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Cycle Puglia, the heel of Italy, from the Adriatic waters of Monopoli to the UNESCO protected town of Alberobello. Spend each night in stylish comfort, including 2 nights in a lovingly restored trulli house, unique to Puglia.
Deep in southern Italy, south of Bari, begin your exploration of Puglia from the coastal town of Monopoli. Ride through olive and almond groves to the medieval castle of Conversano. Pedal along the rugged Adriatic coastline to Greco-Roman hilltop city of Ostuni, and discover its maze of well preserved cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings.
Ride across sleepy rural landscapes, peppered with white conical roofed houses to the 1500 trulli houses of Alberolbello. Here you have the option to visit Noci and Putignano by bike or relax and wander the ancient streets of Alberobello by foot. Explore its maze of streets and dine on locally produced creamy burrata cheese and chilled bianco wine.
The coastal town of Monopoli is easily accessible from the nearby airports of Bari or Brindisi (approx 1hr—1hr 30min train journey).
On arrival into Monopoli, check into your hotel and head to the terrace where you can soak up Adriatic sea views or relax by the pool. Monopoli’s beach is only a few minutes walk or you may like to head into the Piazza XX Settembre and visit the 17th century cathedral.
Your day will now begin with a ride along the coast to
Polignano a Mare (perfect for a coastal coffee stop), before heading inland and to the
town of Conversano. Dating back to the Iron Age, Conversano’s centre piece is
its medieval castle which has been reconstructed to the original 11th
century Norman design. Cycling South East, pedal through a patchwork of
olive groves before returning to the town of Monopoli and your stylish sea
Begin with a ride along the coast before peeling away and cycling inland to the town of hilltop town of Ostuni. Known as the ‘White Pearl’, the shimmering whitewashed buildings are spread across 3 hilltops. With a distinctly Greek feel, wander the maze of narrow streets which eventually lead up to the 15th century cathedral where you can enjoy extensive views across the Adriatic Sea.
Today’s ride is a steady and gentle climb to the famous Trulli houses of Alberobello. Pedal along quiet roads flanked by olive and almond groves. Named after the Arboris Belli forest which once covered the area, this UNESCO town is home to over 1500 conical roofed houses, constructed from local limestone. Early trulli houses date back to the 14th century and were the homes of agricultural workers. Here you will spend the next two nights in a charming, traditional trulli house.
Cycle the Val d’Itria and ride a loop through the historic centres of Noci and Putignano. Break for lunch in one of the sleepy medieval piazzas before returning to Alberobello through a patchwork of olive groves. You may prefer to spend the day exploring the history of Alberolbello and its wealth of 14th century trulli dwellings. Later relax with a large glass of bianco wine and platter of breads and creamy burrata cheese.
Optional Cycle: 35 km
Depending on your onward travel arrangements, spend the morning relaxing in the gardens of your trulli hotel. From here you can connect through to Bari or Brindisi, or if you would like more time to explore this charming region, extra nights can easily be arranged.
During this trip you will stay in 5* and 4* hotels and a traditional, stylish Trulli house. We regularly use the following properties but we will accommodate you in a hotel of equal standard should any of the following hotels be unavailable. Each stay at the listed accommodation is based on a standard room.
5 breakfasts are included. Breakfasts usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats, granola and sweet cakes. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking. Lunches and dinners are not included but you will find suggestions in your route notes of local places to dine.
Like the rest of Italy, Puglia’s cuisine, is fresh, simple and delicious! Signature dishes of the region include orecchiette pasta (pasta shapes resembling little pigs ears), burrata cheese (a creamy mozzarella cheese) and crunchy, dry Frisella bread.
A 5* hotel in the centre of historic Monopoli. Surrounded by sea views and of the old towns, on arrival relax on terrace with Adriatic Sea sviews or take a refreshing dip in the pool.
Located just outside the fortified walls of Ostuni, this 16th century building is a former maritime post office. Set amongst peaceful gardens, guests can relax and soak up panoramic sea views.
Spend 2 nights in an authentic trulli house, some of which date back to the 14th century. Made of limestone, topped with conical roof, houses are compact but cosy and retain their traditional designs. Each house has a traditional interior with a contemporary twist.
This trip is available to start on any day from March to Mid-July and September to November. We suggest that you contact us as soon as
possible if you are considering a departure during the peak season of May-June and September.
2018 departures will not commence until 1st May 2018.
This cycling route follows a combination of quiet country roads and busier routes when approaching and departing towns and cities. Please always be mindful of other roads users at all times, especially when cycling on routes shared with traffic. The tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow during your self-guided adventure and we also supply GPX tracks via our easy to use Macs Adventure Navigation App.
Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.
21 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Male and female frames are available. If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride.
EBikes are also available for hire if you would like a power assisted ride. For more information on EBikes please click here.
If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such as Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar.
If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time book as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.
If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and
frame size you currently ride, along with any other specific requests
you may have. We’re always happy to answer any questions regarding hire
If you would to bring your own road bike please ensure it is
thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.
All bike tours are unescorted. The distances listed are approximations of the recommended routes.
Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, cycle clothing and personal medications etc.
It is a requirement of booking this tour
with Macs Bike that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you
for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Getting to Monopoli
For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com
Bari airport train station has regular services through to Monopoli. From Bari Airport train station, change at Bari station for connections through to Monopoli (total journey time approx 1hr 15mins).
From Brindisi Airport catch the airport shuttle service to Brindisi centre and change here for train services to Monopoli (total journey time approx 1hr 30min)
Please visit www.trenitalia.com for train times, prices and tickets.
Getting from Alberobello
Like Monopoli, Alberobello does not have an airport but is well connected with Bari.
From Alberobello change at Bari Central for services to the airport (total journey time approx 2hr 30min).
Please visit www.trenitalia.com for train times, prices and tickets.
A bus service connects with Brindisi airport, though takes around 3 hours.
Private transfers from Alberobello to Bari or Brindisi Airports can be arranged and are can be reserved at the time of booking.
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
This trip is graded easy to moderate with daily distances between 30 km—50km. Once you have left the towns and cities much of the cycling is on quiet country or coastal roads. You will encounter some stretches of shallow hills throughout the tour. We can arrange the rental of Ebike if you would like a power assisted ride.
It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your trip so you get used to riding back to back days. However, it’s not all cycling. Each day there are plenty opportunities to visit historic sights and sample locally produced food and wine.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this region is extremely popular especially May to June and September.
Of course! We understand the relationship between rider and bike and know many cyclists would never consider riding another steed. If you are unsure, we are happy to discuss bike hire options with you.
March, April and October into November are cooler months and are generally quieter in the cities and towns. May through and September, days are beautifully long and warm. June and July days can be very warm so you may prefer an early start to avoid cycling in the midday heat!