Gargano, the Sun Mountain – Holiday

Gargano, in the north of Puglia is one of first Italian National Parks, and most beloved tourism destination. A promontory surrounded by deep blue sea, encompassing white limestone cliffs, the Umbra Forest Beech and perfumed mediterranean forest everywhere.

  • Puglia
  • holiday (6 days)
  • Formula: self-guided

Highlights

  • The Gargano National Park
  • Challenging slopes on the panoramic coastline
  • Enjoy the mild weather along the Adria seaside
  • Genuine cuisine like orecchiette handmade pasta, mountain bread and podolic cow cheese
  • Monte Sant’Angelo and the Saint Michael’s grotto
  • Raising a glass overlooking the sea from the top of a trabucco

Schedule

DAYDESCRIPTIONDISTANCEACCOMMODATIONEXPERIENCES
1arrival in Manfredonia-ManfredoniaGuided tour basilica di Siponto
2Manfredonia to Monte Sant’Angelo30 kmMonte Sant'AngeloGuided tour UNESCO
3Monte Sant’Angelo to Vieste via Mattinata60 kmViesteVisit of the Foresta Umbra
4Vieste to Peschici via Foresta Umbra55 kmPeschiciVisit of the Trappeto Maratea in Vico and the Oasi Agrumaria in Rodi
5Peschici to Vieste25 kmViesteVisit of the Trabucco
6End of services after breakfast-

Suggested departures from middle March to the beginning of June and from late August to the beginning of November

Price from:

€ 520 p. p.

Days 1 and 2

At your arrival, after meeting our staff, we suggest you a short visit to the ancient Siponto Basilica with its spectacular 3D installation and a stroll in the center and along the seafront of the city of Manfredonia, whose castle hosts the National Museum with important archaeoligical Pre-Roman finds.

The bicycle adventure starts the day after with a short but intense climb to Monte Sant’Angelo. After having trained our legs, we will spend our time visiting the Rione Munno and the grotto of Saint Michael, the shrine from which the longobard cult of the warrior-saint spred throughout the world.

From Monte Sant’Angelo you will climb down the switchbacks on the way to Mattinata, where you can stop admiring the view to of the Gulf of Manfredonia and of the drystone walls terraces. In Mattinata you will immerse yourself in the olive trees plain, which hosts some of the most monumental trees in Apulia, and then rided all along the panoramic seaside road to Vieste, with breathtaking views.

Days 3 and 4

The fourth day of the journey is the more challening and, maybe, the beuatiful one. You will ride into the hearth of the mountain. The first part of the day is a constant uphill until 800 maslm, through the Umbra Forest (UNESCO Biosphere MAB) with its monumental mediterranean beech, where you can take a round tour and enjoy the peace of the place or have a brunch. In the afternoon, you will ride downhill to Vico del Gargano, one of the most beautiful Italian villages, with lots of attractions: the Vico degli Innamorati (Lovers Alley), the Maratea oil mill-museum, the craft workshop and its gastronomy like the paposcia sandwich and citrus fruits: do not  miss the candies you can taste here in one of the best patisseries in the Gargano. The journey continues downhill towards the sea, through the Aleppo pinewoods to reach Peschici, little and charming fisherman’s village.

The last riding day you will complete the Gargano round journey, staring at its most iconic views. This part of the coastline preserves several Trabucchi, traditional fishing machines: some of them are still used for fishing but also as locations for a memorable toast while overlooking the sea.

Before getting in Vieste in the late morning, you will have two options: take it easy and have a relaxing bath on a white limestone bay in front of a marine grotto, letting your bicycles in Vieste, or keep pedaling on one the most adventurous roads of the Gargano, the old state street connecting Vieste to Mattinata trhough the Wolf Pass where you may encounter amazing rapacious specimens.

Our advice? If you have more blanks days, we suggest you to know better the Gargano with a boat excape to the Tremiti Islands or with one of the numberous availabile activities: a cooking or tarantella dance workshop, a hike along the transhumance and pilgrimage paths, a horse ride, phishing tourism, climbing or snorkeling.

What’s included

5 nights in agriturismo, b&b and 3/4 stars hotels

4 days riding

1 dinner

2 tastings

daily luggage transport

What’s NOT included

transfer from/to the start/end point of the itinerary

bicycle hire (€ 80 hybrid – € 120 e-bike)

any other optional

Supplements and reductions

Single Room: + € 150

Mid/High Season: + € 150/200

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