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Green-blue Salento

 

Along the sea, among ancient trees and baroque palaces

Dates upon request

From Lecce along the ionic and adriatic coasts passing by Gallipoli, Leuca and Otranto. Go inward to discover the beautiful land full of flowers, menhir and cyclopean stones.

The tour starts and finishes in Lecce, lovely baroque city, and develops mostly along the sea. We will bike counterclockwise around the whole Salento peninsula, so that we will always have the sea on our right side, from Santa Maria al Bagno to the humid area of Masseria Cesine, with stops in Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca and Otranto.

In Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca we will stay two nights and explore the inland: the beautiful Apulia countryside in bloom, with isolated rural houses among olive trees. On the side of the path we will see rests of the stone-age civilization: dolmen, menhir, huge stones. By bike we will visit small villages with big and important palaces and oil mills carved in the stone.

Along the sea, we will always be pedaling close to sighting towers, which stay in line from east to west. The Ionic coast, the first part of our route, has white beaches, low cliffs and lovely lagoons among sand dunes. The Adriatic coast is more undulating instead, with higher broken cliffs and intimates tiny bays. Reaching Leuca is spectacular. We will watch the sea and the waves from the square in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria De Finibus Terrae; from the very high lighthouse we will see where the Adriatic Sea meets the Ionic sea. We are at the very bottom of the Italian heel.

Along the coast we will pass close to the Palascià lighthouse. Our eyes will be enraptured by the ochre and dark red colors of the old bauxite caves. We will than put our bike on a side and have the time for some visits: the narrow streets of Gallipoli and Otranto, the white stone cities facing the sea, we will look for Angevins and Aragon castles, the monumental fountains, the ancient cathedrals.
We close up our round tour in Lecce, where we started. There we visit the baroque palaces, embroidered with the stone of Lecce, and taste some delicacies in the well-known pastry shops.

Highlights

Italy’s most beautiful villages: Otranto
Blue flag beaches 2016: Otranto - Castro - Torre dell'Orso - San Foca - Pescoluse - Porto Badisco - Torre Pali

HOW TO BOOK

This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose  guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.

On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance. 

To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – anna@simonettabiketours.it

Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – elisa@simonettabiketours.it

Services included in our previous tours

  • 7 nights with breakfast in three and four stars hotel.
  • 7 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, one drink (1/4 liter wine or 300 cl beer), tap water and bread are included.
  • 6 packed lunches, which includes sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, water.
  • 3 tour guides, 2 by bike and one with the agency van (2 guides with groups from 12 to 17  people).
  • Hotel city tax.
  • Visits (see the program).
  • Agency van, which follows the whole tour in order to guarantee: the luggage transport service, the picnics for lunch, the availability and the assistance during the tour.

Extra services

Bike renting. We can provide excellent quality bikes for the entire duration of the tour. Bikes are given and handed in on the spot.

 

How to Book

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights, 6 biking days

When: to be defined; trip will take place upon groups reservation, small or big.

Difficulty: beginners

Where: Italy > Apulia

Tour description: The tour is a trail made out of two ring routes for a total of 6 bike days, with start and arrival in Lecce. The trail follows secondary roads with low and middle car traffic, as well as roads out among the olive trees with very low car traffic. The road bank is mostly asphalt, rarely we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads. The path is mostly flat with few smooth climbs on the Adriatic coast.

Visits: Visits: guided visits of: Galatina old city center and the Basilica di Santa Caterina, Gallipoli old city center, Presicce old city center, Otranto old city center, La Cutura, botanic garden, Lecce old city center.  

 

PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR

Day 1
Independent travel and arrival in Lecce.

Day 2
Lecce > Gallipoli

About 65 km - mainly flat path

Day 3
Gallipoli > S. Maria di Leuca
About 56 km - mainly flat path

Day 4
S. Maria di Leuca > Presicce > S. Maria di Leuca
About 45 km - mainly flat path

Day 5
S. Maria di Leuca > Otranto
About 60 km – flat path with some climbs

Day 6
Otranto > Giuggianello > Otranto
About 55 km – flat path with some climbs

Day 7
Otranto > Lecce
About 55 km – flat path with some climbs

Day 8
Breakfast at the hotel, free day and independent way back.


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