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Discovering hills, valleys and antique villages on two wheels

A cycling holiday in Molise

Discovering hills, valleys and antique villages on two wheels

The Lower Molise and its natural geographic formation is an ideal place for those who love cycling. There are places of rare beauty like medieval towns, enchanting castles and fortifications with beautiful landscapes, all this from the coast to the mountains passing rivers and forested woodland. Dedicated cyclists know how important it is to have beautiful surrounding to stimulate yourself during this tiring sport. Lower Molise has a number of small villages surrounded with lots of land, this is perfect for those who enjoy mountain biking off-road. This small region offers many colorful sights when going town to town and maybe stopping and trying out there traditional cooking.
The Hotel Mistral can offer these services to whose who have a real passion for cycling,

  • A guide at your request
  • Safety area for bikes
  • Laundry service for technical clothing
  • Packed lunch in morning
  • Cool down massages on request

Discovering the Lower Molise on two wheels

Itinerary I. From Termoli to Vasto marina taking in the fresh smell of pinewood
Leaving Termoli going in a Northern direction you will discover the coast of the Adriatic and its beauty, after traveling North along the coast for 12.5 km you will come to a crossroad and the town of Petacciato and its marina. Looking to your right you will enjoy a picturesque view and pleasant smell of pinewood which lays alongside the highway 16, the smell of pinewood will stay with you until you reach Montenero Marina where you can take a break and visit the tourist port. Getting back on your bike you can go as far as Vasto marina which is popular for its beaches and attractions. This bike ride is a fairly easy one as it has mostly flat terrain and it is a total of 30km. If on your way back you are tired you can always travel 5km down the highway 16 to the train station of Vasto- San Salvo where a regional train will bring you and your bike back to Termoli.

Itinerary II. Termoli to Petacciato discovering Valle del Sinarca
This unforgettable excursion from Termoli to Petacciato via the Sinarca Valley is a simple journey across 30km of flat terrain, you need to head North on the sea front until you reach the Tower Saracena, turn left at the roundabout next to the Tower and cycle for 800m until you see signs for Guglionesi and Montecilfone. Following this road you will come across fields of grain and sunflowers, at the crossroads for San Giacomo degli Schiavoni and Petacciato you should turn right for Petacciato SP112. At this point you will be climbing a not so steep hill for 5km, arriving at a roundabout follow signs for Petacciato marina and then towards the sea front. You will notice this beautiful view of the Adriatic from a high. Continue heading for Petacciato marina towards highway 16, every bend has a view not to be missed, once arrived at a set of traffic lights turn right in the direction Foggia then back to Termoli with the view and smell of the Adriatic sea.

Itinerary III. The tour of the “arbereshe” village
Leaving from Termoli you can pedal to discover the antique villages of “Arbereshe" , which are only a short distance from the coast. The name “Arbreshe” comes from the language spoken by the albanian population which around the year 1500 fled from the ottoman invasion and settled down in South of Italy founding some village.  To reach those village in the inland you can choose a shorter  way of 80km long with 650m of elevation gain, or a longer way with a total of 120km with 1200m of elevation gain.

The shorter route 80km altitude 650m
Leaving from Termoli you will quickly reach Campomarino and then Portocannone, continue onto San Martino in Pensilis and Ururi, at the crossroads for Larino and Termoli continue on for Larino, when in the town center you will have completed half of your tour 39km, reach the crossroads Campobasso and Termoli on the Bifernina, continuing to the crossroads for Montecilfone and Guglionesi you will arrive at the town of Guglionesi from there you can easily reach San Giacomo degli Schiavoni 183m above sea level. Pedaling back to termoli should be a breeze.

The Longer route 120km altitude 1200m
This longer route will take a little more experience and stamina to complete, the start of this route has the same stops as the short route. From Termoli to Campomarino and arriving at Portocannone then San Martino in Pensilis, Ururi then the crossroad to Larino, Termoli. The two routes are alike when you continue onto the Bifernina which touches the crossroad Campobasso /Termoli and Montecilfone/Guglionesi, at this point the longer route deviates towards Montecilfone which touches Palata and arrives at Tavenna (475m above sea level), then heading down towards Montenero di Bisaccia (270m), until arriving at San Salvo then Petacciato, after the roundabout of Sinarca you realize you have reach your starting point at Termoli.