Cycling in Puglia, Italy
On our cycling in Puglia Experience you will stay in luxury accommodation, your hire bike is delivered to you, your baggage transferred – so you are free to cycle and enjoy the scenery!
Would you like to discover Puglia on your own, by bike, without having to join a group but without having to lug all your possessions around on your back of your bike all day long? We have the perfect solution for you.
Marked maps are included for your days of bike touring. The route note- book is very detailed – nobody can get lost and GPS is available!
The secret routes that have been using for years keep you away from traffic and, except in a very few brief stretches, you’ll avoid the roads most cars use. Every evening you will arrive at your hotel, where you’ll find your bags already waiting for you.
The tour is rated easy to moderate – 3 full days of cycling to get to the coast.
4 nights bike tour
Luxury Short escape bike tour Puglia Matera to Polignano a Mare
4 nights cycling vacation, independent, a wonderful taste into how beautiful cycling is in this region- Puglia, now one of the main destinations for cycling in Italy.
Puglia is the heel to Italy’s boot, a picturesque region on the country’s south eastern coast. Framed on either side by the Adriatic and Ionian seas, tours of Puglia benefit from swimming-friendly coastlines, thermal waters, and ancient fishing villages. Moorish architecture seems to reflect the sun off bright white cliffs, and unique hive-like dwellings called Trulli are rendered in uncemented stone.
The start is in Matera- in Basilicata region, the town is a UNESCO site and considered the most outstanding, intact example of a Tgroglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first inhabited zone dates from the Palaeolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history.
Last year Matera was European Capital of Culture
Stay overnight Palazzo Gattini in Matera
After this gorgeous beginning you go on to what are considered the must-to-see villages in Puglia
First stage is the other famous Unesco site Alberobello across the broad, gently rolling plains of the western Murge. Once you turn off the main road out of Matera the soft hues of tilled soil and wheat crops mark the long stretch to Gioa del colle and Noci. Overnighting in a Trullo with conical roof is part of the experience, this village is unique and quintessential of Puglia.
Stay overnight Le Alcove in Alberobello
On the next bike ride you reach Ostuni the so-called white town –it is on a hill 7 km from the beach…
Stay overnight Casa d’Autore in Ostuni
This day is so amazing: go downhill and reach the coast.
Pass fishing villages and roman ruins – we strongly suggested to stop on the way to savour the sea food- in this region there is an ancient tradition of raw fish.
Your destination is Polignano a Mare – a real gem, built on the edge of a craggy ravine pockmarked with caves. Be sure to wander in the logge –balconies –to admire the crashing waves, visit the caves and go to a cornetteria -a shop specialising in Italian croissants, cornetto.
All in the atmospheric centro storico.
Stay overnight Giovi Relais in Polignano
Southern Italy short escape Highlights
• Hop from the unesco site Sassi di Matera to unesco Trulli di Alberobello
• Sleep in a restored trullo at a hip new boutique hotel
• Artisanal olive oils, fresh seafood, orecchiette pasta, mozzarella di bufala cheese and hand-crafted breads are some of the food specialities
• Great regional red wine Primitivo and Negroamaro
Price from £1270 per person and includes
• Four nights in four star superior and luxury hotels
• Four breakfasts
• Bike Delivery in Matera and professional bike fitting – bike is a hybrid but optional upgrades available to E-bike or race bike
• Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map, sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
• All Baggage transfers
• Garmin Edge Touring (one for 2 people)
• Drop Off bikes and gear in Polignano
• Keepsake water bottle
• Sales taxes
City Tax – each village charges a tax per each day between euro 1 to 4,00.
Optional – Bari Airport pick & drop off