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BIKE & BEACH ALONG THE ADRIATIC COAST: ABRUZZO, MOLISE & APULIA

a 7 days self guided cycling vacation

 

A true experience journey exploring the most beautiful stretches of the Adriatic Coast by bike. From Abruzzo you ride South across the Molise and to the Gargano Promontory (National Park) in Puglia. The coast of Gargano houses numerous beaches and tourist facilities, including resorts such as Vieste, Peschici and Mattinata. The two major salt lakes of Lesina and Varano are located in the northern part of the peninsula. Monte Gargano is the site of the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the archangel Michael, Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano. Each easy and scenic ride of this tour ends in a new, charming seaside town. The fine hotels chosen for this tour are all located on the beach. So, after a relaxing ride, you can spend your time between the sandy beaches and the safe waters of the Adriatic sea. Then, as aperitif time approaches, stroll through the alleys of old marine villages. A remarkable dinner in a restaurant of your choice will top a beautiful day.

 

 

 

 

 

Program

Day 1 

Individual Arrival in Pescara

You will have a transfer from Pescara train station or airport (20 min drive) to your star hotel on the beach of Francavilla al Mare. Francavilla has an interesting history as you can see from the archaeological findings dating back to prehistoric and proto-historic period, and from Italic and Roman periods. Moreover, it is rich in very beautiful and interesting churches. In 2014, the city was awarded with the blue flag, for the quality of its beaches, waters and services.

 

Day 2 

Francavilla-Fossacesia (48 km, + 599m -585m)

After leaving Francavilla your route turns inland sneaking through the wine country. A gentle incline leads you to Tollo, one of the main wine towns in Italia. The road rolls through vineyards, olives groves and small hamlets until you are back on the coast at Ortona. Soon you descend to the cute beach resort of Marina di S.Vito. This section of the Adriatic Coast is called "Costa dei Trabocchi". The "trabocchi" are ancient wooden stilt-constructions suspended above the sea for fishing and are a distinctive feature of Abruzzo’s southern coast.  At the arrival in Fossacesia Marina we suggest you a short detour to visit the magnificent abbey of S.Giovanni in Venere. 

 

Day 3   

Fossacesia-Termoli (58 km, +450m – 428m)

You ride south on the easy rolling coastline crossing a few cute fishermen’s villages. At Casalbordino Lido, you turn inland and tackle a 3km climb to Vasto, one of the nicest town on the Adriatic coast and an ideal setting for lunch. You can indulge on the local specialties as the rest of the ride doesn't present other difficulties. A scenic descent to Marina di Vasto takes you back on the coastal road. Soon you leave Abruzzo entering the region Molise. The road now gets completely flat all the way to your hotel right on the wide sandy beach of Termoli. 

 

Day 4 

Termoli-Lesina (42 km, +123m -131m)

In Campomarino you leave Molise and cross into Puglia. Here the flat coastal road crosses a wildlife area devoid of villages. You leave the Adriatic road turning towards the Gargano Promontory and Lesina. Stretching on a lagoon rich of fish and bird life, Lesina is a delightful white-stone built maritime village. Lesina is known for the production of (female) eels. Her position is on a narrow strip of land covered with sandy dunes and little woods, separating the lake from the sea. You stay at a charming B&B in the heart of town. 

 

Day 5 

Lesina-Peschici (67 km, +400m -364m)

Your ride continues looking at a quiet lagoon on one side and agricultural fields on the other side. A silent wilderness occasionally interrupted only by birds and some tractors. A short climb takes you up to Rodi Garganico. You are now entering the heart of the Gargano Promontory, a National Park and one of Italy’s nicest seaside. You come to Peschici, hanging on a cliff overlooking the sea. You will love the stone-paved alleys, dotted with small shops selling local products, the flights of steps that suddenly show open views of the sea and the artworks casual scattered here and there. Your 4 stars hotel is on the beach at a walking distance from the old town.

 

Day 6 

Peschici-Mattinata (66 km, 1100 mts; alternative 76 km, 1300mts, a more scenic route)

The final stretch is entirely in the National Park of the Gargano promontory. You ride in the shade of a vast old forest extending all the way to the white cliffs and to the beaches. The first and easier half of the ride takes you to Vieste, a charming town which is absolutely worth a visit. After Vieste the coast becomes more rugged and the second half of the ride is quite rolling with short ups and downs. Every bend gives you a new photo opt. A long descent takes you to the Pugnochiuso Bay, from here you must tackle a 4 km climb (the longest climb of the whole tour). Anyhow, this section can be skipped if you decide to stay on the main road. The two ways meet again at the Baia delle Zagare. From here only a few more rolling miles to get you to the final hotel on the beach of Mattinata

 

Day 7   

End of tour after breakfast

After breakfast you will be brought back to Foggia station (45 min. drive)

 

 

 

 

 

The tour includes:

  • 6 overnight stays in good B&Band *** or **** star hotels: rooms with private facilities

  • 6 times breakfast 

  • Maps  (gps tracks available)

  • luggage transportation

  • tour information 

  • transfer from Pescara train station or airport to first hotel

  • transfer from Mattinata to Foggia train station

  • local back up service

  • briefing

 

 

The tour doesn't include:

  • local tourist taxes

  • dinners, lunches and extra's

  • everything not mentioned under “included in the tour”

 

 

Period

Departures for individual tours available every Saturday from 18 April till 27 June and from 29 August till 3 October 2020.

Level  2/3

Moderate: some long stretches and ascents to tackle. For cyclists with experience. Quiet streets, but along the coast it can be busy in certain periods. Not suitable for children under 12 yrs. Total distance: min 281km / 175 miles - max 291km /181 miles

Participants

minimum two persons ( a single person on request)

Prices p.p. 2020

Double room sharing     € 950,00

In single room     € 1.150,00

hybrid or road bike  € 150,00 

e-bike on request