Bike riding tour in Puglia Italy
Self-guided Tour – 6 days
The ideal cycling holiday for those who only have a few days available, or those who do not feel fit enough to face more than 4 consecutive days in the saddle, but do not want to miss out on visiting the most appreciated highlights in Puglia. Four days by bike from the Itria Valley to the gates of Salento are just the right compromise, as well as the best starter to get you ready for your next ride through the heel of Italy!
DAY 1: PUTIGNANO
Arrival in Putignano and check-in.
Welcome briefing and bike fit with a member of Puglia Cycle Tours crew.
DAY 2: PUTIGNANO – ALBEROBELLO
+/- 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
DAY 3: (LOOP) 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
DAY 4: 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 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
DAY 5: MONOPOLI – OSTUNI
+/- 45 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
DAY 6: OSTUNI
After breakfast, end of services.