Matera Lecce, cycling between Basilicata and Puglia

ID: 314
Matera, MT, Italia

organized by Bikelife
A journey between Basilicata and Puglia that tells the story through the landscape, between nature and villages

from € 929.00 € 882.55 per person



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  • region
  • province
  • city
  • location
    Matera, MT, Italia
  • meeting point
    Matera, MT, Italia
organized by: Bikelife
activities in : Basilicata
sport: Bike, eBike and MTB
difficulty duration maximum people spoken languages
(intermediate) 8 days 12 flag_it flag_en

DEPARTURES 24/4 -19/6 - 25/9

Cycling southwards between Matera (European Capital of Culture 2019) and Lecce (capital of the Baroque). A journey between Basilicata and Puglia that tells the story through the landscape, between nature and villages that accompany our itinerary, merging with local tradition and folklore. Hilly cycle paths that take us to the white beaches of Salento.

1st day: Individual arrival in Matera

Individual arrival in Matera, known for its characteristic houses leaning against the rock, "the Sassi", once almost abandoned, today in full recovery with tourist destinations. The Sassi were recognized in 1993 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the first site in southern Italy to receive this recognition. Free visit of the EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2019. If you arrive late in the evening, we suggest an extra night in this wonderful and unique city.

2nd day: Matera - Alberobello

Meeting with guide, briefing and bike delivery. Today we will leave by bike for Alberobello, famous for its trulli. Alberobello stands on two hills: to the east the new city, to the west the trulli, a UNESCO heritage site. We are in the southern part of Murgia and we will cycle until we reach one of the most unique cities in Italy, ALBEROBELLO, known throughout the world for its typical cone-shaped houses, the trulli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

KM stage: 75

Difference in altitude: 650

3rd day: Alberobello - Manduria

Crossing the countryside, you cycle towards Locorotondo, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica, The territory is characterized by trulli, farms, centuries-old olive groves and karst caves and is the land of the Messapians. We will travel part of the Apulian Aqueduct Cycle Route. Walk on water. Better yet, pedal! Never was this approach more daring. Nothing divine, let it be clear and no sacrilegious intent. It just happens. In Puglia. Specifically in the Itria Valley, between Cisternino, Martina Franca and then Ceglie Messapica, a city of art and a land of gastronomy. From here you will continue to discover the Upper Salento through Francavilla Fontana and Oria, a medieval village dominated by one of the most important Frederick's castles. The stage ends in MANDURIA, where you can relax with a good glass of primitivo, the local red wine known all over the world.

KM stage: 75

Difference in altitude: 500

4th Day: Manduria - Gallipoli

Stage with destination Gallipoli, an authentic pearl of the Ionian. Its historic center is a rare example of an "island city" protected by the sea. We will reach the dunes of San Pietro in Bevagna to get to Punta Prosciutto, a wonderful stretch of the Salento coast, part of the Municipality of Porto Cesareo, on the extreme border between Taranto and Lecce. The unspoiled nature, the long beaches (80% free) and the crystal clear waters, make Punta Prosciutto a corner of paradise in the heart of Salento. We will skirt the coast that will allow us to visit Torre Lapillo, Porto Cesareo, Sant’Isidoro, Santa Caterina, Santa Maria al Bagno and then head towards Gallipoli, which we will reach with its fortified city on the Ionian Sea.

KM stage: 70

Difference in altitude: 400

5th Day: Gallipoli-Santa Maria di Leuca

You cycle along the coast to Santa Maria di Leuca, whose name derives from the Greek “leukos”, which means white. We would continue towards Presicce to then descend towards the coast at Torre Pali, Pescoluse, (the Maldives of Salento with the characteristic dunes) Torre Vado and Santa Maria di Leuca, the extreme edge of Puglia, also called "finibus terrae" or at the borders of the land, in fact looking out from the promontory of the sanctuary you have a privileged observatory of an extraordinary spectacle: in front of you there is only the sea, infinite, teeming with boats under the sun. Here we will meet the end of the Apulian aqueduct with the monumental staircase.

