The Salento bike tour can be done from March to November.
In spring the days get longer and the sea water is fresh and invigorating.
For your April 2020 holidays you might choose to spend a different Easter weekend: culinary specialties abound and folklore lovers will be intrigued by the several religious celebrations, as the long and spectacular night and day processions of the beautiful city of Gallipoli.
Thinking of taking a holiday in May or June could be ideal for sea lovers…the sun goes away later, the beaches begin to animate and the clear waters will attempt your desire to cycle … try to resist!
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A bike tour in Salento on the borders of the Mediterranean peninsula, along the heel of Italy from the Ionian Sea to the Adriatic Sea. A short break to be pampered by the warm light of the sun and to relax pedaling along picturesque corners of coastline and nature reserves, through historic port towns and Baroque art centres.
Lecce, its Churches and the Roman Amphitheatre
Gallipoli and Underground Oil Mills
Discover the Cape of Leuca
Bays and Cliffs from Castro to Santa Cesarea Terme
Otranto and its Pirate stories
Rustico, Pasticciotto and other goodies
Welcome to Salento, a land between two seas.
You will stay in a lovely B&B inside the old town of Lecce, capital of Baroque art in Salento. The city, first Messapian and then Roman, contains within its walls proper historical and architectural jewels: a clear example is the great and well-preserved Roman amphitheatre.
Tomorrow you will start your Salento bike tour!
From Lecce to Gallipoli
After breakfast you will cycle on country roads reaching Copertino, an area famous for its wine, and then Nardó, which preserves the most beautiful Baroque square of southern Italy. Afterwards you will reach the coast where is the Park of Porto Selvaggio, authentic green lung of this part of the Ionian coast. Finally, following the coast you will get to Gallipoli, final destination of this beautiful day.
A suggestion: enjoy the sunset on the small beach of “Purità”, located in the village.
From Gallipoli to Leuca
Time to leave the “Kale Polis” - beautiful city. Before that, you should visit a small, but really interesting Museum in the underground oil mill at Palazzo Granafei: ancient rooms dedicated to lamp oil production.
From Gallipoli you will cycle along the road parallel to the coastline until you reach Punta Ristola, the extreme edge of Salento peninsula, the heel of Italy.
From the promontory, where the Devil’s Cave is, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the harbour of Leuca and, even further, of Punta Melisso.
To end the day we recommend a boat trip to discover the many sea caves.
From Leuca to Otranto
An old local legend recommends to visit the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Leuca. Hence sometimes the horizon mingles with the various shades of blue from sky and sea.
Leave Leuca, and today you will proceed on a scenic stretch of road overlooking the sea. Among gentle ups and downs you will arrive at the Ciolo canyon, then at the small Bay of Acquaviva, at the Castro narrated by Virgilio, at the thermal baths of Santa Cesarea, always looking at the endless beauty glimpses of sky and sea.
Finally you will reach Otranto, the most eastern city of Italy. Here you can get lost in the little old town looking for the architectural connection points between this small town and the great Byzantium, today Istanbul.
From Otranto to Lecce
You can not get away from Otranto without visiting the Norman Cathedral, which preserves the largest and most complex paved mosaic in southern Italy. This work contains so many ancient mysteries: you can see King Arthur, the Puss in Boots, the Calendar, the Board, the three-headed Dragon, and many others.
After riding along the coast, you will reach the Natural WWF Reserve “Le Cesine”: last piece of coastal marsh that once stretched up over the city of Brindisi.
Before returning to Lecce you will cross Acaya, the most important Renaissance fortified town in southern Italy, built by Giangiacomo of Acaya in defense of the city of Lecce and commissioned by Emperor Charles V.
After breakfast end of services.
And if you still have some time to spend in this beautiful town, you should visit the archaeological Faggiano Museum in the historic centre.
If you prefer to explore Salento and go back to sleep every night in Lecce, take a look at the tour Lecce, Bacchus and Baroque.
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
- Welcome briefing and bike fitting
- Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
- Detailed route description with maps
- Smartphone offline GPS app (on request)
- 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
Mostly flat with wavy lines.
This Puglia tour is suitable to anyone with a minimum of training to the bicycle. The daily mileage goes from 50 to 55 daily kilometers, with programmed pauses 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.
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.
1+1 nights in Lecce
1 night in Gallipoli
1 night in Leuca
1 night in Otranto
5 breakfasts included. All other meals are not included.
The morning of the second day, after breakfast, you will have a Welcome meeting and Bike fitting..
We will take care of your luggage while you are cycling.
In case of need you can call our emergency number ON from 8:00 to 21:00. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.
Lecce is easily reachable by car, train, bus and by air.
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.
If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer with us.
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.
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When do you fancy leaving?
The Salento bike tour can be done from March to November.
Why choose this tour for your holidays in 2020/21?
You can cycle through the most beautiful places of Salento! And be amazed by the possibility to achieve in such a short time charming art towns, popular seaside localities and picturesque natural and historical sites, like the unexpected Castle of Acaya, one of the best examples of Renaissance defensive architecture in Terra d'Otranto. Read more about Acaya.
Are you looking for cosy and cheap holidays?
Luggage transported from hotel to hotel, routes designed with accuracy and directions constantly updated: ongoing support for a Salento bike tour in complete safety.
Cycling in Salento has a completely different taste!
We are sure that you will wait impatiently for the right time to have a snack or a nice typical dinner: seafood restaurants and local grocery stores will invoke you as sirens along the way … from Otranto to Lecce, for example, stop in Torre dell'Orso for a good (and cheap!!) stuffed sandwich from the little shop on the corner under the arcades (in front the big Bar Dentoni) and go to enjoy it down the beautiful Bay. The best way to make a healthy and cheap holiday is to live like locals!
And to bring some Salento flavors with you, here are some easy and typical recipes of the area ;)
At your choice
In our packages generally only breakfast are included, but if you want we can make this tour considering dinners and lunches, for an all inclusive holiday flavour. The choice is yours!