Puglia is a land forged in history by a mixture of civilisations and cultures. This enriching walking trip combines archeological and architectural treasures with hiking through valleys and along coastal paths surrounded by landscapes of red earth, olive groves and vineyards. See the unique dry stone cottages known as trulli in intriguing Alberobello and the cave houses known as Sassi in Matera. Explore the enchanting maze of narrow streets in the 'white city' Ostuni, the seaside village of Otranto facing the Adriatic and visit the elegant Baroque city of Lecce.
The walking is introductory to moderate (2) grade with daily walks between 3 and 4 hours. The accent is on keeping a steady pace with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. We recommend that you have some previous experience of trekking.
Waymarking - there are no official walking trails maintained by the government in Puglia nor waymarking. We have carefully constructed walking routes on mainly dirt paths and along rural trails but from time to time the farmers who also use these tracks may asphalt them. The maps are not of the same standard you would find in other walking destinations. However the countryside is wonderfully suited for walking and carefully reviewing the notes and visualising the route before you set out will optimise your walking and navigational experience.
Make your own way to Lecce. From the train station you can walk to your accommodation (800m) or take a taxi (allow EUR15). A charming B&B in a 17th century building, located in the historical centre of the city, will be your home for 2 days. This afternoon you are free to discover the main monuments of the capital of the Salento region, which are Baroque style. Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in Lecce.
The focus today is Otranto, a little seaside village facing the Adriatic sea. Visit its Norman Cathedral to see the unique 'Tree of Life' mosaic floor. Hike along the coastline, discovering flowers and Mediterranean vegetation and the Saracen watchtowers. Train back to Lecce to your B&B.
11km, ascent +100m, descent -100m
Attention: No train connection between Lecce and Otranto on sundays. Private transfer required.
Private transfer to the station, then take a train to Ostuni. This striking hilltop village, within touching distance of the seashore, is known as the "white city" due to its fortress of whitewashed building clustered together on the hillside. Private transfer from the station into town, with free time to discover this fairytale-like town with its enchanting maze of Greek-style narrow streets and fine Mediterranean architecture. Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in hotel in Ostuni.
Hike to discover the unique countryside of Ostuni. Enjoy a nice walk through millenary olive groves on red clay-like soil with wonderful views of the Adriatic. At 4pm, private transfer to UNESCO World Heritage listed Alberobello, with its intriguing dry-stone dwellings known as trulli, in the beautifully exotic Itria valley. Your accommodation is in a typical trullo in the historical centre. Wine and typical product tasting, overnight in Alberobello. 9km, ascent +100m, descent -100m
Today you discover the Itria Valley, walking along an old aqueduct to Locorotondo. Pass between olive trees, vineyards and trulli through this enchanting landscape. Return by train to Alberobello.
13km, ascent +100m, descent -100m
After breakfast, transfer to World Heritage listed Matera. Its fascinating 'Sassi', ancient cave dwellings that have been inhabited since Paleolithic times, have been excavated in the rocks facing a deep canyon. Upon arrival, after you check into your accomodation, enjoy a guided visit of the 'Sassi' area and afterwards, taste some typical products of the region. Overnight in Matera.
A wonderful hike to discover the Murgia plateau facing Matera, admiring rock churches painted with Byzantine frescoes. The landscape here is of pastures and stone farmhouses, and there is the chance to watch the flight of different types of falcons. Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in Matera.
7km, ascent +150m, descent -150m
The trip concludes after breakfast with your transfer to the station.
Per Person, Twin Share