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Sardinia - Coastal Explorer

Guided Road Bike Tour

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,940 P.P.
Italy

Sardinia - Coastal Explorer

Guided Road Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,940 P.P.
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A coastal road cycling holiday winding down the Italian island of Sardinia. Famed as Italy’s most exotic island, it is blessed with a fantastic network of well-surfaced and car-free roads and you’ll be assured of some fantastic cycling!
The island has a stunning coastline which we will explore throughout this cycling tour. Starting in the north of the island, our journey takes us along the high-rising coastal cliffs on the way to Bosa and through the lush cork oak forested Montiferru mountains. Moving south we head into the low marshlands of Cabras and the Sinis Peninsula, crossing the Arborea Plain and onto the mountainous Green Coast. After visiting the San Pietro and Sant 'Antioco islands our trip ends in the quaint fishermen's village of Pula, not before having cycled along the stunning south coast.
The route follows the beautiful coastline of sandy beaches, emerald green waters and jaw dropping ocean views taking us all the way to the southern point of the island. Sardinia is steeped in history and our route offers the potential to stop and visit ancient sites, Roman baths, Carthaginian settlements and rural churches.
We stay in a wide variety of dwellings during the holiday, ranging from independently run small hotels to family managed agriturismi and the accommodation is of a consistently high standard throughout.
Choose from one of our scheduled dates and join a guided tour, or, if you enjoy the freedom and flexibility of going it alone opt for the self-guided version.
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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Highlights

  • 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

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Excellent! A challenge, fantastic scenery, brilliant places to stay and total confidence in being looked after. This more than fulfilled any expectations, thank you!

Kath, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Cagliari Airport
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Dinner

Following your arrival at Cagliari Airport we make the 3 hour transfer up to Alghero where we can prepare our 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.

Day 2
Alghero to Tresnurgahes
40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.

After breakfast we head out to start our fantastic journey, taking us from the northwest cape of the Coral Coast all the way down to the southwest coast of the island. Leaving our accommodation, a small detour takes us along the medieval fortifications of Alghero and through its small winding streets that make this Catalan influenced town so special.

Our route from Alghero to Bosa will follow the Mediterranean, a roller-coaster with high cliffs ascending from the coast, interspersed with little rocky bays and ancient watch towers. Rare birds, including griffon vultures, can often be spotted perched high up on the rocky cliffs.

Our arrival in Bosa along the River Temo is spectacular; traditional fishing boats moored along the riverbank, ancient tanneries reflecting in the water, the colourful pastel colours of Bosa ahead reaching up towards the Malaspina Castle.

Re-fuelled we head off on the last stretch for today, following the road down the river to Bosa Marina and taking the gradual climb up towards Magomandas. Our destination for today is 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.

Day 3
Tresnuraghes to Santu Lussurgiu
47 Miles / 75 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,200 Metres Approx.

Leaving Tresnuraghes, we head inland along the plateau passing through the villages of Tresnuraghes and Sennariolo. Continuing our journey south, the road undulates past stone-walled farm holdings, sheep grazing fields and olive groves and we ride close to the Montiferru range which towers ahead of us. Reaching Cuglieri, it is time for a coffee break and time, and energy permitting, a short visit of the Basilica, leaving the bikes and walking up the narrow cobbled roads to the view point above the town.

Our destination for today is the charming village of Santu Lussurgiu, on the south-east side of the mountain range. We have two options, either the coastal southern route (70km) or a more direct route, winding through the Montiferru, passing woods and barren rugged slopes. A delicious picnic lunch will break up the ride, ideally located either on the coast or in the shade of the woods near the natural water springs of San Leonardo. The options will be offered depending on the group, weather and riding abilities.

The town of Santu Lussugiu is quite unique in its location and narrow cobbled streets are a maze to be explored. Our accommodation is set in a centuries old mansion, and our host takes great care in offering a fine and special meal, in a context of a homely environment.

Day 4
Santu Lussurgiu to Torre dei Corsari
65 Miles / 110 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 400 Metres Approx.

After a delicious and plentiful breakfast, we leave the cobbled streets of Santu Lussurgiu on 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. 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.

Moving on, we 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 where we stop off for one of our special skedaddle picnic lunches and a short break, before crossing the Marceddi lagoon. Here if we are lucky, we might get to spot some flamingos. Back on the coast, we take the short rollercoaster-esque ride to Torre dei Corsari, our hotel right on the coast and an ideal setting to chill out after another great ride.

Day 5
Torre dei Corsari to Portixeddu
43 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.

Our coastal exploring now takes us into the Costa Verde region, riding through lush green Mediterranean macchia and with open views of the sea. We stop at Portu Maga to take a coffee break with views opening up to a rugged coastline and long stretches of sandy beaches. From here we head inland, riding below the Monte Arcuentu volcanic range and into the mining area of Montevecchio. If lucky enough we might 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 back for another mouthwatering dinner at our hotel, a short pedal away from the coast.

Day 6
Portixeddu to Calasetta
43 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.

Continuing along the coast we enjoy stunning views of long sandy beaches and rugged promontories. Next we take a ferry* across to St Peter Island, and the unique small town of Carloforte with its own character flowing from its Genoese and Tunisian influences. Time now to sample some of the finest fish cuisine in the Mediterranean. Another ferry will take us across to the island of St Antioco, known for its ancient settlements and catacombs under the town. A final ride through cultivated fields will lead us to our next hotel.

*Approx 12 Euros per person including bike for both ferries.

Day 7
Calasetta to Costa del Sud
62 Miles / 100 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 750 Metres Approx.

Alas we’ve reached the final ride of our tour. There is no reason to be sad however because we have a beautiful day ahead as our route takes us to one of the finest stretches of beach on the island. With the expanse of blue Mediterranean water permanently at our side, the traffic free roads leads us past many beautiful coves and rugged rock formations until we reach Pula, our final destination, where we will celebrate our achievement.

Day 8
Departure: Cagliari Airport
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast we will transfer you to Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) for your return flight. If you have opted to fly back from Alghero we will transfer you to the bus station to meet your 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.

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The Cycling

Terrain

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.

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Road Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 - 3: Gentle/Moderate

Average distances around 40 – 60 miles / 70-90 km

A moderately difficult tour

Slightly tougher than a Grade 2 but not as difficult as Grade 3

Occasional challenging 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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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!

Ray, UK

Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

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.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
10/04/2021
Return Date
17/04/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$1,940.00
Start Date
29/05/2021
Return Date
05/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$1,940.00
Start Date
04/09/2021
Return Date
11/09/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$1,940.00
Start Date
09/10/2021
Return Date
16/10/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$1,940.00

Whats Included Tick

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 Cross

A) Bike hire (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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The Essentials

Travel Options

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday and both the arrival into Cagliari airport (CAG) and return transfer from Cagliari airport will be co-ordinated with the group flight schedule. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the scheduled transfer windows, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

It is also possible to fly into Alghero airport (AHO) and make your own way to the start hotel by taxi.

We will provide you with details of suitable flight/arrival/departure schedules as flight timetables become available. Please check with us before making any travel arrangements, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers.

Accommodation

The majority of our accommodation (shared twin or double rooms) will usually be en-suite in 3* hotels or guesthouses.

Bike Hire

If you have opted to hire then 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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