Gay Bike Tour in Puglia

Cycle with me in September: only €790 per person, if you book by March, 31. #travel #gaytravel

I am proud to organize and host an easy all Gay Bike Tour in Puglia!

 

I am so excited to announce that Kendall (the blond hair chap in the picture with me) and I have started up a business of gay travels to Italy, aptly named Italy Gay Travels.

This Gay Bike Tour around the heel of the boot, Puglia, is our first love child :) Many more will come, I promise! If you don’t have any plans yet for the first week of September (3-10 September 2017) take a look at our holiday program. Don’t think twice: spaces are limited. Only €790 if you book by end of March. Fill in this form and book your place for the Gay Bike Tour now!

Gios in Salento Gallipoli
Gios in Salento Gallipoli

As you know I am originally from a beautiful part of the world: the heel of the boot of Italy, Puglia! We have designed this All Gay Bike Tour to let you discover the southernmost tip of Puglia, known as Salento. Fast becoming the gay destination of South Italy, this area is rich in culture, food, awe inspiring landscapes, white sandy beaches and gay nightlife for good measure!

Our all gay bike tour is set at an easy level that suits any level of biking skills. Furthermore you will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful countryside of Puglia, from one coast to the other.

Gay Bike Tour with Gios and Italy Gay Travels

You will spend  5 nights with us in Lecce, the great Baroque capital of Southern Italy, also known as the Florence of the South. Lecce is strategically located right in the heart of Salento, the southern area of Puglia, just a few kilometers away (or an easy gay bike ride) to many beautiful small towns and hidden gems. Every morning we will get on the bike and have unforgettable adventures. Think sunsets over beautiful towns (including Otranto), wine tasting in the countryside and swimming in beautiful sandy beaches.

Dome of Lecce - Gios
Dome of Lecce – Gios

The last 3 days we will head down to the Ionian Coast: here we have the opportunity to cycle along the bay of Gallipoli, an old fishing port that is now the main gay hotspot of Puglia. This all gay bike tour is not only about cycling: see yourself kayaking in the protected wild park of Porto Selvaggio, test your cooking skills in a local farmstead learning regional traditional recipes and savor the tastes and flavors of the region’s stunning wines and aperitifs (does Primitivo ring a bell?)

Puglia is also famous for being the biggest producer of Olive Oil in Europe. Our tour will let you bike through local Olive groves and make sure you will taste the best original flavours of this fruity green nectar. You will also discover incredible white sandy beaches and enjoy amazing sunsets on the beach, while sipping a tasty cocktail of course.

More than anything, this all gay bike tour gives you the opportunity to meet with like-minded gay men. The small group (max 20 people) has the perfect size to guarantee engagement!

Gay Bike Tour in Puglia
Gay Bike Tour in Puglia

Plus, if you don’t feel like cycling every day and prefer to enjoy some me-time, no worries! How you spend your holiday with us is completely up to you! So what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect excuse to take annual leave! Book now! But if you are still in doubt, check the full itinerary down here or drop me an email at gios981@gmail.com for any questions you might have. 

Gay Bike Tour. Day 1 (Sunday)

Welcome

Welcome to Lecce! Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is the Baroque capital of Salento, the southernmost part of Puglia. Lecce is the starting point of our Gay Bike Tour around this beautiful region. Here the sun reflects on white stones that adorn hundreds of churches and buildings enclosed in its historical city walls.

Once in Lecce,  make your way to your accommodation in the very centre of Lecce and settle in: you will be given your Gay Bike Tour welcome pack. In the evening join your fellow bikers and your tour hosts, Sergio and Kendall, for an optional aperitif on top of Lecce. We will all get to meet each other and have a full briefing on the adventure that lies ahead.

Gay Bike Tour. Day 2 (Monday)

The trail of the Via Francigena (about 40 km)

After breakfast the whole group will meet. We will adjust our bikes and make sure everyone is ready for the first bike ride of the tour. We leave Lecce and head to our first stop: ‘Lu Furnu’ Giannocaro. This farm was the main agricultural center of Frigole village during the Second World War. Here you will have the opportunity to savour local breads, sweet, pastries, cakes and, above all, the tasty ‘pittule’ (dough balls). Pittule, local delicacies, should be eaten rigorously whilst still hot. Don’t worry about the carbs, you will sure burn them off on the cycling you do! After this stop, we continue towards the coast, finally reaching the Adriatic sea. This coastline is rugged and rural and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures as well as taking dips into the sea along the way!

