This part of Italy is one of the finest in the country for combining great scenery, undemanding cycling through the rolling hills and wonderful small historic towns such as Martina Franca, Ostuni or Lecce. The warm hospitality of the locals, great food and wine and stunning coastlines are added features for a great cycling experience.
Arrival and transfer to Alberobello, the “capital” of the Trulli area.
After bike fitting we start exploring the pretty Vall d’Itria on a first ride alongside beautiful gardens, olive orchards and lots of Trullis. We’ll pass through Noci and Putignano today, very pretty medieval villages .
We head for Martina Franca first, one of the finest Barock towns in Puglia. From here we continue to Locorotondo, known for its wine production (tasting possible), before we reach Ostuni – famous city with white-washed buildings nestled on top of the hill with fine views across the Adriatic Sea.
We cycle to the south coast passing through the very pretty Manduria. After a possible swim in the Ionian Sea, we transfer to Gallipoli, an ancient town famous for its wealth in medieval times when the town made money being the most important lamp oil exporter in Europe.
We cycle along pristine beaches south of Gallipoli before heading inland, exploring the rural countryside of the Salento region. Later we arrive at Cabo di Leuca at the south-easternmost tip of Italy for our overnight stop. (54km, +/-280m)
Today we continue cycling along the Adriatic coast with spectacular scenery across the rugged cliffs. After passing through Santa Cesaria Terme with fine buildings from early 20th century we reach Otranto, an old fishing port with an impressive castle overlooking the bay.
Our last cycling leg takes us a little further along the coast before we head inland into the rural world of olive fields in the Salento. In the early afternoon we reach Lecce, the superb capital of Barock architecture in Puglia.
Tour ends, transfer to airport.
Season: April-June + September-October
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