Cycling Puglia: Trulli and green fieldsMurge & Itria valley - PugliaDifficulty path:
A round trip cycling in Puglia along the gentle ups and downs of the southern Murge, on the edge of the Salento plain.
Overnight stays in Alberobello, on a farm in Montalbano, in the historic centre of Ostuni and in baroque Martina Franca.
White cities, green meadows, crystal clear sea merging with the horizon line, excellent food and wine and much more wait for you in this fairytale land made of inverted cones of mysterious Trulli.
Alberobello and the History of its Trulli
The beautiful Fasano and the ancient Via Traiana
The Dolmen of Montalbano
Coastal Dunes, Beaches and Mediterranean Maquis
The bright Ostuni
Cisternino, Martina Franca and Locorotondo
Welcome to the City of Trulli: ancient rural buildings with conical shape, each distinguished by strange symbols and pinnacles of various forms.
Piazza Martellotta divides the two souls of the city: the more touristic in Rione Monti, and the most authentic in Aia Piccola. Choose what to visit first but do not miss the amazing sunset over the Trulli from one of its terraces.
Cycling from Alberobello to Montalbano
After breakfast you will leave Alberobello to cycle along the so-called "Pirro’s Channel", a wide and fertile karst trough dominated by strictly linear vineyards crops.
Going downhill towards the sea you will reach the beautiful historic centre of Fasano. Here you can relax visiting the original Museum of the Fasano House, that keeps objects and daily utensils once used in the area.
After Fasano you will cycle on a stretch of the Via Traiana bike path, the ancient road once connection from Rome to its main Adriatic port: Brindisi. There is a short detour that will take you to the Dolmen of Montalbano, one of the megalithic monuments best preserved in Apulian lands.
And finally you will reach your Masseria in the middle of olive trees for a well-deserved rest.
Cycling from Masseria to Ostuni
Today’s stage will initially take you to ride within the Natural Park Dune Costiere. The territory of this area preserves numerous natural habitats, is complex and consists of fossil dunes as well as long and beautiful beaches, a thick Mediterranean scrub, water mirrors and wetlands where they lodge migratory species. The area, besides its naturalistic importance, is known for its historical heritage, thanks to the presence of numerous archaeological sites, masserie and underground oil mills, rock settlements, and much more.
From the park beaches you will come up the top of the hill where Ostuni is, the White City par excellence; included a tasting olive oil stop at a farmhouse in the Park.
Ostuni is distinguished by the limestone whitening its houses gathered by mighty walls that gives the contour to its historical centre.
Leave your bicycles to try to move up the road from the Piazza della Libertà to the Cathedral losing yourself without fear among the hundreds of blind alleys, squares and small courtyards.
Overnight in Ostuni.
Cycling from Ostuni to Martina Franca
Another day immersed in a fairy land, which in spring explodes in colours and scents of almond trees in bloom.
Halfway between Ostuni and Martina Franca, following the constant up and down, you will find Cisternino. This incredibly beautiful village recalls the oriental charm, which is reflected in its hidden alleys, unexpected arches, decorated balconies, courtyards and stairways. Nice place for a lunch break or an icecream, or even for a good coffee at a bar table enjoying a wonderful view of the valley.
You will spend the night in the city of San Martino: besides the arch of Santo Stefano along the main street a rich and elegant scenery of striking buildings and churches will open up. Here the typical Baroque becomes almost Rococò and combining with the white lime creates an entirely unique style full of exotic charm.
Overnight in Martina Franca.
Cycling from Martina Franca to Alberobello
about 30 km
One last day cycling in the land of Trulli, surrounded by gentle undulations full of vineyards and cultivated fields.
After Martina Franca you will reach Locorotondo, small white village with a wonderful balcony overlooking the heart of the Itria Valley. Here the lands are devoted to the cultivation of vines, which with the help of the sun produce a fresh and light white wine of high quality: the Locorotondo Doc, that you will taste at a local winery.
Take back your bikes maybe after a careful culinary “research” in one of the small restaurants hidden in the centre.
The last part of today will take you back to Alberobello, to spend the night in one of its Trulli house.
After breakfast end of services.
To learn more about the many stories and legends about the fascinating conical constructions of Alberobello, you can visit the Trullo Sovrano.
Tour programme variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each biker can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
Our offer includes
- 5 nights with breakfast in double/twin room
- Welcome briefing and bike fitting
- Olive oil tasting and guided visit day 3
- Winery visit and wine tasting day 5
- Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
- Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
- Phone assistance 08:00-21:00
- Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
- Bike rental
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees and tips
- Hotel tourist taxes (about € 10,00)
- Insurance and what's not listed as Included
Departures and prices
Supplements per person
This bike tour among the white cities of Puglia is suitable to anyone with a minimum of training to the bicycle. The daily mileage goes from 20 to 30 daily kilometers, and you can stop at your leisure, or according to our advice, for visits and refreshments.
The bike will be a way to work off the good food and enjoy the many landscapes offered by this land. There will also be strictly cultural moments and the possibility of a refreshing swim in the clear sea of Puglia.
This tour offers accommodation in charming trullo house, typical Masseria farm-house and 4* hotels.
All rooms are ensuite.
- 1+1 nights in Alberobello
- 1 night in a Masseria near Montalbano
- 1 night in Ostuni
- 1 night in Martina Franca
5 breakfasts and 2 tastings included. All other meals are not included.
The morning of the second day, after breakfast, you will have a Welcome briefing with Bike fitting.
We will take care personally of your luggage and, in case of need you can call our emergency number ON from 8 to 21. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.
A few days before departure you will receive by email the Service List with instructions for using the Travel App.
During your Welcome briefing you will receive:
- updated Service List;
- Luggage labels;
- requested rental bikes.
Alberobello is easily reachable by public transport, car and by air.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Buses and trains of the Trenitalia easily connect Alberobello with the railway stations of Bari, Taranto and Lecce.
BY AIR. The closest airports are Bari and Brindisi, both connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities.
From both airports, you should get to Bari train station by shuttle bus service or train, and from here continue with Trenitalia to Alberobello.
BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. We recommend you to exit the motorway in Bari Nord and continue along the SS16 to Monopoli and continue on the SP113 towards Alberobello. maps.google.com can help you with the directions.
If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer on the days of arrival and departure.