Puglia Classic Bike Tour.
Puglia Classic Bike Tour.
Classic Heel of boot – Unesco site Matera & Alberobello Bike Trip in Puglia in 8 days
The map says Italy, it is south point of heel of the boot shape: Puglia Though you may feel you’ve strayed into Greece, and that’s a part of Puglia’s appeal.
Endless olive groves, a rugged coastline and the blue-green Adriatic.
From the Sassi of Matera, in Basilicata, you will head on to the Apulian land.
After crossing the Murgia plateau, you will stay in the Itria valley, characterized by a flourishing vegetation where olive trees stand.
These are cultivated in farms called Masserie, small typical local stone fortresses.
Coasts are marked by long, sandy beaches, dunes and protected natural reserves.
There are several traces of old Messapi civilization s, rock settlements, castles and not-to-be-missed trullos made with dry stone techniques.
In the last days you will head south to the Salento.
Sun, sea, wind.
Nature strikes in the first place , when one gets to this land stretch in balance between two seas.
The cities and inland towns expressions of the unique Lecce Baroque with Messapi and Salento Grecìa can still be seen.
Its language, songs and feasts still show the culture of Magna Graecia The people are welcoming and down-to-earth, the cuisine rustic and satisfying: enjoy regional specialties that include fresh seafood, orecchiette pasta, and Salice Salentino the power ful red wine from Lecce.
Bike ride past ancient stone villages, prehistoric menhirs and crypts into the picturesque seaside town of Otranto, then dinner by the sea in this former Byzantine stronghold.
The tour starts in Matera- unesco site for Sassi – be sure to have time to explore this outstanding place Cycling Southern Italy Highlights.
Journey into the heart of the boot of Italy shape to sensational Lecce
the baroque town.
Cycle form unesco site Sassi di Matera to unesco Trulli di Alberobello
Overnight in 4 and 5 star hotel luxury and Masseria resort.
Cycling along Italy’s most stunning coastal road.
The Aragonese Castle, the cathedral with its impressive Renaissance rose window and the village surrounded by walls, in Otranto.
Cycling along Italy’s most stunning coastal road to Otranto:Baia di Enea
Afraid 7 days cycling is too much.
We have the short escape 4 nigths from Matera to Adriatic coast
Arrival day – Welcome in Matera
Arrival in Matera by bus or by private transfer
Meet and Greet.
After your arrival in Matera and get settled in at your hotel
Briefing, orientation and bike fitting.
Humans inhabited the canyon’s caves 9,000 years ago in what UNESCO calls the most outstanding example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean .
Immerge yourself in the otherworldly feel of this ancient town, with its intriguing history and sublime views.
On request we arrange a guided walking visit of the Sassi , the ancient Matera districts, and the Park of Rupestrian Churches.
Enjoy a dinner in a typical restaurant carved out in the Rock that we will suggest.
Alberobello – Trulli.
Level: Moderate to easy Distance Km 69/ 43 miles Bike ride from Matera to Alberobello – You will pass through the small villages of Gioia del Colle and Noci and on to Alberobello, the capital town of Trulli, UNESCO’s world heritage site.
Their origin remains a mystery, though we know one thing for sure: trulli, those small, idiosyncratic, conical buildings, provide Puglia with one of its most recognizable features.
Distictive, small, dry-stone buildings with a conical roof.
There are about 1500 trulli scattered in Monti and Aia Piccola districts Accommodation in a Trullo house or a restored farmhouse.
Difficult: Hilly route on stretches that are almost flat with brief climbs Ostuni the white town.
Difficult: easy to moderate.
Distance 45 km / 28 miles Crossing the Itria Valley, with stops in the characteristic Locorotondo and Cisternino, you will reach Ostuni, which is reputed an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
It spreads across three hills, amidst its tangle of whitewashed streets you could be in Greece.
Ostuni’s winding alleys are covered in bougainvillea and other lush hanging plants and flowers that perfectly accent the brightly coloured doors and windows.
The town’s much-photographed Piazza della Libertà boasts a cathedral that was built in the 15th century in the late Gothic/early Renaissance style.
The town is also known for its clay figurines, called fischietti, which are actually functioning whistles.
Castles and farmhouses.
Difficult: easy to moderate.
Distance 55 km/ 34 miles Cycling south through the quiet country lanes from Ceglie to the charming town of Francavilla Fontana and on to Oria, famous for its 13th Century’s Castle and delightful historic centre.
You will reach a Masseria, a typical Apulian converted farmhouse, your accommodation for the night.
The word masseria means ‘farm’ in Italian and stems from the Latin word massa, meaning “fortified agricultural village.” The Latin definition is quite fitting, since these gorgeous farmhouses dotting Puglia’s coastal landscape are structured much more like castles.
First built during the 16th and 17th centuries, these vast areas of land were initially gifted to the nobility under the feudal system.
Gallipoli and the Ionian Coast.
Difficult: easy to moderate.
Distance 60 km/ 37,5 miles 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.” The island heart of Gallipoli is home to numerous impressive Baroque churches and aristocratic palazzi, testament to the town’s former wealth as a trading port.
A labyrinthine weave of narrow streets all eventually lead to the broader sea-front promenade with its wonderful views Have a picnic on a sandy beach and try to swim if the weather is nice.
Otranto and far East.
