Arrival in Alberobello
Today you will arrive in Alberobello, 55 kilometres from Bari, where you can delight from the first moment in the beauty of its trulli houses, crowned by a stone cone and shaped like hives, which gives a charming touch to the town.
Overnight: Charming Trulli Houses - Alberobello
Walking to Locorotondo through the Itria Valley
Today you will have a short transfer that will take you to the beginning of the road near Coreggia.
You will go to Locorotondo walking through extensive olive groves and vineyards, surrounded by stone walls, until you reach the well-known Itria Valley. Afterwards, you will advance towards San Marco and descend until you find some rural trails.
Along the way you will find multiple signs that point the way with the sign 'Acquedotto Pugliese'. Finally, you will reach the municipality that is on the list of the 'Most beautiful villages in Italy': Locorotondo.
We encourage you to explore the historic centre of the village and marvel at the peculiar beauty of the roofs and walls of its houses, in particular the dry stone roofs, known as 'las cummerse'.
Length: 13 km.
Overnight: Sotto le Cummerse Hotel - Locorotondo
Circular route in Martina Franca
Today you will have to start walking from your accommodation along the country paths with stone walls that surround it until you reach Martina Franca.
As a curious fact, we would tell you that the name of Itria Valley comes from the appearance of a mosaic of Our Lady of Odegitria in Martina Franca, where a monastery was subsequently constructed that today is a tourist attraction. The name pays homage to the worship that once was made to this virgin, who today is considered the protector of travellers.
Get lost in its white streets and enjoy its architecture of beautiful doorways and iron balconies. If you have enough time, visit the Basilica San Martino, in the Plaza del Plebiscito, a jewel of the Baroque period, and tour the entire town of Martina Franca, renowned for its music festivals.
Then, you can take the road back to your accommodation in Locorotondo.
Length: 16 km.
Overnight: Sotto le Cummerse Hotel - Locorotondo
From Locorotondo to Ostuni
At the start of your day, a private transfer will take you to the starting point of your route, located right on a 180-degree closed bend over the SP9 road, near the village of Caranna.
You will start by advancing along country roads that will allow you to enjoy lovely sea views while walking. Then you will start to find olive groves and some of the typical trulli houses that characterize the Puglia area.
Finally, you will arrive at the wonderful Ostuni, the main monumental city of Puglia, with its maze-like streets and almost all its façades painted in white Many compare it to the traditional villages of Andalusia, Spain. Enjoy the views you will have of the Adriatic Sea from the hillside where this town is located.
Length: 14 km.
Overnight: La Terra Hotel - Ostuni
Walking along the Via Traiana
For your fifth day, the Via Traiana awaits you, on which you will begin to travel after a short transfer takes you to the starting point for your route: right at the junction between the SP20 and the Strada Communale Carriera I.
When you start walking these paths, during the first third of your route, approximately, you will walk the same route of the pilgrims who travel the famous Via Francigena through the Puglia area.
The best thing about this route is that, since you start it, Ostuni Hill can always be seen in the background, so your goal is always in sight.
Length: 10 km.
Overnight: La Terra Hotel - Ostuni
Free day in Lecce
Today you must take a train to Lecce yourself, totally white at first sight thanks to the marble on most of its buildings. This is a monumental city par excellence; its architecture and its beauty on every street will make you fall in love with it.
Visit the Roman theatre and amphitheatre in its historic centre, as well as the Church of the Holy Cross and the Piazza del Duomo. If in addition to the cultural visits you want to enjoy some of the sea that you have had in sight in the last stages, head to the Torre dell' Orso Beach.
Overnight: Grand Hotel Lecce - Lecce
Circular route in Otranto
Take a bus to the seaside town of Otranto, 40 kilometres from Lecce, where you can visit its Romanesque cathedral. If you're lucky, you'll be able to see Corfu Island in the distance.
If you want, we suggest you to visit its historic centre and also enjoy all of its promenade along the coast, just before starting your hike today, which will start at the Otranto Train Station.
You will continue parallel to the Strada Bonifica Indro stream and then pass by Lake Bauxita. Just at this point, you will again come across pilgrims from the Via Francigena who are crossing the Puglia region.
You will continue walking in the middle of the Costa Otranto Regional Natural Park, until you cross the SS695 road where you can already feel much closer to completing your route. You will be able to see Otranto again in the distance and, in addition, you will coincide again with walkers from the Via Francigena.
Length: 11 km.
Overnight: Grand Hotel Lecce - Lecce
Return from Lecce
Today you finish your route right after breakfast. You can take a train to Bari Airport or a bus to Brindisi Airport or ask us to arrange a private transfer to either.*
*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities on your walking holiday through the La Puglia region.
End of our services.
All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort.
Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.
When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.
All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.
Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.
Where am I going to stay?
All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:
Accomodation in Charming Trulli houses - Alberobello
Accomodation in Sotto le Cummerse Hotel - Locorotondo
Accomodation in La Terra Hotel - Ostuni
Accomodation in Grand Hotel- Lecce
In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.
If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.
What is the best time of year to travel on this route?
This route is available between the months of April and October, except in August. Keep in mind that July can be a month of very high temperatures for walking, so if you decide to tour during this month, we recommend starting very early in the morning.
How do I get to the starting point?
You can get to Alberobello from Bari Airport, which has daily services from most major cities in Europe and the UK.
From Bari Airport to Alberobello, you can go by train or we can arrange a private transfer. Ask us about this option at the time of booking.
Once you finish your route in Lecce, you can take a train to Bari Airport and it will take approximately 1 hour and a half. Trains leave more or less each hour. Check the Trenitalia schedules here.
You can also take a taxi to Lecce Bus Station and from there take a bus to Brindisi Airport. It'll take about 40 minutes. Get there well in time, as the bus service ranges from 1 to 2 hours. Check the schedules for Puglia Air Bus.
We can also arrange a private transfer back to either airport. Ask us about this option at the time of booking.
Can I travel alone?
Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
Please note that for security reasons, some of the routes are not suitable for solo use.
This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.
When can I start my trail?
You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.
Does this route have an accompanying guide?
All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.
What does the full route itinerary contain?
The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.
You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.
The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.
It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.
What should I consider to prepare physically?
Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.
Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.
People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.
Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.
How far in advance should I make the reservation?
There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.
Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.
What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?
For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.
Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.
Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).
For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.
How does the baggage transfer work between stages?
Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.
Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.
Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.
Should I take out travel insurance?
To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.
To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.
Do all rooms have a private bathroom?
Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.
Can I sleep alone in a room?
Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.
Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?
We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.
The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.
Am I going to share a room with strangers?
No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.
Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?
All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.
When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.
What kind of accommodation do you book?
All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.