Grade

Easy

When

March - Nov

Accommodation

3 *** Hotels

Breakfast

Included

Hybrid bike

+ € 80

E bike

+ € 190

Bike trailer

+ € 50

Trolley bike

+ € 85

Trekking bike 21 gears

+ € 70

From: 600

Description

Puglia – Salento Family Tour

Puglia – Salento Family Tour
Every day all year long
For guided options from 4 persons or more send us an email.

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Puglia – Salento Family Tour in the “heel” of Italy, on a peninsula that, jutting south-east, divides two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian. The region Puglia is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland, and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. Here plays agriculture a prominent role in the economic context. It is mainly intensive and modern agriculture that allows the region to be among the first in Italy for the production of many products: olive oil, almonds, grape tomatoes, and durum wheat (which is used to produce pasta).

During this tour, you’ll start at Lecce the “Florence of the South” for its baroque architecture. From Neolithic cave paintings, to ruins of ancient cities, to Roman theaters and spas, to rupestrian crypts carved into the rock, or fortified castles, Puglia has to offer a lot. It’s the perfect marriage of nature and culture. Even the farmers are inadvertent artists using special techniques to build out of mortarless stone, creating a unique landscape unlike any in the world. This land smiles at the bicycle tourist! Its hillocks never climb more than 200 meters and even beginners can easily enjoy its beauty by bicycle. When you cycle this Tour there become light to the many hidden treasures, not only by the sea, but also inland! In the entroterra, you find many small farms and artisans who strictly follow traditional ethics and respect for the land.

Enjoy this Puglia – Salento Family Tour

  • The historic center of Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’ with its Spanish-style baroque architecture and its Roman ruins
  • Martano, the capital of the “Salentine Greece”
  • Corigliano D’Otranto, with its majestic castle.
  • the church of Santa Caterina. Where the walls are completely covered with frescoes in Giotto style. Wander around the beautiful historical center of the city
  • Relax at the Natural Park of Porto Selvaggio: a wooded area of more than 1000 hectares close to the sea
  • Visit some of these municipalities: Zollino, Sternatia, Martignano. In their charming historical centers, you’ll discover some of the most delicious gastronomic specialties

Experience the culture of Puglia, taste the local traditional regional food, breathtaking coastlines, wonderful nature, and much more! This cycle tour is perfect for those who like short distances.

DEPARTURES: every Friday and Saturday from 19/3/2021 until
10/07/2021 (last departure) and from 27/08/2021 until 06/11/2021

Day 1
Arrival in Lecce
In the late afternoon, you'll meet the staff for a briefing on your trip and the delivery of bicycles and GPS. Then you can wander by bike or you go for walking around the historic center of Lecce, the 'Florence of the South' that will win you over with its Spanish-style baroque architecture and its Roman ruins.
Day 2
Lecce to Martano - distance 29 km
Completely flat route and on secondary roads. The first stop is in Cavallino, where we’ll visit an open-air museum on the Messapian civilization (the people who lived here before the arrival of the Greeks and Romans). Continue then, through olive groves bounded by dry stone walls, up to Calimera. Here you can visit a nature museum, where you’ll discover the distinctive flora and fauna of the region. The final destination is Martano, the capital of the “Salentine Greece”
Day 3
The ‘Salentine Greece’ - distance 23 km
During the Middle Ages in Salento, people spoke Greek, thanks to the presence of the Byzantine monks. The 'Grecìa Salentina' is a small region of 9 municipalities where a version of this language is still spoken. You'll visit some of these municipalities: Zollino, Sternatia, Martignano. In their charming historical centers, you will discover some of the most delicious gastronomic specialties, such as 'sceblasti', a soft bread seasoned with tomatoes, courgettes, onions, and peppers. Just this on its own is a worthy lunch!
Day 4
Martano to Galatone - distance 28 km
The first part of the journey is still in the Grecìa Salentina: we will pass through Castrignano de Greci where, among other things, you can admire the 'pozzelle', an ancient system of public rainwater collection. Then on to Corigliano D'Otranto, with its majestic castle. You can do an optional visit before continuing to an organic farm near Cutrofiano - which is also an educational farm. A cheese producer and a honey producer.
Day 5
Around Galatone: Galatina - distance 19 km
You can start the day by picking vegetables in the farm's vegetable garden, or you can decide to take a cooking class with Anna, who will host you in her large country house with a swimming pool. Learn how to make orecchiette (typical pasta of the place, in the shape of an ear) and the "pitta di patate", a pizza made with potatoes. The house has a large swimming pool, so before and after lunch you can relax with your family. Then you’ll set off in the direction of Galatina, where you can admire the church of Santa Caterina, whose walls are completely covered with frescoes in Giotto style, and wander around the beautiful historical center of the city. Galatina is the center of 'tarantismo', a ritual in which sick people (supposedly bitten by a taranta, a spider) were treated through music (the famous 'pizzica'). The ritual itself is no longer pursued but the traditional music is still very much alive and performed everywhere. Do not miss the 'pasticciotto', a typical dessert of the locality, filled with creamy custard. Preferably eaten hot!
Day 6
Galatone to Gallipoli - distance 16 km
Today you’ll continue to ride in the countryside, among olive trees and "pajare" (typical dry stone buildings, which dot the countryside). In Galatone you can visit the castle of Fulcignano (built by our Norman antecedents), in Alezio the museum of the Messapian civilization. If you want, you can take a detour to Tuglie for a visit to the Radio Museum (where you can find a history of radio communication with dozens of ancient examples all working).
Day 7
Around Gallipoli to Porto Selvaggio - distance 20 km
A relaxing day by the sea. After a short ride along the coast (quite deserted outside the peak season), you get to the Natural Park of Porto Selvaggio: a wooded area of more than 1000 hectares close to the sea. The calm sea here is fed by spring waters, and you can swim and relax for your last day of travel. On the way back, you really must stop in Santa Caterina, a very small town, where the inhabitants seem to know no other activity than that of eating ice cream!
Day 8
Onward travel
In the morning you can walk around the historic center of this fishing town, among whose narrow streets you can still breathe life as it would have been lived decades ago. Do not miss the wine served at the underground mill, where olives used to be processed when Gallipoli was the world capital for the export of olive oil.



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  • All prices are based on double rooms. Departures all days
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  • DEPARTURES: every Friday and Saturday from 19/3/2021 until 10/07/2021 (last departure) and from 27/08/2021 until 06/11/2021 (last departure).
  • Other days on request, supplement € 75 pp
  • High season from 15/06 to 15/09.

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  • 7 overnights stays in farmhouses, 3* hotels or B&B in family room, or triple rooms
  • 7 breakfast
  • Baggage transportation
  • GPS guide with tracks included
  • Roadbook with cultural information and tips about the route.
  • Assistance h24 based on a local company.
  • Transfer from Gallipoli to Lecce
  • Adult price: € 600
  • Child price (until 16 years) : € 500
  • Child price (until 13 years): € 450
  • High season supplement (15/6 to 15/9): € 40 per person
  • Rental hybrid bike: € 80
  • Rental Ebike: € 190
  • Bike trailer: € 50
  • Trolley bike: € 85

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