A week passed between beautiful beaches, enchanting villages and unspoiled nature
Enjoy living the dream on an ecological, sustainable holiday, totally immersed in nature. An adventure to experience at least once in a lifetime. Come tour with us and between rides plunge into the crystal clear, cooling waters of the Salento seas.
⇒ POPULARITY: 9/10
⇒ DURATION: 8 days
⇒ THIS TOUR IS FOR groups of bike lovers, who already have a minimum of training or who are ready to pedal in peace and relaxation for a few hours a day. But it is also for those who prefer an e-bike, who would like a little help up any inclines and to get even less tired ... It is a slow and enjoyable bicycle trip, designed especially for those who want to break free of the routine of the last few months, to really switch off. This tour is ideal for those who want to admire landscapes calmly, as they slowly and gently pass by, to stop to take pictures at every corner.
If you want to breathe deeply without fear, this cycling holiday between Puglia and Matera is for you. It is a holiday also designed for families with older children or for a group of friends.
⇒ YOU WILL BE EXCITED as you journey from one beautiful, magical place to another, enjoying total freedom on your bike. You will appreciate the endless panoramas that change from each different perspective. Sunsets, wild nature, the encounters you make will all have a particularly intense flavour. Each ride will be a slice of pure freedom and well-being.
And then, if you have never been to Matera you can discover this incredible city, admiring the sights and sounds, the beauty of the “City of Stones” by night and perhaps at dawn, while staying for one night in a unique, archetypical, ancient cave style hotel, based around how people lived in the days before the restoration of the town.
You will also have the opportunity to sleep in a typical Masseria, a type of fortified farm estate. You will discover and taste typical products that will leave their flavour on your taste buds, to forever remind you of Puglia: love at first… visit.
And there will be many activities, experiences and discoveries to enjoy doing together.
It will be a wonderful, unique, life adventure to be enjoyed, photographed and retold.
⇒ DIFFICULTY: From Easy to moderate. Predominantly hilly area.
⇒ TECHNICAL INFO: Total length: 350 km, with stages from 40 to 60 km lasting from 3 to 8 hours a day.
⇒ TO PUT IN YOUR SUITCASE: For this bike trip from Matera to Salento you need your sportswear, a water bottle(s), a windbreaker, light cover-up clothing, sunglasses, a cap, sunscreen and a great desire for freedom!
⇒ WE PROMISE YOU that this on this cycling holiday in Puglia you will feel strong, positive emotions and experience shared moments of joy with your travel companions. You will return home regenerated and with the right energy to face the many difficulties of everyday life. You will enjoy a unique experience in contact with nature and the scenic beauty of this area. The gentle breeze on your face will be your faithful companion on this bike trip and you will travel along wonderful and often lonely roads.
You will taste typical products such as mozzarella, Martina Franca capocollo, extra virgin olive oil and local wine. You will perspire, but it will be wonderful to stop, relax and dream, to take some photos and afterwards to enjoy an aperitif and a stroll, then to gaze at the stars above.
⇒ PRICE: starting from € 1650 per person on a group of at least 4 people, discounts for small groups
SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE BIKE TRIP FROM MATERA TO SALENTO IN 8 DAYS
• 7 nights with breakfast in selected typical hotels
• Bike delivery to your hotel in Matera and bike collection after the tour in Lecce
• Road bike rental for a week
• Dedicated cycle guide for the duration of the tour
• Luggage transport
• Technical and emergency assistance
• Road book and road map (but you will be guided)
• 5 guided tours in towns we pass by
• 1 tasting as per program
• Medical assistance and baggage transport
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE BIKE TRIP FROM MATERA TO SALENTO:
Transfer from Bari to Matera or from Lecce to Bari or Brindisi on arrival or departure (request a quote)
Possible e-bike supplement € 90
⇒ BRIEF STAGES OF THE BIKE TRIP FROM MATERA TO SALENTO IN 8 DAYS
• Early Matera
• Francavilla Fontana
• San Pietro in Bevagna
• Porto Cesareo
• Torre dell’Orso
• Le Cesine Reserve
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIKE TRIP FROM MATERA TO SALENTO IN 8 DAYS
Day 1: MATERA
Our bike tour begins after your arrival in Matera and check in at the hotel in the heart of the Sassi. You will enjoy a guided tour of Matera at sunset, truly impressive in the golden hour.
Day 2: FROM MATERA TO MOTTOLA (46 km)
After breakfast there will be a short briefing with the local guide who will accompany you on this wonderful journey between the hinterland and the sea. Bicycles will be delivered to your hotel and then we leave for Mottola. We will pass through vineyards and picturesque landscapes before arriving at a typical Apulian farm (masseria), where we tour the farm and discover its unique history. We will taste the typical products and enjoy a peaceful stay here for one night.
Day 3: FROM MOTTOLA TO THE ITRIA VALLEY (80 km)
After breakfast, your cycling holiday in Puglia continues with a tour of the Itria Valley, passing through the countryside around the exquisitely beautiful towns of Locorotondo and Cisternino. We will stop in Alberobello, where we taste an aperitif and typical products in one of the conical roofed trulli that the area is uniquely famous for. Afterwards, we will continue on towards Ostuni, “the White City”, where we will stay for one night in a typical residence.
Day 4: FROM OSTUNI TO MAR JONIO (54 km)
After breakfast, we will leave for the villages of Oria and Francavilla Fontana, continuing on until we reach the Caribbean style beaches of San Pietro in Bevagna. Here, it will be impossible to resist a nice, refreshing dip in the turquoise, crystal clear water of the sea. We stay the night in this small seaside village.
Day 5: FROM SAN PIETRO IN BEVAGNA TO GALLIPOLI (48 km)
After breakfast we will “roll” southwards through the Torre Collimena reserve where, if we are lucky, we may spot some flamingos. Passing through Porto Cesareo we will arrive in Gallipoli, but not before stopping for a few dives into the water stopping at one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. We arrive at sunset in the “Pearl of the Ionian Sea”, Gallipoli, where we will stay for one night.
Day 6: FROM THE IONIO TO THE ADRIATIC (52 km)
After breakfast we ride on until we reach the Adriatic coast and the city of Otranto. Here we will stop to visit the characteristic, old town and the splendid cathedral with 12th century mosaics. We stay the night at a hotel, very close to the beautiful Sea of Otranto.
Day 7: LECCE (46 km)
After breakfast we will head towards Lecce, the “Florence of the South”, following the crystalline sea of this coastline, encountering beautiful beaches and wonderful places such as the Grotta della Poesia and Torre dell’Orso. After our arrival in Lecce we take a sunset stroll among the beautiful, warm tones of the decorated buildings in the baroque city.
Day 8 end
Unfortunately, after breakfast, the tour ends and our services terminate. It is possible to extend your stay, perhaps staying one or two more nights in Lecce so that you can visit some of the beauties of the hinterland such as the Abbey of Cerrate and the town of Galatina.