Self guided Cycling

Salento by bike

Salento - PugliaDifficulty path:
Easy
Self guided · CyclingDuration: 8 daysCode: bs001
from 690 €per person

Highlights

The bike is the perfect way to get to know the southernmost part of the beautiful Puglia: the area of Salento.
Enjoy at first the beautiful town of Lecce, called the “Florence of the South”, and its surroundings. You will cycle through art, culture, traditional and tasty food, wide countrysides, breathtaking coastlines and a surprising nature, the only one able to survive in this extremely sunny and windy land.

 

  • The endless Coasts of Salento by bike

  • Traces of ancient Pilgrim routes

  • Craftsmen and places from the past

  • Local stories and legends

  • Castles, Abbeys and old Towers

  • A sea to enjoy all year round

Program

Day1

Lecce

Welcome in the elegant Lecce, the capital of the Salento Peninsula, Puglia.
Lecce was founded around 2,000 years old and by the 15th century had become one of the most important cities in southern Italy. Over this period Lecce was decorated with important Baroque monuments and under threat from an Ottoman invasion, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, rebuilt the defenses of the city along with a new castle. A well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre and a smaller Greek Theatre, important buildings, churches, craft shops will turn your peeks around into continuous and nice discoveries.
From tomorrow you will discover the amazing Salento by bike.

Day2

To the sea: from Lecce to Gallipoli

50km

You will leave the main city and cycle towards the sea along the Ionian coast.
You'll pass through vineyards, olive groves, crops and small villages. Copertino has a pretty small historic centre and a well-preserved Angevin castle: quick stop for a coffee with ice and almond milk in Lecce style! From here you will cross Nardò that deserves a look on its magnificent Baroque square, Piazza Salandra, enjoying a good glass of wine of local production sitting at one of the numerous bars. You will reach the sea at the edge of the Reserve of Porto Selvaggio, a real green lung defended and wanted by the population.
This coast is famous for its sunsets: once arrived to Gallipoli enjoy it from the small bay of Purità, down from its walls.
Overnight in Gallipoli.

Day3

Ionian coast: from Gallipoli to Leuca

50km

The “Beautiful City” of Gallipoli, so called by the Greeks, has been the most important Mediterranean olive oil trade centre in the past: the underground oil mill at Palazzo Granafei will tell you this piece of history.
From Gallipoli you will cycle along the road parallel to the coastline passing Torre San Giovanni, a small harbour between volcanic low cliffs. You can stop at one of the beautiful white sand beaches before arriving at Punta Ristola, the extreme edge of Salento peninsula, place of legends and numerous finds dating to the Neolithic age. From here a wonderful view of the harbour of Leuca and, even further, of Punta Melisso.
Now it would be perfect a boat trip to discover the numerous sea caves of Capo di Leuca: there are various ticket offices in the kiosks near the port!
Overnight in the Finis Terrae of Puglia.

Day4

From Leuca to Vignacastrisi/Marittima

30km

Cycle up to the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Leuca, white and blue are the colours all around.
You can breathe calm and spirituality looking at this infinitive horizon made of the various shades of blue from sky and sea. Prepare yourself to get surprised many times today along the path. A panoramic stretch of road overlooking the sea will lead through beautiful seaside towns such as Tricase and Castro. And in the meantime hidden bays and caves, breathtaking cliffs and canyons, enchanting villages full of history will give you many chances to get a break for a WOW!
Among gentle ups and downs you will reach the small and authentic village of Vignacastrisi where you will stay overnight.

Day5

Stories and tradition from inland

35km

A day around Vignacastrisi, which has a strategic position to reach postcard places. You can explore magical places such as the Megalithic Park near the village of Giurdignano, that preserves an evocative atmosphere of rituals and legends, myths and pagan cults related to the peoples who over the millennia have inhabited and traversed these lands.
Before returning to Vignacastrisi, you can decide to visit the a beautiful botanical garden, born from a man's love for travel and... succulents! Or you can choose whether to take a nice walk towards the town of Castro Marina, to visit the historic center with the beautiful castle, relax by the sea or visit the Zinzulusa cave.
Overnight in Vignacastrisi.

Day6

From Vignacastrisi to Otranto

25km

After a rich breakfast in Vignacastrisi you will reconnect with one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in Salento. This coast fascinates with its views of the sea, nature and the typical dry stone buildings of this area. Enjoy relaxing in the small rocky bays, go for a swim, stop at the fruit and vegetable vans, and savor the local specialties in the bars and restaurants you find along the way.
Stops at the Palascìa lighthouse and bauxite lake very recommended.
Overnight in Otranto, the city of the 800 Martyrs. 

