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Self-guided bike tour in Salento

Overview
Location
Accommodation
Getting There

This self-guided bike tour takes you on a circular route around Italy’s heel, starting and ending in the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce and stopping at the equally lovely coastal towns of Gallipoli, Leuca and Otranto. Ride through ancient olive groves and along quiet coastal roads, through tiny villages and past spectacular beaches that are the envy of the Mediterranean. You will average around 50kms per day. This break is available as both a 5-night and a 7-night package, see itinerary below for further details. Contact us for availability, price from € 540 per person

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful Baroque towns of Lecce, Gallipoli and Otranto
  • Stop off for a rest at beautiful sandy beaches along the route
  • Enjoy the excellent regional cuisine

Included

  • 5 or 7 nights’ accommodation along the route
  • Bed & breakfast basis
  • Trekking bike hire and accessories (see below)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed itinerary and map
  • Telephone assistance 8.00am - 9.00pm

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Meals & beverages - unless otherwise specified above
  • Local taxes where applicable
  • Everything not specified above

Itinerary

7-night tour itinerary. The 5-night tour excludes days 2 and 6.

Day One:
Arrival in Lecce and check-in.

Day Two: Around Lecce
Your bikes will be delivered to the hotel after breakfast.
Cycle through the countryside past olive groves and ancient ruins to the coast at Frigole. Visit Santa Maria in Cerrate, a medieval settlement on the old Via Francigena.
Overnight in Lecce
Distance: 45km

Day Three: Lecce - Gallipoli
Head out of Lecce to Gallipoli on the Ionian coast, passing through vineyards, olive groves and small villages on the way. Here you will almost certainly enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Overnight in Gallipoli
Distance: 50km

Day Four: Gallipoli – Leuca
Take the coastal road south and maybe stop off at one of the spectacular beaches en route with before heading on to Punta Ristola to enjoy the views over Leuca at the very tip of the peninsula.
Overnight in Leuca
Distance: 50km

Day Five: Leuca – Otranto
A beautiful stretch of coastline awaits, as you head north past steep cliffs and tiny coves, through historic villages before reaching the beautiful town of Otranto.
Overnight in Otranto
Distance: 55km

Day Six: Otranto and around
Spend today exploring the area around Otranto, visit the bronze-age megalithic park near Giurdignano and a biodynamic farm that also produces rare fabrics using antique looms. You could also stop off at the La Cutura botanic garden as you head back into town. Otherwise take a rest day and explore this beautiful Baroque town on foot.
Overnight in Otranto
Distance: 30km

Day Seven: Otranto – Lecce
Head north along the Adriatic coast stopping off at Sant’ Andrea’s bay, then inland through the Le Cesine Natural Park and the village of Acaya before arriving back in Lecce.
Overnight in Lecce and end of tour
Distance: 55km

Please note that the itinerary could undergo some changes before or during the tour depending on weather conditions and other factors.

Accessories included with bike hire: front and rear light, bike computer, lock, helmet, waterproof rear bag, handlebar bag or map holder, 1 puncture repair kit per two bikes.

Please Note

This tour is on largely flat roads with occasional hilly sections, in the main on quiet coastal roads. It is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Bike insurance is not included in the package, please make sure that bike hire is covered by your insurance policy. In case of loss, damage or theft you will be liable for full costs. As this is a self-guided break you should be able to perform basic bike maintenance like puncture repair.

Extras/Upgrades

This tour is available with either 3-star (standard) or 4-star (superior) accommodation, please let us know which you would prefer. A trekking (hybrid) bike is included in the package, all-road and e-bikes are available for a supplement, contact us for details.

Salento is the heel in Italy’s boot, part of the Puglia region. From Brindisi, across to Taranto and down to the tip at Leuca, the area offers a fascinating history, Baroque architecture, beautiful towns and villages, a spectacular coastline dotted with fine white sandy beaches and secluded coves, as well as some of the best seafood you will ever eat.

Lecce, the start and end point of the tour and the main city in the area, is often nicknamed the ‘Florence of the south’ due to its magnificent Baroque buildings and monuments.

Both Gallipoli on the Ionian coast (inside of the heel) and Otranto on the Adriatic coast also offer beautiful historic centres and a fun nightlife – Gallipoli in particular has a lively gay scene.

The beaches in Salento are among the best in Italy, long stretches of golden or white sand and azure sea are bound to lure you from your bike, so make sure you take a swimming costume and towel on your rides. Unlike in many other parts of Italy there are lots of wild beaches, so it is possible to avoid large resorts and their endless rows of sun loungers (though obviously around August they still get pretty busy when most of Italy decamps to the coast).

