Olive groves, gorgeous whitewashed villages, charming locals, and luscious food and hospitality sampled against the stunning aquamarine Adriatic – all play a part in this delightful trip through idyllic Puglia and its enchanting historic towns, capturing the true magic of old Italy. The history, landscape and architecture reflect the myriad civilizations that were drawn to the region because of its influential port towns and position on the Adriatic; the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Normans and Spanish all left their mark here. Our routes feature sublime coastal roads, whitewashed towns, fortified farms, and distinctive stone trulli, while the culinary highlights include fresh seafood, local wine and olive oil. What’s more, given its relative underdevelopment, Puglia offers some of the best and quietest biking we know.
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Drive to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello and check out the town centre lined with distinctive and whimsical trulli. Bike through the countryside and vineyards over rolling landscapes before sharpening your knowledge on Apulian wines with a local wine expert this evening.
Embark on a loop ride to Polignano a Mare, a charming coastal hamlet perched on a limestone cliff. Continue along to the fascinating archeological site of Egnazia, the ancient city of the Messapii dating back to the Bronze Age. Later, explore Monopoli before dinner at our favourite local restaurant.
Ride along the via Traiana, an ancient road built to connect Brindisi with trading in the Far East. Finish with a short climb to Ostuni, followed by a short drive to the elegant Lecce, a city cultured enough to be nicknamed “the Florence of the South.”
Cycle through the “Cesine” natural reserve today before stopping for lunch at a former refurbished farm. In the evening a fresh pasta-making demo class will give you a chance to experiment and master your techniques in making the famous orecchiette.
Start your day’s ride today through the historic old town of Otranto and head towards the Adriatic Coast. Stop for a swim in the crystal blue water, choose a scenic cliff-side grotto to explore and pause for lunch in one of the panoramic port towns along the route.
Based on your outbound flight time and onward travels we have organized a drive to Brindisi airport. Arrivederci!VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.