Grade

Easy

When

March - Nov

Accommodation

3 *** Hotel

4* Hotel price

+ €140

Single supplement

+ €140

Extra nights

+ €45

Optional bike rental

+ €70

Optional e-bike rental

+ €190

From: 630

Description

Puglia Matera to Lecce Cycling Tour

Puglia Matera to Lecce Cycling Tour
Start every Friday and Saturday from March till half July and End of August till half November
For guided options from 4 persons or more send us an email.

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The Puglia Matera to Lecce Cycling Tour continues through the south-easternmost region of Italy known as the ”heel” of Italy. Puglia is famous because of the whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland, and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. Situated in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, this region is filled with traces of the different civilizations that inhabited it, from the Messapian to the Greeks, followed by the Romans
and then the Normans. Crossing Apulia with a bicycle, is like cycling through an open-air museum: Cycle on gentle hills and find your way to the olive groves and vineyards alternate with luxuriant woods, Baroque cathedrals, long golden beaches. Puglia is perfect for the culinary tradition which combines marine and earth flavors, and for its wine production. Its unique combinations will delight all food and wine lovers.

A small overview of the Tour

The Tour starts from Matera, a unique city whose buildings are carved into the rocks themselves, and which has been designated as ‘European Capital of Culture’ for 2019. Among rolling hills and olive growing countryside you arrive in the Valle d’Itria: land of the ‘Trulli’. It’s a place with amazing stone buildings with conical roofs, reminiscent of goblins’ homes. As you continue further south, towards Salento, the land flattens out and becomes increasingly arider, and you will ride through vineyards bordered by dry stone walls. You will be able to visit the most beautiful beaches in the region, in the province of Taranto. Along the way, you will stop off several times to taste the best cheeses, wines, and bakery products in this area. Finally, you’ll arrive in Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’, that will enchant you with its baroque architecture and the hospitality of its inhabitants.

Discover the unique places and sights in and around Puglia

  • Cycle Gioia del Colle, known for its mozzarella and its burrata
  • Visit Alberobello, the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, thanks to its 1,500 Trulli
  • Cycle ‘Pomona’ botanical conservatory: a real biodiversity sanctuary where they have hundreds of fruit trees from all over the Mediterranean
  • Pass through the fascinating ghost town of Monteruga, founded in the 1920s and completely abandoned in the 1980s. This is the area of ‘Salice Salentino’
  • Enjoy during this cycling Tour great places like: Lecce, Matera, Goia del Colle, and many more unique cities

This land smiles at the bicycle tourist. Its hillocks never climb more than 200 meters and even beginners can easily enjoy the beauty by bicycle. This travel is suitable for couples, families but also singles or small groups of friends. (cycling approximately 30 km a day. You’ll mainly cross secondary roads).

Start every Friday and Saturday from March till half July and End of August till half November
Departures: every Sunday from 27/3/2022 until 3/07/2022 (last departure) and from 28/08/2022 until 6/11/2022 (last departure).
Other days on request.

