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Visiting the old farming district by bicycle

Getting around on a bike during your holiday is an experience you might like to seriously consider. We are sure that your cycling excursions through the Municipality of Bale will be unforgettable.

Using a bicycle, you will be able to freely roam around an area of 82 square kilometres, constantly immersed in a natural environment among countless old rural homesteads characterised by typical architectural forms and structures and which are locally referred to as stanzie.

For local country folk the farmhouses - or stanzie - were domestic retreats but they were of course also seen as the true heart of their agricultural activities. In the past the homesteads were run by entire families and managed in a fully autonomous manner. In this way the farms and agricultural undertakings were totally self-sufficient.

Many of the stanzie have been renovated and in these modern times are renowned for the production of exceptional olive oils, including those produced from the indigenous Busa olive variety. Stanzie totally dedicated to safeguarding the native Malvasia Terrano vines are also increasingly frequent.

If for an enthusiastic skier following an off-piste track can be a very exciting experience, cyclists who follow lesser known routes may also achieve equally extraordinary moments of satisfaction.

We often advise visitors to wander off beyond the lines of fluorescent markers that indicate the bike lanes (you will certainly not get lost!) and follow some of the dirt paths leading off to the stanzie generally shown on maps of the area. Especially during low-season periods it is very likely you will come across farmers engaged in crop-nurturing or harvesting activities or olive growers who are gathering the precious fruit that will be pressed later on during the day.

The warm and welcoming local residents will probably let you gather a few bunches of grapes that you can slip into your bag or knapsack and in the future you may recall the event: "The harvest at Bale? Yes, I was there." You might then continue your journey searching for traces of the old homesteads, many of which are now ancient ruins, but they will undoubtedly soon resume a role at the heart of the local agricultural scenario.

If the evening has already drawn on and after your slalom-style wandering across the old farmland you still feel like pedalling a bit farther, head down towards the centre of the town to have a taste of a little freshly-crushed must or some extra-virgin olive oil, perhaps even directly from a vat or the mill so as to have a taste once again of the fruits you collected yourself during your rides through the country.

Remember to carefully explore all of the sites and areas indicated on the cycle map to discover each day a new part of the splendid district of Bale and the Mon Perin resort.

Have a look at the cycle route map of Bale.


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