(5 reviews)

Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT035

Italy / Apulia Short Break

Lecce and the deepest Salento

Apulia is a region in south-eastern Italy that includes the heel part of Italy’s boot, suspended between the Ionian and Adriatic Sea. The region is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. You will start and end the tour in Lecce, also known as “Florence of the South” because of its magnificent baroque architecture. This bike tour will lead you into a region of scenic beauty, which is, by today’s standards, still unspoiled by the unattractive aspects of tourism and still retains testimony of its great and ancient culture.
  • Day by Day


    1. Lecce
    Individual arrival. Thanks to its Baroque style, it has earned the nickname of Florence of the South.
    2. Lecce – Gallipoli (50 km)
    After a few kilometers through the town of Lecce, you go deep into the “salentinian countryside”, before approaching the Ionian coast and your daily destination, Gallipoli.
    3. Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca (50 km)
    Cycling further along the coast you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. Its name was given by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They saw this place lightened by the sun and therefore called it “leukos”, meaning white. The town is today a famous seaside resort.
    4. Santa Maria di Leuca – Otranto (50 km)
    Today you will cycle northwards along the Adriatic coast to Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy where you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle.
    5. Otranto – Lecce (55 km)
    Riding along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush you will enter Lecce.
    6. Lecce
    Departure after breakfast.


    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.



  • Route profile
    • Total length: 205 km
    • Total vertical up: 690 m
    • Terrain: 99% tarmac, 1% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: NO
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: NO

    Mostly in the lowlands, sometimes hilly. Traffic is almost non existent in Apulia except during the holiday season. The route includes very beautiful stretches on the coast.


    Easy to Moderate: some days flat, others with some hills. Suitable for everyone with some cycling experience and a few physical condition.


  • How to get there

    Lecce is connected with the following airports:
    Brindisi: 40 Km, Bari: 150 Km.


    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.



  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites. 

    You will be accommodated in 3/4* hotels. 

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.


  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes:

    • City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    • E-bike


    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system 


    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
    • 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    • 1 combination bike lock

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.


  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    • final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    • hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival
    • Girolibero Greens booklets:
      1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
      2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
      3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.


  • By your side

    In Lecce you will meet our representative who:

    • will present you the tour
    • will deliver you the bikes
    • will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.


    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.


    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
  • 5 Client reviews
    • Pierangelo

      Departure 23-28 September 2019

      Online from 09 October 2019

      escursione meritevole da fare
    • Raffaella

      Departure 02-07 September 2019

      Online from 12 September 2019

      Una vacanza che mette d'accordo chi ama la cultura e chi ama il mare e la natura
    • Francesco

      Departure 17-22 June 2019

      Online from 27 June 2019

      Il giro è splendido, l'assistenza è molto buona alla portata di tutti con bici con pedalata assistita. Lo consiglio vivamente, ottimi spunti di relax paesaggistici e culturali enogastronomici in questa nostra Italia.
    • Shauna

      Departure 13-18 May 2019

      Online from 28 May 2019

      We had an amazing time on this bike trip - the route takes you through numerous landscapes - from arid Mediterranean surrounded by cactus to lush poppy fields in bloom and coastal mountains.
      It's truly stunning.
      From mid to late May, the summer season had not yet started in Puglia, so many of the towns and villages we rode through were quite sleepy, but this made the trip that much more peaceful and enjoyable, particularly after going to Amalfi afterward, which is a total circus of tourists and at least twice the price, if not quadruple.
      I would absolutely recommend this trip and this company to anyone who is a moderate cyclist and enjoys stunning coastlines, landscapes and historic towns that are quiet and authentic ... also great, simply prepared seafood.
    • Ann

      Departure 13-18 May 2019

      Online from 23 May 2019

      Great holiday love Girolibero. Would love a cycling trip in Greece.
  • 2 Variations

Tour details


from 470 €

6 Days / 5 Nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type




MO 25.3-17.6 and 26.8-21.10.2019

Special departure dates for at least 5 people.



Season 1: 25.03 and 21.10.2019

Season 2: 26.03-29.04 and 01.10-20.10.2019

Season 3: 30.04-17.06 and 26.08-30.09.2019


Price per person

470 € in double room, 3/4* hotels



  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 8 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


150 € single room

80 € season 2

130 € season 3

75 € Girolibero bike

170 € E-bike 

15 € helmet

Transfers Bari-Lecce, Brindisi-Lecce: on request


Extra nights in in double/single room with breakfast:

60/90 € in Lecce



70 € 3rd/4th person in room

At Girolibero we believe in rewarding our customers: choose the most beautiful pictures or a video of your holiday, you can win a travel voucher worth € 300!
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