Puglia Coast Cycling Tour

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Puglia Coast Guided Cycling Tour

Puglia Coast Cycling Tour


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Enjoy 6 days based in Lecce exploring Puglia’s coastal landscapes

Discover the southern Salento Peninsula, setting out daily from Lecce to the surrounding coastal paradises.

Cycle to the beautiful coastal towns of Otranto, Gallipoli, and many more along the way.

Enjoy unique culinary experiences, indulging in the street food of Salento and visiting a wine cellar in Nardò.

Visit nature reserves, natural parks, medieval abbeys, and fascinating underground oil mills.

The Italian region of Puglia is yours to discover on this 6-day cycling tour. Forming the heel of Italy's "boot," Puglia lies tucked between the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea in southern Italy and boasts over 800 km of stunning coastline.

With 4-star accommodations in Lecce as your base, you'll set out with an expert guide cycling to the surrounding coastal areas. Discover the cities of Otranto and Gallipoli and the charming small village of Acaya.

Discover the splendour of the historic Baroque city of Lecce, wandering its narrow streets, elegant piazzas, and ornate churches, discovering why it's sometimes called the "Florence of the south." Beyond being a city of historical importance, Lecce is also an agriculture center of the region, producing local olive oil and wine, making it an ideal location to enjoy many a meal on the tour.

Explore the ancient island-like city of Gallipoli, its old town accessible only via an 18th-century bridge. Marvel at a Byzantine fresco contained within a castle in Acaya, learning about this fortified village and its fascinating history. Visit Santa Maria in Cerrate, where you'll be swept back in time by an encounter with a medieval abbey.

Enjoy cycling the roads lined with olive trees, rolling pastures, and crystalline sea as you discover the best of Puglia's coasts by bike.

Puglia Coast Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive

Welcome to the land of sun, sea and wind—Salento! Arriving in Puglia's Baroque capital, Lecce, you'll be greeted by a unique and elegant city that will be your base for the next six days.

This afternoon, you'll meet your local guide and receive your bike. After the bike fitting, enjoy a wonderful dinner accompanied by your guide in beautiful Lecce and prepare to be wowed by the rich flavours of food and drink in Puglia!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lecce

Day 2 Cycle Gallipoli and the West Coast of Puglia

Your first day of adventure commences with a mesmerizing ride to the ancient city of Gallipoli. Cycling inland, you’ll discover the beautiful towns of Copertino and Nardò along the way. A visit to a fine wine cellar and a tasting await you in Nardò.

From Nardò, the route continues towards the Porto Selvaggio Reserve. The reserve will take you along the west coast up to the spectacular city of Gallipoli.

Enjoy a gallery of the Baroque style on full display in the streets of Gallipoli. Whitewashed buildings and painted gold on precious wood are reminiscent of the Rococo style. Explore the myriad of churches and their hidden magnificent interiors.

Discover the underground oil mills here tucked covertly under palaces around the city, and learn about the legendary “green gold” found within them.

A private transfer will take you back to Lecce after you’ve had your fill of history and art in Gallipoli.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lecce
50 km
Breakfast, wine tasting

Day 3 Le Cesine Nature Reserve and the Village of Acaya

Departing Lecce this morning, you’ll pedal along the “Fondone”, a stretch of road leading to Le Cesine nature reserve. Cycle the park’s paths, lined with olive trees and towering reeds, until you reach the sea. Stop for a refreshing dip in the pristine waters before returning to the route heading for Acaya.

With less than a thousand inhabitants, the small settlement of Acaya is full of historical and architectural importance. The fortified village (one of the few remaining in Italy) is home to the majestic Castle Acaya, constructed in 1535 and considered a pinnacle of Renaissance-era defensive architecture. The castle houses a Byzantine fresco, still a point of modern study today.

Returning to Lecce by bike, you’ll stop off to enjoy some of the delectable street food available in the area. The traditional Rustico Leccese (tomato and mozzarella pastry) comes highly recommended!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lecce
40 km
Breakfast, local produce tasting

Day 4 Masseria Giammatteo, Santa Maria in Cerrate and Rauccio Natural Park

Following the Via Vecchia Frigole this morning, you’ll cycle to your first stop at Lu Furnu in Masseria Giammateo. This robust agricultural center presents an excellent opportunity to indulge the palate with its numerous baked specialties, like the delectable “pittule”!

