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3 summer events in the charming nature night with Madera Bike; one night a month of cycling excursions, food, wine and live music

Experience the magic of the night, riding your bicycle, to admire one of the most precious natural treasures of the coast. Madera Bike is pleased to invite nature lovers to three bicycle hikes lit by the moon silvery rays, to discover and experience ecosystems, history, authentic flavors and live music. "The moonlight bike rides" are scheduled for Friday, July 22nd, Thursday, August 18th and Friday, September 16th starting at 9 pm, in the Regional Park Dune Costiere from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo.

After the success of the last edition, the moonlight rides event is back to accompany nature lovers to discover the Park, an area of vast natural beauty to be explored in the moon rays. An appointment with unique charm dedicated to expert cyclists and amateurs, in this small distance and strong emotional impact hike.

The easy to follow route develops along little trafficked secondary roads, along the suggestive Trajan way toward the former Fontevecchia station. Pedaling and relaxing between stone walls, precious olive trees, sea and starry skies, we’ll stop in one of the farms under the Park’s trade mark  and at the ancient Montalbano Dolmen, exceptional testimony of prehistoric civilizations.

At the end of each route the participants are welcomed in a unique natural environment, the small station of Fontevecchia countryside, surrounded by olive groves in the Plain of Ostuni; here you’ll enjoy  the live soul and swing performance of Saintapolinare (Friday, July 22nd) , the songs by the Miope duet (August 18th) and the combination of popular and folk music by the World music duo (September 16th).

The moonlight bike rides is an event dedicated to the rhythms of nature, created to enjoy the best of the summer night countryside landscape between Ostuni and Fasano and to discover natural areas inaccessible to mass tourism.

The event is a part of the summer program of the Park Dune Costiere from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo.

The bike rides include: bike and accessories rental, ride and concert. Reservation is required, calling the number 327.5785185.

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To celebrate the 47th anniversary of the first Moon Landing, the theater company Meridiani Perduti, in collaboration with the Cooperative GAIA and the Park Dune Costiere, are pleased to invite you, on July 21 at 9 pm in the amazing Morelli river scenario, to live together an  unforgettable night!

We’ll make an emotional trip with the theatre play “REVOLUTION” by Sara Bevilacqua, reliving the heartbeats the joys and pains of our land at the beginning of the 60s, when the Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and Yuri Gagarin became the first man in orbit around the planet .

 The protagonist of Revolution dreams to fly in the space and meet the Fab Four, but she has a little problem: she lives in Brindisi, a still village 326 km away from the orbit of Gagarin and about 3,000km from Liverpool; she lives where it feels like the 60s will never come! 

But they do come, instead. In 1962 the first area of the Montecatini Chemical firm was finished and things suddenly changed.

Revolution tells about the ten years that have rocked the history, until the night when Tito Stagno told to the Italian national microphones about the first man on the moon.

And what about the girl in love with the Beatles?
Where was she while Armstrong was engraving his famous footprint? Was she front of the TV like all the others or, as suggested in another famous Beatles song, was she Across the universe?

After the show, we will be guided between the stars, constellations and galaxies of the universe by the astrology amateur Roberto.

In case of unsuitable weather conditions, the stars observation will be postponed until a later date.
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We recommend open shoes, a small flashlight, mosquito repellent and beach towel.

"Theatre play in Italian language"

Meetig at 21:00 am at "Lido Morelli", Ostuni (BR).

GPS coordinates: 40°48’’39’’N e 17°31’’23’’E.

Admission fee, reservation required.

INFO AND RESERVATIONS: 347 0042961/ 349 449060

info@coopgaiatours.it 

In the Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo you can enjoy several activities to discover the landscapes, the biodiversity, the agricultural traditions, historical and archaeological sites, and the local food.

There are local organizations actively collaborating with the Park to promote these experiences in this amazing protected area.

So you can discover the park on foot through the coastal dunes, ponds behind the dunes, ancient olive groves, pastures, medieval stone settlements, historic farms and ancient underground presses. To do this, you’ll be guided by the certified guides of Serapia end Gaia coop. Association, recognized for their commitment for environmental sustainability. 

Among the beautiful events organized by Gaia Association, there are the Thursday evening guided free hikes, among the Morelli river dunes and the Archaeological Park of Santa Maria d´Agnano, where a 28,000 year old woman was found with her son still in the womb.

