My Ride Through Puglia
Published by Luxury Travel Magazine Australia | By Maddy Gerrard
“One more push – you’re doing great!” urges my partner. My limbs are burning, small sacrifice for the euphoria I feel reaching the top and speeding downhill past carpeted fields of wildflowers and knotted olive trees, the warm salty air in my hair.
It’s day one of a six-day cycling tour of Puglia with adventure tour company Butterfield & Robinson. The heel of Italy’s “boot”, Puglia boasts 800 kilometres of shimmering coastline, a proliferation of olive trees plus fresh seafood, barrels of red wine and glorious burrata cheese. With 13 others we’re biking Puglia’s back roads. Starting in Brindisi, we’ll log 40-100km a day, weaving through sleepy seaside towns before venturing inland to whitewashed hilltop villages and the historic cities of Lecce and Alberobello.