A Leisure Cycling trip in Puglia

 


 

This Puglia cycling holiday is an ideal way to explore Italy by bike. Apulia (Italina name: Puglia) is bordered by the sea on two sides (the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast). The region is characterized by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. The charm of this cycling tour, is that it leads you into a region of scenic beauty, which is; by today’s standards, still unspoiled by the unattractive aspects 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 explore both the Ionian and Adriatic coastlines before heading deep into the salentinian countryside. Parts of this trip go through World Heritage sites and you cycle through the town of Lecce – known as the Florence of the South.

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

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

This self guided cycling tour encompasses everything you would need from a bike tour, with magnificent scenery, beautiful and historic towns, and great food and wine.

Dates

Departures between 01/04 - 31/10/2018

Price - £850

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

Day 2 – From Matera to Alberobello (69 km)

Todays 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 restored farmhouse.

Day 3 – Ostuni “the White” (45 km)

Cycling trough 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 white walls and its typically 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’s Castle and delightful historic centre. We continue cycling through the countryside to a Masseria, a typical Apulian converted farmhouse, and our accommodation for the night.

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

Today your route will pass through Porto Selvaggio and skirt 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 a bit more difficultt with a few short hills. Cycling to Otranto, the route will take you to the wildest and eastern 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 walking in the city centre. 

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast and end of services.

 

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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