Puglia - 8 days

Cycling holiday - Italy - South Italy

Cycling holiday with sun, olive groves and clear seas

  • 8 days
  • Half board
  • Luggage transport
  • Hotels with luggage transport
  • Matera, Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce, Gallipolli, Leuca, Otranto
  • Sun, olive groves and clear seas
  • Trulli homes
  • Cycling along the coast
  • Distance per day 44-73 km
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Puglia - 8 days

Day 1 - Arrival in MateraYou arrive in the special Matera, which is beautifully situated in a gorge. Erosion has created deep gorges in the landscape. The earliest inhabitants carved caves into a gorge, from which the city of Matera originated. The lower city in the gorge is now completely covered with stairs, doors, windows and balconies. Since 1993, the cave houses of Matera, the so-called 'Sassi', have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The view of the gorge that forms the separation between Matera and the Murge is impressive.Day 2 - Matera to Alberobello - 73 kmThe first day of your cycling holiday you go to Alberobello, known for a large neighborhood with around 1400 'trulli'. Since 1996 this town has also been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 'Trulli' are small, round or square, whitewashed houses in which you also spend the night. The conical roofs have roof tiles made of the local gray limestone.Day 3 - Alberobello to Ostuni - 44 kmIn the vast fertile plain of the Valle d'Itria, with vineyards and olive groves, the cones of the 'trulli' are increasingly appearing. Ostuni is also very worth seeing. This higher city has an old city center surrounded by Aragonese ramparts with white alleys. The cathedral is located on a pleasantly sloping square. This late Gothic church was built at the end of the 15th century and has both Romanesque and Gothic style features. From the upper city you have a beautiful view of the Adriatic coast.Day 4 - Transfer by train- Cycle from Ostuni to Gallipolli - 50 kmThe next day starts with a train trip to Lecce, where you start cycling. Soon you will arrive in Copertino with a 16th century castle and the famous negromaro vineyards. You will cycle to Gallipoli, which is beautifully situated by the sea, with an interesting old town center. This originally Greek city is built in the sea and looks like a fortress that protrudes into the sea. Because of the white houses and the flat roofs it even looks a bit Greek. Day 5 - Gallipolli to Di Leuca - 52 kmThen you cycle further along the coast to the southernmost tip of Santa Maria di Leuca. A whole day dedicated to the sea, with all the scents and colors on the Mediterranean coast, pine trees, myrtle and juniper. At intervals the background is the Ionian Sea with bays, beaches and coves.Day 6 - Di Leuca to Otranto - 52 kmThe next day you take a bike ride on the coastal road along the Adriatic Sea. At Castro you can visit the Grotta Zinzulusa and Sant Cesarea Terme is known as a health resort with sources of healing properties. Your overnight stay is Otranto, a pleasant town with a beautiful old town and a harbor.Day 7 - Otranto to Lecce - 54 kmOn your last cycling day you will pass the Alminimeertjes and the nature park 'le Cecine' before you reach Lecce. This beautiful cultural city with a Roman amphitheater is sometimes called the 'Florence of the Baroque'. Day 8 - Departure or extension

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