Walking in Puglia - Quarmby

Walking in Puglia - Quarmby

Trip Highlights

  • View the red earth of Salento and olive groves by the sea
  • Discover Lecce and its historic centre, and the seaside town of Otranto
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage trulli of Alberobello and the Sassi of Matera
  • Stay in atmospheric hand picked hotels and guesthouses

Trip Summary

Puglia is a land forged in history by a mixture of civilisations and cultures. This enriching walking trip combines archaeological 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.

Suitability

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.

Itinerary

Make your own way to Lecce. On arrival at the train station you will be transferred to your accommodation a charming B&B in an ancient 17th century building, located in the historical centre of the city. 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.

Meals:  D

The focus today is Otranto, the gateway to the Orient. Otranto is a little seaside village facing the Adriatic sea. Visit the "Tree of Life" mosaic in the cathedral of Otranto, one of the most amazing mosaic floors in Italy. Hike along the coastline, discovering flowers and Mediterranean vegetation and the "Saracens" watchtowers. Train back to Lecce to your B&B. 4 hours walking, 11km, ascent +100m, descent -100m

Meals:  B

This morning you 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. Ostuni's charm lies within the enchanting maze of Greek-style narrow streets, showing off some fine Mediterranean architecture. In the afternoon, there will be a private transfer to Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site and intriguing city populated by dry stone dwellings known as Trulli. Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in a hotel in Alberobello. 2 hours walking, 7km

Meals:  B,D

The day starts with a panoramic train ride, before you begin walking in the Itria Valley, where you will be walking along narrow tracks and passing between ancient olives trees, vineyards and Trulli, all against the backdrop of a charming landscape. Your destination is Locorotondo, a beautiful and ancient little town, characterised by its white houses and Gothic church. Return to Alberobello by train for dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in the hotel. 5 hours walking, 17km, ascent +150m, descent -150m

Meals:  B,D

There is an optional (but highly recommended) guided visit of the Castellana Caves, where you walk between extraordinary stalagmites and stalactites to the amazing "White Cave" that is 70m deep. A private transfer to the caves is part of the program followed by a private transfer to Matera, a UNESCO listed site, for a guided visit of the Sassi area of the town. There will be a tasting of typical products at the end of the visit. Overnight in a "rock" hotel in the historical centre of Matera.

Meals:  B

After a short private transfer take a circuit walk to discover the Murgia plateau which faces Matera. Admire the rock churches of the 8th century, inhabited by hermits and painted with Byzantine frescoes. The landscape is composed of pastures and stone farmhouses, where it's possible to watch the flights of different types of falcons. Transfer back to Matera before dinner in a typical restaurant. 3 hours walking, 8km, ascent +150m, descent -150m

Meals:  B,D

Today you will transfer to Bari and have time to visit the historical centre of the city. Take time to view the elegant monuments and narrow streets made with multicoloured mosaics. There is an option to visit Trani and its amazing Cathedral in the afternoon. Overnight in Bari.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 5 nights in charming B&Bs or 3 star hotels and 2 nights in a typical Trullo(subject to availability) on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €10-15)
  • Private transfers as noted (Public transportation not included)
  • Wine and product tasting at Alberobello
  • Sassi Matera guided visit & typical products tasting
  • Emergency hotline
  • Mobile App with GPX tracks for navigating
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • Luggage transfer (max 20 kg pp)

What's Not Included

  • Travel to Lecce and from Matera
  • Beverages, lunches and 5 dinners
  • Public transportation, allow €30
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel taxes (allow EUR10-15)
  • Note: Prices indicated above are subject to change

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Italy
Starting Point:Lecce
Finishing Point:Matera
Activities:SELF GUIDED WALKING
Grade:introductory to moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG6165
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