Cycle the dramatic coastline and rugged interior of Cilento National Park. See Greek temples at Paestum and sample local delicacies including mozzarella di bufala and Cilento wines.
After the train journey you are transferred to the welcoming bike hotel accommodation in San Severino di Centola, a small village at the foot of Monte Bulgheria, inside the Cilento National park, part of UNESCO sites from 1998.
Greet the day with a short ride to the train station of Centola: it takes only a 30-minute train ride to change region and find yourself in beautiful Basilicata.Weave through the narrow streets of Maratea, known as “The Pearl of Tirreno, a kaleidoscope of bright-hued houses, venerable hilltop churches (44 of them!) and rock-welled coves with a water so sparkling you may decide to skip the cycling. If you feel so energized to resist the temptation, climb up to the Redeemer statue and enjoy an all-embracing view of the bay, before breezing along the coast and back to the medieval village of San Severino di Centola.
55 km, 700m ascent, 600m descent
You start riding towards Celle di Bulgheria – owing its name to a legion of Bulgarian soldiers that stopped here in Roman times – before looping back through Bosco, where the Spanish painter Josè Ortega found his Buen Retiro in the 1980s. From here you reach the panoramic village of San Giovanni a Piro. It is always great to continue the day with a bit of downhill – and today’s section won’t disappoint as you cycle your way around Mount Bulgheria and down to Marina di Camerota. Fuel up with a good gelato and climb up to the village of Camerota, famous for the terracotta-making tradition (a heritage of archaic Greece) and the ancient and perilous art of braiding indigenous type of grass sinisterly known as “tagliamani”(hand-harming)
Then it’s on to a ride along the Mingardo river canyon back to San Severino di Centola.
54 km, 1100m ascent, 1100m descent
The day starts on a mythical note as you ride into Palinuro, fabled helmsman of the Greek hero Aeneas, who fell in love with the siren Kamaraton (Camerota) and drowned near the cape for Divine will. Course along the jagged coastline and up to the Medieval village of Pisciotta – a great spot for lunch, preferably based on the local olive oil and sardines – and continue through olive groves and Mediterranean shrub towards the tranquil seaside town of Marina di Ascea, your home for the next two nights.
No better way to acclimate than an aperitivo – you should be just in time, and the seaside ones are quite unforgettable.
60 km, 700m ascent, 900m descent
Fuel up with a double cornetto and face the first, energizing ascent of the day – you ride through vineyards and olive groves to reach the village of Pisciotta, home of the highly valued Mediterranean Diet, a Unesco Immaterial Site.The undulating road hence alternates between chestnut forests and wide-open sections, as you enjoy some bracing shade and super views over the bay and the mountains. Stop in Stella di Cilento for a well-deserved coffee stop, before placidly descending to the plains and the archaeological site of Velia, the cradle of one of the oldest schools of Medicine in the world.
Our suggestion for the perfect snack along the way? The Chirico Buffalo Farm, home to the creamiest Buffalo milk gelato you will ever try.
48 km, 720m ascent, 720m descent
Enjoy some morning breeze as you cycle along the coastline and through the village of Pioppi, with its castle and the docked fishing boats placidly rocking in the sea. Speaking of famous fishermen – your second stop is Acciaroli, where in 1952 Ernest Hemingway spent his holidays and apparently found the inspiration to write the Nobel-prized “The Old Man and the Sea”. Follow the coast through the Mediterranean shrub of Punta Licosa to reach Maria di Castellabbate - a gem of a coastal village where you can perk up with a tasting of the local Fiano and Aglianico wines – before cycling your way around the protected maritime area of Punta Tresino and into Agropoli, our destination for the day.
60 km, 850m ascent, 780m descent
Last - but definitely not least - today’s ride takes you to the Archaeological site of Paestum: this ancient Greek city is well-worth a stop to visit the perfectly preserved temples and museum, including the “Diver’s Tomb”, a rare example of Greek funeral fresco.
Loop your way back through the plain of the Sele river and choose to spend the rest of the day the way you like it: options include a great lunch stop at a local Buffalo mozzarella farm, a brisk additional ride up to the hills, or a few hours spent sun-bathing on the beach or exploring the maze of the old town of Agropoli.
25/50 km, 150/650m ascent, 150/650m descent
The trip and our services end after breakfast. You can catch a train from Agropoli Train Station.
Daily from April 10 till October 31.
|Double room, breakfast||658.00|
|Bike helmet||per piece||10.00|
7 nights included
3 Star Hotels
The possibility of renting our bikes
7-days a week service-hotline
Luggage transport to your next hotel
San Severino or Pisciotta Train station (Return from Agropoli)