Green-blue Salento bike tour

From Lecce along the Ionian and Adriatic coasts passing by Gallipoli, Leuca and Otranto. Go inward to discover beautiful lands full of flowers, menhirs and cyclopean stones.

Guided tour

€ 1.050,00

  • from 22 to 29 April 2018
  • 8 days, 7 nights
  • beginners
  • Min. 12 participants
  • Le trasparenze della Baia di Otranto
  • Fioritura primaverile nella campagna salentina
  • Grande pajara vicino a Presicce
  • Lecce, particolari di decorazioni barocche
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The Salento bike tour starts and finishes in Lecce, lovely baroque city, and develops mostly along the sea. We will bike around the whole Salento peninsula, always having the sea on our right side, with stops in Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca and Otranto.

We pedal along the Ionian coast, where wide strands and sand dunes alternate with low cliffs, and then along the undulating Adriatic coast, with higher broken cliffs and intimate bays.

We spend two nights in Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca in order to explore the interior: the beautiful Apulia countryside in bloom, neverending olive groves, isolated rural houses and the remains of stone-age civilizations.

And then, small villages rich of elegant palaces, old quarries, private and botanic gardens, churches with amazing frescos, sanctuaries and oil mills carved in stone, most of them open just for us.

Off the bike, we have time to visit the narrow streets of Gallipoli and Otranto, white-stone-made villages facing the sea, and finally the baroque city of Lecce.


  • DAY 1 / Arrival to Lecce

    Arrival to Lecce
    • Individual arrival to Lecce. Metting with the agency in the hotel. Briefing and bike delivery.

      Overnights in Lecce: Hotel Delle Palme ****

  • DAY 2 / Lecce > Gallipoli

    approximately 65 km – mainly flat
    • Just outside Lecce, we cycle through the Apulia countryside, where the flowers in bloom cover the fields. We cross Copertino flanking an imposing castle, then we visit Galatina and its church rich of frescos and finally we reach Gallipoli, enjoying a great view over the sea. 

      Overnights in Gallipoli – Palazzo del Capitolo BB 


  • DAY 3 / Gallipoli > Leuca

    Approximately 56 km – few climbs
    • We flank the Ionian Sea and its beautiful white sand beaches until we get to Santa Maria di Leuca. It’s the very bottom of the “Italian heel”, overlooked by the church of Santa Maria De Finibus Terrae and a very high lighthouse.

      Overnights in S. Maria di Leuca - Hotel Terminal ***

  • DAY 4 / Leuca > Presicce > Leuca

    Approximately 45 km – few climbs
    • We cycle inland, among olive groves and mysterious dry-stone buildings. Top attractions are Centopietre, a very ancient burial site, the little village of Presicce, with remarkable palaces and underground oil mills, and the Sanctuary of Leuca Piccola, hidden gem in the countryside.

      Overnights in S. Maria di Leuca - Hotel Terminal ***

  • DAY 5 / Leuca > Otranto

    Approximately 60 km – few climbs
    • We follow the coastal road with great views over the sea and the high cliffs. Before getting to Otranto we stop to admire the Palascìa lighthouse and the blue sea, and the vivid colors of abandoned bauxite quarries. Once in Otranto, we visit the old town, defended by a castle and thick ancient walls.

      Overnights in Otranto - Albània Hotel ***

  • DAY 6 / Otranto > Giuggianello > Otranto

    Approximately 55 km – few small climbs
    • Just outside Otranto we visit stunning high cliffs that deep into the shining sea. We head inland and following small country roads that bring us to stone-age sites, dolmens and menhirs, still shrouded in mystery. After a break in the botanical garden “La Cultura”, featuring hundreds of wonderful cactuses, we ride back following the coastal road.

      Overnights in Otranto - Albània Hotel ***

  • DAY 7 / Otranto > Lecce

    Approximately 55 km – flat
    • On the way back to Lecce we stop in the beautiful fortified village of Acaya. Once we get to Lecce, a professional guide shows us the city and its baroque palaces. Not-to-be-missed are the pastry shops with the renowned delicacies of Lecce.

      Overnights in Lecce: Hotel Delle Palme ****

  • DAY 8 / Departure

    • Breakfast at the hotel, free day and individual trip back.

Fee per person
  • € 1.050 in double room
  • € 1.250 in single room
  • € 1.020 in triple room


To book the tour with Credit Card, proceed with the payment of the deposit by clicking on the button BOOK NOW.
To pay via Bank Transfer, write us. Once the minimum number of participants is reached, the tour is confirmed. You'll receive an e-mail with the confirmation and you will be able to proceed with the payment of the balance (via Credit Card or Bank Transfer).

The route

The tour is a trail made out of two ring routes for a total of 6 bike days, start and arrival in Lecce. The trail follows secondary roads with low car traffic and some stretches with medium car traffic. The road bank is mostly asphalt, rarely we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads. The path is mostly flat with few easy climbs on the Adriatic coast.

  • Included
    • 7 overnights with breakfast in three and four stars hotels the city centres
    • 7 city taxes
    • 7 three-course-dinners with local recipes, side dishes and drinks (½ l water, ¼ l wine or 300 cl beer). Fish dinners with an alternative for those who don’t have fish.
    • 6 pic-nics with bread, cold cuts, cheese, fruit, dessert and ½ l water
    • 2 tour guides: one on bike and one on the support vehicle; 3 tour guides from 17 participants
    • Visit of Galatina old town and Basilica di Santa Caterina
    • Visit of Botanic Garden La Cultura
    • Visit of Otranto old town
    • Visit of Presicce old town and the underground oil mills
    • Visit of the Sanctuary of Leuca Piccola
    • Visit of Gallipoli old town
    • Visit of Lecce old town
    • Support vehicle with luggage transportation, pic-nic service and assistance
    • Medical and luggage insurance
  • Not included
    • Bike rental
    • Entrance to museums or monuments
    • Tips and everything not mentioned in the section “included”
  • Extra
    • € 100 bike rental
    • € 200 e-bike rental
    • € 80 for bike transport on the agency’s van
    • € 5 helmet rental
    • Extra overnights in Lecce B&B treatment and city tax: € 45 per person in double room / € 70 in single
    • Transfer upon request

Please note

Bike rental

Padlock and one waterproof side bike pannier “Ortleb” are included in the bike rental. Bike delivery and retired on the spot. Discover our bikes here.


Details about the hotels are written on the program; due to reason of force majeure, hotels may be substitute with others of the same (or higher) category.

Participants numbers

Minimum 12 – maximum 24 participants.

Information about the price, booking, substitution and penalties

250 € needs to be deposited as downpayment at the moment of the enrolment. Once the tour is confirmed, balance needs to be deposited not later than 30 days before the departure.

Customer renouncing may be substitute by another person if the organizer receives written notice. The substitute must satisfy all the conditions necessary to the service fruition. The substitute must reimburse the organizer for all the secretarial allowances, 20 € are to be deposited plus any extra costs related with the substitution.

If the customer withdraws from the contract, penalties are applied. Penalties may be refunded by the withdraw insurance, if taken out. Penalties are: from the moment of the enrolment to 46 days before departure, the downpayment; 45 days before departure, 50% of the cost of the tour; 30 days before departure, full cost of the tour.

Information and program changes

Full information will send via email before the departure, with tour leaders’ name and contacts. Due to logistic or weather problems, there might be some program changes.