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Bike tour route map: Bike 'n' Beach on the Adriatic CoastBike 'n' Beach on the Adriatic Coast

Easy Biketour   Difficulty: 2  Italy Bike Tours difficulty rating

A true cycling vacation along one of the nicest stretches of the Adriatic Coast. From Abruzzo you ride South across the Molise and to the Gargano Promontory (National Park) in Puglia. Each easy and scenic ride ends in a new, charming seaside town. The fine hotels chosen for this tour are all located on the beach.
So, after a relaxing ride, you can spend your time between the sandy beach and the safe waters of the Adriatic sea. Then, as aperitif time approaches, stroll through the alleys of an old marine village. A remarkable dinner in a restaurant of your choice will top a beautiful day.


PROGRAM


DAY 1 - Arrival in Pescara
We wait for you at Pescara train station or airport and transfer you (20 min drive) to a 4 star hotel on the beach of Francavilla al Mare. Francavilla (pop 25000), the largest town of the trip, is a renowned beach resort with fine shops and a great choice of restaurants.

Costa dei trabocchiDAY 2 - 1st Stage: Francavilla-Fossacesia 50 km, tot climb 500 mts
After leaving Francavilla your route turns inland sneaking through the wine country. A gentle incline leads you to Tollo, one of the main wine towns in Italia. The road rolls through vineyards, olives groves and small hamlets until you are back on the coast at Ortona. Here a fierce battle lasting 6 months took place duringBike World War II. You pass the Canadian War cemetery, a memorial of those tragic events. Soon you descend to the cute beach resort of Marina di S.Vito. This section of the Adriatic Coast is called “Costa dei Trabocchi”. The “trabocchi” are ancient wooden stilt-constructions suspended above the sea for fishing and are a distinctive feature of Abruzzo’s southern coast. At the arrival in Fossacesia Marina we suggest you a short detour to visit the magnificent abbey of S.Giovanni in Venere. Built in the XIII century over the ruins of a pagan temple this cathedral is, for location, architecture and artworks, one of the finest Romanic churches in Italy. Your 4 start hotel is right on the beach.

DAY 3 – 2nd Stage: Fossacesia-Termoli 55 km, 450 mtsAdriatic Coast Bike Tour: Marina di Vasto
You ride south on the easy rolling coastline crossing a few cute mariner villages. You cross the Sangro river passing by the British War memorial. The ride continues along the Costa dei Trabocchi until Casalbordino Lido. Here you turn inland and tackle a 3km climb to Vasto, one of the nicest town on the Adriatic coast and an ideal setting for lunch. You can indulge on the local specialties as the rest of the ride doesn't present other difficulties. A scenic descent to Marina di Vasto takes you back on the coastal road. Soon you leave Abruzzo crossing into Molise. The road now gets completely flat all the way to your 4 star hotel right on the wide sandy beach of Termoli. Termoli (pop 33000) is a charming beach resort and an old fishing harbour. Difficult making a bad choice among its many fine seafood restaurants.

Bike DAY 4 - 3rd Stage: Termoli-Lesina 43 km, 50 mts
The only short incline of the day is the one that takes through and out of Termoli. At Campomarino you leave the Molise and cross into Puglia. Here the flat coastal road crosses a wildlife area devoid of villages. You leave the Adriatic road turning towards the Gargano Promontory and Lesina. Stretching on a lagoon rich of fish and bird life, Lesina (pop 6000) is a delightful white-stone built mariner village. You stay at a charming B&B in the heart of town. 

 DAY 5 - 4th Stage: Lesina-Peschici 67 km, 200 mtsGargano Bike Tour: Peschici
The ride continues with the quiet lagoon on one side and agricultural fields on the another. A silent wilderness occasionally interrupted only by the flight of birds and by some noisy tractor. A short climb takes you up to Rodi Garganico. You’re now entering the heart of the Gargano Promontory, a National Park and one of Italy’s nicest seaside. Another short climb takes you to Peschici (pop 4000). Hanging on a cliff overlooking the sea, this white-stone town is an ancient jewel. You will love the stone-paved alleys, dotted with bottegas, the flights of steps that suddenly show open views of the sea and the casual artworks scattered everywhere. Your 4 stars hotel is on the beach at a walking distance from the old town.

Bike 'n' Beach on the Adriatic Coast: DAY 6 - 5th Stage: Peschici-Mattinata 67 km, 900 mts or 76 km, 1200 mts (more scenic route)
The final ride is entirely set in the National Park of the Gargano promontory. You ride in the shadeBike and Beach on the Adriatic Coast: Baia delle Zagare of a vast old forest extending all the way to the white cliffs and to the beaches. The first and easier half of the ride takes you to Vieste, a charming town well deserving a stop. So sit in one of the cafés of the main square for a taste of the local specialties. After Vieste the coast becomes more rugged and the second half of the ride is quite rolling with short ups and downs. Every bend gives you a new photo opt. A long descent takes you to the Pugnochiuso Bay, from here you must tackle a 4 km climb (the longest climb of the tour). Anyhow this section can be skipped if you decide to stay on the main road. The two courses meet again at the Baia delle Zagare. From here only a few more rolling miles to get you to the final hotel on the beach of Mattinata.

DAY 7 – Van transfer to Pescara
The next morning we take you back to Pescara train station or Airport (2 hrs 30 min drive).