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Puglia: Cycle the Salento Coast

6 Days & 5 Nights 4.2 Read 4 reviews
  • Easy going coastal cycling across Puglia, ‘The heel of Italy’
  • Explore Salento’s coastal towns of Gallipoli, Leuca and Otranto
  • Relax on the whites sands of Torre dell Orso
  • Visit the extraordinary karstic cave of Grotto Zinzulusa
  • Dine on freshly grilled swordfish and orecchiette pasta
Beginning in the heart of southern Puglia, explore the town of Lecce and its wealth of baroque buildings, which flourished between the 16th and 18th centuries. From Lecce, cycle through a patchwork of olive groves to the charming ancient walled city of Gallipoli overlooking the Ionian sea. Pedal along the coast, hopping between sandy beaches to the southern tip of Puglia, where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet. Ride along the dramatic rock formations of the Adriatic coastline to the ancient Greek port of Otranto. North of Otranto, relax on the golden beaches of the Cesine Coastal Nature Reserve before returning to Lecce, where you may wish to enjoy one last dish of Puglia’s fresh orecchiette pasta!

What To Expect

Graded easy to moderate, this tour follows the Salento coastline and is suited to cyclists that like the idea of a riding between beaches, ancient towns and discovering the local pasta and seafood dishes unique to Puglia. Each ride is between 50-60km and is predominately along easy going coastal and country roads. Spending each night in comfortable, centrally located hotels means you are only ever a few minutes walk from the sights or panoramic sea views.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Cycling, E-Biking | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night, E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this holiday (subject to availability), to make things easier

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whisky & More...
  • Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular
  • New
  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This cycling route is graded easy to moderate and follows a combination of quiet country roads and busier routes when approaching and departing towns and cities. 

Navigation

The tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps, along with GPX tracks, make the route easy to follow on our Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app.

Accommodation Information

During this trip you will stay in 4* and 3* 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.

Meals

8 breakfasts are included. Breakfasts usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. Italian breakfasts also include freshly baked 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) and crunchy, dry Frisella bread.

Single Rooms

If you're travelling with friends or family but prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists.

Included
  • 5 Nights in 3-4* hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information pack
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and route notes in the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Lecce
  • Bike hire (or upgrade to an e-bike)
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire (standard hybrid)
  • Upgrade to an e-bike
  • Arrival and departure transfers

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com

By Air:  Alberobello does not have an airport but is well connected with Bari. From Alberobello change at Bari Central for services to the airport (journey time 2hr 30min). A bus service connects with Brindisi airport, though takes around 3 hours. Please visit www.trenitalia.com for train times, prices and tickets.

Private transfers from Bari or Brindisi Airports to Alberobello can be arranged at the time of booking.

Getting from the End

By Air:  Lecce does not have an airport but is well connected with Bari and Brindisi. Both cities have airports with international services across Europe.

By Rail: From Lecce Central train station 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.

By Bus: A bus service connects Lecce directly with Brindisi airport. Journey time is just under an hour and services run throughout the day. Timetables and prices can be found at Puglia Air Bus

We can also arrange private transfers from Lecce. 

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20 kg). If you require excess baggage allowance do contact us prior to travel.

Equipment

Bike hire is an optional extra for this tour as you are welcome to bring your own bike. If you intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.

Rental bikes are 21 speed touring bikes equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Specific male and female frames are available. If you’d like to hire a bike, we will ask for your height and the frame size you currently ride so we can make sure your rental bike is the best fit. E-bikes are also available (subject to availability) if you would prefer a power-assisted ride.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Lecce and overnight Day 2 Cycle to Gallipoli 38 miles / 61 km Day 3 Cycle to Leuca 34.5 miles / 55 km Day 4 Cycle to Otranto 32 miles / 51 km Day 5 Cycle to Lecce 32.5 miles / 52 km Day 6 Onward travel

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