Salento Coastal Ride

Puglia/Basilicata Italy: (IT-GOITAP1)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/italy_salento_coast.aspx

Introduction
Puglia/Basilicata Italy
For those who love horseback riding but also want to relax, here is a very pleasant stay on the Salento coast. 

Your package includes overnights in an ancient Masseria surrounded by a small forest of Mediterranean scrub where you can explore the various paths that run along the sea and among centuries-old olive trees and dry stone walls.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
You will stay in a recently renovated typical farmhouse just 2 km from the historic center of Otranto.
The property offers 20 comfortable and spacious rooms equipped with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, satellite TV and ensuite facilities.
There is also a swimming pool and a Mediterranean scrub forest from where it is possible to go for relaxing walks.

Room Occupancy
In case you are a solo traveler, the single supplement fee is mandatory.


Meals
All breakfast and dinners are included. Lunches need to be paid extra.

During the cooler days, breakfast is served in the historic part of the farmhouse, under the fascinating star vaults of Lecce stone. In the hottest periods of spring and summer, breakfast is usually served in the adjacent garden to enjoy the sparkling and regenerating morning air and the vivid colors of the surrounding countryside.
Whether you prefer continental, American or typical Italian, the buffet always offers a rich choice of flavors and strictly local and seasonal products, but also fragrant desserts prepared with care and creativity.
For lovers of savory breakfast, a rich selection of local meats and cheeses awaits. You can not miss the hot ricotta just made by the skilled hands of our trusted shepherd, or the first salt, mozzarella fior di latte, scamorza, caciocavallo; all accompanied by fragrant durum wheat bread, focaccia or traditional "friselle".

For dinner, the menu varies daily, always offering a varied choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

Dietary Restrictions
We can usually cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.
For breakfast, a selection of gluten-free products is available on request.

Riding

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Please, note that the itinerary below is to be considered indicative. It may be subject to variations due to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control.

Day 1: Arrival
Plan to arrive independently in Otranto.
Tonight dinner will be served at your accommodation.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at farmhouse in Otranto


Day 2: Lake Bauxite Ride
After breakfast, your riding holiday begins with a 2 hour ride. Departure is from the stables adjacent to the farmhouse. You will ride towards Lake Bauxite, a quarry used until the end of the 70s that left a small lake whose waters are emerald green surrounded by a land of incredible colors. From here, ride towards the Baia dell'Orte from which, from the cliff you can admire the Palascia lighthouse, the easternmost point of Italy.
We will be back from our ride in time for lunch (not included). Then, free afternoon dedicated to relaxation. On request it is possible to book boat trips, guided tours of the area, special excursions such as visits to underground oil mills or trekking and yoga.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at farmhouse in Otranto


Day 3: Porto Badisco Ride
This morning, you go for another 2 hour-ride. You will cross the Otranto / Leuca Park, in order to reach the coast of Porto Badisco where the Tower of Sant'Emiliano stands. That tower acts as a lookout for one of the most fascinating coves of the South coast of Otranto.
Free lunch and afternoon dedicated to relaxation.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at farmhouse in Otranto


Day 4: Fiumetto Ride
Today, your 2 hour-ride follows along the course of the "Fiumetto" Idro which winds through the valley. This area is rich in vegetation and there are many centuries-old olive trees.
Free lunch, followed by a fun cooking class with the chef of the farm. Tonight, for dinner you will enjoy the meals that you prepared together with the chef.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at farmhouse in Otranto


Day 5: Departure
Check-out after breakfast. It is possible to extend your stay. Upon request and for a fee (with a minimum of 4 people) it is possible to organize a breakfast on top of the Punta Palascia lighthouse, an original and wonderful way to greet the sea and the sun of Salento.


Rates and Dates for Salento Coastal Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, All breakfasts and dinners, 3 half-day rides & 1 cooking lesson

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20225 day trip - High season€1140$1370
  • B
    20225 day trip - Mid season€1030$1235
  • C
    20225 day trip - Low season€930$1115
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2022 Make your own way to/from Otranto 0 $0
2022 Single supplement - please inquire 0 $0
2022 Triple room discount - please inquire 0 $0
2022 Registration fee, pp (mandatory) 45 $55

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2022 04/01 - 07/29 5d / 4n 5 day trip - Low season 2 /10 Reserve
B 2022 07/30 - 08/05 5d / 4n 5 day trip - Mid season 2 /10 Reserve
A 2022 08/06 - 08/19 5d / 4n 5 day trip - High season 2 /10 Reserve
B 2022 08/20 - 09/02 5d / 4n 5 day trip - Mid season 2 /10 Reserve
C 2022 09/03 - 10/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip - Low season 2 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Registration fee (mandatory), Lunches, Drinks, Transfers & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Otranto
Airport: Brindisi or Bari
Transfer:

Climate:
                                                Otranto area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

55

56

60

66

76

84

90

89

81

72

63

57

Average Low Temperature (°F)

40

41

44

48

55

63

67

67

62

56

48

42

Average High Temperature (°C)

13

13

16

19

24

29

32

32

27

22

17

14

Average Low Temperature (°C)

4

5

6

9

13

17

19

20

16

13

9

6

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

5

5

5

3

2

1

0

1

2

3

6

5

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Apulia has a typically Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Rainfall is rare and scarce, except for showers in winter.

With an average 300 days of sunshine per year, Puglia truly has a wonderful climate for outdoor adventure enthusiasts and lover's of the coast. There is always a pleasant breeze, even in the hottest months of the year and the humidity is normally quite minimal as you will find it is a dry heat. Since there are no real mountains in Puglia, the temperature is fairly constant from the coast to inland.

What To Bring: