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Cycle the Salento Trail – olive groves, farms and haystacks

Alvento – Italian Cycling Magazine

Cycle the Salento Trail – olive groves, farms and haystacks

Bike Touring Collection by Alvento – Italian Cycling Magazine

4-7

days

3-5 h

/ day

185 mi

7,475 ft

7,475 ft

For this ride, you need patience… and lot of it. If you live in northern Italy, you need all the patience in the world to reach Salento. But, what else would you expect? Everyone knows that the heel is the bottom and therefore the most southern part of the boot.

No doubt you prefer to grind out kilometres in the saddle rather than shut yourself into a car, I understand. But, grit your teeth, and you’ll get there eventually. Your mind will play out imaginary scenes in anticipation of what awaits you at your destination. It’ll be a journey within a journey.

What you’ll find is a land full of history, sandwiched between two seas, ceaselessly lashed by the wind. For millennia here, populations have changed, each leaving a mark of their existence and passage. You will cycle through this territory for two days, trying to forget the worries of everyday life.

(Adapted for komoot from 'Alvento Destinations', a book of 13 travel ideas that every cyclist should do at least once: alvento.cc/prodotto/alvento-destinations-italy-unknown/)

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Salento Trail – Ulivi, masserie, faraglioni: pedalando tra i due mari

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7,475 ft

7,500 ft

Last updated: November 25, 2022

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    Day #1: Cycle the Salento Trail – olive groves, farms and haystacks

    Difficult
    08:20
    68.5 mi
    8.2 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Maglie, a town of 15,000 inhabitants just below Lecce, is right in the heart of Salento. It’s equidistant from the Adriatic and Ionian coasts and the ideal place for starting adventures.

    

    Just a couple of kilometres after warming up, you’ll find yourself immersed in this land’s history, among menhirs and

    by Alvento – Italian Cycling Magazine

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  • Difficult
    12:58
    116 mi
    9.0 mph
    5,150 ft
    5,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The landscape is the real star of this second Salento day. Don't forget copious amounts of sunscreen: the sun beats down here until late autumn.

    

    Take your time to enjoy one of the most beautiful single tracks you’ll ever do, cresting the Serra del Mito. The panorama is mind-boggling all the way to the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    2
  • Distance
    185 mi
  • Duration
    21:18 h
  • Elevation
    7,475 ft7,475 ft

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