Puglia Road Bike Tour

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Puglia Road Bike Tour

Days / Nights
15 / 14
Type
Self-guided
Difficulty

Livello 4: Active

For those who cycle regularly, are fit and want a bit of a challenge while still enjoying the surroundings.

Puglia Road Bike Tour

Self-guided – 15 days

A Grand Tour across Puglia, designed to let you discover our region with its variety of colours, landscapes and flavours. Your journey starts from Giovinazzo, then it gets to Matera, the magical city of Sassi. From there on, you ride southwards, from the area of the ravines to that of the vineyards, from the famous crystal-clear beaches and baroque churches of the Salento to its more hidden little villages and dry-stone walls. Next up is the white town, Ostuni, between wide fields and thousand-year-old olive trees, followed by the Itria Valley with its “trulli” and “masserie”, until you get to Bari, from where you will travel back home with a piece of Puglia in your heart. Are you ready for your ride?






Itinerary

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1

DAY 1: GIOVINAZZO

Arrival in Giovinazzo and check-in.
Welcome briefing and bike fit with a member of Puglia Cycle Tours crew.

2

DAY 2: GIOVINAZZO - CASTEL DEL MONTE

≅ 75 km

Start your ride visiting the old town centre of Giovinazzo, before heading north towards the lively seaside towns of  Molfetta and Bisceglie. Enjoy a walk in the fancy town of Trani, admiring the Basilica, suspended over the sea. From here cycle inland, towards Castel del Monte: you will see it from far away, standing out in the sunset, a silent presence since centuries.

⇑ + 800mt    ⇓ – 380mt

giovinazzo – castel del monte

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DAY 3: CASTEL DEL MONTE - MATERA

≅ 100 km

Cycle in the incredible varied landscapes of the Murgia Plateau, the hilly area between the Apulia and the Basilicata region. You will pass by Gravina admiring the ravines surrounding the town, and by Altamura, famous for its PDO bread. You will finish in the UNESCO site of Matera. Discover its unique history and explore the “Sassi” district, enjoying a breath-taking view of the cave dwellings at sunset.

⇑ + 950mt    ⇓ – 1080mt

“Alta Murgia” National Park – cave settlements in Gravina – Altamura bread – Matera and “Sassi” district

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DAY 4: MATERA – CRISPIANO

≅ 90 km

You leave the “Sassi” town, heading to the Ravines land and the town of Laterza, famous for the tasty bread and beautiful pottery. Along the route, you will even cross one of the ravines over a stone bridge! Finally your daily accommodation in Crispiano, a small town surrounded by vineyards and farms.

⇑ + 1030mt    ⇓ – 1220mt

Laterza bread – Castellaneta ravine – Palagianello cave churches – Terra delle Gravine “Santa Lucia” bridge

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DAY 5: CRISPIANO - MANDURIA

≅ 75 km

Pedal in the area of the “100 masserie”: these are typical fortified farmhouses, built even centuries ago, but many of them are still in full activity! You can have your first stop in Grottaglie, the town of the handmade ceramics production, and then continue, surrounded by vineyards to reach Manduria, the town of the Primitivo PDO wine.
Wine tasting highly recommended!

⇑ + 500mt    ⇓ – 620mt

Ceramics districts and museum – Primitivo wine and rural culture museum

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DAY 6: MANDURIA - GALLIPOLI

≅ 80 km

It is time to cycle towards the Ionian Sea: take advantage of the famous sandy shores of Punta Prosciutto, Torre Lapillo or Porto Cesareo along the route.
After crystal-clear waters and the scents of Mediterranean scrub, you will reach Gallipoli. Its name means “beautiful town” in ancient Greek, and it is the perfect place to explore a lovely historic centre, and enjoy a good glass of wine or a savoury seafood by the sea.

⇑ + 340mt    ⇓ – 410mt

Coastal watchtowers – Porto Cesareo and the marine reserve – Gallipoli old town

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DAY 7: GALLIPOLI - DAY OFF

A day off and relax to enjoy the beauty of Gallipoli and its surroundings.

