- Riding the stunning coastal road from Alghero to Bosa
- The ride to Montiferru through its oak forest
- Sampling the delightful Sardinian foods with a vast variety of local wines
- Enjoying the view of Pan di Zucchero on the Nebida coastal ride
- Sweeping down the long descent to Fluminimaggiore and Masua
- Glimpsing the white beaches which hug the south west coast road
Excellent! A challenge, fantastic scenery, brilliant places to stay and total confidence in being looked after. This more than fulfilled any expectations, thank you!
Following arrival at Cagliari Airport we will transfer north to the ancient walled city, Alghero. The journey will take approximately three hours, after which, we will prepare the bikes and relax a little before dinner. Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea, Alghero was built around a fortified port and its small winding streets make a great place to explore.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.
Before bidding farewell to Alghero and setting off on our journey south, we’ll take a small detour along the medieval fortifications of the old Catalan-influenced town and then head through some of its ancient narrow streets.
Once out of the city we’ll join the coast road and head down towards the town of Bosa via a roller-coaster of high cliffs, little rocky bays and ancient watchtowers. It’s not unusual to see rare birds as we ride this section, including griffon vultures which can often be spotted perched high up on the cliffs or flying overhead.
We arrive in Bosa along the River Temo passing the traditional fishing boats moored along the riverbank, ancient tanneries reflecting in the water and the colourful pastel tones of Bosa ahead reaching up towards the Malaspina Castle.
Our final section continues along the river to Bosa Marina before climbing gradually towards Magomandas and then finally our destination for today, Tresnuraghes, a small quiet village on the high plateau. With spa and swimming pool facilities, there is time to relax before we head out for dinner.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Ascent: 1,200 Metres Approx.
Leaving Tresnuraghes, we head inland along the plateau passing through the village of Sennariolo. The road undulates past stone-walled farm holdings, fields of grazing sheep and olive groves as the towering Montiferru mountain range lies ahead of us. Upon reaching Cuglieri we’ll be ready for a coffee break and, if time permits, a short walk through the village’s narrow cobbled streets up to the basilica and the viewpoint above the town.
Our destination for today is the charming village of Santu Lussurgiu, situated on the south-east side of the mountain range, and to reach it we have two options. We can either take the coastal road (70km) or, a more direct route which winds through the woods and barren rugged slopes of the Montiferru. The guiding team will discuss the alternatives and make a decision depending on the weather conditions, preferences and progress on the day. Whichever option we take, a delicious picnic lunch will break up the ride, either on the coast or in the shade of the woods near the natural water springs of San Leonardo.
We’ll arrive in Santu Lussugiu in time to explore the traditional cobbled streets before settling into our accommodation in an ancient mansion where our hosts pride themselves in their hospitality, offering a fine and special meal, in the context of a warm and homely environment.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 400 Metres Approx.
We leave Santu Lussurgiu’s cobbled streets via a lovely, gently-descending road that leads us to the coast and the wetlands of Cabras, a natural habitat for many species of birds and famous for merka and bottarga, local delicacies of smoked mullet and mullet roe, which the local fishermen still source using a unique and ancient method.
We’ll make a short detour to the Sinis Peninsula, where we can observe the Roman-Punic remains of Tharros and some early Paleo-Christian remains. The peninsula was a strategic location for the Romans for both exploration of the Mediterranean and also as an access to the interior of Sardinia in search of minerals and land to exploit. Not far from Tharros we find more Paleo-Christian churches; the churches of San Salvatore and San Giovanni di Sinis reflecting the simplicity of the times in which they were built in their design and architecture.
Moving on, we ride through the flat agricultural region of Arborea, where most of Sardinia’s milk and vegetables are produced. Arborea town, built during the Mussolini era is a sharp contrast to the traditional Sardinian towns. Reaching Marceddi, a fishing hamlet on the southern side of the fertile plains, we stop for lunch and a short break, before crossing the Marceddi lagoon. Here if we are lucky, we might get to spot some flamingos before settling back on the coastal road for the final, short rollercoaster ride to Torre dei Corsari, our home, right on the coast and an ideal setting to chill out after another great ride.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.
Today our exploration of the coast will take us into the Costa Verde region, as we ride through lush green Mediterranean macchia overlooking the ever-opening sea vista. We stop at Portu Maga to take a coffee break while we admire the views of rugged coastline and long sandy beaches. From here we head inland, riding below the Monte Arcuentu volcanic range and into the mining area of Montevecchio. Here, we might, if we are lucky, spot a Sardinian deer or two.
A gradual climb will then lead us to Arbus and on to our final 9km descent to Fluminimaggiore and the long sandy beach of Portixeddu. Here there is time for a dip in the sea and a drink at the local bar before heading to the hotel, a short pedal away from the coast, where we will enjoy dinner.
- Meals: Breakfast, dinner
- Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.
More long sandy beaches and rugged promontories accompany us as we continue down the coast. We’ll take a ferry* to Isola di San Pietro (St Peter’s Island) and the small town of Carloforte, unique for its Genoese and Tunisian influences where, for lunch, we can sample some of the finest fish cuisine in the Mediterranean. Another ferry will take us across to the island of Sant‘Antioco, famed for its ancient settlements and catacombs under the town. A final few kilometres riding through cultivated fields leads us to our hotel.
*Approx 12 Euros per person including bike carriage for both ferries.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 750 Metres Approx.
Although we may feel a little sad to have reached our final day on the bikes, there is still plenty to be happy about as we have a beautiful day ahead us, discovering one of the finest stretches of beach on the island. With the expanse of blue Mediterranean water permanently at our side, the traffic free road leads us past many beautiful coves and rugged rock formations until we reach Pula, our final destination, and the perfect setting to celebrate our achievement.
- Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast we transfer to Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) for return flights.
Alternatively, those who have opted to fly back from Alghero will be dropped off at the bus station to connect with bus transfers to the north of the island.
For those spending extra days in Sardinia, activities such as trekking and sea kayaking, are available, either as self-guided options or accompanied by qualified members of our team. Call us for further details on availability, rates and equipment rental.
Sardinia is a cyclists paradise, with excellent quality tarmac, wide roads, few cars and low urbanisation. You will be enchanted by the gradual undulating roads along the coast, passing watch towers, high cliffs and descending to long sandy beaches. As we leave the coast to ride towards the interior, the terrain becomes more mountainous, with longer gradual climbs, alternating with smooth flowing descents. Very short sections leading to the accommodation could be on gravel roads.
Road Cycling Grade
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.
Great guides, lovely scenery, an interesting group and first class food and accommodation. I took a friend who hasn’t done a trip like this before and she loved it, we‘re truly hooked!
Dates & Prices
Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en-suite rooms) in small hotels / agriturismi
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides
D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in First Aid
E) Support vehicle, for tired bikers and 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
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Travel insurance
E) Single room (available if required)
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to archaeological sites en-route
I) Ferry tickets on day 6 (approx €12)
J) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
K) Airport transfers from and to Alghero airport (AHO)
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Colin, Surrey, UKHard to find fault with anything..
It was so good to have Wally back – my favourite guide! He’s just so relaxed, helpful and keen to engage. Skedaddle did a great job of keeping us informed as everything kept changing during Covid and a huge amount of thought had clearly gone into the Covid planning. I am already planning for next year!
Valerie, Leeds, UKMade to feel like an individual, not just a booking reference number...
A well organised and thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Skedaddle’s communications were timely and informative. Received good information, no high pressure selling and GPS routes were sent via email when requested. Also received helpful text messages and courtesy calls just prior to departure. Made to feel like an individual, not just a booking reference number. All the hotels on the trip were comfortable and of a high standard. The picnics during the ride were fabulous!
Tour leader Danilo is professional, knowledgeable, kind, courteous and was sensitive to the needs of all the riders in the group. Francesco, who was another guide, was patient, supportive and always acted friendly. The support vehicle was excellent and Stefano is friendly, helpful and funny! He magics a delicious picnic out of thin air. Baggage transportation was always efficient and he is an asset to the team.
Lin, West Yorkshire, UKI'm hooked...
This was my first time on an organised cycle holiday and I’m already hooked. Such a brilliant way to see a country with complete confidence you‘re being looked after meaning you can simply enjoy the ride….. literally!
Anne, Oxford, UKAmazing views and excellent guides...
Calasetta to Costa del Sud was such a fabulous coastal road with lots of ups and downs, amazing views and finishing at the beach for a swim! Our tour leader Danilo was really excellent – very encouraging and engaging and always ready to help or answer any questions. Also such good fun with a sense of humour we all enjoyed, and all the arrangements ran so smoothly.
The three of Danilo, Francesco and Stefano together made an excellent team. Plus they rescued me very efficiently when I had a puncture on a long descent!
Ray, Norwich, UKThanks for another amazing Skedaddle trip...
Just wanted to say thanks for another amazing Skedaddle trip. Ventoux last year was hard to beat, and the Sardinian trip didn’t disappoint. Great guides, lovely scenery, an interesting group and first class food and accommodation. The logistics went without a hitch, at least from our point of view!
What I love about these trips is being able to completely switch off from work and real life, where the only decision you have to make is what to eat. The lovely routine of breakfast, riding, breaks and luggage waiting for you at the next night’s hotel is almost priceless. This year I took a friend who hasn’t done a trip like this before. She loved it, and I think is probably now well and truly hooked!
John, West MidlandsWhat a great week!
Your crew were really attentive and tried very hard to make our week memorable. They coped with a mixed ability group well (always a challenge) and were very informative about the area and riding to come. They were all characters with a good sense of humour which made the group relax quickly and mix well. Hotels were all good and the variety was interesting. May do it again if Alessandro will have us. Onto the Ardeche!
The final day when we were riding by the coast was stunning, as was the first day. I also enjoyed the variety of being inland for a day or two, and seeing the villages and farmland. Arriving into Bosa on the first night was beautiful – it was a really nice town.
Nicola was a fabulous guide – nothing was too much trouble and he was always so cheerful. He very kindly took me out on the first evening for a practice ride to get used to the bike. He was also really knowledgeable about Sardinia and it was great to hear what he had to say about the island, its history and people.
The guides did an amazing job with lunch and snacks! Fabulous picnics were conjured out of the back of the van – really great!
Some of the accommodation was superb, in particular the hotel in Santu Lussurgiu, My room there was beautiful and the evening meal that they provided was amazing. I only wish I hadn’t been so tired and then I could have enjoyed it even more! This was far above my expectations.
Andreina, OxfordshireThe riding was excellent every day
Sergio, Nicola and Danilo were excellent guides. Every day had its merits, (even the day we got wet!) however, the last day was simply stunning. A beautiful day, fabulous views, clear roads, lunch on the beach and then dinner in Pula – an excellent end to the holiday.
Chris, LondonMemorable holiday and wonderful cycling
The guides (two of whom – Nicola and Sergio – I knew from previous trips) were wonderful. Informative, friendly and helpful. I’m so glad, after all Sergio’s prompting, I did one of the Sardinian trips. It lived up to all my expectations. I will do one of the training weeks next Spring either in Ronda or Tenerife. After that I’m open to suggestions!
This was the first time we had taken a road cycling holiday. Everyone was really friendly and the guides were patient, supportive without being pushy and practical allowing us to have a really enjoyable week and feeling as though we had achieved something good on the bikes. Many thanks.