KM stage: 65

Difference in altitude: 200

6th day: Santa Maria di Leuca - Otranto

You cycle north along the Adriatic coast to Otranto, the easternmost city in Italy. To see the cathedral and the famous Aragonese castle. We leave towards Tricase porto, Castro and from here we will descend towards Santa Cesarea Terme, Porto Badisco. The splendid plateau of Punta Palascia or Capo D'Otranto, with Torre Minervino, represent the easternmost part of Italy. Continue towards the beaches with crystal clear water on the Adriatic side of Baia delle Orte and Otranto.

KM stage: 60

Difference in altitude: 680

7th day: Otranto - Lecce

Having discovered the enchantment of the stone paved streets of the ancient village, go up by bike along the Adriatic coast, crossing the Alimini lakes and their particular Mediterranean scrub, to reach Lecce. The Apulian city, which more than any other preserves its historical and cultural identity, is the natural capital of Salento. Conca Specchiulla, Torre Saracena. We go along the coast road and in Sant'Andrea we will visit the Faraglioni up to Torre dell'Orso, one of the most beautiful beaches in Salento. Continuing towards Lecce, the last stop is in ACAYA, where you can admire the castle and the wonderful square. Arrival in LECCE in the afternoon.

KM stage: 60

Difference in altitude: 300

Day 8: Departure from Lecce

After breakfast at the hotel, departure for the respective destinations. End of services


What To Bring

The right attitude: with the right attitude you are ready to face everything! Whether you are leaving for a tour in freedom, as a group, as a couple, with your family, the right attitude is the first thing to put in your backpack, leaving your "thoughts" at home!
A robust and “trusted” bicycle. It is essential to start with the right vehicle, suitable for facing days of intense use on all kinds of roads ... without falling apart!

Maybe your beloved city bike is not the right vehicle for this task? Do not be afraid!

With us you can always rent a comfortable bicycle suited to your needs and the chosen route. But even those who do not want to abandon their faithful vehicle are welcome! Finally, if you really don't want TO WORK too hard… we always have E-Bikes available.
Waterproof jacket AND pants, sun protection.

We can organize everything FOR your trip… but aihmè we can't do anything for the time. So keep an eye on the weather forecast and always carry a jacket / cape and waterproof trousers, sunscreen cream and several layers of clothing suitable for the period (plan to dress "onion").


Plan on cycling pants or underwear (padded) when you get off the bike at the end of the day you will be happy with them! Prefer long trousers for trekking with high socks and of suitable material according to the season. Especially if you have chosen a mountain tour, do not forget a large and comfortable backpack, with the necessary to face every adversity and lots of water. (water bottle, headgear, gloves, changing clothes, glasses, etc.)

Sports shoes and helmet

Comfortable sports shoes for cycling and short hikes, waterproof trekking or snow shoes. The use of a helmet is not mandatory in all countries, but for your own safety, it is better not to get on the saddle without adequate head protection. Especially for the little ones!

The same recommendation applies for skiing.

Included In The Price

7 nights in double room with breakfast

Baggage transport

Bikelife escort


-Medical expenses

-Hospital diary following Covid infection

- Convalescence allowance

-Assistance to the person



- Civil responsibility

- Trip interruption following quarantine

Excluded From The Price

Travel to and from Matera

Lunches, dinners and drinks with meals

City tax

P.I. entrances, tips and personal extras

Medical baggage and cancellation insurance (if not stipulated separately)

Bicycle and accessories rental

Insurance on request

- Trip cancellation

-Repeat trip

By car: exit A14 Bari

By train: Bari railway station

By plane: Bari and / or Brindisi airport

-Legal protection

Bicycle theft and damage insurance

Anything not specified in the "fee includes"


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BIKELIFE live your passion, was born with the intention of PROMOTING the TERRITORY with BIKE (bicycle tourism) and TREKKING, as very valid elements and tools of territorial knowledge and promotion.

Going by bicycle and / or on foot in your free time, for a simple day trip or for a holiday, is beautiful and fun, it allows you to do some healthy movement and, if in nice company, to socialize. You im…

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