- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
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 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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Customer Story: Sardinian Journey
Our latest customer story from Italy is guaranteed to get you smiling!
Susan, AustraliaIt was everything we expected and more!
We spoke to a number of different staff beforehand and they dealt with all our queries very well. All the hotels were of a much higher standard than we expected.
Our hire bikes were superb and one of the main reasons why we chose Skedaddle! The guides were great too – Massimo was a fantastic leader and Sergio was outstanding. All the guides seemed very knowledgeable and passionate about Sardinia and this was reflected in everything they did.
Vikingur, IcelandAlready planning my next Skedaddle holiday...
It was my first time to Sardinia, and I must say all the cycling was fantastic, beautiful coastline cycling as well as the inland rides.
The guides were very organised, good plan, good humour, good lunches – could not be better!
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!
Amanda, Holmfirth, UKSo much more than a holiday!
One of our group commented that she wasn’t going on a holiday, not doing an achievement. That sums it up really – a fantastic challenge.
Some beautiful scenery with great guides and group members. We all left Sardinia with a lot more than we arrived with.
The tour guides made a great team, they inspired the group coping well with differing abilities of the group. They were a credit to your company!
John, West Midlands, UKWhat 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!
Audrey, Hampshire, UKExcellent...
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.
Mark, Surrey, UKI cannot imagine another company providing a better service...
The Sardinia Coastal Explorer holiday was brilliant. The effort the guides put into the lunches was great. After half a days guiding they all made sure the food was presented well and filled us with energy for the afternoon ride.
Every day was my favourite day.