Apulia is a region in south-eastern Italy that includes the hee l part of Italy’s boot, suspended between the Ionian and Adriatic Sea. The region is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. You will start and end the tour in Lecce, also known as “Florence of the South” because of its magnificent baroque architecture. This bike tour will lead you into a region of scenic beauty, which is, by today’s standards, still unspoiled by the unattractive aspects of tourism and still retains testimony of its great and ancient culture.
Itinerary – 6 days – September 1st – 6th
Individual arrival. Thanks to its Baroque style, it has earned the nickname of Florence of the South.
Plan to arrive early enough for our private bike tour of the city. Exact time to be determined.
Note that the 8 day version of the route come through Lecce and follows along the itinerary
2. Lecce – Gallipoli (50 km/30 mi)
After a few kilometers after leaving Lecce, we go deep into the “salentinian countryside”, before approaching the Ionian coast and your daily destination, Gallipoli.
Day 3. Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca (50 km/30 mi)
Cycling further along the coast you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. Its name was given by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They saw this place lightened by the sun and therefore called it “leukos”, meaning white. The town is today a famous seaside resort.
Day 4. Santa Maria di Leuca – Otranto (50 km/30 mi)
Day 5. Otranto – Lecce (55 km/33 mi)
Riding along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush you will enter Lecce. Thanks to its Baroque style, it has earned the nickname of Florence of the South.
Day 6. Lecce
Departure after breakfast.
Total length: 205 km/`123 mi
Total vertical up: 690 m/2,275 feet
Terrain: 99% tarmac, 1% unpaved
Train connection among the overnight stays: NO
Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: NO
Mostly in the lowlands, sometimes hilly. Traffic is almost non existent in Apulia except during the holiday season. The route includes very beautiful stretches on the coast.
Matera is connected with the following airports:
Bari: 70 Km, Brindisi: 140 Km. Bus services are available from each.