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Sardinia - Coast to Coast

Self-Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

£955 P.P.
Italy

Sardinia - Coast to Coast

Self-Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

£955 P.P.
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A lovely place to place self guided mountain bike holiday in Italy, that alternates between dirt tracks and quiet asphalt roads, steep climbs and thrilling descents. This is a journey deep into the heart of Sardinia, requiring a reasonable level of fitness rather than technical ability.
Starting near Montevecchio, at the agriturismo famous for its delicious home made pasta, we set off east taking us past an ever changing landscape of olive groves and vineyards, lush green oak woods and into breathtaking wilderness mountain scenery. The holiday culminates with a lovely descent through the mountains of Supramonte to the stunning emerald green Orosei Gulf. After a richly deserved swim and spot of relaxation, time to celebrate our great adventure. With many little restaurants and pizzerias overlooking the beach, there is no better way to finish our adventure than enjoying another superb meal, sipping wine and watching the stars twinkle over the Med.
If you can’t find a date to suit or want to go it alone, there is also a self guided road option and a fully guided mountain bike option too.
If you have a day or two to spare why not extend your trip with some trekking or sea kayaking. Our local team can join you for a day’s guiding or we can provide the information and equipment to allow you to enjoy the routes self-guided, just give us a call for further info.
You can also watch this fantastic YouTube video filmed by John O'Mahoney who went on the trip back a couple of years ago.

Holiday Highlights

  • Piscinas Beach – The highest sand dunes in the Med.
  • Checking out the UNESCO heritage Nuraghe of Barumini
  • Cooking at Laconi with Don Peppe
  • Riding varied biking trails in real remote mountain areas
  • Good home cooked food, washed down with local wine!
  • The stunning descent to Cala Gonone on the East Coast

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Really excellent trip, well organised so everything worked like clockwork!

Celia, Oxford

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Cagliari & transfer to Montevecchio
  • Meals: Dinner

Following our arrival in Cagliari, we depart by support vehicle to Sulcis-Iglesiente, a mountainous region 3/4 of the way down the island. We take a road that winds through open plateaux and extensive plains dotted with small towns, before reaching the hilly region below the Mount Arcuentu range; our tranquil home for tonight, and that used by Skedaddle for their mountain biking weeks on the island. We arrive at our accommodation in plenty of time to sit down to our first Sardinian meal, freshly prepared by our host.

Day 2
Mining Towns & Piscinas Dunes
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Ascent: 600 m

Today’s first ride is a journey through varied landscapes, a loop ride giving a true taster of what Sardinia has to offer and a great start to your holiday. Starting from the agriturismo we head out towards the coast in order officialise the coast to coast adventure. The view is breathtaking: ahead of you, the towering sand dunes of Piscinas stretch across the horizon, surrounded by hills carpeted with lush green Maquis vegetation. As we descend towards the coast, we will pass abandoned mining dwellings and machinery, the only testimony of a once thriving community. Reaching the coast, you will have time to absorb this remarkable landscape of sand dunes, go for a swim before heading back on your bikes for the next fun section off-road. We will follow the coast north for a while, before heading eastwards, taking a well marked trail which will cross a stream 21 times. With a last effort, we ride back to Montevecchio and the agriturismo which again is your home for the evening.

Day 3
Campidano
27 Miles / 44 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Ascent: 600 m

A fast forest trail will take us down to the Campidano plain, the largest and most important on the island. Taking ondulating country roads, we bike across the Campidano, making our way towards the ancient roman remains of the Sardara hot springs. Regenerated after our lunch, a brief stop in the town of Sardara to visit the remains of a prehistoric “Well Temple”, will give us an insight into Sardinian Nuragic Bronze Era. The final section in the afternoon will take us into the Marmilla hills, climbing gradually towards Collinas village, passing olive groves and vineyards. Today’s destination is a friendly hotel located in the quiet village of Villanovaforru. Sitting in the “Piazza”` with a cool drink, overlooking the village church and the old folk sitting around, what better way to end another great day on the bike?

