Drinks

Local taxes

Entrance Fees

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

7 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Flights

Bike Hire

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

Drinks

Local taxes

Entrance Fees

Testimonial 

Thank you for all your help, we had a great time exploring Puglia. - S Carson

 

 

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