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DAY 8: GALLIPOLI - OTRANTO

Head towards Santa Maria di Leuca, better known as “Finis Terrae”. Take a breath, and gaze at the far end of Italy! Now ride along the Adriatic coast, and make sure to have a stop at Zinzulusa cave or Porto Badisco before finally reaching Otranto. Discover the secrets of the mosaics in the Medieval Cathedral, and admire the sunset on the easternmost city of Italy.

⇑ + 1050mt    ⇓ – 1030mt

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DAY 9: OTRANTO – LECCE

≅ 85 km

Today’s bike ride winds through the “Grecìa Salentina“, between ancient menhirs and “pagliare”, typical country buildings used by farmers. Then you will go towards the coast, dotted with numerous 16th century watchtowers and natural caves, among which the wonderful “Grotta della Poesia” stands out. You will finally arrive in Lecce: relax in the narrow streets of the old town centre sipping a refreshing “leccese” coffee, among baroque churches and palaces, and the sparkling of stone.

⇑ + 460mt    ⇓ – 430mt

Grecìa Salentina – Torre dell’Orso – Grotta della Poesia – Acaya – Lecce and the Baroque art style

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DAY 10: LECCE - BRINDISI

= 88 km

This morning you leave the baroque heart of Lecce, saying goodbye definitively to the Salento area, for another simple day almost completely flat. The ruote will take you inland towards Salice Salentino and Guagnano, renowned for the production of red wines such as Negroamaro and Salice (in fact, you often cycle alongside rows of native vineyards). The itinerary keeps on flat roads, passing the center of Squinzano and the countryside surrounded by olive groves, to then reach the coast in the small center of Casalabate, where there is a quiet marina, holiday homes and some bars open during the summer. After passing the ancient watchtower, the route bends again to the hinterland, in the direction of San Pietro Vernotico, a small village with an agricultural vocation but with an authentic atmosphere, where we recommend a lunch stop near the central Piazza del Popolo. From this moment about 20 kilometers separate you from the vivid center of Brindisi, a strategic outpost since the Greek period, a Roman port of enormous value and today an expanding tourist centre, as well as a minor seat of the arsenal of the Italian navy.

For sunset have a stroll at the refined seafront, admiring the monumental staircase that marks the end of the ancient Roman Via Appia-Traiana and, why not, enjoying a pre-dinner drink.

 

⇑ + 350mt ⇓ –400mt

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DAY 11: BRINDISI - OSTUNI

≅ 90 km

Left the city at your back, you proceed into the hinland countryside in the direction of Mesagne, a lively town of great cultural and tourist interest which, with its slightly elevated position and the heart-shaped historic centre, is a truly characteristic destination. Cycling through the cobbled village you can see numerous religious and civil baroque architectures and an imposing castle, whose Norman tower is today the symbol of the city. 

After this detour the itinerary heads back towards Brindisi (we suggest a coffee break before leave the city) to then takes the coastal direction northwards up to the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve, a vast area interested by lagoon, woods and Mediterranean scrub from which the emblematic medieval fortified tower stands out. 

After exploring the gravel paths of the reserve (easy going), the route continues towards the residential center of Specchiolla where, in summer, we suggest a lunch break at one of the numerous bars on the seafront (in low season you can continue till the next stop) . Leaving the coast, you head inland again following the quiet municipal roads that branch off among the mighty monumental olive trees up to the hilltop village of Carovigno. A lively climb (steep but short) marks the entrance to the historic center where we recommend a lunch break and a glance at the singular Renaissance balcony of the Dentice di Frasso Castle

The last 10km, undulating and gradually climbing, lead to the “White Lady”, Ostuni, which with its whiteness and beauty marks the southern border of the lush Valle d’Itria. Before dinner it’s high recommended a wondering around the narrow alleys of the historic hamlet, which will evoke in your mind a small Mediterranean kasbah in terms of architecture and atmosphere, while the numerous clubs and restaurants will offer a touch of charme to your evening.

