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.
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!
A picnic under the shade of an olive tree is a must!
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.
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.
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.