Italy : Puglia

Puglia - Cycling the Heel of Italy

Trip code: C07PG

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

15.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

Optional
tandem hire

SUMMARY

  • Matera's ancient cave dwellings and Alberobello's fairy-tale trulli houses
  • Olive groves, towering limestone cliffs and Roman amphitheatres
  • The white city of Ostuni, the majestic castle of Otranto and Baroque Lecce

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Train transfer from Ostuni to Lecce on day 4

TRIP DESCRIPTION

In the heart of the Mediterranean lies Puglia, a unique landscape sandwiched between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. We explore the very best of this captivating region and begin by cycling through two towns that both possess UNESCO world heritage sites. The region is mainly flat, which lends itself perfectly to the self-guided cycle ahead; filled with spectacular views; beautiful coastline and mouth-watering cuisine.
This holiday is offered with a choice of mainly 3 Star, or mainly 4 Star accommodation. The 3 Star accommodation is listed on the hotels page.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Matera

Make your way to Matera, 2019's European Capital of Culture, and one of the oldest inhabited human settlements in the world.

You stay at Hotel Belvedere.

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Hotel Belvedere, Matera

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Located in the Sasso Caveoso, and just a few steps from the Sassi di Matera UNESCO site. Il Belvedere Hotel is a unique location for a perfect view of the Sassi and is close to the typical cave churches, on the main access street to the town. Hotel Il Belvedere is an elegant and typical Hotel in Matera, the rooms are elegant and unique, most of them are built within the cave and each one presents original tufa wall.

Day 2: Matera to Alberobello 72km/45mi

On leaving Matera, ride past its beautiful UNESCO recognised honey-coloured stone houses. Called 'Sassi', these dwellings have been housing residents for the past 9,000 years. From one famous world heritage site to another, head towards Alberobello, where you can admire its distinctive trulli houses made from local limestone.

You stay at Trullidea Resort.

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Trullidea, Alberobello

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A unique and authentic experience staying in a trulli, a traditional 15th century Apulian stone building with conical roof.

Each trulli house is made up of a double bedroom, small bathroom with shower and living area with sofa and small kitchenette.

The trullis are located in the centre of historic Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site, within walking distance of cafes, restaurants and shops.

Day 3: Alberobello to Ostuni 49km/31mi

Cycle through the lush Valle d'Itria, passing more white-tipped trulli houses on the way. Boasting beautiful coastal views, the route takes you through the famous wine town of Locorotondo, regarded as one of Italy's most stunning villages. After sampling some of the local sparkling white wine, continue to the white city of Ostuni - so called for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses.

You stay at Hotel Sant'Eligio Relais.

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Hotel Sant'Eligio Relais, Ostuni

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The origins of Relais Sant'Eligio date back to the first half of 1500 when the Queen Bona Sforza d'Aragona imposed all coastal cities from Naples and Otranto to have a resting station. The Resting Station of Camposada in Ostuni was built along the ancient 'Via del Procaccia', the route running along the ancient walls of the White Town. Between 1630 and 1810, it became the Home of the Zevallos dukes as proved by several decorative friezes and ornaments.

The name 'Sant'Eligio' derives from the patron saint of the farriers working in the stables of 'Camposada' Resting Station. The ancient emblem highlights the evocative written in Latin language: QUISQUIS HUC VENIT HUC REDIET (if you come once, you will necessarily come back again)

The rooms at Hotel Relais Sant'Eligio are elegant and comfortable.

Day 4: Ostuni/Lecce to Gallipoli 53km/33.5mi

Take a train to the fascinating Baroque town of Lecce. From here cycle deep into the Salentinian countryside before approaching the Ionian coast. Here you will reach Gallipolli, known as the 'Ionian Pearl' with its Old Town situated on a rocky island.

You stay at Hotel Joly Park.

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Hotel Joly Park, Gallipoli

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Located in the centre of Gallipoli and only a short walk from Corso Roma, Hotel Joli Park is modern and comfortable.

The rooms are well equipped and contemporary. The hotels offers guests a private shuttle service to take you to and from the private beach “Lido delle Sirene”.

Day 5: Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca 50km/31.5mi

Cycle towards the most southerly point of Salento at Santa Maria di Leuca, where the crystal waters of the Ionian and Adriatic Sea meet. This village is home to one of the most important lighthouses in Italy, as well as numerous villas built at the turn of the century.

You stay at Hotel Terminal.

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Hotel Terminal, Leuca

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Hotel Terminal is nestled among the eclectic villas, on the central nineteenth-century seafront dedicated to Cristoforo Colombo, the heart of the town, with a beautiful view on Punta Ristola and Punta Melis.

The hotel has it's own private beach that can be reached by a picturesque underpass. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped.

Day 6: Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto 53km/33.5mi

Pedal along the south coast of the Adriatic Sea, stopping off at the famous Grotta Zinzulusa and the thermal baths of Santa Cesarea Terme. Your final destination is Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy with a stunning cathedral and Aragonese castle.

You stay at Hotel Albania.

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Hotel Albania, Otranto

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Located in the centre of Otranto, Hotel Albania owes its name to the majestic Albanian mountains which on a clear day offers guests breathtaking views and are visible from the hotel terrace.

Rooms are comfortable and modern.

Day 7: Otranto to Lecce 54km/34mi

Follow the shoreline through olive groves to the Baroque metropolis of Lecce. Known as the 'Florence of the South', Lecce is home to over 30 churches, an amphitheatre and a Roman theatre dating back to Emperor Augustus.

You stay at Eos Hotel.

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Eos Hotel, Lecce

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Situated just outside of the historic town of Lecce, Hotel Eos is a modern hotel with modern facilities.

Rooms are contemporary and fully furnished.

Day 8: Leave Lecce

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REVIEWS

Luke worked really hard to get us the holiday we had dreamed about.

Bernard Nolan, 21 May 2024

I had looked at the holiday online and had many questions. Megan was able to answer these and had been to this particular location previously. She promptly sent details and a quote following our conversation.
As agreed Megan called several days later and was again able to clearly answer my questions.
She was enthusiastic and made the whole experience of discussing a booking very easy.

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21 Feb 2024

Excellent Megan was helpful and kept us informed during the booking

14 Nov 2023

Very prompt and professional service

28 May 2023


Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

15.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

Optional
tandem hire

 

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