Published on: 9 April 2013 | Last updated: 14 March 2018
This section of the tour takes you from Santa Maria di Leuca to the city of Gallipoli and then on to the coastal resort of Porto Cesare.
The coastline here is less dramatic than the coastline in the previous section, but it’s a nice ride on quiet roads. There are beaches on the Baia Verde on the way into Gallipoli.
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|Santa Maria di Leuca - Gallipoli||52 kms|
|Gallipoli - Porto Cesareo||33 kms|
Gallipoli (no relation to the site of the First World War landings) means ‘beautiful city’ and it is another of the highlights of the Salento coast.
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I use Booking.com to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirmation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accommodation.
I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the opportunity to let me know if there’s a problem.
Many properties offer free cancellation but it’s a good idea to check the conditions as these vary from property to property.
There are campsites near Gallipoli and Sant’Isidoro.