- Riding the stunning coastal road from Alghero to Bosa
- Exploring the sandstone coast of Santa Caterina di Pittinuri
- Visiting the Sinis Peninsula and the ancient Roman ruins of Tharros
- The view of Pan di Zucchero on the Nebida coastal ride
- Sweeping down the long descent to Fluminimaggiore and Masua
- Exploring the white beaches running alongside the south west coastal road
The route organised was excellent – we feel that we saw lots of different sides to Sardinia and escaped the normal tourist trail, really getting under its skin!
Following your arrival in Sardinia at Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO) in the north of the island, we transfer you to your accommodation in Alghero where you can prepare your bikes and you can relax a little after your flight. Due to its strategic position at the Mediterranean Sea, Alghero was built around a fortified port and its small winding streets make a great place to explore. Depending on the flight times, you can perhaps enjoy a short warm up pedal to explore the nearby countryside.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 850 Metres Approx.
Leaving Alghero, you follow the spectacular coastline to Bosa. The road is a rollercoaster of a route with high cliffs ascending from the coast, interspersed with little rocky bays and ancient watch towers. Make sure you keep an eye out for the sea birds, including griffon vultures, that can be spotted perched precariously high up on the rocky cliffs.
Situated on the Planargia flatlands, Bosa is a charming town situated in the Temo River Valley close to the sea. It is overlooked by the Serravalle Castle, from where the houses of the medieval centre start and then descend to the river bank. Tonight you can take your evening meal in the centre of Bosa. With the local cuisine based on fish and seafood and traditionally accompanied by a glass of Malvasia, Bosa’s lovely wine, it makes for a fitting end to a day on the bike.
- Meals: Breakfast, dinner
- Ascent: 1,350 Metres Approx.
Leaving Bosa and the coast, you head inland and ride on to Cuglieri, passing through the villages of Tresnuraghes and Sennariolo. From Cuglieri you have two options:
Option 1 – the longer route carries on along the coast to Santa Caterina di Pittinuri, allowing for a swim and visit of the famous S‘Archittu arched rock, before looping back north towards Santu Lussurgiu.
Option 2 – shorter but with a bit more climbing, heading inland up towards the Montiferru range passing woods, barren ragged slopes and view of the Abbasanta plateau.
Either option sees you arriving at the charming village of Santu Lussurgiu and your accommodation set in a centuries’ old mansion. Here you can set some time aside to explore the wonderfully narrow cobbled streets before sitting down to enjoy a very special dinner.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 250 Metres Approx.
Today you continue your journey south. Leaving the cobbled streets of Santu Lussurgiu you start with a lovely gradual descent towards the coast and the low wet-lands of Cabras, a natural habitat for birds and famous for its mullet fishing. On a short detour we ride to the Sinis Peninsula famous for the Roman-Punic remains of Tharros and some of the earliest Paleo-Christian remains on the island. The peninsula was a strategic location for the Romans for both exploration of the Mediterranean but also access to the interior of Sardinia in search of minerals and land to exploit.
San Salvatore and San Giovanni di Sinis are paleo-Christian churches built not far from Tharros, their simplicity in design and architecture a reflections of basic times. You have plenty of time to explore these sites.
Moving on, you’ll ride through the flat marsh lands to Oristano, a bustling town. Here you stay the night and can enjoy a stroll through the streets.
- Meals: Breakfast, dinner
- Ascent: 1000 Metres Approx.
Leaving Oristano, you’ll ride through the flat agricultural region of Arborea, where most of Sardinia’s milk and vegetables are farmed. Arborea town, built during the Mussolini era is a sharp contrast to Sardinian traditional towns. Reaching Marceddi on the southern side of the fertile plains, the little fishing hamlet is your last stop on the coast before crossing the Marceddi lagoon and start heading inland.
After reaching Guspini, you’ll climb back towards the coast for a final 9km descent to Fluminimaggiore and the long sandy beach of Portixeddu. Here there should be time for a dip in the sea and a drink at the local bar before heading to your hotel slightly inland.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.
