Self Guided Cycling from the white-coned trulli of Alberobello along an idyllic coastline to Lecce
In the heart of the Mediterranean lies Puglia, a unique landscape sandwiched between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. New to 2013 our amended itinerary explores the very best of this captivating region and begins by cycling through two towns that both possess UNESCO world heritage sites.
Matera's fascinating 'Sassi' houses hewn out of the rock and the 'Trulli di Alberobello', still standing after 5,000 years, set the scene for the journey to come.
After passing through the stunning 'white city' of Ostuni, a charming example of Mediterranean architecture, the route veers towards the idyllic Ionian coastline. Known as the 'Ionian Pearl', we will pass through the town of Gallipoli, with its 16th Century castle perched on a limestone island.
The remainder of the journey takes us to the meeting point of the Adriatic and Ionian seas at the most southerly point of the region, Santa Maria di Leuca, and continues through a charming coastal landscape to the Messapian town of Otranto. The route then passes through olive orchards and limestone cliffs to Lecce, the capital of Salento, known for its impressive amphitheatre and countless churches and palaces.
For the guided group cycling tour in the same area, please visit: Cycling Puglia and Matera
What makes this trip responsible?
As a self-guided trip you will be pedalling under your own steam and at your own pace. You will not be part of a group so the impact of your visit on the landscape and communities you pass will be absolutely minimal. Our local operator works with local suppliers and hoteliers to ensure that we support the communities we visit, maximising the benefit to them and also our enjoyment of the region. We will stay in characterful, locally run hotels and the route notes will often give you hints and tips of local restaurants you can try, giving you a taste of the local cuisine while helping to support these establishments. Moreover, we encourage you to journey by train to minimise your carbon footprint.
National Geographic: 'Best of the World' List
Puglia has been nominated one of National Geographic’s Best of the World destinations for 2014. The list reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainable and superlative in the world of travel today.
Cyclist by Trulli