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Puglia by bicycle. Nature and history trails, ancient towns, vineyards and two seas 

By Monday, 01 November 2021 12:37

This exciting tour of Puglia begins along the Adriatic ridge, on a 150-kilometre cycle path starting in Siponto, passing the Margherita di Savoia salt pans, which has been a protected nature reserve since 1977, and the splendid villages of Trani, Bisceglie, Molfetta and Giovinazzo. After a stop in Bitonto, the city of olive oil, the trail ends in the old heart of Bari Vecchia. 

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Trulli, age-old olive trees and the city of Brindisi

The A Painted Ride itinerary starts from Bari and continues south passing the characteristic cone-shaped trulli dwellings that are reflected in the thousand shades of the sea. In Polignano a Mare you continue straight on towards the seafront of Monopoli, and from here to Ostuni you pass majestic centuries-old olive trees. The end of this trail is in the ancient city of Brindisi, gateway to the East and once a stopover for crusaders travelling to the Holy Land.

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The beautiful beaches on the Ionian coast 

The Riding past Two Seas cycle tour takes you away from the Adriatic towards the Ionian Sea. The starting point of this exciting coast-to-coast trail is Ostuni with its cluster of white houses. It then leads past towns in the Taranto Murgia area, coming to the Ionian coast near the Saturo Archaeological Park. From here the itinerary becomes a lot less strenuous, along the beaches of some of the most beautiful seaside resorts in Puglia, before ending in Gallipoli in the Salento region.

Trails through historical vineyards  

Messapi Wine is a simple but emotional itinerary starting from Grottaglie with its ancient cities of Messapian origin, and from Manduria the cyclist rides past Primitivo and Negroamaro vineyards. The route had two variants: one that plunges through the vineyards between Brindisi and Guagnano, including those in Cellino San Marco  belonging to the singer Albano Carrisi, while the other cuts through the Manduria vineyards before reaching the sea near the estuary in the Chidro River Nature Reserve.

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For those who love silence and beauty this trail through nature begins in Lecce and ends in Otranto. From the fortified village of Acaya to the beauty of the Le Cesine oasis, for several kilometers you are cycling through woodlands before you come to the beaches of San Foca and Torre dell'Orso and then continue past the Alimini lakes before finishing this exciting trail under Otranto’s bastions.

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