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Exploring the Beauty of Cycling in Puglia

10th January, 2023

Explore the beauty of cycling in Puglia with us. From the historic towns and villages to the rolling hills and rugged coastline, a cycling tour in Italy is the perfect way to take in the many sights and sounds this beautiful region has to offer. Read on for a cycle tour and experience Puglia like never before.

Discover Unspoiled Landscapes, Towns and Villages

On our Italian cycle tours, you’ll be able to take in the stunning landscapes and sights this region is known for. From unspoiled forest trails to quaint towns and villages that offer an authentic glimpse into Italy’s past – it’s an adventure you won’t forget. Explore Puglia by bike and enjoy picturesque views on every corner of your journey.

Our cycling tours will take you to some of Puglia’s most scenic destinations, including the towns of Lecce and Alberobello, where you will pass through idyllic olive groves and rolling hills. Take in the beautiful seascapes from rocky headlands, discovering historic sites and landmarks such as Castel del Monte, the 12th-century Norman Castle located on a hilltop overlooking the Apulian countryside. Stop for a picnic lunch and delicious local specialties at traditional trattorias filled with mouth watering Mediterranean flavours. Whether it’s exploring vineyard trails or family-run farms and hidden ponds off the beaten track, each ride has a surprise waiting around every corner.

The white cliffed peninsula of Vieste

The white cliffed peninsula of Vieste

Enjoy guided rides that offer stunning vistas and safe routes. Go on a cycle to reach the secluded farms and villages in the hinterland, or take easy two-wheeled discoveries along picturesque wooded trails and into delightful hillside towns. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a beginner looking to explore, our cycling tours will leave you with lifelong memories of untouched lands, century-old traditions, stunning views and traditional Italian cuisine.

Stay in Accommodation That Capture Puglia’s Charm

Our exclusive cycle tours stay in hotels that capture the charm of Puglia. From rustic agriturismos and quaint trulli houses to high-end luxury villas, every accommodation is chosen for its unique character as well as its proximity to interesting local sites. Enjoy delicious gastronomic Italian options or take a step back in time at traditional masseries and enjoy beautiful views from atop hills surrounded by the ancient olive groves of Puglia.

Cycling in Puglia is an amazing experience and a great way to explore the region’s countryside, culture and cuisine. Not only are there unbeatable vineyards, hilltop trulli villages and winding country roads, but Puglia’s accommodation also captures the spirit of southern Italy with its distinct buildings, cultural heritage and traditional hospitality. Whether you opt to stay in luxurious masserias – countryside mansions with their own swimming pools which were historically strongholds of wealthy Italian families – or charming agriturismos (farm holidays) set in picturesque olive groves, there’s an ideal accommodation for everyone looking for a truly authentic experience when cycling in Puglia.

Trulli are the highlight of any cycle holiday in Puglia. Small conical buildings made of cement and stone, were built in some cases, hundreds of years ago. They were designed to be non permanent to avoid local medieval taxes on non permanent structures but hundreds of years later, they’re still standing. In many cases, they have been converted into homestays or luxury hotels and our tours experience these incredible buildings.

3 trulli buildings in Puglia

Trulli buildings in Alberobello

Experience Cuisine Filled With Local Flavours

Enjoy the culinary delights of the region known for its gastronomy. Make sure to sample some delicious cuisine such as orecchiette, Puglia’s famed “ear-shaped” pasta dish – and soak up some of the history that dates back centuries. Sample some of the unique regional dishes and learn how different ingredients create a unique flavour while touring old castles, coastal towns, and beaches – all while experiencing some of the best local cuisine Puglia has to offer. Along the way you’ll also be able to pair your meals with exquisite wines produced right here in this part of Italy.

Puglia is known for its amazing cuisine and cycling through the region gives you a chance to taste some of the best regional dishes. You’ll discover how various ingredients like sea salt, olives, and vegetables create elements of flavour unlike other areas in Italy. Visit traditional restaurants and learn how they prepare their recipes with age-old methods, and explore small family run Michelin star establishments in towns like Bari and Gallipoli. Taste culinary delights inspired by the local geography like mussels right off the beach or cheese made from goat’s milk. As you carry on with your cycle, enjoy exquisite wines that are exclusive to Puglia wineries which range in taste from sweet reds to robust whites.

Ancient olive groves in Puglia

Ancient olive groves in the countryside

There’s a chance to prepare some traditional dishes on your own and experience the joy of using ingredients that are locally sourced. Stop by an orchard to pick fruits like oranges, figs, and olives right off the branch and find ways to incorporate them into your dishes. Traditional recipes include items like fresh clams, pasta with potatoes and fresh ricotta cheese, as well as involtini di magro – a flavourful rolled cutlet meat. Be sure to enjoy regional desserts like pignolo that’s made from shortcrust pastry dough filled with almond paste or sweet Taralli pastries which are flavored with anise. As you finish up each delicious meal, toast in appreciation for all that Puglia has to offer!

Take in the History and Culture of the Region

Our tours that take you cycling in Puglia are more than just a way for you to stay fit and explore the local landscape. With careful attention paid to the rich cultural and historical heritage of Puglia, every turn is an opportunity to learn something new. Discover ancient churches and abandoned villages, explore tradition and folklore, get lost in art galleries or talk to locals at local hotspots – all while pedalling along on your own adventure.

The whitewashed town of Ostuni

The whitewashed town of Ostuni

With routes suitable for everyone from beginner cyclists to serious riders, you’ll have the opportunity to explore daunting hills, sheer coastal climbs and easy-pedalling flatlands. With carefully planned itineraries you’ll have plenty of chances to experience authentic Puglia culture: delicious traditional cuisine, friendly interactions with local shopkeepers and encounters with other touring cyclists is just part of the attraction. Whether a leisurely jaunt or an intense adventure ride is more your style, cycling through Puglia will leave you with lasting memories.

Take a break from pedalling and soak up the beauty at Apulia’s beautiful sea cliffs and idyllic towns, or even stop by the old churches and hilltop hamlets scattered throughout the area. You’ll also have access to renowned tourist attractions such as Castel del Monte, a 13th-century castle whose octagonal towers inspire fantasy and legend – as well as Trulli, conical residences still inhabited in Valle D’Itria, often thought to date back centuries!

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