Thanks to Madeira Ass., you can visit by bike the protected area along dirt roads and ancient streets such as the Via Traiana, built in the Second Century a.d. by the emperor Trajan to connect Rome to the port of Brindisi. The same streets that you’ll travel by bikes were used in medieval times by the Crusaders and the many pilgrims who ventured from Apulia Ports to the Holy Land.

The Association Gli Ulivi leads horseback and carriage rides to discover the Park and its farms, olive groves and the Montalbano Dolmen, a megalithic monument of the second millennium BC.

By snappy and colorful twizy - electric two-seater quadricycles – you’ll enjoy the magnificent olives plain landscapes between Ostuni and Fasano, until the rocky Park of Lama d´Antico and the ancient city of Egnazia. ForPlay offers a twizy rental service with the tour run by the cooperative Serapia.

If, instead, you want to discover the agri-food typical products, Gaia and Serapia give you the chance to explore the farms under the Park’s Brand to know, among others, the Pezze di Greco typical figs, tomatoes “Regina” of Torre Canne, Senatore Capplli wheat, extra virgin olive oil produced by olive trees of Salento of Ogliarola varieties and cheeses obtained from farming on the pastures all the way to the sea.

The cooperative Serapia also organizes walks in the moonlight by the sea, literary tours and walks in search for owls in the monumental olive groves, laboratories to discover the biodiversity of edible wild plants and their traditional uses in the kitchen. For all tours, reservation is required.

Feel free to ask for more information contacting the Park Dune Costiere office, calling the number +39 348 1638228, and emailing at info@parcodunecostiere.org, or contacting the information center set up at the former Roadman’s House ANAS - Fasano Montalbano Albergabici, accessible from the former SS 16 Ostuni - Fasano.

The Albergabici, until September 30th 2016, will be open on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.00 to 14.00. Here you will learn about all the initiatives of the Park and rent a bike. 

The Park Dune Costiere and the Museum of Pre-Classical Civilization of Ostuni are pleased to invite you to the the free evening tours in the protected natural wetland areas of the dunes and in the archaeological areas of the Park of Santa Maria d´Agnano, to promote the knowledge and the integrated use of environmental goods and cultural territory.

On Thursday, June 30, a program of free guided tours started, allowing tourists and lovers of history and nature to enjoy two symbol areas of the territory of Ostuni.

The initiative stems from the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Regional Park Dune Costiere and the Museum of Pre-Classical Civilization of Ostuni, through which they want to jointly promote these two goods.

Environmental and archaeological guides of the Coop Ass. Gaia will connect the two realities, providing activities in the Park and evening visits to the Santa Maria d´Agnano Park, allowing all of you to learn about the two sites with the following program:

·       6 pm: Park Dune Costiere, where the dune lines with rare juniper trees and Mediterranean vegetation surround the ponds behind the dunes,

·       7.30 pm: The archeological Park  of Agnano, where the “oldest mother in the world” was found, i.e. a woman of 28 thousand years ago with her fetus.

The staff that will accompany you in the two areas is made up by recognized guides registered in the AIGAE, or working for companies certified with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism ECST.

Info and reservations Tel. 347.0042961 - 320.6251107 info@coopgaiatours.it

The Association Polyxena and the Park Dune Costiere are pleased to invite you, on Sunday, June 19th, to a one-day trip to discover the biodiversity of the flora and fauna of Puglia, using our senses. We’ll lead you to two fascinating places of Apulia: the Park’s protected area and the Botanical Garden Lama degli Ulivi in Monopoli

At 10 am we’ll have a walk led by Polyxena to discover the butterflies in the Park, during a careful activity of "Butterfly Watching”. Armed with butterfly nets, guides, compasses, magnifying glasses, you’ll be involved in an action of biodiversity monitoring. The meeting place is at the cava di "Pezze Caldara", where the Park has recreated the typical Mediterranean habitat, home to a great variety of species of butterflies.

Then in the afternoon, at 4 pm, we’ll continue with a visit to the Botanical Garden Lama degli Ulivi, in Conghia district in Monopoli. A more than three-hectare garden, where there are plants from the four corners of the planet, by all the Mediterranean climate environments. A sensory walk will allow you to perceive intensely the scents, shapes, sounds and curiosity housed by the garden. In addition you’ll have the opportunity to visit the new House of Butterflies "Farfalia", a 300 square meter structure where typical local butterflies are bred.

The two trips can be carried out independently or in combination. Participation is free, for a maximum number of 20 participants. The activity is conducted by Polyxena authorized hiking guides. Information and reservations: info@polyxena.eu e 3462495668.

