Puglia Cycling Holiday

Puglia Cycling Holiday

Most of us know Puglia for it’s trulli houses and Bari, port for the Greek Island ferries. But few venture further south and yet Puglia’s lower province, the Salento peninsula is pretty special. On the Puglia Cycling Holiday discover a region full of southern Italian ebullience and a strong mix of culture and tradition. Italians love Salento, Italy’s southern most region bordering the Adriatic sea in the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast. They love it for it’s great weather, beautiful countryside and idyllic beaches.

This is Italy’s best kept secret for outstanding cycling. From Otranto, crossroads of culture, to the whitewashed houses of Ostuni reaching towards the rich blue sea; from the memorable conical roofs of the “Trulli” in Alberobello to the enchanting white sand beaches near Gallipoli, enjoy superlative rides coastal roads with views that make you fall in love.

Highlights of the Puglia Cycling Holiday

  • Lecce, the stunning Baroque city of southern Italy
  • Beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise sea
  • Visit breath-taking caves
  • All the coasts of Salento
  • Traces of ancient pilgrimages
  • Workplaces from the past
  • Local stories and legends
  • Castles, abbeys and old towers

Puglia Cycling Holiday

Puglia Cycling Holiday Overview

Season: Every day from 24.03 to 28.07 and from 03.09 to 03.11.2018
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Accommodation: Good quality hotels.
Levels Of Difficulty: Moderately easy. Total Distance 283km
Fitness:Mostly flat with wavy lines.
This Puglia tour is suitable to anyone with a minimum of training to the bicycle. The daily mileage goes from 30 to 55 daily kilometers with programmed pauses for visits and refreshments.
The bike will be a way to work off the good food and enjoy the many landscapes offered by this land. There will also be cultural moments and the possibility of a refreshing swim in the clear sea of Puglia.
Tour Type: Self-guided Cycling Tour
Arrival: The tour starts & Ends in Lecce . Fly with Ryaniar to Bari Airport. Public or private transfer to first hotel.

The morning of the second day, after breakfast, you will have a Welcome meeting. We will take care of your luggage while you are cycling. In case of need you can call our emergency number 24/7.

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Puglia Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to the capital of the Salento Peninsula, the elegant Lecce.
Lecce was founded around 2,000 years old and by the 15th century had become one of the most important cities in southern Italy. Over this period Lecce was decorated with important Baroque monuments and under threat from an Ottoman invasion, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, rebuilt the defenses of the city along with a new castle. A well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre and a smaller Greek Theatre, important buildings, churches, craft shops will turn your peeks around into continuous and nice discoveries.

Day 2
Once upon a time and still today (about 45km)
A day in the countryside between Lecce and the closest coast to the town, where locals can enjoy the sea even if there is no much time available. Frigole is probably not the most famous marine resort but the area around it deserves to be known for its hidden treasures. Cultivated fields and renewable energy plants coexist with old and new olive trees, ancient ruins and protected areas part of the Regional Natural Park “Woods and Marshes Rauccio”. You will go back in time through the visit of Santa Maria in Cerrate, a Medieval settlement where monks lived, worked and prayed. It’s on the route of the old southern Via Francigena.
A tasty stop will be at a surprising bakery in an old Masseria, a big agricultural centre during the Second World War, where you can buy hot specialities and fresh products from the farm.

Day 3
To the sea: Lecce – Gallipoli (about 50km)
You will leave the main city to go towards the sea on the Ionian coast.
But first you have to pass vineyards, olive groves, crops and small villages. Copertino has a pretty small historic centre and a well-preserved Angevin castle: quick stop for a coffee with ice and almond milk in Lecce style! From here you will cross Nardò that deserves a look on its magnificent Baroque square, Piazza Salandra, maybe with a nice glass of wine of local production sitting at one of the numerous bars. You will reach the sea at the edge of the Reserve of Porto Selvaggio, a real green lung defended and wanted by the population.
This coast is famous for its sunsets: arrived to Gallipoli enjoy it from the small bay of Purità, down from its walls.

Day 4
Ionian coast: Gallipoli – Leuca (about 50km)
The “Beautiful City” of Gallipoli has been the most important Mediterranean olive oil trade centre in the past: the underground oil mill at Palazzo Ganafei will tell you this piece of history.
From Gallipoli you will cycle along the road parallel to the coastline passing Torre San Giovanni, a small harbour between volcanic low cliffs and fine white sand. Keep going straight to Punta Ristola, the extreme edge of Salento peninsula, a small rocky boss, place of legends and numerous finds dating to the Neolithic. From here a wonderful view of the harbour of Leuca and, even further, of Punta Melisso.
Now it would be perfect a boat trip to discover the many sea caves…

Day 5
Up to the Adriatic sea: Leuca – Otranto (about 55km)
Up to the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Leuca, white and blue are the colours all around: you can breathe calm and spirituality looking at this infinitive horizon made of the various shades of blue from sky and sea. Prepare yourself to get surprised many times today along the path. A panoramic stretch of road overlooking the sea will take you until the end to the beautiful Otranto, but before hidden bays and caves, breathtaking cliffs and canyons, enchanting villages full of history will give you many chances to get a break for a WOW!
Among gentle ups and downs you will reach your final goal of the day, your “home” for the next two days.