Day 1
Arrival in Matera
Meeting in Matera for the trip briefing and to supply your bikes and GPS navigators.
Day 2
Matera to Gioia del colle - distance 35 km
A short ride brings you to Gioia del Colle, known for its mozzarella and its burrata! Something that you'll taste before visiting the center of the town with its twelfth-century castle.
Day 3
Gioia del colle to Alberobello - distance 35 km
Moving on from Gioia del Colle, you enter the Valle d’Itria, characterized by the unique architecture of the Trulli, the peculiar stone buildings with conical roofs. The next stop is Noci, where – through the narrow streets of the old town – you can bask in the light of the sun reflected off its lime-white roofs. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in Alberobello, the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, thanks to its 1,500 Trulli.
Day 4
The surroundings of Alberobello - distance 45 km
A day was spent discovering the Valle d’Itria. Leaving Alberobello the first stop is Martina Franca. Less touristy than Alberobello, it has retained its own particular charm. The old town is surrounded by stone walls with baroque gateways, leading to the main square. You can visit the Ducal Palace or taste the famous capocollo of Martina Franca, a Slow Food Presidium. Leaving behind Martina Franca you will find yourself back in the gently undulating countryside, heading towards the ‘Pomona’ botanical conservatory: a real biodiversity sanctuary where they have hundreds of fruit trees from all over the Mediterranean (including an amazing collection of more than 400 varieties of figs). The next stop is Locorotondo, which has been nominated one of the 'most beautiful villages in Italy', charming for its architecture and famous for its wine, white and slightly sparkling. Walking through the picturesque old town you can admire the architecture of the ‘cummerse’: the rectangular buildings with sloping roofs made of chiancarelle. Moving from Locorotondo, crossing vineyards dotted with Trulli, you'll find yourself back in Alberobello.
Day 5
Alberobello to Avetrana - distance 80 km
The longest section of the trip will take you up to Avetrana, crossing the border between the Valle d’Itria and Salento: you will notice the change in the landscape around you during the day. Passing by Martina Franca, you’ll travel along a short section of the ‘Aqueduct Cycleway’, a path along the aqueduct of Puglia (which brings water from Campania all the way down to Salento). Then you’ll go on to Ceglie Messapica, a city known for its bread, that you can try in one of the oldest bakeries in the city, located in the old town. In Francavilla Fontana you can visit the Basilica Minore of the Holy Rosary and Argentina Palace. The next stop is Oria, ‘city of witches’. Leaving Oria, and passing by Erchie, you’ll have your overnight stay at a farm in the countryside of Avetrana (or in a B&B).
Day 6
The surroundings of Avetrana - distance 35 km
The journey to discover the surroundings of Avetrana will take you towards the sea, the long seaside bordered by the dunes of Torre Colimena, where you'll have the chance to visit the Salina dei Monaci and also, if you like, do some birdwatching. Cycling along the coast heading north, you'll reach San Pietro in Bevagna, where a crystalline sandy beach – totally deserted in the spring and autumn – will allow you to sunbathe and swim in the emerald waters of the Ionian Sea. From San Pietro in Bevagna you’ll head to Manduria where you can visit an ancient archaeological site of the Messapica era and the Primitivo Museum (Primitivo is a high-alcohol red wine). You’ll return to Avetrana in the afternoon.
Day 7
Avetrana to Lecce - distance 52 km
On this, the final day, you’ll head towards the ‘Florence of the South’: the city of Lecce. Along the way, you pass through the fascinating ghost town of Monteruga, founded in the 1920s and completely abandoned in the 1980s. This is the area of ‘Salice Salentino’, whose vineyards produce a DOCG wine very popular around the world. You’ll go through a few small villages where, all year round, you’ll find the squares filled with elderly residents, hats pulled down against the sun, discussing politics and agriculture, and it seems that time has stood still. Later in the afternoon, you’ll reach your destination, the City of Lecce.
Day 8
Departure
Departure from Lecce



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  • All prices are based on double rooms - for bookings & inquires: send an email to info@cycleclassictours.com
  • Base package per person in double room € 630
  • Start every Friday and Saturday from March till half July and End of august till half November
  • Departures: every Sunday from 27/3/2022 until 3/07/2022 (last departure) and from 28/08/2022 until 6/11/2022 (last departure).
  • Other days on request.

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  • 7 overnights stay in farmhouses, 3/4* hotels or B&B
  • 7 breakfast
  • 2 tastings with wine, cheese, and local products
  • Baggage transportation
  • GPS guide with tracks included
  • Roadbook with cultural information and tips about the route
  • Assistance h24 based on a local company with English speaker
  • Rental bike (trekking 21 gears): € 70
  • E-bike rental: € 190
  • Single supplement: € 140
  • Upgrade 4**** hotel: € 140
  • Extra night in Lecce or Matera: € 45

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