When you put the word “holidays” next to the word “cycling,” a cool breeze immediately goes through you.
The reasons why cycling holidays in Puglia, are not just simply a vacation, but a dreamed trip, can be many.
Between personal reasons and objective reasons, we tell you from the point of view of real locals how to experience cycling vacations in an immersive, fulfilling, complete way.
Since Puglia is a vast and long region, one cannot help but ask the following question.
Where to go on holidays in Puglia?
To leave by bicycle is to leave at an advantage because the bicycle returns an extended look at places with an intimate and authentic contact.
As we said, Puglia is a very vast and diverse territory, with six provinces one more beautiful than the other and accentuated territorial peculiarities, both in terms of history and landscapes.
There are more than 800 km of coastline unfolding between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea, and a territory that is half flat and half hilly. Only 2 percent of the mountainous territory is concentrated in the north of Puglia, between the Gargano and Monti Dauni: it even reaches 1,000 meters in altitude. The heel of Italy is also among the nation’s most easterly regions, and Punta Palascia, in Otranto, is just over 70 km away from Albania and Greece. On the clearest and clearest days of your cycling holidays in Puglia, it will not be difficult to touch the other side of the Adriatic Sea with your eyes as well and experience a unique feeling of belonging to more than one land.
Cycling Holidays in Puglia, Italy: six provinces, six different souls
Choosing is not easy, but by cycling you will definitely see more places and areas, with a decidedly high quality of exploration.
The visual contrasts of the Province of Foggia:
This is the northernmost area of Puglia where, the Gargano promontory, is absolute ruler of this land with coves with crystal clear waters and sheer cliffs. An e-bike tour is ideal for discovering this part of Puglia, with stages that are not very long but have significant elevation gains. Unmissable stops are: Castel del Monte, Vieste, Peschici, Siponto.
The harmony and duality of the Province of Bari and Bat:
Again, the seafaring identity of cities such as Bari, Trani, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare hides another side of the coin. A rural soul, perhaps less famous but equally imbued with magic. On your cycling trip in Puglia, historic stops like Gravina di Puglia, Alberobello and Altamura cannot be missed. Here beauty is as far as the eye can see: from the typical trulli of the Itria Valley to the karst sinkholes of the Gravine area, where biodiversity reigns supreme. An area intrinsically linked to the city of Matera, in Basilicata, part of the iconic Giro di Puglia bike tour.
The Mediterranean spirit of the Province of Taranto:
Between the Murge and the Ionian Sea, this part of Puglia tells of ancient Messapian stories, wine traditions and the sea. Taranto, Martina Franca, Manduria, Laterza, and Grottaglie are among the most important stops to consider during your cycling vacation in Puglia to fill up on beauty, local crafts and great food.
The warmth and redemption of the Province of Brindisi:
Expanses of majestic centuries-old olive trees, white houses made of lime and stone, excellent gastronomy, unspoiled sea, homely hospitality and food and wine are the characteristics of towns such as Ostuni, Fasano, Brindisi, Ceglie Messapica, and Carovigno. A middle land between Salento, further south, and the Valle D’Itria, which is reviving and enhancing its wealth also thanks to cycling tourism and food and wine. We have a special tour “Bike & Wine” dedicated to it.
The love for the sea in the Province of Lecce:
Lecce is the undisputed queen of southern Apulia, with its baroque and elegance. All around, an endless series of small towns and villages of very few inhabitants and quiet roads leading to the sea. The entire coast of Salento is a succession of coves that are pearls of unheard-of beauty and color. On the Salento Coast to Coast tour we pedal along these areas, passing Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca and Gallipoli.
Trulli holidays in Puglia: a unique experience in the world
Coming to Puglia, particularly to the Itria Valley area, known worldwide for its trulli, is like entering a parallel dimension.
The atmosphere here, between Cisternino, Locorotondo, Alberobello and Martina Franca, is fairy-tale and sweet. Many people love this part of Apulia because of the possibility of combining an active vacation made up of bicycle rides through nature with moments of tranquility in typical cone-shaped trulli.
Many have been renovated to become oases of peace and well-being, with private outdoor swimming pools. The Bike & Trulli package, in fact, combines relaxation with the exploration of the area thanks to gps routes that have as starting point and as arrival, the selected structure.
This type of cycling vacation in Puglia is the ideal choice in the warmer months of July and August because it allows you to rest by the pool or in the cool of the trulli and get in the saddle when you prefer, at sunset or early morning.
Write to us if you need travel advice and if you want to plan a customized tour together with our Travel Designer team.
Photo Credit: Giulia Gasperini