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Apulia Charme short break
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Apulia Charme short break

Apulia Charme short break

  • Lecce, the most stunning Baroque city of southern Italy
  • Charming and delux accommodation throughout the trip.
  • Wonderful landscapes of ancient olive groves, vineyards and jagged coastlines
  • Authentic country towns and villages of Gallipoli and Otranto
  • Friendly people and great traditional Apulian culinary specialties
  • Beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise sea  
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Route

The rides are mostly along well asphalted country lanes and secondary roads with little traffic, however sometimes you have to travel on larger trafficked roads when approaching and riding in the larger towns.

Start: Lecce                   Finish: Lecce 

Day 1: Arrive in Lecce, in Apulia
Day 2: Ride from Lecce to Gallipoli (49 km)
Day 3: From Gallipoli to S. M. di Leuca (51 km)
Day 4: From Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto (51.5 km)
Day 5: From Otranto to Lecce (52.5 km)
Day 6: Arrivederci Lecce !

Day 1:    Arrive in Lecce, in Apulia

Arrive in the Baroque masterpiece of southern Italy: Lecce has a lovely historic centre (centro storico) where you can easily spend a day exploring its picturesque little lanes and discovering its treasure: the architecture and the Baroque churches. This lovely town will charm you with its attractive countryside, seashore and small towns close to it.

Day 2:    Ride from Lecce to Gallipoli (49 km)

Today’s ride it’s you and nature. Pedal across flat countryside, an occasional olive tree, pine tree forests and sand dunes. The natural morphing of the scenery is spectacular, especially as this area is very sparely inhabited. Pass ancient seaside watch towers as you approach the medieval fishing town of Gallipoli, bursting with life.

Challenge: 4.5 hours, 49 km, 200m ascent, 140m descent

Day 3:     From Gallipoli to S. M. di Leuca (51 km)

A coastal road takes you to the southernmost point of Puglia, which divides the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. But first, take a swim in the turquoise waters of paradise, at the Torre del Pizzo beach and lie upon the fine white sands. Then continue south to Santa Maria di Leuca, a magnificent village of fantastic beaches and wacky, wild, colourful mansions.

Challenge: 4.5 hours, 51 km, 200m ascent, 170m descent

Day 4:    From Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto (51.5 km)

Revel in the sea breezes as you ride along the high coastal route, winding your way along the gentle, undulating ridges of the cliffs. Phenomenal views will make you feel part of a National Geographic cycling special feature. Stop for a glimpse of the spectacular cave, the Grotta Zinzulusa, and then on to Otranto, a Greek-come-Roman port town, frequented by merchants and thrill seekers.

Challenge: 3 hours, 51.5 km, 520m ascent, 530m descent

Day 5:    From Otranto to Lecce (52.5 km)

Today you visit the Alimini Lakes which run parallel to the sea. Cycle your way through the countryside of Greek Salento, where traces of the former colonies are still present in the dialect, cuisine and bright style of architecture. The whites shine against the euphoric blue of the sea. Arrive in Lecce, a brilliant city full of wonderful palaces and a treasure which will mesmerize you.

Challenge: 4.5 hours, 52.5 km, 120m ascent, 90m descent

Day 6:    Arrivederci Lecce !

The trip and our services end after breakfast. You may have booked extra nights in Lecce or a transfer to the airport.

accommodation

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) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Grand Hotel di Lecce (Lecce)
Grand Hotel di Lecce (Lecce)

Grand Hotel is in the historic center just 200 m from Lecce Railway Station. The location is elegant and refined with Leccese Baroque architecture. Rooms are spacious, well-finished and beautifully decorated and have these comforts: air conditioning, telephone, TV, free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is rich of savory and sweet dishes served at the poolside or into a loggia. 

www.grandhoteldilecce.it

Hotel 33 Baroni (Gallipoli)
Hotel 33 Baroni (Gallipoli)

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. 

www.hotel33baronigallipoli.it

Hotel l'Approdo (Santa Maria di Leuca)
Hotel l'Approdo (Santa Maria di Leuca)

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. 

www.hotelapprodo.com

Hotel San Giuseppe (Otranto
Hotel San Giuseppe (Otranto)

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. 

www.hotelsangiuseppeotranto.it

practical info

You can start any Sunday, subject to availability, between March and July, and between September and November.

If you are a group of 4 pax, you can start any day of the week, subject to availability. For less that 4 pax, supplements apply.

For solo traveller a supplement applies. Prices on request

The nearest airports are Bari (BRI) or Brindisi (BDS).

From Bari (BRI) or Brindisi (BDS) airports, you need to reach the relative city stations. Train connections to Lecce are available from there.

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

RENTAL BIKES

Longo Hybrid

  • 27 gears
  • male frame size: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL / female frame size: S, SM, M, ML, L
  • suspension: Vibration damping Carbon fork
  • Shimano V-brake

 

FRW Trekking

  • 27 gears
  • male frame size: S, M, L, XL / female frame size: S
  • suspension: front shok
  • Shimano V-brake

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 5 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer DAY 2 to DAY 5
  • Bike delivery to Lecce, theft insurance and collection from Lecce
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Bike Rental
  • Travel to Lecce and back to the airport
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights in Lecce
  • Bike rental with map holder & small front bag, 1 rear side bag, 1 repair kit, odometer, 1 padlock
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Transfer from airport to Lecce
  • Transfer from Lecce to airport
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