Giro di Puglia 8 days | Putignano – Lecce

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Giro di Puglia 8 days | Putignano – Lecce

Days / Nights
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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.

Puglia biking Tour  – Putignano Lecce

Self-guided – 8 days

All the Puglia highlights combined with under-the-radar places, connected by an unspoilt itinerary just for you! From the Murgia dei Trulli area to the Ionian Coast. One night in the baroque town of Lecce to top off your cycling holidays.


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Arrival in Putignano, a small Medieval village in the Murgia of Trulli where you can spend some free time. Check in, welcome briefing and bike fit with a member of our team.



+/- 40 km

The stage starts from the beautiful medieval old town of Putignano, a town that boasts the longest and oldest Carnival in Europe. It then continues along the beautiful countryside and gets to the Castellana Caves in just a few kilometers. We are referring to the most important, the largest and the most scenic karst complex in Southern Italy: it is really worth delving into it.
Leaving the caves, you find still pleasant rides through rolling countryside cultivated with olive and other fruit trees such as almond, cherry and apricot.
Without realizing it, our route leads you along a magnificent and endless balcony on the edge of the Murgia. From here you can enjoy a panoramic preview of all that awaits you in the coming days: the hills, the sea, villages, centuries-old olive trees, the scents of the Mediterranean scrub and the thousand colors of Puglia.
A few more kilometers, always flanked by dry stone walls, and you reach Locorotondo, one of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages’ in Italy.

↗ 460mt  (grade max. +12%)     ↘ 440mt




+/- 50 km

Try to play a game: can you find in the next 50 or so kilometers you are cycling today, a single spot from which you do not see a single trullo? You find them everywhere, in the heart of the Itria Valley, dotting a unique landscape and destination now known worldwide by those seeking beauty and good living. You begin to catch a glimpse of them from Locorotondo’s belvedere, a promenade that borders the wonderful historic center surrounded by terraced vineyards. Leaving the town, you head to Martina Franca to discover its elegant Baroque center. After a pleasant up and down in the countryside, you finally reach Alberobello, the capital of trulli and a UNESCO site. Stroll through its magical historic center before returning to Locorotondo.

↗ 650mt (grade max. +12%)    ↘ 650mt




+/- 50 km

Today you ride on a stretch of the main Apulian cycle route: the “Ciclovia dell’Acquedotto”, running on the maintenance track of a more than a century-old Aqueduct. In the last kilometres the trulli start to thin out, but you will still be surrounded by a lush countryside while cycling down to your daily destination Grottaglie, the famous Apulian town of the ceramics.

↗ 460mt (grade max. +8%)    ↘ 730mt




+/- 60 km

During this route you’ll explore the plateau of the Murge Tarantine, in the east side of the province of Taranto: you will cross little villages like Monteparano, Roccaforzata (on the top of Serra Sant’Elia, the highest hill of the area) and Faggiano (at the foot of the hill): enjoy the view and smell the scents of the Mediterranean scrub, all your way down to the Ionian coast! You will be surrounded by lots of vineyards that announce your imminent arrival to Manduria, the town of the Primitivo DOC wine, where you will stay for the night.

↗ 330mt (grade max. +8%)    ↘ 380mt




+/- 50 km

Having spotted the Adriatic Sea in the first leg, we now take a long “dive” into the Ionian Sea. This is the sea that Italy shares with Greece, and in this stretch it is made up of sandy, crystal-clear beaches. We travel along the coast from Campomarino to Torre Colimena, passing through the village of San Pietro in Bevagna. Just before Torre Colimena there is a nice passage that flanks the “Salina Monaci.” Salt was once produced here; now it is a nature reserve where between spring and early fall stupendous flamingos find shelter.

↗ 230mt (grade max. +4%)    ↘ 240mt





+/- 60 km

Today’s stage goes from Manduria to Lecce, the capital of Puglia baroque, passing through the ‘Lands of Negroamaro’, one of the most famous wine-producing areas in southern Italy. The flat landscape is almost always accompanied by vineyards and wineries. We recommend a stop, perhaps with a tasting, in Guagnano. On this last part, you pass through small villages with characteristic buildings made of ‘pietra leccese’, a very workable sandy-yellow stone that dominates the architecture of your final destination: the elegant historic center of Lecce.

↗ 250mt (grade max. +6%)    ↘ 280mt




Breakfast, check out and end of services.

Prices 2024

March and November: from € 990 per person
April: from € 1.160 per person
May-June-September-October: from € 1240 per person

Tour available all year from March to November. Write to us and ask for a customized quote.

  • 7 nights in typical guest houses or 4-star hotels with breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Smartphone with uploaded tracks
  • Medical and luggage insurance
  • FULL assistance
  • Cultural and gastronomic advice along the way
  • Briefing and bike fitting in English with PCT staff

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.

We do NOT suggest this tour on road bike, due to the terrain.

  • Trekking bike rental*: € 105,00
  • E-bike rental*: € 245,00
  • Additional smartphone with GPS Navigation App: € 20,00
  • Side bag rental: € 25,00 each
  • Single room supplement: from € 30,00 per night
  • Extra nights: on request
  • Private Transfers: on request

*Helmet, front bag (2,5l), water bottle, spare tube, levers, pump and lock included in the bike rental

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

Find out what makes our Self Guided tours different and unique by clicking here.

This is a self-guided tour, i.e. you are free to ride at your own pace. We will book your hotel, we will provide assistance and the Garmin GPS Edge Touring 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.

FULL Assistance

Customers have one of our assistants at their disposal 24 hours a day, in case of any problem or need.
In the event of a bicycle failure, he/she will sort the problem out or suggest how to.
On the day of arrival, the guests meet our assistant for a welcome briefing and bike fit, during which he supplies them with the equipment (maps, GPS device, etc.), giving useful information about the route and the working of the GPS.


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