Walking in Puglia

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  • Puglia, the heel of Italy, a perfect place for relaxed walking & ancient culture
  • The fairytale trulli houses of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy the view from the terrace of Locorotondo, a Salento wine in hand
  • Ostuni, the “white city” rising dramatically from the Valle d’Itria plateau
  • Enjoy the delicious Puglian traditional cuisine such as Orecchiete pasta
Walk in Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot bordered by the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Discover landscapes of olive groves, stone walls and ancient towns bursting with architectural gems. The Valle d’Itria is famous for its distinctive “trulli” houses, and in the town of Alberobello you‘ll even get the opportunity to stay in one! Walk through classic and tranquil Puglian countryside, staying in remarkable towns, such as Ostuni, known as the “white city”. Moreover experience the Salento region and elegant Lecce, the “Florence of the South” and Otranto on the coast where, from your walk, you can see Albania and the Greek Island of Corfu. The quality of Puglian wine and cuisine is second to none and evenings may be spent dining al fresco in a town piazza.

What To Expect

The daily walks on this tour are all rated easy to moderate as Puglia is predominantly flat. You should book this tour if you like walking in peaceful landscapes with olive groves and vineyards, but also if you like staying in interesting towns with an appealing past. There is plenty to explore from the north to the south and from the interior of Italy’s heel to its coastline.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wine, Whiskey & More...
  • Historical Journeys

Activity Level & Terrain

This trip is graded easy to moderate. Puglia is relatively flat and the elevation gains and losses will be minimal. You will mostly be walking on small country roads, lanes and tracks, plus some trails. Please be aware that when on country roads and lanes that you will likely be walking on tarmac, so it is important to be prepared for this.

Navigation

The route is at times waymarked but outside of this there will be little way-marking. Detailed routes note and GPS data will be provided for you via the Macs Adventure App. Further information will be provided upon receipt of your booking.

Accommodations

Your accommodation constists of good quality B&B’s, and 3* and 4* hotels. 

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers, although there is a supplement due to the fact that some of the costs (such as transfers) are not shared. Single rooms are available on request and a supplement is payable.

Meals

A breakfast will be provided by your accommodation every morning. Usually they are buffet-style or continental breakfasts. Dinners are not included, however there are options to dine out either at your accommodation (if they have a restaurant) and in the village and towns in which your accommodation is situated. Lunch is also not included, but you can find small stores in which to purchase items for a picnic lunch. In your route notes we give advice on where you can eat/pick up lunch.

Included
  • Overnights in good quality B&B's, 3* & 4* hotels
  • Breakfast included
  • Baggage transfers
  • Transfers as per your itinerary
  • Information Pack, maps, route notes, GPX tracks, access to our smartphone app
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to starting point/from finish point
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Public transport (e.g train fares)
  • Tourist taxes (approx €1.50 per day)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

When To Go

You can start this walking tour anytime between April and October. Please bear in mind that July can be very hot for walking,  During these months please take plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen. This trip is not available in August due to the high season and the difficulties of confirming accommodation during this time.

Please try to avoid departing on Monday's as trains/buses from Lecce to Otranto are not available on Sunday's.

Getting to the Start

By Air: You can fly into Bari Airport which is the closest one to Alberobello. There are daily flights from the UK to Bari and from other major European hubs.

To get to Alberobello you can take a train direct to Bari Centrale Stazione. It is a 10 minute walk to the platform, the journey takes 20 minutes and they run approximately every  20mins to 1H depending on the time of day. More information on the train times may be found here www.ferrovienordbarese.it/times. To reach Alberobello from Bari Centrale Stazione you can board a local direct train. The journey takes approximately 1H45 and the trains leave about every hour.

We can also arrange a private taxi transfer from Bari Airport to Alberobello. Please ask your Destination and Adventure Specialist for details.

Getting from the End

The closest airport to Lecce is Brindisi Airport. You can take a direct bus from Lecce City Terminal to the airport,  running approximately every 1-2 hours, depending on the time of day. The journey takes 40 mins. We suggest taking a taxi to the City Terminal Bus Station from your accommodation. You can find timetables here at Puglia Air Bus.

You can also fly out of Bari Airport if you wish. Trains run from Lecce to Bari Centrale every hour or so and take about 1H20. You will find schedules on the Trenitalia website. As on arrival you can then take a train to the airport from here.

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. On this itinerary (Days 2, 4 & 6) you will have private transfers to the beginning of your walks, but you need to take your luggage with you as the driver will take it onwards to your next destination. Also please note when taking the train from Ostuni to Lecce you will be carrying your own luggage, so please pack accordingly. In other words pack light!

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

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 and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Alberobello and overnight Day 2 Walk to Locorotondo along Valle d’Itria Greenway 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Loop Walk via Martina Franca 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Walk to Ostuni 9 miles / 14 km Day 5 Trajan Way to Ostuni 6 miles / 10 km Day 6 Train to Lecce. Free day to explore Lecce Day 7 Train to Otranto. Otranto Loop Walk 7 miles / 11 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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