Cycling Break in Puglia – 4 nigths bike tour
Short escape puglia Matera to Polignano a Mare
Here we are with another short escape – new for 2019 – in south Italy
4 nights cycling vacation, independent, a first taste how is beautiful pedalling in this region- Puglia now is one the main destination for cycling in Italy.
Puglia is the heel to Italy’s boot, a picturesque region on the country’s southeastern coast. Framed on either side by the Adriatic and Ionian seas, tours of Puglia benefit from its aquatic assets: swimming-friendly coastlines, thermal waters, and ancient fishing villages. Moorish architecture seems to reflect the sun off bright white cliffs, and unique hive-like dwellings called trulli are rendered in uncemented stone.
Anwya start is in Matera- in Basilicata region – near border with Puglia, the town is unesco site for Sassi since 1993 as is is considered the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first inhabited zone dates from the Palaeolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history.
This is the year to visit as in 2019 is the European Capital of Culture
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After this gorgeous beginning you go on to what we consider the must-to-see villages in Puglia – the tour is rated easy to moderate – 3 full days of cycling to get to the coast.
First stage is the other famous Unesco site Alberobello across the broad, gently rolling plains of the western Murge. Once you turn off the main road out of Matera the soft hues of tilled soil and wheat crops mark the long stretch to Gioa del colle and Noci. Overnight in one trullo conical roof is part of the experience, this village is unique and quintessential of Puglia. The second bike ride you reach Ostuni the so-called white town –it is on a hill 7 km from the beach… the day after is so amazing: go downhill and reach the coats and skirt this riche seaside.
Pass fisherman villages and roman ruins – strongly suggested to stop on the way to savor sea food- in this region there is an ancient tradition of raw fish.
You destination is Polignano a Mare – a real gem, built on the edge of a craggy ravine pockmarked with caves. Be sure to wander in the logge –balconies –to admire the crashing waves, visit the caves and got to one cornetteria -shops specialising in Italian croissants, cornetto.
All in the atmospheric centro storico.
Southern Italy short escape Highlights
- Hop from unesco site Sassi di Matera to unesco Trulli di Alberobello
- Sleep in a restored trullo at a hip new boutique hotel
- Artisanal olive oils, fresh seafood, orecchiette pasta, mozzarella di bufala cheese, hand-crafted breads are some of the food speciality
- Great regional red wine Primitivo and Negroamaro
Arrival day - Welcome in Matera
Meet and Greet. After your arrival in Matera and get settled in at your hotel.
Briefing, orientation and bike fitting.
Humans inhabited the canyon's caves 9,000 years ago in what UNESCO calls the most outstanding example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean. Immerge yourself in the otherworldly feel of this ancient town, with its intriguing history and sublime views! On request we arrange a guided walking visit of the Sassi , the ancient Matera districts, and the Park of Rupestrian Churches. Enjoy a dinner in a typical restaurant carved out in the Rock that we will suggest.
Alberobello - Trulli
Bike ride from Matera to Alberobello - You will pass through the small villages of Gioia del Colle and Noci and on to Alberobello, the capital town of Trulli, UNESCO’s world heritage site. Their origin remains a mystery, though we know one thing for sure: trulli, those small, idiosyncratic, conical buildings, provide Puglia with one of its most recognizable features. Distictive, small, dry-stone buildings with a conical roof. There are about 1500 trulli scattered in Monti and Aia Piccola districts
Accommodation in a Trullo house or a restored farmhouse.
Difficult: Hilly route on stretches that are almost flat with brief climbs
Ostuni the white town
Crossing the Itria Valley, with stops in the characteristic Locorotondo and Cisternino, you will reach Ostuni, which is reputed an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. It spreads across three hills, amidst its tangle of whitewashed streets you could be in Greece. Ostuni’s winding alleys are covered in bougainvillea and other lush hanging plants and flowers that perfectly accent the brightly coloured doors and windows. The town’s much-photographed Piazza della Libertà boasts a cathedral that was built in the 15th century in the late Gothic/early Renaissance style. The town is also known for its clay figurines, called fischietti, which are actually functioning whistles!
Adriatic sea- Spectacular Polignano
From Ostuni start with pleasant downhill to the seaside, then you will skirt the cost: Torre a Canne, Savelletri and Torre egnazia ruins, where you can see ancient wagon wheel tracks that along part of the old roman road via traiana. Reach Monopoli, a coastal town with a beautiful aragonese castle. Final destination is Polignano a Mare: get to explore this spectacular postcard perfect whitewashed village overlooking the Adriatic: be sure to explore the old town’s narrow winding streets and marvel at the incredible views of the bright blue sea. This town perhaps best known for its natural caves Grotte which are bored into the calcareous coastline by the constant scouring of wind and waves.
All this will leave you a nice memory of this short break and you’ll want to come back!
Palazzo Gattini- MateraThe Palazzo, after its ancient and noble scenario, has been renewed and has opened its doors to the town as well as to travelers. Keeping up its luster in its new life, turned Palazzo Gattini into a historic place of value, giving it new life, sophistication and refinement. Suffused and gentle lighting invites you to slow down the pace, and gives you the pleasant relax and creates warming moments.
La corte dell'Astore - AlberobelloLa Corte dell’Astore is formed by eight ancient buildings dated back to a millenary tradition. The interiors are made of stone according to a primitive technique and they recall the art of making these simple dwellings an example of perfect structural stability. In these dwellings that have the form of cylinders covered by cones, you can live in a dreamlike period, when simplicity was the real richness, the stone was an element of worth and tradition was a legend.
Ostuni Palace - OstuniThe Ostuni Palace Hotel is a 4 stars luxury hotel in the centre of Ostuni, is astylish places, ancient atmospheres and a suggestive elegance: the most modern comforts with an excellent service will make your visit to this wonderful land special.
Giovi Relais- PolignanoSet in Polignano A Mare, 100 m from the Adriatic Sea, Giovì Relais features a wellness center and elegant charming, air-conditioned rooms. The spa is complete with a salt room, Turkish bath, a shower and hot tub both with chromo therapy. The Lama Monachile beach is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
Breakfast includes seasonal local fruit and homemade pastries and cakes, served on the sea-view terrace.
Price & Inclusions
Cost: Euro 990 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement euro 250
Four nights in four star superior and luxury hotels
Bike Delivery in Matera and professional bike fitting
Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
All Baggage transfers
Garmin Edge Touring (one for 2 people)
Drop Off bikes and gear in Polignano
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
Bike Rental for entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 105
Race bike (full carbon) euro 130
E-Bike euro 130
City Tax each village charges a tax per each day between euro 1 to 4,00.
Bari Airport pick & drop off