Cycling in Puglia from the UNESCO town of Matera along the idyllic coastline to Lecce
Nestled between the Adriatic and Ionian seas, lies the captivating region of Puglia, also known as the 'Heel of the Italy's boot'. For centuries this stretch of land has been the gateway to the East and has been home to numerous civilizations, including Greeks, Romans, Spanish and Turks, who have left a deep mark in the architecture, food and local dialects.
This cycling in Italy trip starts in the fascinating city of Matera, famous for its cave-and-stone Sassi houses, inhabited since the Prehistoric times. We leave behind this rocky and arid land and cycle towards the picture-postcard town of Alberobello, in the heart of the flourishing Itria Valley.
Scattered across green rolling hills and dry-stone walls, funny-looking Trulli houses still stand after 5,000 years and millions of ancient olive trees stretch as far as the eye can see. The remainder of the journey takes us to the Salentinian Peninsula, a favourite among Italians for its idyllic coastline, crystal clear water and charming towns.
From the white hilltop town of Ostuni, overlooking the Adriatic, this cycling holiday takes us to Gallipoli, floating on a limestone island in the Ionian Sea, and, riding past olive groves and limestone cliffs, we reach Lecce, a beautiful Baroque city, known as the Florence of the South.
What makes this trip responsible?
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.
Porto Badisco, Salento