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Puglia bike tours a self guided bike trip and authentic cycling holidays in Apulia crafted for the discerning cyclist...
The best "Italy bike tours" to cycle unspoiled Puglia's backroads, small villages and towns, with a local bike company. A unique bike trip, combining scenic rides with the finest "Primitivo wine", authentic cooking & culinary culture with premium small hotels and personalized service...

Italy tours by bike in Apulia , cycling the most scenic and quiet bike routes of PUGLIA, at your own pace. Ride independently top notch italian hybrid bikes and pedal from Monopoli to Otranto. Discover this unspoiled corner of Southern Italy, enjoying the discrete and personalized service of a specialized local boutique company, offering the best bike tour of Puglia.

A SELF GUIDED BIKE TOUR of PUGLIA to travel southern ITALY cycling trough UNESCO sites, ancient olive groves and roman roads, Trulli , rural churches and dolmens that not all bicycle tours will let you see. Experience the charm and confort of luxurious Masserie (traditional restored farm houses) and taste authentic food & wine of Puglia.
Meet the local and understand more about our culture and heritage. Professional wine expert, chefs and artisan will follow you in this extraordinary discovery making your tour of Puglia and Salento an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience.

Start our bike trip of Puglia from Monopoli, charming fishing hamlet on the adriatic coast just a few km south of Bari, and pedal the Itria Valley with Alberobello Unesco heritage site and the Salento area by bike, spin from Monopoli to Otranto through Lecce baroque jewel and along the adriatic sea.
This self guided tour, bike and gourmet adventure, is a marvelous combination of field trips & gastronomic excursions, delicious meals, hands on cookery lessons & practical demonstrations of how the local recipes are crafted, enriched by guided tasting sessions of selected local produce with our wine expert, cooks and confectioners.
Should you wish to add more days for a longer bicycling holiday in Puglia we will be pleased to Tailor made your bike tour, to provide a personalized bike experience in southern Italy.

Puglia                       Bike tour program

Day 1 | Cycle from Alberobello to Savelletri, Egnazia & Monopoli
Your bike tour of Apulia start with a guided tour of Alberobello unique Unesco World heritage site, to discover the old town rione Monti and Aia piccola quarters, characterized by the distinctive Trully houses and continues cycling toward Monopoli where your hotel is located. Cycling distance 45 km flat
Cycling distance 45 km on gently rolling terrain
What to See on the way to Monopoli:
Alberobello Unesco world Heritage town with its the trulli quarters "rione Monti and Aia Piccola"
Capitolo white sandy beaches...
in Monopoli old town center do not miss:
Abbazia Benedettina di Santo Stefano in Contrada Santo Stefano, Monopoli, built in 1086 by Goffredo conte di Conversano,
Castello di Monopoli in Largo Castello, Monopoli, not far from your hotel...
Madonna della Madia in Largo Cattedrale, Monopoli
City's walls
Piazza XX Settembre, linking the two urban areas of Monopoli...the new and old town...

Day 2 | Pedal from Monopoli to Conversano & Polignano

Your bike tour of Puglia continue with another amazing ride through the typical countryside of the itria Valley, dotted with trulli and orchards toward the town of Conversano from were you will then ride to the charming litle hanlet of Polignano a Mare small sea side town perched on a lime stone cliff of the adriatic coast. Stroll the old town and enjoy lunch at our favorite Grotta Palazzese restaurant overlooking the azure sea, before cycling back to Monopoli and your Don Ferrante hotel. Cycling distance 45 km: easy ride on rolling terrain with the option to add an extra 20km to reach Turi

Day 3 | Pedal from Monopoli to Ostuni

The valle d'Itria offers suggestive itineraries and views, with green strips of green land with oaks, almonds, carobs and cherries, where the old towns are like white sheets spread out to dry. From here we'll start our marvellous journey through archaeology, history, art and food throughout a land of artists, shepherds, farmers and sailors, heading south and cycling to reach Ostuni the "white town". Cycling distance 35 km on flat terrain

Not to miss in Ostuni:
The Historical Centre, a wonderful jewel that gives to Ostuni its unique urban identity...
The Cathedral, the best known landmark of Ostuni, built in the late Gothic style, it has a tripartite fa├žade, divided by two pilaster-strips...

