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Cycling week across Salento

9 days / 8 nights
Puglia - Leisure cycling - E-bike tours - Self-guided - E-bike

price from 1476 € per pers.

Salento is in the most south
eastern region of Italy lying in the so-called "heel of the boot". Situated in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, this region is filled with memories of the different civilizations that inhabited it, from the Messapii,
to the Greeks, followed by the Romans and then the Normans. Crossing Salento with a bicycle is like cycling through an open-air museum. Prehistoric Dolmen, Byzantine shrines
hidden in the caves, Baroque
cathedrals, secluded corners of the coast etc. are all but a few of the things you can see when visiting this area.
Salento is also internationally
renowned for its characteristic
cuisine which combines flavours from the sea and the earth and the fantastic rhythm of its folk music: most notably the Pizzica.



Prepare your trip

Your day by day program

1
Arrival in Matera

Arrive at your hotel in Matera. We advise you to use your free time to visit the city, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO and named European Capital of Culture for 2019! You will discover a remarkable example of rock habitat of more than two millennia, perfectly adapted to its geo-morphological situation and its ecosystem. The culture of this city has maintained, over time, a harmonious relationship with its natural environment.

Night at the hotel

2
The reliefs of Central Apulia. To Alberobello

Delivery of the bikes and your road map, explanation of the route, departure to the southern part of Murgia with the highest reliefs of central Apulia, with impressive colors. You will arrive at a second UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alberobello, known worldwide for its famous white cone-shaped houses: the Trulli.

Itinerary: 76km
Night in a Trullo

3
The Itria Valley and charming villages to Ostuni

Your starting point will be the Itria Valley. You will travel through the beautiful villages of Locorotondo and Cisterino. You can stop for lunch in a typical brewery "Fornello pronto". The last destination of this day will be Ostuni, known as Cité Blanche, whose brightness of its white houses is reflected at night. You can also visit the Parish Church of St. Mary Mother of the Church located on the highest point of the city.

Itinerary: 50km
Night in B&B

4
Ostuni - Manduria

From Ostuni, you will cycle on a beautiful country road heading towards San Vito dei Normanni, where you can admire the magnificent Frederica Castle and its large square, built according to the will of King Frederick II. You can admire other castles of King Frédérique in Mesagne and Oria. Then you will reach the town of Manduria.

Itinerary: 60km
Night at the hotel

5
The west coast of Salento to Gallipoli

You will travel on the west coast of Salento where you can admire typical and charming villages such as Campo Marino or Porto Cesareo. The west coast of Salento is a very pleasant region where the rocky coast is often preserved and which thus offers many beaches and coves, advice to bathers! Arrival at the end of the day in the city and port of Gallipoli.

Itinerary: 60km
Night in B&B

6
The outskirts of Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca

After a bike ride through the old town, you will leave Gallipoli along the Ionian Sea which will guide you to the town of Ugento and its coastline. You will pass by Torre San Giovanni, Torre Mozza, Lido Marini. You can relax on the white sand beach and. In the afternoon you will continue along the coast to the southernmost part of the Puglia, the heel of the boot Santa Maria Di Leuca.

Itinerary: 60km
Night at the hotel

7
Road north to Otranto

You will leave the southern part towards the North, with the Adriatic Sea on your right. You will drive to the city of Otranto, crossing the villages of Tricase, Porto and Castro Marina. After a seafood dinner, enjoy a walk in the old town of Otranto, the easternmost city in Italy.

Itinerary: 55km
Night at the hotel

8
Last step towards the city of Lecce

In the morning, take a bike tour of the city, to visit its Cathedral and admire its mosaic and interior windows, as well as the Aragonese Castle and its defensive walls. Walking along the Almini River, you will reach the town of Torre Dell'Orso. In the afternoon you will stop in the city of Acaya to admire the sunset. Then you will reach your final destination: Lecce.

Itinerary: 45km
Night at the hotel

9
End of the trip

Breakfast at your hotel in Lecce and end of the trip.

Departure board

From April to October.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • See you in Matera for your first night in the region. Before starting your trip the next morning.
End
  • In the morning of day 9. After breakfast in your hotel in Lecce.
Accommodation
  • Accommodation in hotel / B&B during the trip
Number of people
  • From 2.
Level of difficulty
  • The Salento is mostly flat, everyone can cross it by bike. However, the stages are between 45 and 76 kms per day along secondary roads and some reliefs of Central Apulia at the beginning of the stay.
Carrying
  • Baggage transfer from hotel to hotel (1 piece of luggage per person).
Options
  • Renting an electric bike : 264€
  • Renting a road bike : 165€
  • Renting a hybrid bicycle : 80€
  • Renting a trailer : 77€
  • Departure high season (07/04 - 14/04 / 15/07 - 23/08 / 23/12 - 07/01) : 360€
  • Departure low season (8/01 - 31/05 / 23/09 - 22/12) : -372€
  • Single room (low season) : 335€
  • Single room (mid season) : 445€
  • Single room (high season) : 550€
Included
  • Nights in hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer from hotel to hotel (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • GPS for two people with the pre-recorded route
Not included
  • Taxes imposed in cities (can be baid directly on spot)
  • Medical insurance / luggage
  • Lunches and dinners
  • The bike rental

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