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Cycling in Sardinia

from $2,049.00

Cycle Sardinia’s unspoilt southwestern coast

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 16
All about the Cycling in Sardinia.

Often referred to as the ‘land of silence’, Sardinia is a place of outstanding natural beauty, with its crystal-clear sea, limestone ridges and deep gorges. During the week we ride across the wild and pristine southwestern part of the region, passing abandoned mines, ancient ruins and gleaming white beaches. The route starts with a circular ride through the fascinating Sinis wetlands, home to colonies of pink flamingos, then moves on to the spectacular Costa Verde (Green Coast) named for its abundance and variety of Mediterranean vegetation. After cycling past the ancient mines of Ingurtosu and Planusartu, we reach the beautiful beach of Portixeddu where the impressive Pan di Zucchero white cliff towers out of the emerald waters. We then board a local ferry to the fishing village of Carloforte and explore the delightful isle of Sant’Antioco before crossing to the mainland, where we conclude a week of wonderful cycling pedalling across the rolling hills of the stunning Costa del Sud, with its white beaches, coastal pools and imposing high cliffs. Having built a good appetite, you will have plenty of opportunities to sample Sardinia’s unique, mouth-watering cuisine: the perfect mix for a great week of cycling!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts and 2 dinners
* Local bike rental
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 10 per person, see Trip Notes)

Highlights

  • Cycle along Sardinia’s unspoiled southwestern coast
  • Explore fascinating archaeological sites and picturesque fishing villages
  • Enjoy Sardinian warm hospitality and delicious cuisine
  • Relax on Sardinia’s stunning beaches
  • 7 nights in comfortable 3-star hotels and agriturismos
  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 90% tarmac, 10% easy gravel roads
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leaders. Min age 16 years
  • Mix of easy riding and climbs from the coast
  1. Day 1 Start Cabras.

    Start Cabras, in the Sinis peninsua, approx. 110km from Cagliari airport.

  2. Day 2 Circular ride through the Sinis wetlands to the white quartz beach of Is Arutas and the Phoenician site of Tharros.

    We start the week with a circular ride across the fascinating Sinis wetlands, whose lagoons are home to colonies of pink flamingos and a wealth of other birdlife, which nest here for part of the year. We cycle to the coast at Mari Ermi and the spectacular white quartz beach of Is Arutas. A short ride down the peninsula to San Giovanni Sinis takes us to the Punic and Roman city of Tharros, one of the island’s most important archaeological sites from this era, overlooking the emerald sea (optional guided visit).

  3. Day 3 Cycle along the Costa Verde and on to Piscinas beach.

    Today we ride through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde (Green Coast), named after the green, wild vegetation that covers much of its mountainous surroundings and the colour of its water. To avoid the uninteresting suburbs of Oristano, we transfer by road to Arborea and cycle across reclaimed farmland to the picturesque fishing village of Marceddi and to the long beach of Piscinas, bordered by huge sand dunes – some over 50m high! From Piscinas we head inland and end our day’s cycling with a steady climb to our cosy agriturismo set in the hills overlooking the Monte Linas range.

  4. Day 4 Cycle past abandoned mines, the golden beach of Portixeddu and the white sea stack of Pan di Zucchero; continue to the former mining village of Nebida.

    This is another tough day, but we are rewarded with superb scenery! After a fantastic descent to the Mannu River, we reach the start of the miles of remote golden beaches around Portixeddu. We cycle past the abandoned mines of Pranu Sartu and the stunning inlet of Cala Domestica before reaching the 130m high sea-stack of Pan di Zucchero and the former mining village of Nebida where we will have dinner.

  5. Day 5 Descend to Fontanamare; board the ferry to the fishing village of Carloforte.

    Today’s route starts with a beautiful descent to Fontanamare followed by an undulating coastal ride to Portoscuso. Here, we board the local ferry to the fishing village of Carloforte, the only existing one on Isola di San Pietro. (San Pietro island) There is time to explore this delightful islet with its sandy coves, dramatic rocky headlands and tiny hamlets, before rejoining the ferry to the equally unspoilt island of Sant’ Antioco.

  6. Day 6 Cycle through the meadows of Sant'Antioco; visit the Romanesque Pisan sanctuary and ride along the quiet country lanes of Sulcis.

    This morning we cycle through the lush meadows of the island of Sant’Antioco before crossing back to the mainland and visit the Pisan sanctuary at Tratalias, dating back to the Romanesque period. From here we ride across the quiet country lanes of Sulcis until we reach the village of Sant’Anna Arresi. Nearby are the pinewoods, lagoons and beaches of Porto Pino.

  7. Day 7 Pedal across the rolling hills of the Costa del Sud; climb up to the high point of Cape Malfatano for views of the coast; transfer and overnight in Cagliari.

    Today is the longest day in terms of distance. We pedal across the beautiful southern countryside over the jagged coastal plains of the Costa del Sud, a wild and unspoilt region of gleaming white beaches, coastal pools and imposing high cliffs punctuated by 16th Century Spanish watchtowers. We cycle as far as Cape Teulada, Sardinia’s southernmost tip, where dramatic cliffs rise up to 230m above the crystal clear sea. We stop in Pula, famous for its proximity to the ancient Phoenician site of Nora, founded in the 9th Century BC and now partly submerged under the sea (optional guided visit). From the end of the ride we take a private transfer to Cagliari, where we celebrate the end of a great cycling week; dinner and overnight in Cagliari.

