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.
DAY 1: PUTIGNANO
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.
DAY 2: PUTIGNANO - LOCOROTONDO
+/- 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
DAY 3: LOCOROTONDO loop
+/- 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
DAY 4: LOCOROTONDO – GROTTAGLIE
+/- 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
DAY 5: GROTTAGLIE – MANDURIA
+/- 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
DAY 6: MANDURIA loop
+/- 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
DAY 7: MANDURIA - LECCE
+/- 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
DAY 8: LECCE
Breakfast, check out and end of services.