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Prepare to be ‘trulli’ amazed by Puglia - Italy at its most enchanting. Cycle by the ‘Sassi’ cave-dwellings of Matera; the ‘trulli’ houses of Alberobello; through dazzling Ostuni, ‘La Città Bianca’, and Otranto with its Aragonese castle. Stop a while in wonder at Lecce, ‘The Florence of the South’, or pedal across Italy’s heel from the Adriatic’s flamingo lagoons to the blue waters of the Ionian Sea and bustling harbours of Gallipolli.
Our self-guided cycling holidays in Puglia feature both linear and circular routes and include hotel to hotel cycling tours with some extra special places to stay.
For a glimmer of Puglia’s magic, it’s hard to beat this circular cycle tour which sweeps round the heel of Italy from Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’, to touch first the crystal waters of the Adriatic near Otranto, then the beautiful blues of the Ionian Sea at Gallipoli. Experience the olive greens and flamingo pink of a region whose groves and lakes are rich in flora and fauna and whose vineyards produce more wine than any other area of Italy. This may be the gentlest of our cycling adventures around Puglia, but it remains as full-bodied as the region’s renowned red wines, packing a real punch with its range of impressive castle towns, opulent Baroque treasures and its authentic Italian welcome.
In Lecce (2 nights), Otranto and Gallipoli.
Carved out of the impressive white cliffs of the ‘Torrent Gravina’ gorge, Matera piles history high, making for an awesome introduction to the mysteries of Puglia and a wonderful brief cycling encounter which includes not just one, but two designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Delve deep to discover more about the Sassi cave-dwellings and churches, then follow the timeless rocky landscapes across to Alberobello, a settlement of 1,500 unique ‘trulli’ houses in the verdant Valle d’Itria. Stay over in style in your own little lime-washed ‘trullo’ before steering your two wheels towards Ostuni, Puglia’s mighty, medieval ‘Città Bianca’.
In Matera, Alberobello and Ostuni.
Start your pedalling holiday through Puglia in style, with a magical stay under the conical roof of one of the unique trulli houses in Alberobello, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. Cycle through rolling vineyards and olive groves in the lush Valle d’Itria, en route to discover the lavishly Baroque treasures of Ostuni, ‘Città Bianca’, then let the train take the strain to Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’. Back on two wheels, fortified settlements line your route near the Adriatic coast where flamingos grace the calm waters of ‘I Laghi Alimini’ just north of the Aragonese castle at Otranto. Before returning to Lecce, a pedal across Italy’s heel leads to fashionable Gallipoli by the Ionian Sea, brimful of more Baroque treats, beautiful beaches, bars and seafood restaurants.
In Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce (2 nights), Otranto and Gallipoli.
Puglia’s just magic for a cycling holiday. There are the spell-binding ‘Sassi’ cave-dwellings in the rocky north; the mysterious ‘trulli’ houses of Valle d’Itria; mighty castle towns watching over rolling vineyards and olive groves or clinging to the coast, not to mention scores of beautiful Baroque treasures all basking close to the crystal waters of the Adriatic and Ionian seas in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun. Enjoy some really great time on two wheels exploring the coast and countryside of the heel of Italy from Matera and Alberobello to Gallipoli and Lecce, the Florence of the South.
In Matera, Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce (2 nights), Otranto and Gallipoli.
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