A guided cycling vacation exploring the Apulian region of Italy, located in the Southeast, known as the heel of Italy’s boot. The region is steeped in history, governed by the Greeks, Romans and Spaniards, each leaving their own mark. It’s a heady concoction of rich culture, delicious local produce and stunning coastline, and there’s no better way to explore Italy’s best-kept secret than by bike!
Our trip begins in the prestigious city of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” and the capital of the Salento region. We’ll discover awe-inspiring architecture and traditional restaurants, as we wind our way through the city. The route from here will take us along the Adriatic coast and the heel of Italy, as we explore Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca, and take in incredible views from our coastal route. Gently looping back up north along the Ionian coast, we’ll head to Gallipoli, a popular fishing port and beach destination on the Salento peninsula.
In the second part of the week, we’ll leave the Salento region, making our way through the glorious Valle d’Itria. Our first stop will be Ostuni, the White City, renowned for its dazzling white-washed buildings. Our route will then take us cross country, as we pedal through ancient olive groves and rustic hilltop villages, on country lanes that are scattered with traditional Trulli houses. We’ll soon arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alberobello, a town made up of these Trulli houses, where we’ll spend an evening. Our ride will finish in the beautiful town of Polignano a Mare, perched on limestone cliffs, with panoramic views of the Adriatic.
We'll be exploring on touring bikes, through a mixture of flat and rolling countryside, mainly on quiet country roads with coastal views.