Colours of Puglia

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8 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
93 Miles
Self-guided

Description

This cycling tour in Puglia explores regions surrounding Locorotondo and Lecce, authentic treasures where unexplored and unique landscapes, local traditions, folklore and culture are the highlights. Puglia has been voted by National Geographic Traveller as one of the Best Trips for 2014.Puglia, situated in the extreme south west of Italy, has had strong connections with the Middle East since Roman times. Tangible evidence of these influences will surround you as you cycle through the countryside and villages. From the secluded corners of coastline, to the World Heritage Site of Alberobello, with its distinctive trulli houses and the fascinating area of Greek Salento, this tour examines the natural beauty, amazing architecture and traditions of Puglia. The small town of Locorotondo, where your tour begins, has a magical atmosphere with its Baroque architecture and fantastic views from the top of the town over small vineyards, ancient farms and silvery olive groves. Enjoy loop rides through the Itria Valley and cycle along rural trails that lead you to Alberobello where you can admire its multitude of trullis, traditional stone huts with conical roofs.Cycle down to the plains of Salento towards Mesagne and through Ostuni, named the �white city� due to its white-washed houses in the old town. The trails take you along old pilgrimage tracks, passing farms and the Abbey of Cerrate which is now is a museum. Don�t forget to sample the great wines of this region, including Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia. The grapes that produce these wines are almost exclusively grown in Puglia which is why they are so prized. Explore Greek Salento where the Greek-Byzantine influence is very strong and where the locals speak a dialect known as neo-Greek. The tour finishes in Lecce, a jewel of Baroque architecture and from here you cycle through the natural reserve of La Gesine and to Acaya, the only example of an intact fortified medieval town in southern Italy.

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Tour Location

Country:
Italy
From:
Lororotondo
To:
Lecce

Tour Information

Guiding:
Self-guided
Duration:
8 Days
Level:
Easy-Moderate
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
GBP 725

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
93 Miles

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: Available

Inclusions

6 Nights in B&B�s, hotels or guest houses
6 Breakfasts
Baggage transfers
Detailed maps, information pack, and route notes
24/7 Emergency Helpline Support

Exclusions

Travel to / from Bodmin
Short ferry ride over the River Tal
Dinners and lunches
Bike Rental
Drinks and snacks
Personal equipment
Travel insurance

Options

Additional nights before or after the holiday
Solo traveller supplement (if applicable)
Bike rental is available

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