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Bike Trip South Puglia

Cycling Trip South Puglia and Salento. 6 days – 5 nights
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Cycling Trip South Puglia on an E-bike or Trekking bike

Cycle around Lecce: the city of a hundred churches and its historic center in the South of Italy. Lecce is the capital of Puglia and is a vibrant city, which downtown street lights up at sunset to animate the pleasant and warm evenings. In 6 days you’ll cycle the most hidden corners around Lecce. You’ll discover the beautiful hinterland inhabited by the ancient Messapians. Enjoy Lecce and Beyond on two wheels.

Your first bike day starts in Lecce from here you go to the west coast of Gallipoli. Here you’ll immerse in the history of this town which is famous for its “green gold” You will discover it in one of the many oil mills. Your next day will lead you to Acaya where you reach the sea. On day 4 you cycle the Francigena way, before reaching the Adriatic coast. Your last cycle day will be on the east coast of Otranto, from here you go all the way back to Lecce. In Otranto, you will visit beautiful creeks like “The Bay of the Turks” and its cliffs; old Roca and its Cave of Poetry; St. Andrea and its stacks.
On your way around Puglia, there are plenty of possibilities for a refreshing swim in the clear sea of Puglia.

Jump on your bicycle and discover South Puglia

  • Gallipoli is famous for its “green gold” with many oil mills that the old town still preserves
  • Le Cesine Nature Reserve and the fortified village of Acaya.
  • Beautiful creeks: The Bay of the Turks and its cliffs; old Roca and its Cave of Poetry; St. Andrea and its stacks.
  • The medieval Abbey of Cerrate on the Francigena Way
  • The most beautiful coasts of Puglia
  • The “Lecce Stone”
  • The medieval Abbey of Cerrate on the Francigena Way
  • And Salento with its great street food
Day 1
Check in
Welcome to Salento, a land between two seas. You will stay in a lovely B&B inside the old town of Lecce, the capital of Baroque art in Salento. The city, first Messapian and then Roman, contains within its walls proper historical and architectural jewels: a clear example is the great and well-preserved Roman amphitheater. Tomorrow you will start your Salento bike tour!
Day 2
From Lecce to Gallipoli - Distance 50 km
After breakfast you will cycle on country roads reaching Copertino, an area famous for its wine, and then Nardó, which preserves the most beautiful Baroque square of southern Italy. Afterward, you will reach the coast where is the Park of Porto Selvaggio, the authentic green lung of this part of the Ionian coast. Finally, following the coast, you will get to Gallipoli, the final destination of this beautiful day. A suggestion: enjoy the sunset on the small beach of “Purità”, located in town. Overnight in Gallipoli.
Day 3
From Gallipoli to Leuca - Distance 50 km
Time to leave the “Kale Polis” - a beautiful city. Before that, you should visit a small, but really interesting Museum in the underground oil mill at Palazzo Granafei: ancient rooms dedicated to lamp oil production. From Gallipoli, you will cycle along the road parallel to the coastline until you reach Punta Ristola, the extreme edge of the Salento peninsula, the heel of Italy. From the promontory, where the Devil’s Cave is, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the harbor of Leuca and, even further, of the cape of Punta Melisso. To end the day you can do a boat trip to discover the many sea caves: ask about the kiosks near the harbor. Overnight in Santa Maria di Leuca.
Day 4
From Leuca to Otranto - Distance 55 km
An old local legend recommends visiting the Sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae. Hence sometimes the horizon mingles with the various shades of blue from the sky and sea. Leave Leuca, and today you will proceed on a scenic stretch of road overlooking the sea. Among gentle ups and downs you will arrive at the Ciolo canyon, then at the small Bay of Acquaviva, at the Castro narrated by Virgilio, at the thermal baths of Santa Cesarea, always looking at the endless beautiful glimpses of sky and sea. Finally, you will reach Otranto, the most eastern city of Italy. Here you can get lost in the little old town looking for the architectural connection points between this small town and the great Byzantium, today Istanbul.
Day 5
From Otranto to Lecce - Distance 55 km
You can not get away from Otranto without visiting the Norman Cathedral, which preserves the largest and most complex paved mosaic in southern Italy. This work contains so many ancient mysteries: you can see King Arthur, the Puss in Boots, the Calendar, the Board, the three-headed Dragon, and many others. After riding along the coast, you will reach the Natural WWF Reserve “Le Cesine”: the last piece of coastal marsh that once stretched up over the city of Brindisi. Before returning to Lecce you will cross Acaya, the most important Renaissance fortified town in southern Italy, built by Giangiacomo of Acaya in defense of the city of Lecce and commissioned by Emperor Charles V. Last overnight in Lecce.
Day 6
Departure day
Departure day... Time to say goodbye, a good flight back home, or a pleasant stay in Italy. Transfers upon request.

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Technical details
  • This tour is suitable for anyone with a minimum of training on the bicycle. The daily mileage goes from 40 to 55 daily kilometers, with programmed pauses for visits and refreshments. The bike will be a way to work off the good food and enjoy the many landscapes offered by this land. There will also be strictly cultural moments and the possibility of a refreshing swim in the clear sea of Puglia.
  • The morning of the second day, after breakfast, you will have a welcome meeting. In case of need, you can call an emergency number ON h24
  • The Standard tour offers accommodation in simple B&B and selected 3* hotels.
  • The Superior tour offers accommodation in charming B&B and 4* hotels. All rooms are ensuite.
  • 1+1 nights in Lecce
  • 1 night in Gallipoli
  • 1 night in Leuca
  • 1 night in Otranto

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  • 5 nights with breakfast
  • Welcome briefing and bike fitting
  • Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Phone assistance 08:00-20:00
Season prices
  • Low Season 01/02-23/03 and 27/10 - 30/11 Standard € 580 Superior €730
  • Peak Season 12/07- 01/09 On request
  • Mid Season 24/03/-21/06 Standard € 660 Superior €820
  • High Season 22/06/-19/07 Standard € 790 Superior €980
  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Bike rental Trekking bike 80 euro
  • Gravel Bike 120 euro
  • E-Bike 150 euro
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Hotel tourist taxes (about €10,00)
  • Insurance and what's not listed as Included
  • Upgrade to superior rooms
  • Extra nights
  • Single room supplement




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