⇑ + 600mt    ⇓ – 430mt

Negramaro vineyards Guagnano and Salice Salentino – olive groves Carovigno Castle – Ostuni

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DAY 12: OSTUNI - DAY OFF

A day off and relax to enjoy the beauty of Gallipoli and its surroundings.

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DAY 13: OSTUNI – ALBEROBELLO

≅ 100 km

Welcome in the Itria Valley! This is the land of dry-stone walls, olive, almond and cherry trees, oak woods, rolling hills and “trulli”, the conic roof–shaped houses symbols of Puglia. You have the chance to pass by the most representative towns of this area: Cisternino and its grilled specialties, the noble Martina FrancaLocorotondo with its panoramic walk over the valley. Your daily destination is Alberobello, UNESCO site, and world capital of Trulli.
⇑ + 1200mt  ⇓ – 960mt

Cisternino and Aqueduct Cycleway – Locorotondo – Martina Franca – Alberobello and Trulli

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DAY 14: ALBEROBELLO – BARI

≅ 90 km

The final stage of your Puglia Road Bike Tour:. You will meet the Adriatic Sea once again in Monopoli, a very lively town thanks to its fishing harbour and old centre. Continuing by the coastline, you cannot miss a stroll in Polignano a Mare and the view from the balconies overlooking the cliff. Only a short effort left, in order to reach your destination: Bari, the city where your tour began.
Here we hope to say “arrivederci”, until you come back to visit our beautiful Puglia!

⇑ + 630mt    ⇓ – 1030mt

Castellana Caves – Monopoli port – Polignano a Mare – Bari

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DAY 15: BARI

Check out and end of services

March and November: from € 1.970 per person
April: from € 2.130 per person
May-June-September-October: from € 2.290 per person

*July and August on request

March and November: from € 1.970 per person
April and October: from € 2.130 per person
May-June-September: from € 2.290 per person

*July and August on request

Tour available all year from March to November. Write to us and ask for availabilities.

  • 14 nights in typical guest houses or 4-star hotels with breakfast
  • 2 dinners on day 2 and day 4 (beverage not included)
  • 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.

  • Road bike rental*: € 600,00
  • Additional smartphone with GPS Navigation App: € 20,00
  • Side bag rental: € 25,00
  • Single room supplement: cost varies based on availability
  • Another extra night to rest: on request
  • Private Transfers: on request
  • Extra nights: on request
  • Tip

*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 in Puglia, equipped with all the comforts a bicycle traveller may need.

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

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

Our 15 days Puglia Gran Tour is the perfect answer for the avid cyclist that wants to discover more of Puglia, riding an average daily distance of around 90 kilometres with about 750 meters of average daily elevation gain for ten days of cycling. Starting in Giovinazzo and ending in Bari, this huge loop takes you along both the Ionian and the Adriatic coastline, over smaller countryside roads and through various towns and cities. Despite the lack of real mountains in Puglia, it almost feels like there are no flat roads here, always flowing either up or down with gentle graded slopes, perfect to get rid of the extra calories you will certainly pick up with the delicious local food and wine.

Our 15 days Puglia Gran Tour is the perfect answer for the avid cyclist that wants to discover more of Puglia, riding an average daily distance of around 90 kilometres with about 750 meters of average daily elevation gain for ten days of cycling. Starting and ending in Giovinazzo, this huge loop takes you along both the Ionian and the Adriatic coastline, over smaller countryside roads and through various towns and cities. Despite the lack of real mountains in Puglia, it almost feels like there are no flat roads here, always flowing either up or down with gentle graded slopes, perfect to get rid of the extra calories you will certainly pick up with the delicious local food and wine.

There are many low-cost flights to get to Puglia landing in Bari. A metro and several shuttles (but also trains, taxi and hire cabs) let you get to Bari central train station in a few minutes.
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.
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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