Peter, Head of Business Intelligence at Explore, says...
"We loved everything about Puglia, its beautiful rolling olive groves and vineyards, white sand beaches, fabulous hilltop towns and villages, its remarkable architecture and history stretching back to the Normans, Byzantines, Romans, Greeks and beyond, and some of the best food and wine we’ve tasted anywhere. It wasn’t expensive either, with generous pizzas or pasta meals for around €6-€8 and wine rarely more than €10 a bottle.
The route was excellent, well planned and full of variety, with every day taking us through different terrain and landscapes. These were some of our cycling highlights:
Setting out from Alberobello with its picturesque, whitewashed ‘trulli’ (conical stone dwellings) and riding through fertile, rolling olive groves lined with immaculate dry-stone walls. Just beautiful.
The approach ride to Ostuni, a glittering white city dramatically perched on a hilltop overlooking the coastal plain and the Adriatic; or better still, cycling out early the next day through cobbled squares and backstreets before the tour groups arrived.
Our first view of the startling blue Ionian Sea, en route to the fortified coastal town of Gallipoli, with its amazing baroque cathedral and web of cobbled backstreets and tiny piazzas.
Cycling the blissfully deserted coastal route from Santa Maria di Leuca, on Puglia’s southernmost tip, heading north to Otranto, with occasional swim stops along the way; we had a few challenging climbs this day but they were more than worth it for the wide-open clifftop views.
Arriving by bike into Lecce (the so-called Florence of the South) at the end of our ride and enjoying a well-earned ‘spritz’ in the main square, surrounded by the extravagantly ornate Lecce baroque architecture."
Why book this trip
Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a pump, lock, spare inner tube and tyre levers. All you need bring is your own helmet.