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Cycling Puglia : 5-day tour in Salento

Selfguided cycling holidays with GPS around Lecce. A discovery of Southern Italy, in the province Salento from Otranto to Gallipoli.

Reviews (8) :
4.50 / 5
Reference IP0501
  • Itinerant trip
  • 5 days
  • Moderate
  • From mid-february to end november
  • Minimum age 14 years old
739€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This cycle tour have you explore in the heel of Italy, the province of Salento. This area has retained over the centuries the traces of different influences: Roman amphitheatre, Greek villages, medieval castles and baroque churches. Starting in the baroque city of Lecce, also known as the Florence of the South, leisurely bike through the olive groves on small country roads. Then cycle along the coast, which offers a beautiful coastline, a sometimes azure sometimes sapphire blue sea and old fortified ports.

    DAY 1


    Arrival in Lecce

    After transfer from the aiport, ride through the baroque city of Lecce, capital of the province of Salento. Discover the cathedral, the Duomo di Lecce, and the Bishop’s Palace, both of which form one of the most beautiful baroque ensemble of Italy. Then admire the Basilica of Santa Croce, which impresses with its profusion of carved decorations. We advise you to take an ice cream in the evening on the piazza S. Oronzo for its bustling atmosphere

    DAY 2


    Lecce – Gallipoli

    You ride on quiet country roads in the middle of olive groves. You cross the city of Galatina, labeled "city of art" for its rich baroque architecture. Discover the historical center surrounded by ramparts and do not miss the Santa Maria Alessandra basilica, which boasts magnificent frescoes from the late 14th century. You continue through the countryside to Galatone, discover the church of Santuario della Pieta Crucifix and the remnants of its castle. You keep on riding to the coast of the Ionian Sea and reach Gallipoli. Old fishing port surrounded by a fortress, the city spans tradition and modernity, between its remarkably preserved historic center and its lively party spots.

    DAY 3


    Gallipoli - Otranto

    From one coast to another, you cycle today across the Salento peninsula. You ride on paths and small roads in the midst of olive groves. You go through small towns off the tourist tracks, such Corigliano di Otranto and its medieval castle and Melpignano, which stands out for its abbey and its beautiful square. You reach the coast in Otranto, a pretty town built around its ancient trading port.

    DAY 4


    Otranto - Lecce

    Start your day visiting Otranto. Explore the Aragonese castle before you stroll in the cathedral, which stands out for its magnificent rose window and the beautiful mosaic adorning its soil. You ride to Lecce sometimes along the coast, sometimes on back country roads lined with stone walls and olive trees. You go through villages built around their medieval castle before reaching Lecce.

    DAY 5


    Departure from Lecce

    Transfer from your departure aiport, Bari or Brindisi.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in bed & breakfasts selected for their quality and authenticity. Your hosts welcome you warmly after your daily ride. Breakfast is included.

    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You are staying in *** or **** hotels selected for their comfort and the service quality. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with :
    • a touring bike adjusted to your size
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebags, helmet, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    Travel documents

    The travel documents will be handed to you on your arrival day. You will find a practical information leaflet giving the programme day by day and your accommodation each night, as well as the touristic information. The travel documents will be written in English.

    To follow the route, you will be equipped with a Mio GPS (one for two) which is very easy to use. You will also be provided a general map of the itinerary to give an overview of the day.

    Luggage transport

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • We provide bicycle saddlebags for the things you shall need during the day.
    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
  • Practical information
  • To get to Lecce:

    From Beauvais airport, take a flight to Brindisi (2h30 of flight) or Bari (2h20 of flight).

    We inform you that the price of the bike tour includes the airport transfer to/from Brindisi to the departure and the arrival point of the itinerary. We can also pick you up/drop you of at Bari airport, but with an extra.

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    8 bike travelers reviews 4.50 / 5

    Group trip to Puglia

    On the 2022-10-07 by Julia, Geneva
    A great trip for our group of 13. It was a pleasure to deal with the Vélo Voyageur team before the trip, and the trip itself was fantastic. The GPS was accurate and took us on a lovely route, mostly car-free and including the highlights of each place we went through. Olive groves, local towns and coastal views. The hotels were great; well located and with good facilities. The bikes were all of a good quality, and many were new. The logistics of bags and bikes all worked well. Looking forward to our next trip with Vélo Voyageur.

    Belle découverte

    On the 2019-05-26 by Renaude
    Circuit dans les Pouilles très agréable permettant de traverser des villages délaissés par les routes touristiques, et pourtant riches en architecture baroque. Le reste du parcours est bucolique, surtout au Printemps les bords de route étant très fleuris. Des champs d'oliviers à perte de vue. Le circuit est très peu fréquenté par les voitures ce qui donne une sensation d'évasion. Enfin, sur le plan logistique, les vélos fournis sont de qualité, et les transferts (y compris celui des bagages) ont été sans faille. En revanche, les chambres d'hôtes sont décevantes.

    Parfait et tellement original

    On the 2018-05-19 by Macha
    Ce périple à vélo est très original, découvrir cette région des pouilles absolument magnifique à travers des chemins bucoliques est très agréable. L'organisation est parfaite. Nous avons été enchantés du début à la fin.

    Salento en mai

    On the 2018-05-19 by annie
    Circuit très agréable avec bon vélo électrique Quelques soucis : technique (panne gps) timing pour transfert une nuit dans une chambre minuscule

    Le Salento

    On the 2017-11-05 by Stéphane
    Nous tenons à souligner l'excellente organisation de notre séjour qui fut en tous points positif. Les informations précises , la ponctualité , la gentillesse et le professionnalisme des intervenants ont permis cela. En outre la région est vraiment à découvrir . Il est fort probable que nous y retournions.

    3 jours pour essayer

    On the 2015-10-18 by Nicolas
    Je rêvais depuis longtemps de tenter un voyage à vélo avec mon épouse. La solution proposée était idéale pour faire un essai(transport, gestion des bagages, chambre d'hôtes). Nous avons passé un superbe séjour dans les Pouilles qui n'a eu de défaut que d'être trop court ! Ne pas hésiter à prendre une semaine ! la région est relativement peu riche en dénivelés et riche en trésors ! Seul point négatif : le relatif manque de gestion des déchets dans pas mal d'endroits hors des villes.


    On the 2015-05-25 by Patrick HYERES
    Très belle ballade dans les Pouilles, dépaysement garanti, accueil des locaux exceptionnelle,

    1ère fois

    On the 2014-10-02 by Wilfried
    Même avec des contraintes assez forte (horaires concernant le vol, voyage en solo, cycliste peu expérimenté...) j'ai bénéficier d'une très bonne prise en charge. Bérangère m'a rapidement mis en confiance, et sur place ça a été identique. Emmanuel et son équipe ont été très à la hauteur et j'ai passé trois jours totalement disponible pour apprécier cette très belle région que sont les Pouilles. J'ai des images plein la tête et une forte envie de retourner voir la suite.
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