Giro di Puglia 12 days | Matera – Lecce

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Giro di Puglia 12 days | Matera – Lecce

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Level 3: Moderate

For the regular cyclist that wants to discover more of Puglia and doesn’t mind some steeper and varying terrain. These tours offer between 6 and 9 days of cycling with a maximum of 60km a day.

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Bicycle Trip in Puglia Italy

Self-guided tour – 12 days

A bike tour to “get the whole picture” of Puglia – starting from its borders with neighbouring region Basilicata. You will start in Matera, the city of “Sassi” and UNESCO world heritage cite, and through the local canyons, the “gravine”, you will enter Puglia to discover, one pedal stroke after the other, its changing landscapes that flow from one beauty into the next. From Murgia to Salento: architectural and natural wonders, sites of immense historical and cultural interest, and of course, unsurpassable culinary specialties!


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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!



Welcome briefing and bike fit with a member of Puglia Cycle Tours crew.



+/- 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.

+/- 550 meters of climbing

The “Sassi di Matera” and the old town – Laterza bread – Laterza ravine



+/- 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. 
Your daily destination is Putignano, famous for hosting European oldest carnival.

+/- 650 meters of climbing

old town and Rodolfo Valentino Museum in Castellaneta – bicycle path on the Gravina Grande (big ravine) in Castellaneta – food and wine shops in Noci



+/- 35 km

Leaving the medieval centre of Putignano, cycle in the lush countryside to reach Castellana Caves after just a few kilometres. It is the main karst site in the South Italy: we do recommend to stop for a visit! After the caves, continue along the rolling lanes of the countryside where olive, almond, apricot and cherry trees grow, in their marvelous colours according to the season.
The daily destination is a UNESCO heritage site: Alberobello, the world capital of Trulli.

+/- 400 meters of climbing

Putignano, the town of the Carnival – Castellana Caves – Trulli of Alberobello



+/- 45 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 – Ciclovia dell’Acquedotto – baroque architecture in Martina Franca – “capocollo di Martina Franca” (typical charcuterie product of Martina Franca)



+/- 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 overlookig 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.

+/- 300 meters of climbing

church of Barsento – balconies overlooking the sea in Polignano a Mare – ice cream and fish Paninis in Polignano – harbour and old town of Monopoli



+/- 40 km

Your today cycle starts through the courtyards and arches of the old town, 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

Adriatic Sea beaches – the white old town of Ostuni – sea urchins



+/- 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: take some time to explore the town! From Lecce, you cycle in the most authentic Salento countryside, passing through thefortified village of Acaya, dry-stone walls and imposing “pajare” (Salento typical “trulli”), until you reach Borgagne, a quiete and nice village where you will stay for the night.

+/- 200 meters of climbing

Castle of Carovigno – fortified town of Acaya – pajare (Salento trulli with square base) – Lecce Baroque -“pasticciotto leccese” (typical Salento pastry)



+/- 45 km

It’s time to explore the most impressive part of the Salento area: centuries-old olive trees, the “Grotta della Poesia” (Cave of the Poetry), ranked among the 10 most spectacular natural pools in the world, impressive cliffs overlooking the sea, blue jewels which are the Alimini Lakes, and finally Otranto. This town will enchant you, thanks to the flavours of the Mediterranean Sea, its unique history, the feeling of a past which is not vanished yet. You will understand why it is listed in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage!

+/- 300 meters of climbing

“Grotta della Poesia” natural pool – Roca Vecchia archaeological Park – cliffs of Sant’Andrea – Alimini Lakes – Castle of Otranto – Negroamaro (Salento vine)



+/- 55 km

This last stage is a postcard to say goodbye, but moreover a see you soon, to Puglia! From Otranto following the Idro Valley to discover Salento hinterland, where you will often come across some ancient megalithic monuments, the menhirs. Then you cycle along enchanting countryside lanes heading to the “Grecìa Salentina“, where you can still ear ancient greek influences.
 Lecce, with its elegant baroque old town, will be waiting for you at the end of the trip.

+/- 300 meters of climbing

Menhir area – Grecìa Salentina (Greek-dialect-speaking area) – iced coffee with almond milk



Breakfast, and end of services.

