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Coastal Towns & Villages Self-Guided

Coastal Towns & Villages Self-Guided

Flag italy Italy

  • Region Region Puglia
  • Tour Type Tour Type Self Guided (Open Departure)
  • Duration Duration 7 days
  • Bike Type Bike Types Road, Hybrid, Touring & e-bike

Core Route

243 Kilometres
1 (Leisurely) Difficulty Level: 1 (Leisurely)
Average Distance per Day: 41 km
0 100 km
Average Elevation Gain per Day: 459 km
0 1000 km

Extended Route

300 Kilometres
1 (Leisurely) Difficulty Level: 1 (Leisurely)
Average Distance per Day: 50 km
0 100 km
Average Elevation Gain per Day: 500 km
0 1000 km
April - October from
€840
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This is a beautiful self-guided cycling trip exploring some of the most scenic routes in all of Italy. Puglia has all the beauty and spendor of Florence, The Cinque Terra and Venice, without the hordes of tourists.

Puglia is a region that offers access to the freshest seafood, crowd-free open spaces, irresistible desserts and pastries, and distinct wines as well as the 50 million olive trees that make Puglia the world's leading producer of olive oil. Curious pointed houses called Trulli dot the countryside around Puglia's scenic, hilly central region of Valle d'Itria.

You will visit the Valle d'Itria area, whose delightful old towns, including Locorotondo, Alberobello and Martina Franca sit amongst and on top of a series of gently rolling Arcadian hills carpeted with olive groves and vineyards. To the east lie the sandy beaches of Marina di Ostuni and the fabulous Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve, a naturalist's paradise combining unspoilt woods, Mediterranean maquis, several miles of sandy beach and a protected marine reserve. While there you may well come across a flock of flamingos, just one of the dozens of species of migratory birds who stop off here. The cycling in the region is gentle.

Highlights

  • A trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello

  • Polignano a Mare

  • Cave of the Trullo

  • San Marco Church

  • Conversano’s Norman Castle

  • Locorotundo

  • Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve

Day 1

Arrive into the coastal town of Monopoli, and we will arrange a time to meet you with your bikes and mapping.

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Monopoli Loop (39km)

Your trip starts with a perfect, easy, flat, circular ride heading south from Monopoli, past ancient olive groves and along the Adriatic coast to the archaeological site of Egnazia, once the location of a Greco-Roman town dating as far back as the 4th century BC. Guests can choose to visit the local museum and archaeological park or explore the nearby beach. We will make several suggestions on stops along the route for dining and exploration.

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3

Monopoli-Conversano (30km)-

Today, you will embark on a charming route along stunning the Adriatic coastline from Monopoli to Conversano. We will suggest a stop en route to visit the small but vibrant fishing village of Polignano a Mare, idyllically perched on the side of the rocky limestone cliffs. You will continue through the quaint, picturesque village of San Vito, with its multi-coloured boats moored up in the tiny port, and finish your journey in the sleepy, beautiful little town of Conversano, set amid a landscape of olive and cherry trees, with its rambling alleyways and sun-baked piazza dominated by the Norman castle and Romanesque cathedral.

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4

Conversano- Alberobello (38km)

Today, you will leave Conversano and cycle towards the Valle d'Itria, or Itria Valley, and the old town of Alberobello with its plethora of unique trulli houses, the most famous architectural symbol for which this region is known. Pedal through rolling countryside savouring the sweet aroma of mint that grows by the roadside and stop to enjoy the little towns of Putignano and Noci, with their characteristic whitewashed houses and narrow alleyways. On arrival in Alberobello, you will meet local superstar Mimmo, who will guide you to your own private trullo in the centre of town.

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5

Alberobello Loop (49km)-

Spend today roaming around the historic centre, navigating your way through narrow streets, browsing in kitsch souvenir shops, and tasting local products or maybe visit the museo del territorio to discover the history of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. We also suggest riding a circular route (49km/31mi) deep into the Itria Valley to visit stunning Locorotondo - nicknamed “città del vino” for its excellent dry white spumante (sparkling) wine
made from local Verdeca grapes. Continue on to Martina Franca – a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic centre, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzi; a jewel splendidly positioned on the hillside with wonderful panoramic views across the Itria Valley.

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6

Alberobello-Ostuni (39km)

Today, you will leave the lovely town of Alberobello and cycle to Ostuni, pedaling down beautiful scenic country lanes lined with weathered stone walls. After progressing over some rolling hills to the edge of the plateau, you will enjoy panoramic views of the Adriatic coastline and the lower fertile plains. As you progress to Cisternino, one of the most lovely and chic hilltop towns in Puglia, you will soak in sweeping views of the Itria Valley below and see firsthand why this town is starting to gain some serious international repute. We will then ride past olive groves and rock-strewn fields to the stunning “città bianca” or “white city” of Ostuni

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7

Ostuni Loop (42km)

You can spend time in the stunning Ostuni before embarking on a loop ride to Carovigno and Ceglie. This ride will take you along rolling country roads lined with ancient stone walls within the fertile Itria Valley. Along the ride, we recommend you stop at the sanctuary of St. Maria del Belvedere, a beautiful historic landmark that must be viewed. Next, you will cycle toward Ceglie, which is a lovely town on a hill, and is protected by a 5 kilometer wall that surrounds this cherished town. Within the town of Ceglie is the Castle of the San Severino, which is very famous for “enogastronomic” events, making it a global food and wine capital.

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Route Map


Accommodation

The standard accommodations for the self-guided itineraries are family run hotels, agriturismos, and bed and breakfasts. Generally, these have around 10 to 20 guest rooms and the owners live on the premises. Italian hotel are classified by a star rating system – from one to five stars – standards for each category may vary a little from region to region. Most of the hotels that we use fall into the three star category – though we occasionally use two and four star hotels when circumstances or availability dictate. In almost all cases the bathroom facilities are ensuite (self-contained within the room). Some of the smaller hotels do not have a restaurant, but there will always be several options close by, within easy walking distance.

The Italian breakfast is light – a cappuccino and a brioche (pastry). Most hotels serve a continental breakfast of orange juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate, bread rolls and jam. There may also be yogurt, cheeses, cured meats, pastries and cakes.

When you book a tour, your pre-trip planner will have more details about the specific facilities and services provided by the accommodations.

Examples of our Puglia hotels include;


Getting there

Monopoli is the arrival town for the Coastal Towns and Villages Tour. Ostuni is the departure town for the Coastal Towns and Villages tour and the arrival town for the White City to the Heel tour. Lecce is the departure town for the White City to the Heel tour. The three towns are best accessed by rail from Bari – there are frequent trains from Bari to Lecce – they all call at Monopoli and at Ostuni.

Air

There are two airports in the region; Bari and Brindisi. There are regular flights to both airports from Rome, as well as from several other Italian and European hubs.

Train

The fastest journey time from Rome to Bari by direct train is around 4 hours.

Links


Climate

Puglia has a perpetually sunny climate with coastal temperatures rarely dipping below 15C. Beaches and off-shore islands warm up around mid-April and stay hot well into October.

The best times for bicycle touring in Puglia are April, May, June, September and October. In these months the weather is usually good, prices are lower, and there are fewer tourists. July and august can become very hot at times.

Core Tour Costs €840
Luggage Transfers €295 (per couple)
Hybrid Bike Rental €135
Road Bike Rental €205
E-Bike Rental €275
Single Supplement €325


840 Euro is the cost per person sharing. The cost includes the following

  • 7 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Pre-trip planner
  • Routes in the form of highlighted maps and cue sheets
  • Regional Handbook
  • Telephone support
  • Meet and greet (if you are renting bicycles)


  • Luggage transfer charges are calculated as follows:

    The standard charge is based on one or two riders. A couple would therefore share the luggage transfer costs. There is then a small additional fee for the third and each additional person.
    For example:

    1. Total cost for one or two riders = 295 Euro (147.50 per person based on two people sharing)
    2. Total cost for three riders = 295 + 20= 315 (105 per person)
    3. Total cost for four riders = 295 + 20 + 20 = 335 (84 per person)

Note that the more riders in the group, the less expensive are the luggage transfers per rider.


Please note that we will endeavor to provide you with the bike listed below. On occasion, due to availability and size requirements, you may receive a different bike. All our bikes will be of a similar style, quality and specification to those listed

Bianchi Camaleonte 4 (Hybrid)

  • 5 frame sizes
  • Alloy Frame
  • Bianchi Alloy fork
  • 27 speed

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip).

Fitted with: Rear rack; platform pedals, bottle cage, fenders (mudguards)

Equipment provided: Handlebar bag; map case; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool.

Available on request: Panniers, helmet, odomoter, gps unit

Bianchi Via Nerone Road Bike

  • 8 frame sizes
  • Lightweight alloy frame
  • Carbon fork

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip)

Fitted with: Platform pedals, bottle cage,

Equipment provided: map case; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool, frame bag

Available on request: Panniers, helmet, odomoter, gps unit

Atala 4 e-Bike

  • 4 frame sizes
  • Suspension fork
  • Long range battery life

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip).

Fitted with: Rear rack; platform pedals, bottle cage, fenders (mudguards)

Equipment provided: Handlebar bag; map case; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool.

Available on request: Panniers, helmet, odomoter, gps unit


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