Puglia Coastal Walk

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5 Based on 7 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-20378
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Otranto, Italy
  • Ends Lecce, Italy
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Walking along the fabulous "Tratturi" or ancient footpaths that run through orchards and olive groves
  • Discovering the "Cipolline Path", a breathtaking walk overlooking the sea
  • Exploring historical sites en route including Roman masterpieces, churches, fortresses and villas
  • Experiencing the buzzing city of Lecce with its baroque palaces, delicious food and artisan shops
Start in Otranto and end in Lecce, the "Puglia Coastal Walk" trip is a self-guided walking tour that takes 8 days. You will travel through Otranto, Santa Cesarea Terme, Marittima and 3 other destinations in Italy. "Puglia Coastal Walk" is a private trip which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Get off the beaten track in Italy and encounter the natural beauty of Puglia. The coastline of Puglia between Otranto and Gagliano del Capo offers superb walking opportunities taking in all the diverse elements that the region is famous for. Enjoy sensational views, crystal clear swimming spots and little known villages as you explore this untouched landscape. Walk along the traditional tratturi, ancient roads and footpaths running through orchards and olive groves, and along the Cipolliane Path, a breathtaking walk overlooking the sea and named after the caves you'll discover along the way. After an enchanting circular walk among oranges and olive trees, you leave Otranto to follow an earth red coloured trail along the sea leading towards the lighthouse of Punta Palascia, the eastern most point of Italy. In the following days you'll pass tiny fishermen hamlets, coastal spa towns as well as ancient Messapian villages before concluding your walk in Lecce, known for its baroque palaces and Roman masterpieces. The landscapes along the route are ever changing, from coastal shepherd's paths along the open grasslands of the Puglian savanna; stone walled roads carved by the passage of ancient carts and lush forest trails with towering trees. Along the way you'll be kept company by the rustle of ancient olive trees, the sounds of crickets, the smell of wild fennel and liquorice, and the twinkle of the azure sea. With handpicked accommodation awaiting each evening, be indulged as you dine on freshly prepared seafood and sample an array of gelato flavours.
  • Day 1 : Arrive Otranto
  • Day 2 : Otranto circular walk (2hrs)
  • Day 3 : Walk to the tiny cove of Porto Badisco via Punta Palascìa lighthouse (5hrs)
  • Day 4 : Follow a coastal shepherd's path then head to Santa Cesarea Terme (4hrs)
  • Day 5 : Walk to the ancient Messapian town of Castro then ascend to Marittama (4.5hrs)
  • Day 6 : Walk along traditional tratturi paths towards Marina Serra (4.5hrs)
  • Day 7 : Walk the Cipolliane Path towards Gagliano del Capo (5hrs), train to Lecce
  • Day 8 : Trip concludes
  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels and B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners (or 1 dinner if staying at Santa Cesarea Terme on day 3): Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad or pasta dish, followed by either a chicken, red meat or fish dish with seasonal vegetables & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes
  • Luggage transfer (max 1 piece, max weight 20kg and max size 60 x 50 x 40 cm per person) note: on Day 7 to Gagliano train station only. Supplement applies for excess
  • Digital information pack including navigational app, route book and maps
  • Emergency hotline
  • Travel to and from Otranto / Lecce
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Excess luggage
  • Tourist Tax - allow EUR12-15 pp - payable directly to the hotels
  • Transfers using public transport: day 7 train from Gagliano del Capo to Lecce (with your luggage)
  • Private transfer on day 7 Gagliano to Lecce - supplement applies (required if day 7 is a Sunday when the train does not operate)
  • Items of a personal nature
5 - Excellent
Based on 5 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 03 2023
5 - Excellent
The trip was very well organised and GOS app worked perfectly.We did find the first day over very rocky steep cliffs quite a challenge & also a little scary in parts. The remaining days were really enjoyable. The accommodation... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 12 2023
4 - Very Good
Very Good
Overall, we had a great walking trip on the Puglia Coastal Walk.
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 04 2023
5 - Excellent
This was an amazing trip. The walks were beautiful with incredible views and lovely places to stop. A real adventure! The gps maps and written directions were important to have. Each of the hotels were unique and interesting. The... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 12 2022
5 - Excellent
Overall, we had a great trip. It was our first trip with UTracks and I found the pre-trip support adequate to be very good. The instructions were good for the most part, but we were glad to have GPS backup for the times we went... Read more
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Puglia Coastal Walk tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 22 September 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 22 September 2024, a deposit of 195 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Puglia Coastal Walk tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Puglia Coastal Walk tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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