Tour of Salento, Puglia

Salento, Italy is thevmost Southern area of Puglia, in the heel of Italy. This cycling tour is designedvto show you the architectural beauty of the region, from Lecce to Santa Maria di Leuca via Otranto and Gallipoli. Salento is also known for its magnificent beaches so you can enjoy a swim in both the Adriatic and Ionian seas!
The very tip of Puglia, or Apulia, is completely flat so you don’t need to worry about the level of difficulty.

Price from : 750 €
Region : Puglia
Duration : 6 Days / 5 Nights
Level : Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrival in Lecce

Arrive at the hotel on your own schedule. Use the time at your disposal for a walk in the beautiful historical center of Lecce, losing yourself among its baroque palaces. Be sure to visit the Lecce Cathedral and its square as well as the Basilica di Santa Croce and the Roman Amphitheater. Overnight stay.

Day 2 :   Lecce to Gallipoli

Distance 1 : 37 Miles - 60 Km 

Orientation in the morning: bike delivery and briefing of the route. Leaving Lecce, you will cycle across the beautiful countryside of Salento. After approximately 25 km you will be in Galantina. Here you can visit the Chiesa Madre, represented in the Baroque style, and the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria with its frescoes dating from 15th century. After lunch, perhaps with a typical ‘rustico Leccese’, stay on the country road headed towards Gallipoli. Enjoy the evening taking a walk in the typical streets of the old town. Overnight stay.

Day 3 :   Gallipoli to Leuca

Option 1 : 37 Miles - 60 Km  Option 2 : 44 Miles - 70 Km 

After a bicycle ride in the old town, you will leave Gallipoli and cycle along the beautiful Ionian Sea. Cycling beside the Ugento Coast you will pass through Torre San Giovanni and other quaint little beach towns.

Option 2: A short detour inland brings you to Specchia, one of the most beautiful 'borghi' in all of Italy.

In the afternoon you will continue for another 35 km towards Santa Maria di Leuca, the most southern part of the heel in the boot of Italy. Overnight stay.

Day 4 :   Leuca to Otranto

Distance 1 : 37 Miles - 60 Km 

From the southern part of Puglia you will head north to Otranto with the Adriatic Sea on your right. Passing through Ticase Porto and Castro Marina you will arrive in Otranto. In the evening you will have the chance to walk in the old town of Otranto, the most eastern city of Italy. Overnight stay.

Day 5 :   Otranto to Lecce

Distance 1 : 35 Miles - 56 Km 

In the morning you will have a bicycle tour of the town to visit the beautiful Cathedral with its rose window and mosaic interior, and the Aragonese castle and its defensive walls. Coasting along Laghi Alimini, after about 20 km you will reach the seaside town of Torre Dell’Orso. Visiting the beach for a swim in the fantastic blue sea is a must! Before your arrival in Lecce you will pass through Acaya, where you may want to stop for an espresso as you take in the view of the castle. Overnight stay.

Day 6 :   Departure from Lecce

Today is your departure day. You can take your time getting started in the morning, have breakfast and depart at your leisure.

Average / Day :
Distance : 61.20 Km / 38.00 Miles

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Day : 1, 5

Featuring a roof-top restaurant with panoramic views, the Risorgimento Resort is located in Lecce’s Baroque historic centre. It offers free WiFi throughout, large modern rooms, and a relaxing spa. The attentive staff provide a continental buffet breakfast. The 3 restaurants offer both Salento flavours and classic Italian cooking. Drinks and snacks are available all day at the Janet Ross Bar.

Day : 2

Dive right in – this property is only a 4-minute walk from the beach. Offering a rooftop terrace facing the Bay of Gallipoli, Palazzo Mosco Inn is located in a historical building with frescoes in the old town of Gallipoli. WiFi is free at the property. An extensive breakfast is served out on the terrace daily, including freshly baked pastries, salads, and savoury pies made with organic vegetables coming directly from the property owner's farm.

Day : 3

Hotel Montecallini is located in a quiet position, overlooking the sea, surrounded by an expanse of olive trees and Mediterranean vegetation. Its structure incorporates the typology of the Salento farms, with large arches that run along its entire length. Each room has a large private loggia from which you can admire the sea or the large expanse of olive trees and Mediterranean vegetation. The central tower, in memory of the coastal watch towers scattered throughout the Salento, connects the two bodies of the structure. The area in front of the tower, shaded by trees and pergolas, hosts the large infinity pool and the Solarium area.

Day : 4

Tenuta Centoporte is a modern resort, surrounded by olive groves and just 5 minutes' drive from the seaside town of Otranto. It features a swimming pool with hydromassage, a sun terrace, and free Wi-Fi throughout. Traditional recipes from the Salento region are served in the Centoporte's bright dining hall or in the garden with panoramic views.

Bikes available for your tour


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.


  • 5 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • 1 GPS GARMIN OREGON for 3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Standard 750 € 300 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included

Arrive to the Bari or Brindisi Airports.

  • Take a train from the Bari Airport to the Bari Central Station (about 20 min) and then a train to Lecce (about 2 hrs). Or take a bus from the Bari Airport to Lecce in about 2h10m.
  • From the Brindisi Airport you can take the train (from central station to Lecce - about 30m) or a bus from the airport directly to Lecce (about 40m)

Bot scann is mandatory