You will be staying at B&Bs or hotels along the route, with breakfast included.

The standard tour includes 3* accommodation, while the superior tour includes 4* accommodation.

7 night tour:

2+1 nights in Lecce (2 nights at the start, one at the end)

1 night in Gallipoli

1 night in Leuca

2 nights in Otranto

You will be provided a full itinerary with the names of the hotels upon booking. If you have any special requests please let us know before you book.

Nearest Airport: Brindisi (50km) 40 mins

Other airports: Bari (167km) 1 hour 50 mins

By Car:

As you won’t need a car during your stay and will not be staying in one place, we do not recommend car hire for this break.

By Public Transport:

There is a direct airport bus from Brindisi to Lecce that takes 40 mins.

From Bari you can get the bus to Bari central station (around 20 mins) and from there take a direct train to Lecce (around 1h 20 mins)

By Private Transfer:

Private transfer available on request, approx € 90 each way from Brindisi, or € 180 each way from Bari (based on 2 people travelling). Please let us know if you would like to add this before you book.

Overview

This self-guided bike tour takes you on a circular route around Italy’s heel, starting and ending in the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce and stopping at the equally lovely coastal towns of Gallipoli, Leuca and Otranto. Ride through ancient olive groves and along quiet coastal roads, through tiny villages and past spectacular beaches that are the envy of the Mediterranean. You will average around 50kms per day. This break is available as both a 5-night and a 7-night package, see itinerary below for further details. Contact us for availability, price from € 540 per person

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful Baroque towns of Lecce, Gallipoli and Otranto
  • Stop off for a rest at beautiful sandy beaches along the route
  • Enjoy the excellent regional cuisine

Included

  • 5 or 7 nights’ accommodation along the route
  • Bed & breakfast basis
  • Trekking bike hire and accessories (see below)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed itinerary and map
  • Telephone assistance 8.00am - 9.00pm

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Meals & beverages - unless otherwise specified above
  • Local taxes where applicable
  • Everything not specified above

Please Note

This tour is on largely flat roads with occasional hilly sections, in the main on quiet coastal roads. It is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Bike insurance is not included in the package, please make sure that bike hire is covered by your insurance policy. In case of loss, damage or theft you will be liable for full costs. As this is a self-guided break you should be able to perform basic bike maintenance like puncture repair.

Extras/Upgrades

This tour is available with either 3-star (standard) or 4-star (superior) accommodation, please let us know which you would prefer. A trekking (hybrid) bike is included in the package, all-road and e-bikes are available for a supplement, contact us for details.

Location

Location

Salento is the heel in Italy’s boot, part of the Puglia region. From Brindisi, across to Taranto and down to the tip at Leuca, the area offers a fascinating history, Baroque architecture, beautiful towns and villages, a spectacular coastline dotted with fine white sandy beaches and secluded coves, as well as some of the best seafood you will ever eat.

Lecce, the start and end point of the tour and the main city in the area, is often nicknamed the ‘Florence of the south’ due to its magnificent Baroque buildings and monuments.

Both Gallipoli on the Ionian coast (inside of the heel) and Otranto on the Adriatic coast also offer beautiful historic centres and a fun nightlife – Gallipoli in particular has a lively gay scene.

The beaches in Salento are among the best in Italy, long stretches of golden or white sand and azure sea are bound to lure you from your bike, so make sure you take a swimming costume and towel on your rides. Unlike in many other parts of Italy there are lots of wild beaches, so it is possible to avoid large resorts and their endless rows of sun loungers (though obviously around August they still get pretty busy when most of Italy decamps to the coast).

Accommodation

Accommodation

You will be staying at B&Bs or hotels along the route, with breakfast included.

The standard tour includes 3* accommodation, while the superior tour includes 4* accommodation.

7 night tour:

2+1 nights in Lecce (2 nights at the start, one at the end)

1 night in Gallipoli

1 night in Leuca

2 nights in Otranto

You will be provided a full itinerary with the names of the hotels upon booking. If you have any special requests please let us know before you book.

Getting There

Getting There

Nearest Airport: Brindisi (50km) 40 mins

Other airports: Bari (167km) 1 hour 50 mins

By Car:

As you won’t need a car during your stay and will not be staying in one place, we do not recommend car hire for this break.

By Public Transport:

There is a direct airport bus from Brindisi to Lecce that takes 40 mins.

From Bari you can get the bus to Bari central station (around 20 mins) and from there take a direct train to Lecce (around 1h 20 mins)

By Private Transfer:

Private transfer available on request, approx € 90 each way from Brindisi, or € 180 each way from Bari (based on 2 people travelling). Please let us know if you would like to add this before you book.

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