Day 6
Stories and tradition from inland (about 30km)
A day around Otranto, an important little town always been, thanks to its position, a connection point for trades, cultural exchanges, invasions between the western and the eastern world. You will explore magical places such as the Megalithic Park near the village of Giurdignano, that preserves an evocative atmosphere of rituals and legends, myths and pagan cults related to the peoples who over the millennia have inhabited and traversed these lands. Then a farm in the middle of nature, that promotes social activities ranging from biodynamic agriculture to handicraft production of rare fabrics.
Before returning to Otranto, you can decide to visit La Cutura Botanical Garden, born from the love of a man for travels and… succulents!

Day 7
Bye bye sea! Otranto – Lecce (about 55km)
One last greeting to Otranto, its castle, and its imposing Cathedral, an incredible but especially free museum. You can see the largest and most complex paved Mosaic in southern Italy, realised by a monk, Pantaleon, today considered a true encyclopedia of images of the time and culture of the Middle Ages. You will cycle close to the two Alimini lakes before riding again along the coast. Admire the wonders of the bay of St. Andrea and of the Cave of Poetry near the archaeological site of Roca Vecchia, maybe trying the experience of a jump in the sea.
A regenerate ride through the Natural WWF Park “Le Cesine”, along with the discovery of Acaya, a fortified town where time seems motionless, will make gradual your return to the modern civilization and the charming Lecce.

Day 8
Last morning…it’s time for shopping!
Papier-mâché, coloured pottery, objects made of Lecce stone, textiles….among the many handicraft shops and the local food stores, you will probably need another suitcase to fill!!!

Puglia Cycling Holiday Dates & Prices

Departure dates
Every day from 24.03 to 28.07 and from 03.09 to 03.11.2018

Ryan Air fly Dublin to Bari Return on a Monday and Friday.
We recommend the tour be taken Monday to Monday or Friday to Friday.
Price per person based on two people sharing. Tour price includes Accommodation

Supplements apply for bike hire and private return transfers from and to Bari airport.
There are three standards of accommodation. Guesthouse, Hotel 3*, De Luxe 4*

Price per person staying in Double/Twin room, Single or Triple room

Price per person (based on shared room)
€ 655 Standard
€ 879 Superior

Supplements per person (Standard/Superior)
€ 185,00/320,00 single room
€ 150,00 solo traveller
€ 70,00 trek bike rental (pannier and helmet included)
€ 125,00 all road bike rental (pannier and helmet included)
€ 180,00 E-bike rental (pannier and helmet included)
€ 45,00 transfer Brindisi airport-Lecce (min. 2 people)
€ 90,00 transfer Bari airport-Lecce (min. 2 people)

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast (per person)
€ 70,00/95,00 in Lecce (Standard)
€ 90,00/120,00 in Lecce (Superior)

Included on Puglia Cycling Holiday

What’s included
7 nights with breakfast
Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
Roadbook and information material
Phone assistance h24

Not included
Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
Meals and drinks
Entrance fees and tips
Hotel tourist taxes (about € 14,00)
Bike rental
Insurance and everything not listed as Included


Your Puglia Cycling Holiday Accommodation

2+1 nights in Lecce
1 night in Gallipoli
1 night in Leuca
2 night in Otranto

The Standard tour offers accommodation in pretty B&B and 3* hotel.
The Superior tour offers accommodation in charming 4* hotel.

All rooms are ensuite.

7 breakfasts included. All other meals are not included.

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

Getting to Puglia Cycling Holiday

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

Take public transport or we can arrange a private transfer.

Getting there and away

Lecce is easily reachable by car, train, bus and by air.

BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. We recommend you exit the motorway in Bari and continue along the highway to Brindisi, then take the SS613 towards Lecce. maps.google.com can help you with the directions.

BY TRAIN. Trenitalia connects the main Italian cities with the capital of Salento. For the timetable visit www.trenitalia.it. On www.viaggiatreno.it you can find update informations about train routes.

BY AIR. The closest airports are Bari and Brindisi, both connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities.
The Salento airport of Brindisi is about 40 km from Lecce and is well connected to the city by a shuttle bus service or private transfer. The airport of Bari-Palese is about 160 km from Lecce. From Bari and Brindisi you can also reach Lecce by train or taxi service.

BY BUS. Lecce is also accessible by bus. Here some links to the major operating companies.
http://www.marinobus.it/, http://www.baltour.it/
For departures and arrivals from Campania, Basilicata, Puglia : http://www.mymiccolis.com/
For departures and arrivals from Sicilia, Puglia : http://www.buscenter.it/

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