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Cycle Monopoli to Ostuni

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  • Olive lined roads
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    Photo: Fran McCann, Macs Adventure
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A day dominated by quiet roads through olive plantations. After a short, slightly busier stretch by the sea, you will relax into the winding country lanes lined with fruit and olive plantations.

39.8 km
3:35 h
196 m
41 m

A delightful day of typical Puglian countryside and rural life. Begin with a pleasant coastal ride on busier roads, before heading off the beaten track to explore the olive plantations of the region. Beyond Capitalo (not far from Monopoli), you won't pass through any larger towns or villages, so you should really embrace the countryside atmosphere today, with plenty of rests under roadside olive trees for shade (and for snack stops - make sure you bring a picnic!). You will find today's ride mostly flat with an incline to the pretty hilltop town of Ostuni to complete your adventure. Ostuni itself is a wonderful reward for this small extra effort at the end of the day!

Author’s recommendation

A picnic under the shade of an olive tree is a must! User
Fran McCann
Updated: August 01, 2018

Highest point
169 m
Lowest point
3 m

Safety information

Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.

Beware of traffic especially when entering and leaving the towns where the traffic flow tends to be highest. Take care all descents; make the most of the downhill but don’t speed around corners where you can’t see what’s coming ahead of you on the narrow single-track roads.

Do remember to ride on the right-hand side of the road and whilst drivers in Puglia are respectful of cyclists, please do be mindful of other road users at all times, obeying local road signs and any change in road conditions.

Whilst we will try to flag any junctions which need special attention in the turn by turn directions, it is prudent to take extra care at every junction, particularly as some of the road markings and signs in Puglia vary in quality, so it is not always immediately clear which approaching traffic should give way.

Road surfaces vary too, and you should pay particular attention at around 36 km where we noted some very bad quality road surface. It is a short stretch, so we would suggest dismounting and walking for a little, to stay safe.

Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest

Today is mostly dominated by rural roads, so there are not so many places to visit, however there are a few pleasant stops.


The Torre Cafe marks a pretty beach area for a rest and beverage.

Dolomen of Montalbano

This ancient broze age megalith also marks an intersting and pretty place to stop for a rest.

Food and Drink

Stop for a Gelato leaving Monopoli or approaching Capitalo.

A picnic is recommended for food along the way, and there is plenty of shade under olive trees to be found on today's route. Stock up before leaving Monopoli in a bakery or shop. There are not really any further places to buy food after Capitalo (and depending on the season there may be nowhere there either), so do make sure you are prepared. A trip to a delicious bakery in the morning is our suggestion! Of course, always take plenty of drinking water too, as you won't find many opportunities to refill along this route.


Don Ferrante Boutique Hotel, Monopoli (5 m)
40.953825, 17.305665
33T 694052 4536191


Hotel Realis Sant Eligio, Ostuni

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – With the sea in front of you, outside Don Ferrante B&B, TURN RIGHT. You will be on the pedestrian area at the seafront. In some parts, cycling is not permitted, although signs are unclear, so to be safe, you should push the bike along for a pleasant short walk to start the day. If you have not already visited, climb up to Bastione Santa Maria for a view of the sea and the morning fishermen.

0.3 km – TURN LEFT to follow the seafront (you can climb down the stairs to the beach after securing your bike, if you wish). You will soon enter a car parking area. You should exit the car park on the left-most exit, going STRAIGHT ON (from the direction you entered the car park), following the one-way sign onto Via Procaccia.

0.7 km – You will reach a 4 way junction, and should BEAR RIGHT taking the middle option Via Luigi Pirandello (ignore the road turning right).

0.75 km – Take the next road to TURN RIGHT onto Via Martino della Resistenza (which becomes Via Luigi Einaudi)

1.0 km – When you reach the roundabout, TURN LEFT taking the second exit. This will lead under the railway, and it is a fast flowing road with close walls, and with a steep uphill towards the end. If you are not a confident rider, dismount and cross carefully to the raised footpath at the left hand side of this road. You can walk the bike for this short distance.

1.4 km – At the T-Junction, TURN LEFT onto Via Guglienmo Oberdan.

