Home > A Short Escape in Apulia: From Bari to Brindisi
A minimum of 2 riders is required for this trip
No region of Italy can pack so much “wow!” into four days like Apulia. Accessible by train and air (particularly low-cost carriers), Bari makes a great gateway for a getaway, to start you off with an urban adventure. The mix of nature — olive groves, caves, wild greenery, and turquoise coastline — with man-made masterpieces — formidable castles, baroque halls, and unique conical houses — provides a steady stream of surprises throughout your cycling tour.
As a self-guided rider, you’re free to spend hours at the local beach or delve into Apulia’s history at every stop on your itinerary. Pick up fresh bread and cheese at a market for a roadside picnic, if it pleases you, or use your route notes to find the best restaurant in town. Enjoy all the beauty and variety of Italy without the tourists for a true escape!
For a more thorough trip in Apulia, you may want to consider our week-long trip, .
For travel and cycling tips to Apulia, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.
Arrive in Bari at the time of your choosing. History lovers may wish to pass their time in Bari Vecchia, the old medieval town center. We recommend arriving before dinner so you can kick off your tour with a taste of Bari’s renowned cuisine.
After your briefing and bike outfitting this morning, the countryside of Apulia awaits you! You'll ride past the groves of olive trees to Conversano, an ancient town dominated by a castle fortress. Since this is a self-guided tour, you can stop to explore if you’d like, or ride on to Castellana Grotte, an impressive network of caves. You’ll conclude your ride through nature in Alberobello, one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Its Trulli — huts with conical roofs — are what earns the city its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
Ride up to the old section of Albero called Rione Monti, where over a thousand trulli are clustered. Then it’s time to wheel through the Itria Valley. Locorotondo, one of Italy’s ‘most beautiful villages’ is home to more trulli, but it’s best known for its unusual circular city center and the local white wine. Cisternino, another village, is covered with various piazzas offering unsurpassed views of the countryside. Martina Franca is the last village on the route — make sure to save enough camera battery for the old town center! Or, if you prefer to pedal straight to Ostuni, the hilltop citadel and dramatic coastal views will be waiting for you.
Say arrivederci to Ostuni as you set out on a scenic cycling route to Carovigno and San Vito dei Normanni, two towns boasting azure shorelines and imposing castles. Pedal on through olive groves to Torre Guaceto, a World Wildlife Fund nature reserve along the coast. Truly a safe haven (it’s accessible only by bike or on foot!), it’s the perfect place for sunbathing or swimming. Dry off in the sunshine and ride to Brindisis, where your luggage will be waiting for you at the railway station.
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