Back on the bike, you’ll continue towards Santa Maria in Cerrate, a medieval abbey and former Byzantine Monastery surrounded by olive groves and sprawling fields.

A scenic stretch of road will then take you inside the Rauccio Natural Park, the same routes once travelled by pilgrims making their way to Otranto and Leuca.

A stop at the sea is a must before returning to Lecce for the evening!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lecce
45 km
Breakfast, baked goods tasting

Day 5 Cycle Otranto and the East Coast

With your sights set on the beautiful town of Otranto, you'll set out on your final day of cycling in Puglia. Scenic coastal roads will take you through some of the Salento Peninsula highlights, including Roca Vecchia and its cave of poetry, the beaches of San Foca, and the Alimini lakes.

Arriving in Otranto, you'll enjoy a visit to the city's enchanting historic center, taking in the spectacular Norman cathedral.

A final stretch of road will take you towards Blue Lake, where you'll enjoy the view of a mesmerizing emerald pond set against bright red soil.

Enjoy your final dinner on tour tonight and soak up your closing moments in beautiful Lecce.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lecce
55 km
Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Depart Lecce

If time permits, enjoy brunch this morning at the historic Bar Alvino before departing.

Check out of your accommodations and head to the airport to depart.

Overnight Location

Puglia Coast Cycling Tour Price and Dates

This partially-guided cycling tour of Puglia is always run as a private tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year you visit, as well as the size of your group.

Prices below are per person.

  • Groups of 5+: from $875USD* per person

* - Please note that the pricing might change depending on the size of your group, as well as the travelling season.

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Accommodation on the Puglia Coast Cycling Tour

This tour is based in a 4-star B&B in Lecce. The B&B is excellently located, tastefully decorated, and offers modern amenities to make your stay a pleasant one. Enjoy private rooms and an ensuite bathroom during your stay.

Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $225USD - $295USD (depending on the time of year) to have a private room in a hotel.

Palazzo dei Dondoli in Lecce

Enjoy this charming historic B&B located in a converted manor house right next to the historic center of Lecce, surrounded by a myriad of shops and restaurants. Enjoy modern amenities and breakfast served daily, as well as private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

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What’s Included in the Puglia Coast Cycling Tour?


5 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. 3 tastings are included as well: 1 wine tasting, 1 local produce tasting and 1 baking goods tasting.


Accommodations for 5 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Scheduled private transfers on Day 2 and Day 5 are included.

Also Included

  • Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
  • Welcome briefing and bike fitting
  • Local English-speaking guide during excursions and included dinners
  • Phone assistance between 8 am and 9 pm
  • Wine cellar visit and tasting on Day 2
  • Masseria visit and tasting on Day 3
  • Baked goods tasting on Day 4

Not included

  • Bike Rental
  • Flights to and from Italy
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes if applicable

Optional Extras

  • Activities and excursions unless otherwise mentioned as included
  • Single room supplements
  • Solo traveller supplements
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Puglia Coast Cycling Tour

How hard is the Puglia Coast Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour a 3 / 5. The route is based mostly on flat winding roads. Daily covered distances range from 40 km-55 km. You should be comfortable riding a bike and used to cycling these distances. Breaks for rest and refreshments are frequent on the tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Puglia Coast Cycling Tour?

5 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. 3 tastings are included as well: 1 wine tasting, 1 local produce tasting and 1 baking goods tasting.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

Is the Puglia Coast Cycling Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

How do I get to Lecce to start this tour?

The closest airport is Brindisi ant the quickest and cheapest option would be to use train (30 km, around 4 EUR for one-way ride). Another option would be to fly to Bari Airport (BRI). You can take a train from the airport to Lecce, taking approximately 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer from Bari Airport to Lecce or arrange your own private transfer.

Where does the Puglia Coast Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends in Lecce. You can reach Bari Airport (BRI) or Brindisi Airport (BDS) by public transport. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer as a supplement or arrange your own private transfer to the airport.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, please ensure it is a road bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Italy for this tour?

The best time to travel to Puglia for this tour is during the spring, early summer, and autumn, when the weather is pleasant and it’s not as busy. High summer tends to be quite hot and much busier.


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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour a 3 / 5. The route is based mostly on flat winding roads. Daily covered distances range from 40 km-55 km. You should be comfortable riding a bike and used to cycling these distances. Breaks for rest and refreshments are frequent on the tour.

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