Prezzi generali
  • March, November: € 970,00 per person
  • April, October: € 1060,00 per person
  • May, June, July, August, September: € 1190,00 per person
High season
  • May: 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
  • June: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21
  • August: 27, 30
  • September: 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27

General price
  • March: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
  • April: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • October: 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25,29
  • November: 1, 5, 8, 12
  • 11 nights in typical guest houses or 4-star hotels with breakfast
  • 1 dinner (beverage not included) on Day 2
  • Luggage transport
  • GPS device with uploaded tracks
  • Medical and luggage insurance
  • FULL assistance

City taxes to pay on site, where required.

Below are some extra services you can add to your tour. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.

  • Hybrid bicycle rental: € 120,00
  • E-bike rental: € 300,00
  • Road bike rental: € 350,00
  • Pannier rental: € 25,00 (each)
  • Helmet rental: € 10,00
  • Half board supplement (dinners): on request
  • Single room supplement: € 30,00 per night
  • Private Transfers: on request

We have selected for you the best typical guest houses or 4-star hotels (depending on availability), bike-friendly accommodations in Puglia, equipped with all the comforts a bicycle traveller may need. Here are the typologies:

  • Matera: Hotel in the heart of Sassi District
  • San Basilio: 4-star Masseria in the “Terra delle Gravine” countryside
  • Putignano: B&B in the old town taking part in the project “Borgo in bici” (Town by bicycle)
  • Alberobello: authentic trullo in the heart of the old town
  • Monopoli: cosy typical accommodation of the historic centre
  • Ostuni: 4-star hotel in the centre of the “white city”
  • Borgagne: B&B in a sixteenth-century building
  • Otranto: 4* hotel in the city centre
  • Lecce: comfortable Bed and Breakfast in the old town

[actual accommodation could vary based on availability]

On request and upon availability we can offer 5-star accommodation options, too.

See the accommodations on this tour

This is a self-guided tour, i.e. you are free to ride at your own pace. We book your hotels, we provide assistance and the Garmin GPS navigators with which you will be able to follow the path that we have planned for you.

During the tour, you will probably meet other guests lodging in the same accommodations for the same tour or similar. Aside from the pleasure of getting to know other bicycle lovers, you will always be free in departure and arrival times.

Our tours #GiroDiPuglia tell about Puglia in every way – in the altimetry, too! Puglia is a hilly region surrounded by the sea: that’s what you will find stage by stage. Some of these stages are almost completely flat; others are funny up-and-down paths; some have short climbs and sprints, which will bring out the cyclist inside you, if even only for some hundred metres.

The average daily path is between about 40 and 50 kilometres. One stage is even shorter (around 30 km) and only one around 60 km.

We thought up an itinerary achieving the very difficult aim of showing you the most beautiful corners of our region, by riding on the most impressive paths. The tour is suitable for anyone who is relatively used to cycling, whatever the age.

Anyway, it is always a pleasure for us to listen to your needs and customise the tours offering you the best experience ever!

Matera is easily connected with Bari airport. A metro and several shuttles (but also trains, taxi and hire cabs) let you get to Bari central train station in a few minutes. Here you can take one of the many daily trains of the Ferrovie Appulo Lucane, (F.A.L.) to Matera. The same is the case for Bari port, situated a few steps away from the Central Station.
Matera is also 140 km far from Brindisi, where you can find both an airport and a port with several international routes, too.
If you are travelling by car, take the Bologna-Taranto highway until you get to the exit “Bari Nord”. Keep driving to the “zona industriale” (industrial area) and then to Altamura-Matera, i.e. SS96 and then SS99.
Anyway, a private transfer service with driver from all Apulian airports, stations and ports is also available on request.

FULL assistance
Customers have one of our assistants at their disposal 24 hours a day, in case of any problem or need.
On the day of arrival, the guests meet our assistant for a welcome briefing, during which he supplies them with the equipment (maps, GPS device, etc.) giving useful info about the route and the working of the GPS. Moreover, our assistant leads customers at the beginning of the first tour stage to verify that both bicycles and equipment are working a treat.
In the event of a bicycle failure, he will sort the problem out or suggest how to. He is available every morning, to show the day stage and give advice just in case.

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