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Cycling in Sardinia

from $2,049.00

Cycle Sardinia’s unspoilt southwestern coast

  • Reviews 49 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 25/06/2020
4/5

CYCLING IN SARDINIA

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Wonderful coastlines.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Marco was super-friendly, organised and a great leader. Lieven was laid-back, knowledgeable and an able co-leader. Both went out of their way to keep the group happy and make the holiday successful.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are one or two tough hills if you are not a regular cyclist - you can do them if you take your time, or there is the option of a lift in the van! The weather was pretty good, even in October, but we had a couple of rainy days so come prepared with a packable jacket etc.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Recommended if you like: cycling, scenery, beaches, good basic Italian grub.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

fantastic trip, well organised and great guides

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the amazing vistas, the beach stops after a hot days cycling, the guides and how the group looked out for each other
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    they worked fantastically well together, giovanni , the cool, calm type who balanced michaelas energy and between them you always felt safe and secure with their knowledge of the bikes, routes, people, restaurants and accommodation. the trip worked well because of their skills and team work .,
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    perhaps try and cycle up a hill before you go .. a big one
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    it was my first trip with exodus and won't be my last

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Wonderful adventure!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip was filled with inspirational moments ~ succeeding in a long ascent ... or not succeeding! But feeling the rush of adrenaline with all the challenges and especially the thrill of descent.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele and Giovanni ~ what can I say? Charming, funny, friendly, warm, caring. They looked after everyone of us with such genuine warmth and seemed to know exactly what was necessary. They asked for our opinion, they provided suggestion, they made sure that we were always having fun! They even gave me permission to give in and take the van for a final stretch that was just beyond my readiness. These 2 men were simply wonderful.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Days 3 and 4 were challenging for me ~ I had not cycled the heights before. But I am so glad that I challenged myself to do what I could. Bring your bathing suit ~ the Mediterranean is crystal clear, the bluest blue and the most refreshing way to restore your energy mid-way through each day's cycle.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Sardinia is a beautiful area to explore ~ so much of it completely unspoiled. The tour was excellent in every way.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

A Great Trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery along the way on both the coast and the mountain stretches.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leaders Michaela and Giovanni were fabulous and worked extremely hard to ensure the entire week ran smoothly including the fruit picnics along the way served from the support vehicle to keep your energy levels up.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There were a couple of days that were certainly at the challenging end of moderate, however if things got too much the support vehicle was always on hand to take the bike and you could ride in the minibus. That said I would not recommend this for a first holiday into cycling, try one of the other easier routes first then move across onto this route. For the more experienced holiday cyclists, this is a great weeks cycling.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Bring a big appetite, there is some fabulous food along the way to be sampled.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Wonderful Sardinia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watermelon elevenses and cake for breakfast. And flamingos (or fenicottero as Giovanni kept saying :-) )
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guides Giovanni and Alessandro were both terrific leaders and very good company too, funny and engaging they felt like old friends. Always willing to answer questions, make sure we were all together and generally make our trip as smooth and trouble free as possible. As well as providing refreshing fruit stops and tasty picnic lunches they made sure all the equipment was in order and organised meals and baggage transfers without a hitch.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although this trip is classed as moderate (level 3) a couple of the climbs were long and quite tiring especially in 30+ degrees! So, do make sure you've got some training under your belt and ticked off a few hills at home to make sure you're up to it. But, failing that the support bus was always there to give water to the parched and to scoop up the weary.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Most of the accommodation was actually better than I'd anticipated with everywhere having air-con and most having a pool! Evenings were very warm (Sept) and there was definitely no need for jumpers so, pack a few more padded shorts and Lycra tops instead. Also, I was expecting much more mozzies but, was only bitten twice.

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