Distance 71 km/44 miles Difficult: moderate to challenge.
Cycling to Otranto,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 Turkish and Greeks landed centuries ago.
Otranto has a wonderful centre with walls and a castle.
Otranto is best appreciated in its amazing cathedral, where the bones of 813 martyrs are displayed in a glass case behind the altar.
Less macabre is the cathedral’s other jaw-dropper, its medieval mysterious mosaic floor, a masterpiece.
Lecce, the Baroque gem.
Difficult: easy to moderate Distance 45 km/ 28 miles Last stage will take you to Lecce, the Baroque town with wonderful façade of buildings and churches.
You don’t come by the nickname “the Florence of the South” lightly.
But with stunning baroque architecture, gorgeous views of the Salentine Peninsula and an abundance of Puglia’s famous wine and olive oil, Lecce is a work of art unto itself.
Take a walk in the beautiful historical center of Lecce, losing yourself among its baroque palaces, do not forget to visit the cathedral and its square, the Church of Santa Croce and Amphitheater.
Taste a puccia: local bread filled with salami or vegetables, and the pasticciotto, a delicious pastry, and enjoy shopping and walking in the city centre.
Enjoy your farewell breakafst at charming hotel in center of Lecce Palazzo Gattini- Matera.
The Palazzo, after its ancient and noble scenario, has been renewed and has opened its doors to the town as well as to travelers.
Keeping up its luster in its new life, turned Palazzo Gattini into a historic place of value, giving it new life, sophistication and refinement.
Suffused and gentle lighting invites you to slow down the pace, and gives you the pleasant relax and creates warming moments.
Le Alcove – Alberobello.
Sleeping in the trullo: the suites of Le Alcove will bring you back to timeless stories, as characters of a fairy tale.
Beautiful as precious stones encrusted, the roofs are white here, the cone-shaped ceiling and its stones embrace one another like a wizard’s hat, luxury is sober in the centuries-old walls that once welcomed peasants, artisans and ladies of the ancient feud.
Everything here is sought in the smallest detail and each trullo is a small architectural work of art.
Ostuni Palace – Ostuni.
The Ostuni Palace Hotel is a 4 stars luxury hotel in the centre of Ostuni, is astylish places, ancient atmospheres and a suggestive elegance: the most modern comforts with an excellent service will make your visit to this wonderful land special.
Vinilia Wine Resort – Manduria.
Vinilia Wine Resort was born by the wise and careful renovation of an ancient mansion dating back to the early ‘900, an antique Castle transformed into a unique experience of style and warmth.
Relaxation, comfort, hospitality and privacy are priorities in harmony with the smells, the colors, the flavors of the countryside and with the traditions of Salento.
the restaurant Casamatta just received the michelin star.
Palazzo del Corso – Gallipoli.
The five star luxury Hotel Palazzo Del Corso is an elegant Boutique Hotel situated in the main street of Gallipoli, just a few steps away from the old town centre.
Born from the renovation of two ancient buildings of XIX century, the Hotel reflects the love for luxury and the attention to detail.
Panoramic terrace with a hydro massage-pool.
Palazzo dei Mori – Otranto.
Who loves the sea and the charm of ancient villages and of history will enjoy Palazzo De Mori.
It offers a welcoming and familiar hospitality with service of Bed and Breakfast in Otranto.
Palazzo de Mori is situated on the bastions of Otranto
in the embroidery of the narrow and winding tiny street of Otranto old centre, near from the little Byzantine church of San Pietro, from the aragonese castle and from cathedral known for its wonderful mosaic.
Palazzo Dei Dondoli – Lecce.
Palazzo Dei Dondoli: charming, boutique style, exclusivity, in the heart of beautiful Lecce art city and Salento.
Housed in a residence of the ‘900,the palace includes within it the charming Court of swings, a small agora, the heart of the palace, who won all the senses.
Price Cost: Euro 1490 per person in double occupancy Single room supplement euro 350 Inclusions Seven nights in four star superior and luxury hotels Seven breakfasts Bike Delivery in Matera and professional bike fitting Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions All Baggage transfers Garmin Edge Touring (one for 2 people) Drop Off bikes and gear in Lecce Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle Sales tax Not Included Bike Rental for entire tour Hybrid bike euro 150 Race bike (full carbon) euro 210 E-Bike euro 210 Bari Airport pick & drop off Erika D.
13 Gennaio 2019 Dear Giuliana, Dear Michele, Our tour has come to an end.
All worked extremely well.
The bikes are locked up at the Palazzo Guido.
They are safe.
Thank you for a great trip.
You live in a beautiful part of the world Claire B 13 Gennaio 2019 We loved it thanks, Puglia is so amazing It would have been wonderful to have stayed another day by the beach as beaches are so amazing.
Perhaps suggest that in itinerary as an option.
You could suggest departure time to be earlier on the day staying at the Masseria.
We did this and loved relaxing by the pool in the afternoon.
Accommodation was amazing.
The only place we didn’t like as much was Ostuni Palace… didn’t seem as authentic and personal Days biking were great.
Each place totally different to the next.
km were good and no problem for us.
We look forward to another trip with you next year!!.
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Self Guided Moderate: all flat coastal road and gentle RollingApril, May, JuneSeptember, October, NovemberLuxuryMateraLecce.