Matera to Lecce cycling holiday in Italy

“Italy’s Puglia region isn’t fully on the tourism radar, but its quiet, level roads, unspoiled villages and pretty coast are perfect for a self guided cycling tour.”

Highlights

Matera | Sassi di Matera cave dwellings | Alberobello | Ostuni | free day to explore Lecce | Adriatic Coast | Otranto | cross the Salento to Grecìa Salentina subregion | Gallipoli | cycle back to Lecce | hybrid bike rentals available | briefing, map, info and assistance provided

Description of Matera to Lecce cycling holiday in Italy

Pedal through Puglia on this Matera to Lecce cycling holiday in Italy. Tucked away in the southeast of the peninsula, Puglia is a region that’s not yet firmly on the tourist trail, but still offers all the warm sunshine and wonderful food you associate with the rest of the country. It boasts an appealing mix of natural beauty and historical sites, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Alberobello, with its conical buildings called trulli, and the Sassi di Matera cave dwellings.

The cycling in Puglia is on roads with barely any traffic, over mostly level ground. You’ll follow the coast sometimes, and other times ride inland across green plateaus and through olive groves to pretty white villages. As this tour is self guided, you’re free to stop to explore or relax whenever you choose. Hop off the saddle for a swim or a coffee or to wander around a museum, church or castle, getting to know this unique region at your own pace.

Ride between 49km and 76km each day, with your baggage transferred for you. Assistance is available once you’re out on the road and you’ll be equipped with directions and route info. Hybrid bikes are available to rent.

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Responsible tourism: Matera to Lecce cycling holiday in Italy

Environment

We offer you a unique way to offset your carbon footprint by using pollution-free bicycles. Travelling by bike, you are no longer an observer — you are an active participant in the local environment and culture.

We promise to use many quiet local roads for our routes. Travelling on small and quiet roads, this tour will allow you to experience part of the rural countryside and ride through famous and authentic villages that beautifully illustrate the multi-faceted character of Puglia.

We promise a variety of locally produced and grown products will be accessible on our tours. During this trip you may get to experience the best of fine local produce by tasting traditional wines and dishes.

We recommend travel by train, a much more eco-friendly solution. To travel within Europe, we recommend taking trains over renting cars using or air transports. Trains are more energy-efficient and will minimize the CO2 emission per capita. When flying is required, we suggest using an airline that contributes to funds aimed at offsetting carbon emissions.

In cities, we recommend clients to use public transportation, or to walk or bike. City bike rentals are more and more widely available in big and medium-sized cities across Europe they are the best way to get around congested cities.

Community

We promise to provide access to local arts and crafts and to give sponsors of the local economy the opportunity to display their goods to an international clientele.

We promise to support local and family run hotels and restaurants. Forget the non-descript and indistinguishable big chain hotels; we use genuine places with local charm. We relying on local guides and family-owned hotels, and we hope to ensure a warm, personalized welcome. We expect these properties to be run by people who have a passion for their region, culture, gastronomy, and historical heritage. We use genuine places with local charm, blending harmoniously into the environment. Our hotels offer guests a pleasant, proper environment. Some of them have as few as two rooms, while others are small personal hotels.

We promise to team up with local bicycle renters throughout Italy. We value their expert work and most of our clients are renting bikes directly through them instead of bringing their own. This, of course, benefits the local economy.

We are based in France. This is where we live and work. Our office is located in the French Alps, just a stone’s throw from the Swiss border, and we ride the very same roads we recommend for our cycling vacations. As firm believers of sustainable development, we have established a friendly network of professionals, comprised mainly of local tour guides, small operators, and family-run agencies. Most of our people have created their own jobs/enterprises in order to live out their passion for the region and cultural heritage. All have extensive travel experience and have lived in various places before falling in love with the area they now call home. We promise that traveling with us guarantees you will be taken care of by dedicated professionals who chose to build their lives here.

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