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Italy's Apulia region 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 1
The classic bike trip: landscapes and the Great Outdoors, without the hassle of logistical issues. You ride and soak in the views; we do the rest.
Apulia is a region in south-eastern Italy that includes the heel part of Italy’s boot, suspended between the Ionian and Adriatic Sea. The region is characterized by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. You start cycling in Matera, UNESCO world heritage site with its “sassi” and European capital of culture 2019, and arrive in Lecce, also known as “Florence of the South” because of its magnificent baroque architecture. This bike tour will lead you into a region of scenic beauty, which is, by today’s standards, still unspoiled by the unattractive aspects of tourism and still retains testimony of its great and ancient culture.
7 nights hotel accommodation (3 or 4*)
Welcome briefing in English
Route descriptions & maps
7-day Hotline service
Train transfer Ostuni-Lecce on day 4
Local taxes (approx 10-15 €)
Transfers (to be confirmed when booking the tour): 45 € p.p. Bari-Matera (min. 2 persons)
Brindisi–Matera, Lecce–Bari, Lecce–Brindisi: on request
Departures Saturdays (Fridays available from 10 May to 7 June and 6 to 27 September)
If you would like to rent a bike (80 Euro) or e-bike (190 euro) or helmet (15 Euro) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
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Individual arrival. Over millennia, inhabitants of the region have carved dwellings directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-colored soft stone. These houses are called “Sassi”, today a World Heritage site.
Matera – Alberobello (70 km).
You cycle to the famous trulli which were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Alberobello is situated upon two hills. On the eastern hill is the new town. On the western hill, the trulli are lined up in an urban conglomeration, subdivided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both World Heritage sites.
Alberobello – Ostuni (45 km).
You cycle through the countryside to Ostuni, which is reputed as an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
Ostuni – Lecce – Gallipoli (70 km by train + 50 km by bike).
After a short train transfer and a few kilometers through the town of Lecce, you go deep into the “salentinian countryside”, before approaching the Ionian coast and your daily destination, Gallipoli.
Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca (50 km).
Cycling further along the coast you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. Its name was given by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They saw this place lightened by the sun and therefore called it “leukos”, meaning white. The town is today a famous seaside resort.
Santa Maria di Leuca – Otranto (50 km).
Today you will cycle northwards along the Adriatic coast to Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy where you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle.
Otranto – Lecce (55 km).
Riding along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush you will enter Lecce. Thanks to its Baroque style, it has earned the nickname of Florence of the South.
Departure after breakfast.
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.
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