Guided Tour of Puglia from Matera to Lecce
Guided tour – 9 days
A guided bike itinerary to discover the most beautiful and unspoiled corners of Puglia.
You don’t have to take care of anything except pedal along the most beautiful bike routes of our region. Our guides will be looking after you at any time, thanks to their experience, professionalism and knowledge of the area. The tour starts in Matera, the famous UNESCO city of the “Sassi” (“Stones”, i.e. the old town full of cave dwellings) and future European Capital of Culture for 2019.
This 9-day/8-night cycling holiday is the perfect choice to become familiar with the beating heart of Puglia, the country of the trulli (the conic-roofed rural houses) and the masserie (local fortified farmhouses).
At the end of the journey, Puglia will have no secret for you anymore – or at least a few kept for your next tour!
DAY 1: MATERA
Arrival in Matera and check-in. Take a day off to discover this unique town, Unesco World Heritage and European Culture capital of 2019. You will be caught by its thousand-year old history, the “Sassi” district and cave churches, and its famous bread!
DAY 2: MATERA
Welcome briefing and bike fit with a member of Puglia Cycle Tours crew.
DAY 3: MATERA – SAN BASILIO
+/- 60 km
The first stage runs almost entirely in the Ravines Regional Park, in the middle of wheat fields and wide panoramas. You will have the chance to visit the town of Laterza, famous for the tasty bakery products and the beautiful pottery. Enjoy your stay in San Basilio hamlet, in a noble mansion of the XIX cent.
+/- 650 meters of climbing
DAY 4: SAN BASILIO – ALBEROBELLO
+/- 55 km
You still cycle the first kilometres in the “Terra delle Gravine” ( Ravines Land), amongst deep canyons, carved by rivers over millions of years. You will even cycle upon one of them, over a stone bridge! Leaving the ravines it’s time to discover the iconic Puglia scenery: dry stone walls, old masserie (fortified stansteads) and trulli, our typical rural houses with a conic roof, built without any cement or mortar. To reach Alberobello, the UNESCO capital of the Trulli, the daily destination, you cycle in a beautiful countryside and through Noci, as well: this town is like a temple of good food – good to know in case you get hungry along the way!
+/- 600 meters of climbing
DAY 5: (LOOP) ALBEROBELLO
+/- 50 km
Let’s play a game: are you able to cover even a single stretch of the daily route without spotting a trullo? They are everywhere in the Itria Valley, the very heart of our region. Cycle along the Apulian Aqueduct cycling route, the “Ciclovia dell’Acquedotto”, towards Locorotondo, one of the “borghi più belli d’Italia” (most beautiful villages of Italy). Then before riding back to Alberobello, pass by the quaint town of Martina Franca, known for its baroque architecture.
+/- 550 meters of climbing
Trulli and masserie – old town of Locorotondo – Ciclovia dell’Acquedotto – baroque architecture in Martina Franca – “capocollo di Martina Franca” (typical charcuterie product of Martina Franca)
DAY 6: ALBEROBELLO – MONOPOLI
+/- 45 km
It’s time to say goodbye to the lovely Alberobello and its trulli! You slowly ride down to the Adriatic coast and reach one of its most fascinating town: Polignano a Mare, perched on the side of a cliff; explore the old town and reach one of the terraces, with their stunning view overlooking the sea. Riding further on the coast, you get to Monopoli, a perfect mix between beautiful sea and history. Your accommodation is in the old town, a few steps away from the old fishermen port and the Castle.
+/- 350 meters of climbing
DAY 7: MONOPOLI – OSTUNI
+/- 45 km
Your today cycle starts through the courtyards and arches of the old town of Monopoli, then continues along shores and little coves, arriving in a marvelous scenario: an expanse full of century and thousand-year old olive trees. Little by little, you will spot a white outline amid the hills: it is Ostuni, known as “the white town” because of its whitewashed houses and walls. To perfectly end the day, indulge a stroll in its old town, a sort of Mediterranean Kasbah of narrow alleys and white stairs, getting lost in the light of sunset.
+/- 350 meters of climbing
DAY 8: OSTUNI – LECCE
+/- 15+30 km
After a short ride by train from Carovigno station, you will reach Lecce, one of the most important cities of the South. From Lecce, you cycle in the most authentic countryside, passing through the fortified village of Acaya, dry stone walls and imposing “pajare” (Salento typical “trulli” with a square base). Then you will continue riding a while, next to the imposing “pajare” – Salento typical “trulli” with a square base – and before coming back to Lecce and indulge with a night in the “Florence of the South” as a final treat to say goodbye to Puglia.
+/- 300 meters of climbing
DAY 9: LECCE
After breakfast, end of services.