Apulia. A cycling tourism guide Cycle routes, places and trails

Puglia, the all-in-one cycling tourism destination in Italy

The panoramic roads Mare-Monti roads are the paradise for road cycling, the the forest tracks of the Gargano National Park, an open-air bike park, the quiet roads in the Itria Valley all adorned with trulli and drystone walls, and the wind on your face in the Salento Peninsula surrounded by two seas.
Genuine hospitality, mild climate and Mediterranean diet complete the recipe of your next cycling vacation on bike in Puglia.

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Adriatic Cycle Route

More than 500 km “nel blu dipinto di blu” …

Apulian Acqueduct Cycle Route

Following the rythm of water on the first greenway in South Italy

EuroVelo 5 Via Romea Francigena

On the pilgrims’ footsteps from Rome to the East

Bari – Matera

From Bari to Matera crossing a landscape where the time has stopped at the Ninethinpd Century

The Bari-Matera cycle route is a 80 km long itinerary which allows in one or two day to reach Matera, “the city of the stones” (Sassi di Matera), UNESCO heritage. You will cycle past a wood of almond and oak trees, the pastures of the Alta Murgia National Park. We recommend you stop in Altamura, the city of the best bread in Italy and taste a slice of focaccia.


Puglia is a state of mind, but three are the cycling territories

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The Mountain of the Sun: relax and adventure at the same time

Valle d'Itria

The land of trull is the "slow" landscape par excellence thank to its "strade bianche"

The Itria Valley and the Trulli Coast will surprise you with its rural arteries adorned with trulli and dry stone walls, perfect for a cycling holiday especially in spring and autumn. A landscape designed by the man in perfect harmony with the nature of a widespread forest of olive and oak trees. The green heart of the Itria Valley is made up of three pretty towns: Martina Franca, Cisternino and Locorotondo. By Murgia and Trulli Coast, however, we also mean the surrounding area: Alberobello, Ostuni, Castellana Grotta, Ceglie Messapica, Fasano and Monopoli.


Sun, sea and wind ... and a hinterland rich in folklore and traditions

The Giro del Salento is an itinerary almost entirely on asphalted roads with low or no traffic volume, except in large population centers. We start from Lecce, capital of the Baroque of Salento, and hub of the Adriatic Cycle Route, to head towards the Ionian coast after visiting the ancient Rudiae and the towns of Copertino and Nardò. We continue touching the beaches of Porto Selvaggio and Santa Maria al Bagno up to the “beautiful city” Gallipoli. From here the itinerary returns inland to reach Alezio, the town home to the museum of Messapian civilization, Sannicola, Galatone and Galatina, where it is possible to admire the frescoes of the Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria. Now in the cradle of tarantism, we push towards Greece to Melpignano towards the Adriatica. From Otranto we travel along the Adriatica cycle route passing through the Le Cesine Oasis and the medieval village of Acaya, returning to Lecce.

Roberto Guido’s guidebook is a good reading if you understand Italian: “In bici sui mari del Salento”.

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