Day 4
The Hills of Marmilla
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 780 m

Following a hearty Sardinian breakfast we set off on today’s ride with a superb winding trail over the Marmilla hills. Alternating between tracks and country roads, we ride past olive groves, vineyards, small farms and sleepy villages. The short climbs will be rewarded with fast sweeping downhill trails. One cannot come to Sardinia without visiting the most imposing Archaeological Nuragic complex on the Island: the remains of Barumini. Built over 3000 years ago, this three storey fortress will enthral any contemporary architect! After a relaxing picnic lunch, we continue on our journey following a disused railwayline and gradually edging our way up towards the lower slopes of the Gennargentu range. Our final destination for the day is a small hotel located in the town of Laconi where you have time before dinner to explore the beautiful park and Aymerich Castle.

Day 5
The Gennargentu & Seulo
Option1, 25 Miles / 40 Kms - Option2, 30 miles / 48 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Ascent: Option1 950 m - Option2 1400 m

Today is a challenging day, as we will be climbing on road to a 1040 metre pass through the Gennargentu range in the very heart of Sardinia. Leaving Laconi you continue your journey, gently climbing towards the Gennargentu, winding through lush oak woods, before finally reaching higher ground. The landscape will have now altered and is relatively barren and wild and the sky filled with birds of prey circling in the thermals in search of prey. The unspoilt nature of this area makes it a fascinating area for naturalists, walkers and cyclists alike. It is an area that most vividly reflects the ancient character of the island. Shepherd trails and huts litter the landscape and villages perch over steep sided valleys. An enthralling fast-winding off-road descent will take us close to the village of Gadoni and over the Flumendosa River. Still grinning from ear to ear, we ride the final tarmac section to Seulo to tonight’s accommodation.

Day 6
Barbagia di Seulo - Perda Liana - Villagrande Strisaili
Option1 38 Miles / 61 Kms - Option2 27 Miles / 44 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Ascent: Option1 1200 m - Option2 1000 m

A combination of off road and road biking will take us through another day of exhilarating landscapes and deeper into the heart of Sardinia. Utilising mountain trails, you’ll have fun exploring the Montarbu range, as we edge our way towards the fascinating mountain peak of Perda Liana. Once more the vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges are outstanding, with the highest peak in Sardinia, Punta Lamarmora (1868 metres) forever present in the distance. The silence is broken only by the sound of sheep bells, cows and goats. We might even be lucky enough to spot Royal Kites, vultures, rock thrushes and pipits as we cycle along. The morning climb is rewarded by an afternoon descent towards the Natural Park of Santa Barbara near Villagrande Strisaili. From here it is just a short distance until our next Hotel accommodation. Yes you’ve guessed it, lots more delicious home made pasta and wine to be sampled!

Day 7
Ogliastra – Supramonte di Urzulei
44 Miles / 70 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 800 m

Today the grand finale of your cycling adventure with some off road biking through the wild and rugged landscape of Cadula di Fuili in the Supramonte de Baunei. Leaving your accommodation, the initial part of the day will involve some road cycling to reach the start of the trail. We will be skirting the Urzulei range, averaging 800 metres, until we reach the high plateau of Genna Croce and Genna Silana at 1000 mt! You have guessed it! With only 25 kms left to the coast, it means a lot of down! We are now in the true wilderness of the Supramonte – limestone rocks tower above us, wild boar and horses graze in the lush meadows. It’s here that our biking reaches its thrilling climax, as we immerse ourselves in the forest of Givine, surrounded by rocky pinnacles, centenary juniper trees and abandoned shepherd huts. This ancient mule track takes us down towards the most impressive Sardinian coast line, first above Fuili Gorge, locked between high white cliffs, then down to Cala Gonone, a small seaside town in the Orosei Gulf. After a richly deserved swim and spot of relaxation, time to celebrate our great adventure. With many little restaurants and pizzerias with balconies overlooking the beach, there is no better way to finish our adventure together than enjoying another succulent meal, sipping wine and watching the stars glitter over the eastern Mediterranean sea…. Bliss! Accommodation for the last night is in a superb Hotel overlooking the coast, ideal for a relaxing end to the trip.

