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Highlights of Puglia

5 nights from £895.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Traditional trulli, conical shaped stone houses
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The best food in Italy
  • Whitewashed hill villages overlooking the Adriatic
Highlights of Puglia
5 nights from £895.00
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WE LOVEPuglia'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 LOVETraditional 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.

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Day By Day Highlights of Puglia

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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

Your first ride in Puglia will take you to Alberobello, best known for its stone buildings, with conical roofs. These buildings are called ‘trulli’ and were a way to avoid tax in the middle ages as they were classed as temporary buildings. Given they’re still standing today, they are every much a permanent fixture of this stunning countryside. They are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We recommend sampling some of the the local delicacies or paying a visit to Museo del Territorio.

Total distance75km
Day 3Cycling to Monopoli

Perched on Piglia’s Adriatic coast lies the picturesque town of Monopoli, today’s destination. Brimming with colourful markets, a 16th century cathedral and a castle, this town is picture book Italy. Immerse yourself in the Old Town and explore the countless squares and side streets full of restaurants and cafes. You’ll have a wide variety of choice for a coffee stop and dinner tonight.

Total distance50km
Day 4Cycling to Ostuni

Imagine a town situated on top of a hill overlooking the sea, filled with white arches, houses and cobbled streets, surrounded by olive fields and vineyards. You’ve pictured Ostuni. This Roman town boasts a gothic cathedral and mouth watering gelato as just some of it’s attractions. Take a walk down to the coast where you can catch a boat from the harbour.

Total distance60km
Day 5Ostuni to Lecce (By bike or train)

Today your tour will end in Leece, although it is your choice how you get there! If you fancy a break from cycling, hop on the train from Ostuni, or if you’re feeling adventurous cycle the 85km. Known as the ‘Florence of the south’ you’ll notice it is much busier than the previous destinations you have visited. The Piazza del Duomo is a must for people watching, whilst a trip to the amphitheatre will give you an insight into the towns Roman history.

Today’s ride is approximately 85kms although you can have the day off and use the train if you prefer.

Total distance85km
Day 6Departure

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

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What to Expect

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.


6day 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, 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.

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