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Trip Highlights
  • Traditional trulli, conical shaped stone houses
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The best food in Italy
  • Whitewashed hill villages overlooking the Adriatic
9 nights from£1245.00
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Explore Puglia the Heel of Italy

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What we love About Explore Puglia the Heel of Italy

We love...Puglia's Food
Puglia is one of Europe’s great agricultural areas with its rolling hills and immense plains producing much of Italy’s wine and olive oil and most of the hard durum wheat used to make its pasta. Puglia’s food is simple but spectacular. Sample plates of orecchiette (“little ears”, after their shape), troccoli, cavatelli, stacchiodde, curti, gruessi and many more pastas you won't find elsewhere.
We love...Traditional Trulli
Nothing quite says Puglia like trulli. These stone houses with unique conical roofs have come to represent the region and they date back to the 14th century. They were built without mortar so that they could be dismantled quickly and thus avoid taxes on permanent residences. Hundreds of years later, trulli still dominate the Puglia landscape.
We love...Rolling Countryside
From the ancient Forest of Umbra to the Valle d'Itria and sun-baked plains, Puglia's countryside has been its foundation. It is the source of much of Italy's food and some of its wine and you will immerse yourself in the Puglia culture as you cycle through rolling vineyards, olive groves and wheat fields.

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Day by Day

Day 1Arrival into Bari

Arrive into Bari airport and we will provide you with a private transfer to the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera. Check in, unwind and relax.

Day 2Cycling to Alberobello
Total distance75km

Today you will ride from Matera to Alberobello. The town of Alberobello is famous for its traditional ‘trulli’, small conical shaped stone buildings dating back hundreds of years. Originally trulli were constructed without the use of cement meaning they were exempt from tax as they were deemed temporary structures. The oldest trulli you will see were constructed in the 14th century so they have lasted quite well considering they were temporary.

Day 3Cycling to Monopoli
Total distance50km

Today’s ride sees you cycle from Alberobello to the Adriatic town of Monopoli. Enjoy the Paese Vecchio, the typically whitewashed buildings, as well as Roman alleyways leading to ancient squares where you can sip espresso with the locals.

Day 4Cycling to Ostuni
Total distance60km

Today you will ride from one whitewashed old town in Monopoli to another, in Ostuni. The old town of Ostuni, perched over the sea, goes back to Roman times. The cobbled paving from the city square banks sharply as you make your way up to the ancient cathedral and the best gelateria in the town. From there, you can head back out of town right down to the coast or even organise a day on a sailing boat from the small harbour.

Day 5Ostuni to Lecce (By bike or train)
Total distance85km

Today you can choose to have the day off and get the train from Ostuni to Lecce, or cycle the 85kms to Lecce. Lecce is one of the bigger towns you will visit and you will notice the countryside giving way as you get close to Lecce. Often known as the ‘Florence of the South’, the Piazza del Duomo is one of the best places to watch the world go by.

Day 6Cycling to Otranto
Total distance55km

Today you will ride to Ortranto, the closest point Italy has with Albania across the water. The town is quite quiet but the beaches are buzzing with locals enjoying the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic. Take some time to hit the beach in the afternoon or visit the incredible cathedral where the macabre sight of the bones of the martyrs is displayed to commemorate the 1480 Turkish massacre as well as the medieval floor mosaic.

Day 7Cycling to Leuca
Total distance60km

Today you will ride to the bottom tip of Italy and visit Leuca. Your ride will take you to the famous Leuca lighthouse and the Basilica which stands alongside it, built to commemorate St Peter’s travels from Leuca.

Day 8Cycling to Gallipoli
Total distance50km

Today you will ride back up to the Ionian coast and visit the old town of Gallipoli. New makes way for old as you cycle through across the bridge to the old town which stands alone in the Ionian sea. This beautiful town dates back, as legend has it, to the ancient Greek empire but centuries of conflict means you can see Roman, Greek, Turkish and even Norman influences.

Day 9Cycling to Lecce or stay in Gallipoli

Today you have the choice of staying an extra night in Gallipoli to enjoy the old town or if you prefer, you can ride back to Lecce. Please also feel free to shorten or extend you trip by asking our cycling experience team. Remember our trip can be tailored to your requirements.

Day 10Departure

Today we will take you back to Bari airport for your return flight home.

Key Stats

10day holiday
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60km avg
Expect to ride up to 60km per day

How's the Weather? in Puglia

The SpringMarch to May
Spring brings warm and sunny weather to Puglia, with plenty of sunny days and makes it an ideal season for cycling. In the beginning of May, f the Adriatic Sea starts to warm up again so you can enjoy some swimming during your holiday.
The SummerJune to August
The whitewashed towns and dazzling turquoise waters bring Puglia to life in summer. It's hot but your rides will finish at hotels with pools and beaches with golden sands. It's also a great time to enjoy a well earned gelato.
The AutumnSeptember to November
Autumn in Puglia can remain warm and it is an ideal season for cycling in Puglia. Sunny days and a temperate climate makes for the perfect cycling holiday.
The WinterDecember to February
Puglia enjoys a mild climate and so temperatures will fluctuate between 6-15 degrees. The air is fresh with not much rain so winter can still be a great time for escaping the cold weather of northern Europe.

Area InformationFor Puglia

The heel of Italy’s ‘boot’ is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean and Adriatic coastline. The terrain is mainly flat and lends itself perfectly to a cycling holiday allowing you to easily explore this beautiful region.

 

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