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Day 4 | Spin to Lecce & Gallipoli
Gallipoli is a charming fishing town perched on the island a kilometre and a half wide, characterized by a mix of converging alleys and little streets. Cycling distance 65 km flat terrain

Day 5| cycle from Gallipoli to Otranto
Push your wheels through natural reserve, remote walled villages and castels to reach Otranto the most eastern town if Italy...
Cycling distance 50 km on rolling terrain

Day 6 | bike from Otranto to Santa Cesarea Terme and Castro along the adriatic coast
Cristal clear water, amazing rocky gardens and eclectic villas will disclose the eastern strip of southern Italy, with this amazing ride along the adriatic coast toward Santa Maria di Leuca the tip of the heel, combining breathtaking views and scenarios with gourmet experience; Cycling distance 50 km on gently rolling terrain

Day 7 | cycle from Otranto to Lecce
Just cycle along the Adriatic coast and through old and charming villages heading to Lecce , the landscapes, the baroque architecture, the local delightful food & wine with the people that craft it will doo the rest...
Cycling distance 65 km flat terrain


Lecce bike tour highlights
The Santa Croce Basilica with its famous facade, first built in 1643 is the masterpiece of Baroque art in Lecce...
The Roman Amphitheatre in Lecce This is the most relevant testimonial of the Roman age, it was built in the II century AC to entertain the soldiers settled in the surroundings of the city.
The Charles V castle near St Oronzo square, built by Carlo V in 1539, following the project of one of the most influential militar architect of the time,Gian Giacomo dell'Acaya
The "Duomo" Cathedral of Lecce , laying between the Seminar palace and the bell tower, first built in 1144 on a Latin cross plan with a nave and two aisles, separated by pillars and pilasters. It was rebuilt in 1659 by the architect Giuseppe Zimbalo by order of bishop Luigi Pappacoda, whose remains are kept in the altar dedicated to Saint Oronzo of Lecce, the patron saint of the city.
an ice cream at the Gelateria Natale
a coffe' at the Alvino bar in the heart of Santo Oronzo square,
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Shorter bike tours and breaks also available .

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Trip details

Meet | Depart:Monopoli | Otranto
Trip Length:5 to 9 days
Activity Level:Easy to moderate (with longer options available to the avid cyclist)
Terrain:flat to gently rolling
Daily Rides:35km to 65km
Total distance:approx 300 km
Dates:all departures are private and are available every day from April to October
PREMIUM Hotels         8 days / 7 nights from € 3650
MIXED Hotels             8 days / 7 nights from € 2990

Trip highlights

  • Greatest flexibility, local support & knowledge;
  • Insight view on the local culture;
  • UNESCO heritage sites;
  • Exclusive routes not available to non local companies;
  • Guided food and wine tastings with local experts and producers;
  • Pre/post trip support;

Trip inclusions

  • Luxury accommodation & breakfast
  • Information pack maps and route notes
  • Garmin GPS
  • all transfer as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Local support through the tour
  • Use of top notch Scott & Bianchi hybrid bikes
  • optional top notch italian carbon frame road bikes
  • Airport pick up & drop off
  • Authentic food & wine experiences
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Getting here

  • This bike trip starts from Monopoli , and we recommend you arrive 1 day earlier
  • Closest airport is Bari (BRI). You can reach Bari from Rome/Milano with domestic flights or by train. Check the train's time table here
  • Tour finishes in Otranto or Lecce and the closest airport is Brindisi (BDS). Closest train station is Lecce.


  • We reserve the right to operate small itinerary's revisions in an attempt to provide the best possible bike tour experience, given route conditions and available services.
  • As a local company we support the local community and provide unique bike trips and routes, designed for both the leisure and the avid cyclist, offering always the option to enjoy short or long daily rides.

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