The quay named Cave di Pezze Caldara is located in Pilone-Rosa Marina (GPS: 40.801303, 17.536001), at the beginning of the road leading to the Masseria farm L´Ovile.

To reach the Botanical Garden Lama degli Ulivi you must, from the highway S.S. 16, take the exit "Monopoli - S. Francesco da Paola" and follow the directions to "Vivai Capitanio", in the district called “Contrada Conghia 298” (GPS: 40.903653 / 17.304325).  

We are pleased to invite you, next Saturday at 4,30 pm in The Park Dune Costiere, for two hikes to discover and learn about the "fiorone di Torre Canne", local variety of early fig. 

The event, organized by the Associations Madera Bike and Gaia Enviromental Tours in partnership with the Park Dune Costiere and Franchino (a local farmer), aims at increasing the knowledge and awareness about the local early fig special cultivation, along the fossil dunes, influenced by the sea wind. 

Madera Bike Tour is organizing the bike hike, starting at the Albergabici in Montalbano at 4,30 pm. The organizers will provide you with bikes, helmets and technical assistance. Info and reservations: 327.5785185 - Daniele.

Gaia Enviromental Tours is organizing a trekking experience: we´ll leave at 4,30 pm from the Lido Morelli beach. After a fast excursion at the Morelli river we´ll reach the fossil dunes and the early fig cultivation behind them. Info and reservations - 347.0042961 Maria Franca. 

Possibility to buy the product.  

Sunday April 17th, 10 am.

Spring walk to discover the wild orchids in the Educational Wood and Adventure Park “Ciuchino Biricchino” in the Ostuni hills.

In spring, the meadows, the pastures and the roadsides become a wonderful palette of colors. Among the touches of the painter, there are also the wonderful wild orchids, authentic natural works of art, precious miniatures that attract pollinating insects and excite many fans.

In the amazing landscape of the Educational Wood and Adventure Park “Ciuchino Biricchino”, in the hill area of Ostuni, we’ll see and learn more about the wild orchids Anacamptis morioOphrys luteaOphrys apulicaSerapias lingua, and many more, during a pleasant stroll in the pastures with outcropping rocks and among clearings in the forest of local ancient holm oaks.

Meeting at 10 am at the park Ciuchino Birichino (N 40°43,975´ - E 17°32,437´), easily reachable by the provincial road S.P. 17 Ostuni – Cisternino.

The low difficulty 2 hours walk, will end at 1 pm.

The initiative is carried out in collaboration with the adventure and educational park “Ciuchino Birichino" and the Regional Park Dune Costiere from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo.

Special discounts available for the occasion, i.e:

- if the participants to the walk want to have a picnic in the wood after the activity and still enjoy in the afternoon, they can join the Tree-treck activities; 

- those who have already booked to join the tree-treck, can join the morning walk.

*for more info about the tree-treck and about the picnic area in the Adventure Park, you can call  the number 328 8485157.

Reservation is recommended calling the number 366 5999514 or e-mailing to info@cooperativaserapia.it.  

Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 am

Stroll on the fossil dunes of the Park in search of the precious wild orchids.

Serapias apulicaSerapias linguaOphrys passionis ssp. passionis are the names of some of the amazing orchids that we’ll admire on the fossil dunes,  small hills next to the sea, witness of what was the shoreline several millennia ago.

We will move along the ridge of the fossil dunes of the Park, admiring the sea from the high Mediterranean maquis next to the beach, to rediscover the contact with nature and the extraordinary diversity of wild orchids, outrageously perfect miniatures, to the point as to deceive pollinators.

During the walk, we will learn about several other blooms, typical of soils with outcropping rock as the arganetta, from which the red to dye fabrics was extracted, linen fairy (Stipa Austroitalica), endemic grasses in central and southern Italy that can be seen swaying with long feathery and silver plumes.

Meeting at 10 am, at the entrance of the camping Il Pilone (N 40°48,195´ - E 17°32,321´).

The stroll will end at 1 pm.

The walk is organized by the Coop. Ass. Serapia in collaboration with the Park Dune Costiere from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo.

Sneakers and comfortable clothing are advised. We also suggest you to bring your camera. 

For any two adults, one child up to 10 years participates for free.

Booking is advisable, calling the number 366 5999514 or writing to @cooperativaserapia.it.

