A journey south to discover Puglia in spring and autumn, the periods in which nature is at its richest and most varied. Here, before winter arrives, or just after it has left, you can dive into a sea of wildflowers and enjoy the tastiest seasonal fruit. The agencies in our network offer ‘slow mobility’, environmental sustainability and the best of natural agriculture. You can choose to travel this route either by bicycle or by car.
Morning: Zollino, in the heart of Grecìa Salentina, is a small village famous for the “dwarf pea”, a famous and sought-after local legume, and for other unique food and wine specialties. You’ll arrive at your accommodation in a beautiful structure surrounded by nature, with a swimming pool, spa, yoga center, vegetable garden and organic olive grove. Welcoming drink with members of our network to show what we have to offer. Lunchtime free.
Afternoon: a ramble in the Salento countryside and visit to the village of Zollino, rich in history and tradition.
Morning: Breakfast is followed by a free morning to visit other parts of Grecìa Salentina. Lunchtime free.
Afternoon: tour of the Cirstercian Monastery where you can buy high quality essential oils and enjoy the calm of this harmonious place.
Evening: vegan dinner; evening free.
Morning: Transfer to the plateau overlooking the Otrantina coast, lands formerly crossed by rivers that flowed into the sea, still today generous and rich in biodiversity. Your overnight stay will be in a local farm, famous for its restaurant where you can enjoy seasonal delicacies, prepared by Francesca, an expert alchemist of traditional Salento cuisine, who will also prepare an outstanding lunch.
Afternoon: visit the hinterland and the villages of Serrano and Carpignano with their important megalithic monuments, ancient crypts and rural churches.
Morning and afternoon: leisurely bike ride (10 km) around the wetlands area of the Alimini lakes famous for its lush vegetation and an incredible variety of animals, especially water birds and birds of prey, all immersed in the quiet of this nature spot. Lunchtime free.
Evening: return to Serrano for dinner.
Morning: Transfer to Supersano, a characteristic village nestled in the heart of the province of Lecce, famous for its biodiversity-rich countryside, the Manna tree and the ancient crypts hidden in its woods. After settling in and meeting your local guide, a walk in the woods in search of orchids. Then on to the farm, with an experiential tour of the olive grove. You’ll get to sample the olive oils, along with typical products such as grilled seasonal vegetables, local cheeses, pittule, paté and glass of wine.
Afternoon: Guided vegetable harvesting in the nearby garden, and a visit to the olive oil press.
Morning: Visit to the historic center of Cutrofiano, famous for the creativity and ingenuity of the master potters. Towards lunchtime, we’ll reach a dairy where you can discover how seasonal cheeses are made. Wandering around their sheep-grazing land, you’ll find out about the many wild herbs growing there before returning for a cheese tasting with focaccias and wine.
Afternoon and evening: free.
You’ll be invited to plant a tree that will become part of the ‘communal woods’ of Puglia Eco Travel.