Continuing along the coast you will enjoy stunning views of long sandy beaches and rugged promontories. Next on the agenda is a quick ferry crossing* to St Peter Island, and the unique small town of Carloforte with its own character flowing from its Genoese and Tunisian influences. The ferry timetables should allow time to take lunch here and sample some of the finest fish cuisine in the Mediterranean. Another ferry will take you across to the island of St Antioco, known for its ancient settlements and catacombs under the town. A final ride through cultivated fields will then lead you to your next hotel.
*Approx 16 Euros per person including your bikes for both ferries.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 900 Metres Approx.
Alas you’ve reached the final riding day of your tour. There is no reason to be sad however because you have a beautiful day ahead as your route takes you to some of the finest stretches of beaches on the island. With the expanse of blue Mediterranean water permanently at your side, the traffic-free road leads you past many beautiful coves and rugged rock formations until you finally reach Pula, where you will celebrate your achievements on the bike.
- Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast we will transfer you to Cagliari Elmas Airport for your return flight home. If you have opted to depart from Alghero we will transfer you to the bus station to meet your bus transfer up to the north of the island.
If you have a day or two to spare why not extend your trip with some trekking or sea kayaking exploring the picturesque coastline and sandy shores which stretch along the coast from Pula. 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.
Sardinia is a cyclist’s 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 you 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!
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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.
Everyone in the group enjoyed the tour and absolutely loved Sardinia! My thanks to all involved for the work you put into this.
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.
2023 25 Mar – 30 Oct (excluding dates from 18 Jun – 26 Aug)
Season 1 – £1370 25 Mar – 05 Apr, 15 Apr – 17 Jun and 10 Sep – 30 Oct
Season 2 – £1595 06 Apr – 14 Apr and 27 Aug – 09 Sep
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) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Access to the Skedaddle App for holiday information and navigation
E) Luggage transfers
F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Alghero airport (AHO)
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 museums and other attractions en route
I) Ferry tickets on day 6 (approx €10 for 2 crossings + bikes)
J) Local tourist tax to be paid at each accommodation (amount varies)
K) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
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Sophie, WorcestershireSo many memorable sections of road...
The ride from Barumini to Portixeddu had everything: iron and age and Roman sights, climbs through hill country (plus a passo sign!), a thrilling descent, lots of geology, pomegranate and fig trees, a jaw-dropping setting for an end-of-day swim and the most welcoming hotel and meal. But there were so many memorable sections of road: we loved the south west coast road to Chia and the fast downhill from Cuglieri…
Sunil, Norfolk, UKReally good value for money...
The holiday was a great experience, really good value for money. The hotels chosen were outstanding and each unique in its own way. Dinners were outstanding and very high standards of breakfasts. My lactose intolerance was taken care of in every place and check in and bike storage was completely stress free.
The Skedaddle rep, Naomi, was clearly very experienced and it showed. Everything was meticulously planned and she made us feel very comfortable and secure in the knowledge that if any problem arose, she would be at hand to sort it out. The route guidance was superb and the airport transfers were well arranged and very professional.
Richard, ChinaExcellent value for money...
Each place had distinctive character. The setting, accommodation and food provided at the stops exceeded all my expectations with the best being places where we were spread amongst various restored buildings.
Always a little difficult putting a tour together for friends who have quite different cycling abilities and approaches to this kind of holiday. I think the self-guided option worked out very well for us. Everyone in the group enjoyed the tour, had their own challenges, absolutely loved Sardinia!
My thanks to all involved for the work you put into this.
Paul, HampshirePerfect way to explore Sardinia!
Cycling was the perfect way to experience part of Sardinia’s nature. The heady mix of exercise, good food, wine, sun and smiles are unbeatable. Huge variety of terrain, challenging but attainable. The routes selected showed great planning and thought – enough climbing, right distance and quiet roads – but showed off the country in all its variety and charm.
The route organised was excellent – we feel that we saw lots of different sides to Sardinia and escaped the normal tourist trail, really getting under its skin. Coast to mountains, larger towns to little villages.
The locations were superb! Great scenery and roads. The Skedaddle representative’s were both very helpful. You could tell a lot of careful, hard work had gone into the route notes.
Edward, LondonThe holiday was excellent...
Thanks for providing an excellent holiday, I look forward to another trip in the future.