Walking in Puglia
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.
|DAY 1||Arrival in Lecce for sightseeing in Salento's baroque style regional capital|
|DAY 2||Visit Otranto and hike along the Adriatic coastline, overnight in Lecce (4hrs)|
|DAY 3||Transfer to the charming whitewashed hilltop village of Ostuni, explore on foot (2hrs)|
|DAY 4||Explore the countryside of Ostuni, transfer to Alberobello, renowned for its Trulli (3hrs)|
|DAY 5||Discover Itria Valley and Locorotondo (4hrs)|
|DAY 6||Transfer to Matera, guided visit of the Sassi area and tasting of local products|
|DAY 7||Hike to discover the Murgia plateau and its 8th century rock churches (3hrs)|
|DAY 8||Transfer to Matera station where the trip concludes|
Walking in Puglia was a very well planned trip, visiting the most interesting historic towns in the region - Lecce, Ostuni, Alberobello and Matera. The walks in the surrounding area were varied, interesting and easy, as the region is predominantly flat or undulating. We visited in October when temperatures were perfect for walking, although spring might be even better for wildflowers. The route maps and instructions were good, and clear arrangements for transfers made for a very hassle-free holiday. And of course the food and wine were great!