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From Alberobello to Lecce: a week by bike in Puglia to appreciate the most beloved lands by local cyclists and to visit some of the musts of this region.
A classic and varied itinerary that puts together the most known places and highlights of Puglia. Cycling between land and sea, everyday discover history and legends, architecture and coastal landscapes of the heel of Italy.

    Sleep among the trulli

    The green Itria Valley with Ostuni, Cisternino and Locorotondo

    Lecce and its 100 Churches

    The Sea of Otranto, Leuca and Gallipoli

    Salento countryside and the fortified village of Acaya

    The amazing Cave of Poetry

Program

Day 1
Alberobello

You are in Puglia, in the historical Land of Bari, ready for your cycling week.
From the regional capital you will have easy access to Alberobello and its magical Trulli. The town is in an area called "Valley of Trulli" and has an historical centre declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The two souls of Alberobello are divided by Piazza Martellotta: Rione Aia with its streets still authentic and almost always silent, and Rione Monti, most devoted to tourism.

Day 2
From Alberobello to Ostuni
40km

Today you will cycle between gentle slopes, vineyards and fields from which the inverted cones of ancient Trulli rise into the blue sky.
You will cross the Itria Valley, arriving until the city on the border between the Southern Murge and the Salento Plain: Ostuni, which welcomes you from the top of his Cathedral. Some say its name comes from an ancient Arabic word for "olive." From Ostuni in fact you can well admire the olive trees going from the old city to the long beaches of the Adriatic Sea.
During this first day by bike you will have the opportunity to visit two of the "most beautiful villages in Italy": Locorotondo, famous for its fresh and flavourful white wines, and Cisternino, the Casbah of the Itria Valley.

Day 3
From Ostuni to Manduria
60km

Leaving Ostuni behind, you will cycle south to continue discovering Puglia on your bike.
From the Murge hills you reach the immense Salento plain: green with olives and red as its soil, this flat land extends to get lost in a transparent and clear sea.
Today you will get to Manduria, the capital of the Primitivo grapes. Here you can visit the Museum of Primitivo Wine, located within the popular Manduria Winery. The museum collects objects of daily life and working tools of the old peasants telling the social history of the economy of Salento.

Day 4
From Manduria to Gallipoli
70km

This morning you will reach Torre Colimena and the Salt pan.
You will then follow the coast in the next days by bike. Accompanied by the blue of the sea, between ancient coastal towers and fine sand, you will reach Porto Cesareo, where it is advisable to enjoy a good lunch fish-based: seafood, mussels, clams and the delicious curls will delight your palate.
Rolling south, your present destination will be the Greek Kale Polis, today´s Gallipoli, with one of the most beautiful historic centers of Salento and its streets full of shops, shops, restaurants, churches and views of the sea that surrounds it.

Day 5
From Gallipoli to Leuca
50km

Before continuing to explore Puglia by bike and leave the pretty Gallipoli, we recommend a morning dip in the small beach of Purità: in the background the island with the lighthouse of Sant´Andrea.
Today you will have kilometers of low and sandy coast washed by a sea that has nothing to envy to the Caribbean beaches: follow your instinct to choose your corner of paradise to enjoy the sun of the Ionian Sea.
At the end of the day you will reach the heel of Italy. From the Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary, you can admire the stairs of the monumental fountain built to honour the end of the Apulian aqueduct, the longest and most complex in Europe.

Day 6
From Leuca to Otranto
50km

Cycling along the coast road, which rises and falls following the shape of the jagged coast, it will sometimes seem that you can see the Balkan mountains of Albania in the clouds. The event usually happens if in aid of your ride there will be the dry and fresh Tramontana wind; on the contrary, if the day will be ventilated by the Scirocco, you will have the wind perfectly in favor and also this day will be easy and pleasant.
Choose the descent that will take you to admire and rest in one of the many coves of the coasts. Discover for example the bay of Acquaviva, or if you like snorkeling, try to make you fascinate of the colors of the Grotta Azzurra; then again, a few kilometers from the arrival of Porto Badisco, where the "Grotta dei Cervi", archaeological wonder of Puglia, is located.
After passing Capo d’Otranto, you will then arrive in Otranto, the most eastern city of Italy, where you will stay the night.

Day 7
From Otranto to Lecce
55km

It will be hard to leave the enchanting city of Otranto.
Through the narrow streets that lead to the Cathedral, you will discover the history linked to the 800 Martyrs beheaded by the troops of Gedik Ahmet Pascià after having besieged the city for two weeks. It was 1480 but the fact still echoes in the western world; later Charles V wanted to give the Salento district the name of Terra d’Otranto.
Here the low and jagged coast offers restorative baths in authentic natural pools, such as the wonderful Grotta della Poesia near Roca. Then the last stretch along the path in the WWF coastal reserve "Le Cesine" and then definitively abandon the coast and head towards Lecce. A few kilometers from the arrival you will meet the fortified citadel of Acaya, halfway between Lecce and the sea. The Castle is an example of the first experiments in 16th-century military architecture commissioned by Giangiacomo d’Acaya who also redesigned the entire village, to the point that the city changed its name in his honor, from Segine to Acaya.
Leaving Acaya you will travel the last narrow country roads before reaching your final destination.
If you miss the north of Puglia, there is the UNESCO tour.

Day 8
Lecce

After breakfast end of services.
Do not let your holiday end without spending a few hours in Lecce, the Florence of the South: get lost in its historical centre, which will surprise you with a harmonious Baroque style. The stone which decorates many of the old town churches is called "Lecce Stone": white, weather-resistant and easy to work. Many of the most famous stonecutter artisans between 1600 and 1700 came here to work it and to decore palaces and churches facades today still intact.


Tour programme variations
Due to organizational 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 biker can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.


Our offer includes

    7 nights with breakfast
    Welcome briefing and bike fitting
    Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
    Route directions with maps
    Phone assistance 08:00-21:00

Not included

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

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