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Sardinia - Coast to Coast

Self-Guided Road Cycling Holiday

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Duration

8 days

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£1,045 P.P.
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For this tour across Sardinia we’ve chosen a beautiful route that alternates between gentle coastal roads, vast plains, steady climbs and thrilling descents. We take you deep into the heart of this magical island.
Starting in the south-west of Sardinia, near Montevecchio, you’ll set off through hills carpeted with lush green maquis vegetation, towards the towering sand dunes of the Costa Verde, where your coast to coast adventure officially begins.
You’ll ride through olive groves and vineyards, unique and fascinating archaeological sites and lush green oak woods as you head off into a spectacular mountain landscape.
Highlights along the way include a challenging but rewarding ascent into the stunning Gennargentu Mountains and an exhilarating descent of the limestone Supramonte Mountains of Baunei to the stunning Orosei Gulf.
You’ll spend your last night in the picturesque coastal resort of Cala Gonone, near Dorgali, where you can celebrate your achievements in style.
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.
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Holiday Highlights

  • Riding the roller-coaster road below Mount Arcuentu to the west coast
  • Exploring the UNESCO heritage site of Su Nuraxi at Barumini
  • Taking a dip in the emerald waters of the Orosei Gulf
  • Cycling just below the Perda Liana mountain range
  • Dining on delicious home cooked food, washed down with tasty local wine!
  • Enjoying the speedy descent to Cala Gonone on the east coast

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We kept having favourite days – it seemed that each day superseded the last in terms of experience. We genuinely loved each day for different reasons!

Ian, Northants

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Cagliari / Transfer to Montevecchio
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Dinner

Following your arrival in Cagliari you will be met and transferred (approx. 1 hour) to Montevecchio, an abandoned mining town just below the Arcuentu mountain range, three quarters of the way down the island.

You should arrive at your accommodation with plenty of time to discuss the details of your tour with your Skedaddle Representative, before sitting down to your first Sardinian meal.

Day 2
Costa Verde Loop Ride
40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Ascent: 950 Metres Approx.

Your first ride is a journey through varied landscapes, a true taster of what Sardinia has to offer and a great start to your challenge. Setting off from your accommodation, you will start this adventure with a great route which contours the Montevecchio mountains, taking you to Marina di Arbus Beach and offering superb vistas of the volcanic plug of Mount Arcuentu. Here your coast to coast adventure officially starts and you have plenty of time to absorb the remarkable landscape around you – the towering sand dunes of Piscinas, surrounded by hills carpeted with lush green maquis vegetation.

Heading north you will keep close to the coast before turning east and riding past the lagoon of Marceddi, where pink flamingoes can be spotted. The small town across the lagoon is famous for its shellfish. Pedalling through the Campidano Plain will not require much effort, as you ride past vast cultivated fields and little farming estates.

On reaching Guspini a gradual climb leads you back to Montevecchio, riding past the abandoned mine which once was a thriving community. Settling back at the accommodation you can relax by the pool enjoying sunset and more delicious food.

Day 3
Montevecchio to Barumini - (Campidano Plain and the Rolling Hills of Marmilla)
43 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 800 Metres Approx.

Leaving the Costa Verde, the first section contours the hills before descending into Arbus and the lower Campidano Plain that you will cross heading eastwards.

Taking a narrower country lane below the Castle of Monreale, you will arrive at St Maria delle Acque. Once a Roman thermal settlement, it is now one of the few remaining spa areas in Sardinia. A further short ride will take you to Sardara. Here, a stop to visit the remains of a pre-historic well, temple and adjacent museum will give you an insight into the Nuraghic Bronze Era, an ancient civilization unique to Sardinia.

Cycling onward on narrow country roads now brings you over the rolling Marmilla hills, offering great views of the expanse of agricultural land, olive groves and vineyards of this fertile part or Sardinia. Finally riding into Barumini, you have reached today’s destination.

Day 4
Barumini to Laconi
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 850 Metres Approx.

Following breakfast and with only a short day ahead of you today, you should have plenty of time pre-ride to visit the most important archeological site on the island, the Nuragic Fortress of Su Nuraxi and the near by museum. Keen to get going again, you’ll set off on today’s ride taking a superb selection of winding roads over the Marmilla Hills, riding past olive groves, vineyards, small farms and sleepy villages. The route takes you past the lake of Barroccus before you ride up to the sleepy hill town of Laconi.

Day 5
Laconi to Seulo (2 options)
31 or 40 Miles (50 or 65 Kms) Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,250 or 1,950 Metres Approx.

With the whole day to reach your next destination, you have some time in the morning to wander the back streets of Laconi and visit the lovely gardens surrounding the Aymerich Castle. Leaving this quiet town behind, you take a winding road through lush oak woods, gradually climbing on a car-free road through the Gennargentu range in the very heart of Sardinia.

On reaching the 1,040m Sa Casa Pass, you will have reached one of the highest points of this trip already. The landscape will have now altered and is relatively barren and wild, with the sky filled with birds of prey, circling the thermals in search of their next meal. The unspoiled 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. Shepherds trails and huts litter the landscape and villages perch over steep-sided valleys.

Tonight’s accommodation is on the outskirts of the town of Seulo and dinner will be at your accommodation.

Day 6
Seulo to Villagrande Strisaili
40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1,200 Metres Approx.

