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Sardinia - Coastal Explorer

Self-Guided Road Bike Tour




8 days

Prices from

$1,820 P.P.

Sardinia - Coastal Explorer

Self-Guided Road Bike Tour




8 days

Prices from

$1,820 P.P.
Famed as Italy’s most exotic island, Sardina is blessed with a fantastic network of well-surfaced and traffic-free roads, just perfect for road cycling. The island has a stunning coastline which you will explore thoroughly throughout your journey, taking in the beautiful sandy beaches, emerald green waters and jaw dropping ocean views as you ride all the way to its most southern point.
Moving south from Alghero and the Montiferru mountain range you head into the low marshlands of Cabras and the Sinis Peninsula, crossing the Arborea Plain and onto the mountainous Green Coast.
Later in your journey, after visiting the San Pietro and Sant'Antioco islands you will ride along the beautiful south coast before your adventure ultimately draws to a conclusion in the quaint fishermen's village of Pula.
Sardinia doesn't just abound in natural beauty, it is also steeped in culture and history and your route presents many opportunities to stop and visit ancient sites such as Roman baths, Carthaginian settlements and rural churches.
We have chosen for you a wide variety of consistently high standard accommodation, ranging from independently run small hotels to traditional, family managed agriturismi. Food lovers are in for a real treat since Sardinians pride themselves on their cuisine; this is not a destination where you will go hungry!
If you have a day or two to spare why not extend your trip with some trekking or sea kayaking. We’d love to help you experience Sardinia from the water, and we’re able to organise guided kayaking excursions with one of our local team if booked in advance, please contact us for further details.  


  • 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

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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!

Nicholas, UK


Day 1
Arrival: Alghero
Non Riding Day

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.

Day 2
Alghero to Bosa
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 3
Bosa to Santu Lussurgiu
47 Miles / 75 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 4
Santu Lussurgiu to Oristano
50 Miles / 80 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 5
Oristano to Portixeddu
53 Miles / 85 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 6
Portixeddu to Calasetta
40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 7
Calasetta to Pula
62 Miles / 100 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 8
Departure: Pula / Cagliari
Non Riding Day
  • 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.

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The Cycling


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

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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Everyone in the group enjoyed the tour and absolutely loved Sardinia! My thanks to all involved for the work you put into this.

Richard, China

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 – $1820 25 Mar – 05 Apr, 15 Apr – 17 Jun and 10 Sep – 30 Oct

Season 2 – $2115 06 Apr – 14 Apr and 27 Aug – 09 Sep

2024 25 Mar – 30 Oct (excluding dates from 09 Jun – 31 Aug)

Season 1 – $1945 03 Apr – 08 Jun and 10 Sep – 30 Oct

Season 2 – $2290 25 Mar – 02 Apr and 01 Sept – 09 Sept

Secure Your Holiday With A Deposit

Book your trip with a deposit of $250 per person until 60 days before departure.

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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) 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)

H) Financial Protection through ABTOT

What's not Included Cross

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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The Essentials

Travel Options

This tour starts in Alghero and finishes in Pula.

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your tour. We ask that you fly into Alghero airport (AHO), aiming to arrive between 09:00 and 16:00 and depart Cagliari airport (CAG) between 11:00 and 19:00.

Please contact us to discuss the option of an arrival into Cagliari airport.

Most flights from North America will involve overnight travel and multiple travel days.

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.


We use a range of small 3* hotels and where possible we opt for agriturismi (small rural guest-houses). 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 roads 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 a Giant Defy or Contend with Giant/Liv Avails (alu frames) for those preferring a women’s specific frame. They are great bikes with good quality components, mechanical disc brakes 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 if you use clip-in pedals.

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