1.6 km – At the roundabout take the 3rd exit to continue STRAIGHT ON.

1.8 km – look out for a cycle lane on your right which you can enter, and it will allow you to bypass the small roundabout, where you will continue STRAIGHT ON. This cycle lane is available to use intermittently. Always take care at junctions on a cycle lane, as much as you would on the road!

3.6 km – TURN LEFT signed Brindisi. Take care as you cross the traffic to turn. You should shortly cycle under the railway again.

4.1 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction. There is a cycle path across the other side of this road, but it is not obvious. It is quite short however so it may be easier and safer not to cross the road to get to it, and to continue on the main road.

6.5 km – At Hotel Papillon in Capitalo, BEAR RIGHT onto the cycle lane (ignoring the sharp right).

6.9 km – The cycle path rejoins the main road. Take care joining again.

8.3 km – You will reach a junction with a sign to the right for Bari and Brindisi. TURN RIGHT and then almost immediately TURN LEFT (take care if the traffic is busy).

14.8 km – At the crossroads, continue STRAIGHT ON.

16.4 km – At the crossroads (which is staggered slightly) go STRAIGHT ON.

17.6 km – At the sign indicating Contrada Cerasina, TURN RIGHT keeping the large white building on your right hand side.

18.5 km – at the crossroads, continue STRAIGHT ON

19.2 km – TURN RIGHT when you see the sign Torre Spaccata.

20.2 km – When you reach the junction, cross carefully (bearing very slightly to the left) to continue STRAIGHT ON. A sign reads Torre Spaccata and you will cross the motorway on a bridge very soon afterwards.

20.6 km – BEAR RIGHT behind the white chapel Madonna della Madia then TURN RIGHT.

21.8 km – TURN LEFT at the crossroads, when you see the car scrapyard ahead of you to the left.

23.8 km Continue STRAIGHT ON but approach this junction with care as you enter the small town.

24.1 km At the stop sign, Bari and Brindisi will be signposted to the left, you should go STRAIGHT ON here.

26.0 km – At the junction go STRAIGHT ON.

27.1 km – At the stop sign go STRAIGHT ON to follow the Via Francigena sign.

27.9 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at the Dolomen of Montalbano (a mysterious bronze age megalith). There are some benches here if you wish to rest or have a picnic.

29.3 km – Here, the road turns right, at what looks like a T-Junction (but isn’t!). You should TURN RIGHT to follow the road, which quickly bears left again.

29.5 km – Ignore right turn to continue STRAIGHT ON.

28.8 km – As you approach a junction you will see a sign for Ostuni. TURN LEFT. The road will curve a little before going under the railway. As you emerge from the underpass and reach the top of the hill, you should BEAR RIGHT to continue with the railway to your right hand side.

30.9 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at the junction.

32.6 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at the junction.

32.8 km - As the road bends to the left, go STRAIGHT ON to turn right off the road onto the side road. A sign here reads Agriturismo Masseria La Grave. The road surface will become more gravel, but is still a comfortable ride.

34.8 km – Follow the road to TURN LEFT as you see the railway in front of you. You will then go under an underpass.

35.8 km – BEAR LEFT to merge onto the road at the junction. After this point, you are back on a tarmac road, but the surface (like many roads in the region) varies greatly in quality. At the time of mapping, there were a few sections of around 100m where it is safest to dismount and walk the bike, due to a very broken road surface. Do not worry, this doesn’t last for long.

36.9 km – TURN RIGHT onto the busier road when you reach the stop sign.

38.3 – At the roundabout, Continue STRAIGHT ON (second exit).

38.8 km - At the roundabout, BEAR LEFT (second exit) **Here if you are staying at the Hotel la Terra you will need to refer to your specific accommodation list for directions to your hotel**

39 km – At the junction TURN LEFT (ignore the right hand turn just after you’ve turned).

A short ride later you will reach your destination, Hotel Realis Sant Eligio, which you will see on your left hand side.


all notes on protected areas

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Make sure to always carry weather appropriate gear and clothing with you (including sun protection).  Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge of any navigation unit you may decide to use.

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