  8. Day 8 End Cagliari.

    End Cagliari.**

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Where you stay

Farmhouses & Hotels

We use good quality agriturismos (renovated farmhouses) and comfortable 3-star hotels. All accommodation is locally-owned and family-run and the hotels have been carefully selected for their welcoming atmosphere and delicious home-made cuisine. All rooms are comfortable with en suite facilities. Some hotels have a swimming pool, one is conveniently located in proximity of a beautiful beach and others are located in the quiet Sardinian countryside or pretty villages.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales consultant for availability and prices.

Due to the layout of the accommodations, single bedrooms vary in size and in the hotel in Cagliari they can either be double rooms single use or standard single rooms, according on availability. Please be aware that some single rooms can be on a small side.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 2 dinners included.

Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and full of flavour. Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna, Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this trip. The Traditional Sardinian cuisine is full of local and delicious recipes. Popular specialities include: roast suckling pig, excellent seafood dishes and local Sardinian wines, such as Vermentino, Nuragus, Cannonau and Monica. Mirto is Sardinia’s after dinner liqueur, which is made from the leaves of the myrtle plant. As a visitor it can be hard to escape the tourist traps that is why our local leaders will be at hand with some good restaurant recommendations.

This trip is classified Road. Activity Level: 3 (Moderate).
The cycling consists of 3 relatively easy stages, cycling mainly on the flat (day 2, 5 and 6), 1 longer stage with undulating terrain (day 7) and 2 more challenging days (3 and 4) with relatively long steady climbs. The route follows a mixture of quiet minor roads, cycle paths and non-technical tracks. The support vehicle will be on hand if you prefer to opt out of a section. This trip is ideal for the cyclists who exercise regularly and have a good level of fitness.
6 days cycling, average 48km/day (30 miles), 90% vehicle support – Vehicle doesn’t accompany the group on the isle of San Pietro (Day 5).
Terrain and route: 90% tarmac, 10% easy gravel roads and sandy paths.
If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

A good balance

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The long day on which we encountered some significant hills, stretches of dirt road and river crossings along with ancient and disused mine sites culminating in a long climb to our serene agritourismo accommodation, was really memorable. We were lucky to have a fantastic group of people with varied backgrounds and cycling experience. The group displayed good humour, patience and collegiality and this was what made the trip more memorable.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele was an excellent tour leader. It is clearly not a job that suits everyone but his positive attitude and enthusiasm for his work was infectious. He managed group dynamics with patience, humour and energy whilst working hard to iron out the inevitable problems which occurred throughout the trip. He remained encouraging for all ability levels and was key in creating a good group atmosphere. He should be congratulated because it is the attitude and experience of the personnel which ensures the success of this type of operation. Michele also had a good working relationship with his assistant Alessandro and together they formed a great team.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Obviously there is a choice to be made when tossing up between a guided versus a self- guided trip however from our experience it is the knowledge of the guides which provides the real opportunity to learn more about local customs, history, geography etc which makes all the difference. It would be easy enough to navigate ourselves but without the insights of our leaders we would have had a less meaningful experience. I would highly recommend this trip and our guides to all who are considering it.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

A word of caution

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Each of the days contained something interesting. The ride on the second day through the Dune di Piscinas and the disused mine workings near the Miniera di Ingurtosu was both interesting and very scenic.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader Simone was very good. During a very wet week he remained extremely helpful and cheerful throughout, even lending his own waterproof clothing to a traveller who had brought none of there own. One of the group who had opted out of a particular days cycling because of the weather, and, not wanting to cause inconvenience since his bike had been packed away, was reluctant to rejoin after the weather had improved was positively encouraged to do so by Simone with assurances that it was no trouble. The support vehicle driver Ado was also excellent. Ado is the most proactive support driver we have encountered on our Exodus holiday, always cheerful and ready to help in any way he can. His fruit and lunch stop arrangements were amazing. Together, Simone and Ado make a great team.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Stunning Sardinia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All of it
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely great - loved his island & was very knowledgeable. Efficient, generous, informed, smiley, excellent English - all you'd want. Plus Michele & Alessandro were such FUN!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Absolutely wonderful trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our final day cycling over the coastal plains of the Costa del Sud, even though challenging at times, the amazing views over the pristine beaches, cliffs and 16th century watchtowers made it all worthwhile.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Michele was exceptional. From the moment we arrived at the airport to our farewell in Cagliari, he was always there to answer our questions, translate and offer recommendations. Even for something as trivial as buying shampoo, he escorted us to the door of the supermarket. Some meals were included with the package but for all others he made recommendations and accompanied us to fabulous restaurants. We also had the flexibility to do our own thing, if we so wished, but we were a very close group and we really enjoyed the company of Michele and Allesandro, our driver. They were great guides, both of them had a great sense of humour but were also exceptionally knowlegeable and professional.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The first few days were unseasonally dull with a little rain. Make sure to pack a warm layer and a water proof jacket.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Review

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the variety of the cycling, especially the off road bits. Learning about how Sardinia's past was related to the monuments we passed and the food and culture.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Lovely, friendly, patient, friendly and jovial hosts who always tried to please everyone, all the time. Great fruit breaks!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some hills were quite long and steep. If you want to enjoy more, consider getting an electric bike! However, the van was available all the time allowing you to hop on and off throughout the day giving a great flexibility.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Watch out for the mosquitoes! Take repellent with you.

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