Day 8
Return to Cagliari or Alghero
  • Meals: Breakfast

A relatively early start to the day for our return journey to Alghero or Cagliari. Depending on flight schedules, time is set aside to wander around the city; the perfect place for those last minute goodies or just relax in one of the many plazas sipping a last glass of ‘vino rosso’ whilst you scribble down a few lines on those post cards you have been meaning to write all week!

If you have a day or two to spare why not extend your trip with some trekking or sea kayaking exploring the rugged coastline, sea caves and white sandy beaches which stretch both north and south from Cala Gonone. Our local team can join you for a day’s guiding or we can provide the information and equipment to allow you to enjoy the routes self-guided, just give us a call for further info.

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The Cycling

Terrain

You will be cycling on a variety of terrain offering new experiences and challenges as the days go by. The trip starts on stony and compact sandy tracks, through lush Mediterranean shrub overlooking high sand dunes. We follow mule tracks, forest trails, cross streams, dense oak woods and over open mountain passes. The occasional tarmac road will help loosen our muscle legs, ready for the next off-road section. As we head east, the riding is along stonier trails and wilder landscapes.

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Mountain Biking Grade

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Grade 3 : Moderate

Distances of 25-50 miles / 40-80 kms per day

Aimed at regular cyclists who have a degree of off road experience

Some moderate and difficult technical sections

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

If you have some experience of off road riding on a variety of terrain, and would like to do more, a grade 3 trip could be for you. These holidays give you elements of our higher grade trips but at a manageable level with sections of singletrack (narrow trails wide enough for one rider) and shorter steep sections (both up and down) which require more bike handling ability. A day’s ride can see you on the trails for around 8 hours (with breaks) and covering between 25-50 miles depending on the terrain. If you’re generally fit and manage to ride regularly this could be the level for you.

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Our Skedaddle representative really went the extra mile! The food and accommodation throughout the holiday was great.

Janice, London

Dates & Prices

Daily departures available between March and October, excluding July and August for £1,165.

Alternatively for a great value holiday choose one of our scheduled departures below.

Contact us on (+44) 01981 265 1110 or email info@skedaddle.co.uk to check availability for your specific date.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
08/05/2021
Return Date
15/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£955.00
Start Date
22/05/2021
Return Date
29/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£955.00
Start Date
18/09/2021
Return Date
25/09/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£955.00
Start Date
02/10/2021
Return Date
09/10/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£955.00
Choose your date
Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
Return Date
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Duration
8 days
Price
£1,165.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms).

B) Detailed Skedaddle route guide.

C) Luggage transfer service.

D) All meals as per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Evening Meal).

E) Skedaddle Local Representative (see Staff below).

F) Emergency tool kit, pump, water bottles etc. (if hiring your bike from Skedaddle).

G) Airport collections / drop-offs from designated airport on scheduled arrival and departure days.

What's not Included Cross

A) Personal clothing and equipment

B) Meals and drinks whilst travelling to and from Sardinia.

C) Travel insurance

D) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.

E) Bike hire (if required)

F) Entrance fees to archaeological sites

G) Flights & charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

H) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

I) Local tourist tax to be paid at each accommodation (approx € 2 euro per day)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you fly into and back from Cagliari airport (CAG).

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday.

Easyjet offer direct flights from London Stansted (STN) and British Airways from London Gatwick (LGW). Flights are daily for most of the year but there is often a reduced schedule between October and April.

Please check with Skedaddle before booking any flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the holiday schedule.

Accommodation

We use a range of small 3* hotels and where possible we opt for agriturismi (small rural guesthouses). Our carefully selected hosts will ensure you are greeted with a warm welcome at the end of a day’s ride. At the very beginning and end of the season tourism tends to be quiet and, although that means some of the facilities aren’t at full capacity, you will have the routes largely to yourself and can experience the island away from any crowds.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically very good hardtail mountain bikes from a major manufacturer such as Giant, Specialized or Canyon featuring front suspension, disc brakes and good quality components.

If you do decide to hire we can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets at the time of booking.

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