Day7

Bye-bye sea! From Otranto to Lecce

55km

One last greeting to Otranto, its castle, and its imposing Cathedral, an incredible but especially free museum. You can see the largest and most complex paved Mosaic in southern Italy, realised by a monk, Pantaleon, today considered a true encyclopedia of images of the time and culture of the Middle Ages. You will cycle close to the two Alimini lakes before riding again along the coast. Admire the wonders of the bay of Sant'Andrea and of the Cave of Poetry near the archaeological site of Roca Vecchia, maybe experiencing a jump in the sea.
A regenerate ride through the Natural WWF Park “Le Cesine”, along with the discovery of Acaya, a fortified town where time seems motionless, will make gradual your return to the modern civilization and the charming Lecce.
Back to Lecce for the last overnight.

Day8

Lecce

Last morning…it’s time for shopping!
Papier-mâché, coloured pottery, objects made of Lecce stone, textiles….among the many handicraft shops and the local food stores, you will probably need another suitcase to fill!!!
If you like a shorter break to cycle in Puglia, have a look at the Salento Bike Tour.

 

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.

What's included

Our offer includes

  • 7 nights with breakfast in shared double/twin room
  • Welcome briefing and bike fitting
  • Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Phone assistance 08:00-20:00

Not included

  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Bike rental
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Hotel tourist taxes
  • Insurance and what's not listed as Included

Departures and prices

Low Season01/02/2024 => 23/03/2024
Standard690 € /pSuperior900 € /p
Mid Season24/03/2024 => 21/06/2024
Standard750 € /pSuperior1000 € /p
High Season22/06/2024 => 19/07/2024
Standard920 € /pSuperior1160 € /p
Peak Season - ON REQUEST20/07/2024 => 01/09/2024
Mid Season02/09/2024 => 26/10/2024
Standard750 € /pSuperior1000 € /p
Low Season27/10/2024 => 30/11/2024
Standard690 € /pSuperior900 € /p

Supplements per person

6 days Trek bike rental
Standard100 € /pSuperior100 € /p
6 days Gravel bike rental
Standard160 € /pSuperior160 € /p
6 days E-bike rental
Standard200 € /pSuperior200 € /p
Transfer Brindisi Apt-Lecce (min 2 pax)
Standard45 € /pSuperior45 € /p
Transfer Bari Apt-Lecce (min 2 pax)
Standard100 € /pSuperior100 € /p
Single room | Low Season
Standard210 € /pSuperior350 € /p
Single room | Mid Season
Standard240 € /pSuperior400 € /p
Single room | High Season
Standard270 € /pSuperior450 € /p
Extra night in double room | Low Season
Standard58 € /pSuperior80 € /p
Extra night in double room | Mid Season
Standard65 € /pSuperior90 € /p
Extra night in double room | High Season
Standard75 € /pSuperior100 € /p
Extra night in single room | Low Season
Standard90 € /pSuperior120 € /p
Extra night in single room | Mid Season
Standard95 € /pSuperior140 € /p
Extra night in single room | High Season
Standard110 € /pSuperior160 € /p
Solo traveller
Standard220 € /pSuperior220 € /p

Other Information

Grade

Mostly flat with wavy lines.
This Salento cycling tour is suitable to anyone with a minimum of training to the bicycle. The daily mileage ranges from 30 to 55 kilometers per day, 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.

Accomodations & Meals

The Standard tour offers accommodation in simple B&B and selected 3* hotel.
The Superior tour offers accommodation in charming B&B and 4* hotel.
All rooms are ensuite.

7 breakfasts included. All other meals are not included.

  • 2 nights in Lecce (first and last)
  • 1 night in Gallipoli
  • 1 night in Leuca
  • 2 nights in Vignacastrisi (or Marittima)
  • 1 night in Otranto
Support

The morning of the second day, after breakfast, you will have a Welcome briefing with Bike fitting.

We will take care of your luggage while you are walking.
For the whole duration of your tour, you can contact our assistance numbers.

Travel documents

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.
Arrival and Departure

Getting there
Lecce is easily reachable by train, bus, car and by air.

BY TRAIN. Trenitalia connects the main Italian cities with the capital of Salento. On www.viaggiatreno.it you can find update informations about train routes.

BY AIR. The closest airports are Bari and Brindisi, both connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities.
The Salento airport of Brindisi is about 40 km from Lecce, and the airport of Bari-Palese is about 160 km from Lecce. From Bari and Brindisi there are several public transport solutions to reach Lecce. More info on the website Aeroporti di Puglia.

BY BUS. Lecce is also accessible by bus. Here some of the major operating companies: Marinobus, Baltour & Flixbus, Busmiccolis, Sais autolinee, Buscenter.

BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. We recommend you exit the motorway in Bari and continue along the highway to Brindisi, then take the SS613 towards Lecce. 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.

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73100 - Lecce, LE - Italia

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Tel: +39 0832 1826868

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