Puglia by bike
The Puglia region is the heel of the Italian boot, famous for its hilly villages with their typical white plaster, the ancient flavour of the countryside and the long Mediterranean cost.
It’s possible to ride both in the inland and by the coast: a bike trip to visit the lively port and university city of Bari or Lecce, also called –the Baroque Lady- for its characteristic architecture, is not to be missed. Alberobello and the Itria Valley are known instead for being the homeland of “trulli”, the traditional stone buildings with the characteristic conical roof: here it’s wonderful to ride with the mountain bike among the olive trees.
The land of Bari
Borgo Egnazia is located in Savalletri di Fasano, where the Itria Valley begins to descend towards the Adriatic. This is a place that revokes forms, materials and colours of a typical Apulian village and it is a wonderful starting point for cycling tours among the olive trees. If what you want is to visit the Itria Valley, then you should know that its 60 kilometres route with 1000 metres of slope is not easy to ride.
From Alberobello village you cycle along rural roads for about ten kilometres to Locorotondo, a touristic centre known for its panoramic viewpoint overlooking the valley. The next stop is Cisternino, where you can still ride through the rural countryside admiring the Apulian “trulli” and the typical dry stone walls.
After about 15 kilometres, once you passed with the mountain bike through a suggestive unpaved tract of the “Ciclovia dell’acqua” route, you’ll arrive to Caranna, where there’s a 2 kilometres steep downhill stretch (15% gradient). Then you follow the route towards Montalbano, which is near the famous Dolmen (II millennium b.C.) and finally you reach the coast in Torre Canne following 10 kilometres straight before coming back.
The Lamalunga paths
Other routes to experience with your bike that we would like to suggest you are the Lamalunga paths: the departure is in Egnazia village among the city quarters between Fasano and Monopoli and the expanses of olive trees with the strangest shapes, bent by the wind and the time.
Fig trees, carob trees, juniper bushes and the unique Mediterranean scrub characterize the route together with the typical large farms and dry stone walls.
The riding experience continues among the streets of the ancient village Monopoli, side by side with the sea and the rocky Apulian coast.
40 kilometres, 4 hours, a difficult itinerary.
The Acquedotto route
From Caposole springs to the monumental Santa Maria di Leuca fall there are 500 kilometres intended for both walking and cycling.
The Apulian Acquedotto route is a cycling tourism path that follows the plan of two historic aqueduct pipelines: the “Canale principale”, from Caposele (AV) to Villa Castelli (BR) and the “Grande Sifone Leccese” that from the final point of the first arrives to Santa Maria di Leuca (LE), where you can admire the monumental waterfall created in 1939.
This route passes through the regions of Campania, Basilicata and Puglia connecting Alta Irpina, Vulture Melfese, Alta Murgia, the Itria Valley, Terra d’Arneo and the Salento inland. This itinerary has 230 kilometres of service roads that already exist and are almost entirely accessible.
The myth of the silent cinema of the 1920s, Rodolfo Valentino, was born in Castellaneta, in the province of Taranto. Here the territory that goes from Taranto Murgia up to Ionio Sea, called Terra delle Gravine natural regional park, offers a great variety of landscapes and historic and archaeological natural elements.
The area is engraved by a series of ravines, carvings in the limestone rock, very similar to canyons, up to 100 metres deep; a short distance away, in Montecamplo, there’s instead the highest point (411m) of the hill from where it is possible to admire the wonderful view on Castellaneta. This is the route that we want to point out: between the peak of the Montecamplo hill and the bottom of the ravines that engrave the slopes.
Due to the fact that they are similar to canyons, the cycle routes are in some cases technical and with hard slopes but not impossible to ride, actually they represent a challenge for the biker, making the route even funnier. Here there you continue to go up and down between ravines and “blades” (less steep ravines), changing from technical but amusing landscapes to easy unpaved streets. Montecamplo is really a small paradise for mountain bike lovers.
The Dauni Mountains
The Dauni Mountains is a little known magic place that deserves to be discovered by bike. It is characterized by uncontaminated nature, art, history, monuments and real top-quality food, not to mention the wine: we are indeed in the lands of the “Nero di Troia” wine.
Bike hotels in Puglia
The Luxury Bike Hotel Borgo Egnazia is surrounded by thousand-year old olive trees and manages to combine genuine local traditions with top-quality services in a place that is freely inspired in its forms, materials and colours to a typical Apulian town.
The hotel offers its guests also services of:
+ swimming pool
+ fitness area
+ animals admitted
+ bike storage
+ personalized bike rental
+ tourist guide
+ sports menù
+ afternoon break for cyclist on their return
+ airport transfer with included bike transport
+ bikes allowed in rooms
+ baby-sitting service
+ electric charging
+ shopping Tour
+ cultural and enogastronomic routes
+ private beach