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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Take a short drive to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello to check out the town centre lined with whimsical trulli, idiosyncratic buildings that are undoubtedly the most distinctive feature of Puglia. Bike through the countryside and its vineyards ending back to your hotel for some relaxation.
The next morning, a loop ride starts in Monopoli and heads through the countryside to Polignano a Mare, a charming hamlet perched on a limestone cliff along the Adriatic coast. The old town offers many options to stroll and enjoy a lunch overlooking the crystal blue sea before heading back to Monopoli.
Ride along the via Traiana, an ancient road built to connect Brindisi with trading in the Far East. Arrive at the archeological site of Egnazia for a visit to the museum and finish your ride with a short uphill climb to Ostuni.
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.
The last leg of riding today will bring you through endless olive groves and sandy beaches along the coast until reaching the thriving city of Lecce, the “Florence of the South.” Explore the old town and its medley of shops before enjoying an informal wine stroll through Lecce's old town.
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.