Cycling routes on well-surfaced country lanes and quiet secondary roads. You may encounter a bit more traffic when approaching the larger towns.
Start: Monopoli Finish: Lecce
Arrive in the glorious town of Monopoli overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Get lost in the labyrinth of streets amidst whitewashed houses. Visit the main church, known as Basilica concattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia patrona, and the stunning unique squares. In the afternoon enjoy the sea breeze while sipping a fresh local white wine tasting and the famous “taralli”. Marvel at the Marchesale Arch, an original entrance to the old town
Today’s ride is a gradual climb from the Adriatic sea to the gently undulating valley of Itria. Through the typical Murgia landscape with olive groves and fields surrounded by low stone walls. Stop at Castellana Grotte for a rest and to visit an immense underground cave system, one of the largest in Europe. Continue on to Alberobello, the Trulli capital of the world and a UNESCO Heritega town. Alberobello is unique for having over 1000 trulli, or white washed stone houses with
Challenge: 46.5 km, 500 m ascent, 100 m descent
Historic Murgia is built upon a karst plateau of olive groves, south-facing vineyards and classic ‘masserie’ farmhouses. Pause to taste a tiny bit of DOC wine in medieval Cisternino, then cycle out to spell-binding Ostuni on the Adriatic Coast. Hidden behind massive walls, the heart of the city guards a Gothic treasure: the 15th-century cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
Challenge: 40 km, 300 m ascent, 500 m descent
Roll down to Ostuni Station and catch the train to Lecce, where your cycling route begins. Ride into peaceful countryside on quiet roads through olive groves. Linger in small historic towns like Copertino and Nardò, walk down shady lanes in the old centre or relax with a perfect cappuccino. Cycling to Gallipoli you’ll come upon loads of splendid spots for a refreshing swim in the Ionian Sea.
Challenge: 52 km, 240 m ascent, 330 m descent
Snaking along the coast to the southernmost tip of Puglia, you run out of land at the dramatic divide between the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. Paddle in a paradise of turquoise waters and fine white sand on Torre del Pizzo beach. Recently refreshed, ride onward to magnificent Santa Maria di Leuca with its ideal beaches and wacky, wild, colourful mansions.
Challenge: 51 km, 200 m ascent, 170 m descent
Soak up the salty sea breeze on a high coastal route, winding gently along clifftops with phenomenally distracting views. Ready to make your own National Geographic special cycling feature, you stop to sign some autographs. Wait, back to reality: you stop for a glimpse of Grotta Zinzulusa then glide out to Otranto, a Greek-come-Roman port frequented by merchants and thrill-seekers.
Challenge: 53 km, 520 m ascent, 530 m descent
Parallel the seaside and Alimini Lakes, cruising along between fresh- and saltwater. Get into Greek Salento, where traces of former colonies still influence local language, traditional cuisine and bright architectural styles. You’ll wish you were more of an artist, as you imagine painting these brilliant whites against a cobalt blue sea. Take your time on the way to Lecce then get lost in its palatial passions (with nearly one hundred palaces!), steeped in history and brimming with Roman treasures.
Challenge: 52 km, 120 m ascent, 90 m descent
Your cycling trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Add on an optional airport transfer or extend your stay with extra nights in Lecce.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra overnight:You can book additional night(s) ONLY in Monopoli and Lecce
Albergo Diffuso was born from the determination to create an alternative accommodation that is able to offer tourists an experience of authentic life, door to door with the local people. Albergo Diffuso Monopoli doesn't offer the classic stay but it gives to all guests the opportunity to live a "slow" holiday and an authentic experience as resident and not as a tourist.
Trullidea Resort is in the center of Alberobello and its surroundings. The accommodations are arranged in authentic stone trulli typical of Puglia. Each trullo has a garden, a view or are in the heart of the city. Accommodations have heating, refrigerator, private bathroom, mosquito net, living room, free Wi-Fi, a stove on request and private entrance. Breakfast buffet is good and varied, the staff very kind and helpful
This four-star hotel is located at the foot of Ostuni's medieval Borgo Antico. Just six kilometres from the sea, the Relais Sant'Eligio comprises twenty-two rooms with a magnificent panoramic view, all equipped with accessories, modern comforts and furnished in the original style.
The 33 Baroni Hotel in Gallipoli is a brand-new hotel, at just 300 meters far from the old town and 80 meters from the sea. It offers clean and comfortable rooms with TV, air conditioning, soundproofing, free Wi-Fi, telephone with direct line. Breakfast is served on the terrace with sea view. Staff is helpful and courteous.
Hotel L'Approdo is in a panoramic position on the marina of Leuca marina and features a typically Mediterranean style. It offers modern, welcoming and bright rooms with air conditioning, balcony, TV, minibar, free Wi-Fi, external swimming pool and the access to a private beach. Breakfast is served at terrace. Staff is helpful. Is recommended the restaurant that offers tasty fish dishes and Mediterranean cuisine.
Hotel San Giuseppe is set in a 16th-century farmhouse typical of the Puglia region and it's a well-finished and relaxed location in Otranto's historic center just a few steps from the sea. Rooms are well-furnished and beautifully decorated with centralized air conditioning/heating, TV, free Wi-Fi. Quality breakfast is rich. Staff is helpful and courteous.
All the charm of tradition, recognisable thanks to the classic, historic style, from the hall to the furnishings, blends with the most modern requirements, through 96 entirely refurbished rooms. Outside the limited traffic zone, you can reach the city centre on foot in only a few minutes. Discover the pleasure of sleeping in the center in one of the first hotels in the history of the city.
You can start on any Friday, subject to availability, between April and July, and between September and October. Please, note that it can be very hot in July
If you are more than 4 pax, you can start any day of the week, subject to availability.
There will be supplements if you are less than 4 pax not starting on Friday (price on request)
For solo travellers a supplement applies. Prices on request
Arrival in Monopoli
From Brindisi (BDS) or Bari (BRI) airports, you need to reach the relative city stations. Train connections are available to reach Monopoli.
Departure from Lecce
On departure from Lecce you can take the direct train to reach both Bari or Brindisi train stations, where you find connections to the relative airports.
For more information about trains visit the website www.trenitalia.it.
HYBRID RENTAL BIKES
Bike rental includes: 1 Phone holder, 1 rear side bag, 1 repair kit, Odometer, 1 padlock
TREKKING RENTAL BIKES
The rental includes: map holder+small front bag, rear side bag, repair kit, odometer and padlock.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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