In the framework of the “Month of Soft Mobility”, we are pleased to invite you to the 9th edition of the National Day of the UN-forgotten railways, promoted by Co.Mo.Do. (www.ferroviedimenticate.it), from March 6th to April 6th 2016, and supported by the Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere. The event aims at strengthening the collective work of re-appropriation of open spaces and their practicability.

The coop. Ass Madera, Serapia, Gaia and Impact, with Forplay s.rl. support the initiative on Easter Monday day, to enjoy a good company and to experience the new bike path leading from the Park to the museum and the archeological area of Egnazia. 

For walking itineraries and bike hikes, the meeting is at 10 am at the AlbergaBici (former roadman´s house) In Montalbano di Fasano (N 40° 46´44" - E 17° 28´60" - ex S.S. 16 Fasano-Ostuni km 870).

Three distinct and contemporary itineraries will take place: cycling, walking and twizy (electric quadricycles).

 CYCLING ITINERARY (let by the coop. Ass. MadEra and Impact)

Leaving from the former roadman’s house in Ostuni, recently renamed Albergabici, we will reach the Via Traiana, old roman road, to enjoy the green landscape in the heart of the olive grove plan, and so we’ll reach the ancient rock settlement of Lama d´Antico and the archaeological area of Egnazia.

We will have the opportunity to appreciate a historical itinerary, recently set up with literary panels produced through by the association Italia Nostra Sez. Messapia, the Park Dune Costiere and the Archaeological Museum of Egnazia, reporting literary quotations by famous travelers who went  through it.

Possibility of bike hiring (man, woman and child).

Packed lunch in a picnic area. The bike hikes ends at around 5.30 pm.

The route (on asphalt) has a length of about 30 km, mostly flat and without difficulty. We recommend comfortable clothing and sportswear.

Participation fee with own bike, 10,00 € per person.

Possibility to rant a bike for 5,00 €, reservation required.

WALKING HIKE (led by the coop. Ass. Gaia and Serapia)

Leaving from the Albergabici we’ll have a walking hike to discover the Park’s biodiversity, from the monumental groves up to the sea. 

We’ll cross pastures, corn fields, small canyons, we’ll get to the sea, we’ll walk among the fossil dunes full with wild orchids, until we reach the Morelli River wet area, crucial for migratory waterfowl and man’s activities. We’ll walk along the coast, see the Lighthouse of Torre Canne and Torre San Leonardo, and go back to the hinterland full of olive trees sculpted by incredibly bizarre shapes and where we’ll meet and admire the dolmen Montalbano, along the ancient Via Traiana.

Packed Lunch at Morelli river. The excursion ends at around 5.30 pm.

The itinerary is about 12 km long, made up by low difficulty dirty roads, beach, asphalted road.

Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended, camera is highly suggested.

Participation fee, 8,00 € per person (4 euros for kids from 6-10 y.o.)  

 

TWIZY (led by Forplay s.r.l. and coop. Impact)

We’ll start from Ostuni (at the headquarter of Forplay, industrial area of Ostuni) an amazing journey by TWIZY, electric, silent ans non polluting two-seater quadricycle. We’ll cross the ancient Via Traiana, surrounded by olive groves, old white farmhouses and spring perfumes.

Along the way we will visit an ancient underground oil mill, we will stop at the Dolmen Montalbano, reaching the Lama d´Antico rock park in the late morning.

After visiting the Park and the Rock Churches and after (packed) lunch, we will drive towards the sea, crossing Savelletri, until we reach Egnazia.

 The afternoon will be dedicated to the discovery of this ancient Roman cities located in a beautiful natural and environment, before coming back from the coastline.

The return is scheduled at 17.00.

Participation fee:

- 35,00 € per person (Vehicle used by 2 people);

- 45,00 € per person (Vehicle used by 1 single person);

- 25,00 € for kids from 5-10 y.o)  

Driving conditions as provided for by the Italian code (the driver must have a driving license and be at least 16 years or older to carry a passenger, the passenger can’t be younger than 5 y.o).

Booking required within March 25th.

INFO AND RESERVATIONS

CICLYNG ITINERARY   coop. MadErainfo@maderabike.com - +39 327 5785185

WALKING HIKE        coop. SERAPIA:  info@cooperativaserapia.it - +39 366 5999514

                                          coop. GAIA:  info@coopgaiatour.it - +39 347 0042961 / +39 320 6251107

HIKE BY TWIZY    FORPLAY srl: forplaysrl@gmail.com - +39 337 937353 / +39 360 908574 

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