The last stage today will be a visit to the historical medieval Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate. The complex of buildings was constructed in the 12th century and represents one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture you will find in Puglia. In the afternoon, after the visit we will head back towards Lecce. We will  follow the Via Francigena, the ancient road used by the pilgrims.

In Lecce you will have the evening free to do as you please. Visit the beautiful Baroque centre of the city or stop off at its chic bars such as ‘Quanto Basta’ for world class cocktails created by trendy Italian Barmen.

Free time in the evening to eat, drink and explore or join our

Optional typical dinner in a Restaurant in Lecce

Gay Bike Tour. Day 3 (Tuesday)

Cooking class in a farm (hot farmers not guaranteed) and The Acaya lands (35 km)

After breakfast, we all take a short transfer to reach one of the many Salento farmsteads. Here you will put your cooking skills to the test and be ‘chef’ for a few hours. Luckily this is not Hell’s Kitchen and the experience will be fun. You will learn how to prepare some typical Salento dishes: get ready to get your hands dirty. The experience will end with a tasting of the dishes we have prepared.

Afterwards, we will get back on the saddle (weight allowing) and our Gay Bike Tour will follow a route into the natural reserve of the Cesine and the fortified village of Acaya. This route is set in the natural beauty of Puglia. We will take a long cycle path surrounded by olive trees basked in the Puglian sun. Finally, we hit the coast and a beautiful beach where we take a dip in the sea adjacent to the reserve.

The route includes a stop in the small and enchanting village of Acaya. After visiting the castle which houses a Byzantine fresco still under study, we resume the road to Lecce. Free time in the evening to eat, drink and explore.

Gay Bike Tour. Day 4 (Wednesday)

Otranto and the East Coast (about 50 km)

After breakfast, we will take a private transfer to the Lago Azzurro (The Blue Lake), a surreal place where an emerald pond is adorned by fire red earth. After spending some time here, we begin to pedal backwards along the coastline, passing beautiful cliffs and rugged beaches. We reach Otranto, a coastal city which looks a little displaced as the architecture mixes East and West. Here we spend some time admiring the city before we take another coastal road to reach beautiful creeks of Salento known as the Bay of the Turks. Marvel at the cliffs of Sant’Andrea and its hidden caves of poetry.

After a visit to Otranto, we make our way back to Lecce, for our last evening there.

Gay Bike Tour. Day 5 (Thursday)

Lecce – Gallipoli (about 50 km)

Today is the longest ride of our Gay Bike Tour: we leave Lecce and we cycle to Gallipoli, which means the ‘Beautiful City’ and for good reason. Please note we are not cycling to Turkey, same name but totally different location! Before arriving in Gallipoli, we cycle inland through Copertino, the city of the flying saint, and Nardo’, a very well known city, popular for its wine cellars and beautiful historic center.

Gallipoli’s Old Town is enclosed in a rocky island that is accessed by an eighteenth-century bridge. The town is a real feast of architecture in baroque style adorned with paintings by Neapolitan and Salento painters. Hand woven basket makers and fishermen are still working in the alleys and ports.

We then check in to our hotel, Due Passi del Pizzo, in the afternoon. Then, we have the rest of the evening free to explore Gallipoli or relax at the swimming pool of the hotel or at the very nearby beach.

Gay Bike Tour. Day 6 (Friday)

Free time in and around Gallipoli

Today is a free day to enjoy the beaches in and around Gallipoli. There are beautiful sandy beaches that stretch for miles on your doorstep. There is also a gay beach (G Beach) for those looking for a fully gay experience. If you are not a beach person then feel free to visit Gallipoli for a spot of sightseeing or shopping or just relax by the pool at the hotel.

There is an optional late afternoon visit to Gallipoli with Dinner and return transfer. Here you will get a guided tour of the town followed by dinner in a typical restaurant.

Gay Bike Tour. Day 7 (Saturday)

Gallipoli – Santa Maria al Bagno – Gallipoli (20 km)

Today we are back on the bike again for the last ride of our amazing Gay Bike Tour, awwww ☹.  No sad faces please as this route is full of smiles along the coast to a quaint little town called Santa Maria al Bagno. Just when you thought you had had enough adventure, a new one begins! Yes it is Kayak time and we will admire the coast of Salento from another point of view. We all embark on this Kayak adventure in the protected reserve of Porto Selvaggio, guided of course, where we can splash about before returning to Santa Maria al Bagno.

We then spend a few hours there, chilling out, before returning the bikes and make our way back to our hotel.

Gay Bike Tour. Day 8 (Sunday)

See you soon!

After breakfast, we all say goodbye (no tears hopefully) and hope that we see you the next time ☺.

Buongiorno :) What are you thinking?

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