At a glance
Apulia (or “Puglia” in Italian) is in southeastern Italy that forms the heel part of Italy’s boot. The Adriatic and Ionian Seas border Apulia. The region has rich cultural history dating back to ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras. The white conical dwellings in Alberobello and Matera are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Terrain consists of broad plains and low-lying hills, and Apulia is the least mountainous region in all of Italy.
Tall cliffs plunge into the blue ocean, and sandy beaches offer great swimming stops. The green forest of Umbra is inland, with tall trees and an Alpine-like scenery, and there are vineyards along the way.
Why cyclists love it
Cyclists enjoy the easy riding in Apulia – flat terrain along coastal roads makes for easy riding. Many tourists do not explore the region, so it is not crowded and the roads have little traffic. The landscape is unspoiled by development and there are great beaches, castles, and vineyards to visit along your cycle tour. Don’t forget about the Mediterranean cuisine you’ll dine on each day – copious amounts of vegetables, pastas, and seafood, grown or made locally!
The best time for cycling is April and May, when temperatures are perfect and the entire region is in full bloom, or September through early October, during the grape harvest—but summer months along the coast are wonderful, too!
Apulia: Cycling the Heel of Italy’s Boot
Apulia is characterized by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. You’ll visit national monuments, World Heritage sites, cycle through the countryside, and through a baroque town as you explore Apulia on this tour.
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- “I biked and boozed across southern Italy” (2015, New York Post)
- Blog: Cycling in Apulia and Basilicata with BikeTours.com
Stefani Jackenthal, an adventure travel and wine journalist and author of Wanderlust Wining, recently went on a modified version of the Apulia and Basilicata: Castles and Wine Tour. See her short write-up and photos below. See the complete article, “I biked and boozed across Southern Italy” (above).
- Apulia and Basilicata Bicycle Tour: Trip Report by Jim Johnson
I just returned from a tour in Apulia and Basilicata, and cycle tourists who visit the area are in for a treat! I was impressed on all levels. The routes were well-selected for scenery with low (or no) traffic and generally easy to follow (other than some quickly corrected wrong turns in a couple cities). …
- Matera Named Top World Destination–as Italy bike tour clients already know
Fodors has named Matera to its list of top 21 places to visit in 2012. This comes as no surprise to our clients who have visited the city on their Italy bicycle tours, like the Basilicata and Apulia Sassi and Trulli tour.