A combination of climbs and descents will take you through another day of exhilarating landscapes and even deeper into the heart of Sardinia. Utilising mountain roads, you’ll have fun exploring the ‘Tacchi di Usassai’ and Montarbu range, as you edge your way towards the fascinating mountain peak of Perda Liana. You will be passing a few small sleepy mountain villages and once more the vistas of the surrounding mountains are outstanding. The silence is broken only by the sound of sheep bells, cows and goats. You might even be lucky enough to spot royal kites, vultures, rock thrushes and pipits as you cycle along.

The morning climb is rewarded by the view of Perda Liana and an afternoon descent towards Villagrandestrisaili.

Day 7
Villagrande Strisaili to Cala Gonone
53 Miles / 85 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.

Today is the grand finale of your road cycling adventure with superb riding through the wild and rugged landscape of the Supramonte di Baunei.

Leaving the accommodation, the initial part of the day will involve skirting the Urzulei range, averaging 800m, until you reach the high plateau just above the town of Talana. Here you will be in for a great surprise! More climbs and descents will take you through Urzulei and finally to the Genna Silana Pass. You are now in the true wilderness of the Supramonte, where limestone rocks tower above you, and wild boar and horses graze in the lush meadows. It’s here that your cycling reaches its thrilling climax, and you can enjoy the final 26km of superb descending, surrounded by rocky pinnacles, centenary juniper trees and abandoned shepherd huts, taking you all the way to the coastal town of Cala Gonone.

Here you stay at our well-appointed sea front hotel and this evening there are many places in town to enjoy your final Sardinian feast of fine foods, wines and music.

Day 8
Departure: Cala Gonone / Transfer to Cagliari
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Depending on your flight time, hopefully you can set aside time in the morning to wander around Cala Gonone or simply laze on the beach. Once you‘re ready we will pick you up and transfer you to Cagliari airport for your flight home (approx. 3 hours).

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

The beauty of a journey across an island is the continuous changing landscape and type of routes, offering new experiences and challenges each day. Starting from the west coast the landscape is hilly, but you will be surprised by the quality of the tarmac and the car free roads. Heading inland you’ll be riding along country roads surrounded by vineyards and gentle hills.

As you ride further into the heart of Sardinia, you’ll enter the mountainous region and ascend into higher territory. Gradients are never too steep or rough, but rather smooth sweeping roads. As you near the east coast, the landscape becomes even wilder. A gradual 25km/15 mile descent to the east coast from the Silana Pass is the perfect ending!

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Road Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 - 3: Gentle to Moderate

Average distances around 70-90 km with occasional challenging climbs

A moderately difficult tour somewhere slightly tougher than a Grade 2, but not as difficult as Grade 3

Some long days and significant climbs

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?

You’re reasonably fit and ride frequently at weekends, sometimes staying on the bike for a number of hours at a time. You do enjoy an occasional challenge and quite happy climbing but you‘re unlikely to be found daydreaming about ticking off all the famous cols of the Tour de France. That said the prospect of tackling a semi-serious to serious mountain pass doesn’t fill you with dread. You enjoy the social aspect of cycling and look forward to the occasional coffee-stop as much as the riding itself. You have good control of your bike and feel confident in your skills to ascend and descend safely. Whilst you find a full day in the saddle fulfilling, you’re not obsessed and as much as you are looking forward to the riding on your holiday, you’re also looking forward to a little local culture and cuisine. Grade 2-3 would be a good option for you.

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The final day was my favourite, the descent was a fitting end to a great adventure. A great holiday!

Roger, York

Dates & Prices

Daily departures available. The season prices below are per person and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.

2022 26 Mar – 30 Oct (excluding dates from 25 Jun – 31 Aug)

Season 1 – £1195 – 26 Mar to 14 Apr, 02 May to 24 Jun and 01 Sep to 30 Oct

Season 2 – £1295 – 15 Apr to 01 May

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

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
07/05/2022
Return Date
14/05/2022
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,045.00
Start Date
21/05/2022
Return Date
28/05/2022
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,045.00
Start Date
17/09/2022
Return Date
24/09/2022
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,045.00
Start Date
01/10/2022
Return Date
08/10/2022
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,045.00
Choose your date
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Duration
8 days
Price
£1,195.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en-suite rooms) in small hotels / agriturismi / B&Bs

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)

D) Detailed route notes and maps

E) Luggage transfers

F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Cagliari airport (CAG)

G) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Cagliari airport (CAG)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike rental (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Single room (available if required)

D) Travel insurance

E) Meals not stated in the itinerary

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums/archaeological sites and other attractions en-route

I) City tax to be paid at each accommodation in cash (amount varies)

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

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The Essentials

Travel Options

This tour starts in Montevecchio and finishes in Cala Gonone.

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. We ask that you fly into and back from Cagliari airport (CAG). Please aim to arrive between 09.00 and 16.00 and depart between 12.30 and 19.00.

If you are joining one of our scheduled departures We will provide arrival and departure times, along with suitable flight options, as and when more flight schedules are released.

Please check with Skedaddle before making any travel arrangements.

Please note If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for your transfers.

Accommodation

We use a range of small 3* hotels and where possible we opt for agriturismi (small rural guesthouses) and family run B&B. 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.

If you would like us to check out accommodation upgrade options for you, please contact us for details.

Bike Hire

If you have opted to rent, your bike will typically be an aluminium framed Canyon Endurance road bike. They are great bikes with good quality components and generally come equipped with at least one bottle cage, a saddle bag and a small pump.

We can also include a helmet which should be requested at time of booking.

Please note that your bike will come with flat pedals as standard, so please do bring your own with you if you ride with clip-in pedals.

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