Cycle Holiday in Puglia Italy – Adriatic Route
Self-Guided Tour- 5 days
A bike tour for everyone: easy and spectacular, along the southernmost stretch of the Adriatic Cycle Route, along the coastline between Bari and Brindisi, with incursions into the countryside dominated by the sea of ancient olive trees and the white city, Ostuni, perched on its gentle hill. You will have no trouble getting to the initial stage of the tour by plane, train or ship – the only problem will be to be able to leave, but not for lack of means of transport!
DAY 1: BARI
Arrival and accommodation in Bari.
DAY 2: BARI – MOLA DI BARI – S. VITO – POLIGNANO A MARE – MONOPOLI
+/- 45 km
The starting point is Bari, Puglia’s capital and bridge between East and West of the Mediterranean. Bari is also the city of St. Nicholas, one of the most important saints of the Christianity, which is venerated in the wonderful white-stone Cathedral overlooking the sea. You will ride in the old town, along the city walls and after that along one of the longest and most fascinating waterfronts of Europe. You will pedal a step away from the sea all the time: first to reach the beautiful town of Mola di Bari, then the little harbour and the imposing abbey of San Vito; and then you’ll finally enter Polignano a Mare, one of the most charming towns you will come across on the Adriatic Cycle Route and the hometown of “Mister Volare” Domenico Modugno. A few kilometres more between the deep blue sea, the red land, and the green olive trees and you will get to Monopoli, final stop of the first stage.
+/- 300 meters of climbing
DAY 3: MONOPOLI – SAVELLETRI – OSTUNI
+/- 40 km
You will be struck by Monopoli. Year by year, the town is becoming one of the most beautiful and dynamic places of the Southern Adriatic coast. You’ll have the possibility to appreciate its charm by bicycle, starting your tour from the old harbour and riding along the medieval walls. You will then ride out of the town along the coast, admiring lots of enchanting coves until you will get to Savelletri, where you will have the chance to visit the ancient Roman town of Egnatia and the archaeological excavations lapped by the sea. You will sight imposing masserie (typical farmhouses) often transformed in fascinating resorts. As you will be riding inland, you will come across an expanse of century-old – or even thousand-year-old in some cases – olive trees. Then, you will take a step even further back in time when you will visit the dolmen of Montalbano, a megalithic tomb from the Bronze Age. From there, you will notice a hill covered with white houses: that’s Ostuni. You will get there after a short uphill ride to end the second stage.
+/- 400 meters of climbing
DAY 4: OSTUNI – CAROVIGNO – TORRE GUACETO – BRINDISI
+/- 50 km
Ostuni, also known as “the white city”, is an elegant and shining lookout over two seas: the blue sea touching the horizon and the – even bigger – green sea of millions olive trees, the symbol of Puglia. You will have the chance to admire the labyrinthine old town of Ostuni, a veritable Mediterranean Kasbah made of limestone. After that, you will ride back to the coast after a short stop in the amazing courtyard of the “Dentice di Frasso” castle in Carovigno. Here you will ride on roads surrounded by imposing olive trees, which will become fewer and farther between when you will get to the State Natural Reserve of Torre Guaceto. The Reserve has both a great environmental importance, due to its marine flora and fauna and to the bird migrations, and an unquestionable historical and architectural value, because of the imposing medieval tower after which “Torre Guaceto” (Guaceto tower) takes its name. But above all, it is a location with an extraordinarily beautiful landscape.
From Torre Guaceto you will ride the last kilometres to get to Brindisi and end your cycling tour.
+/- 250 meters of climbing
DAY 5: BRINDISI
After breakfast, end of services.