- Checking out the UNESCO heritage site of Barumini Nuraghe
- Enjoying the long descent to Fluminimaggiore and Masua
- Sampling local specialties at Carloforte, on St Pietro island
- Riding along the Nebida coastline and marvelling at the view of Pan di Zucchero
- Experiencing the friendliness and hospitality of the Sardinian people
- Discovering the white beaches along the south-west coastal road
This was truly the trip of a lifetime – we enjoyed every minute! From the moment I first called Saddle Skedaddle to inquire about the trip and on throughout the process the service was prompt, friendly and excellent.
Following your arrival into Cagliari airport, we’ll meet you and make the 45 minute transfer to our accommodation in the village of Gergei. The rest of the day will be spent organising bikes and going through the route with your guides to make sure all is well for the week ahead, as well as getting to know the rest of the group.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Ascent: 500m
Leaving our accommodation, we’ll start the day exploring the plains of the Marmilla, a hilly region which extends from the outskirts of Cagliari towards Oristano. Since Roman times, this fertile part of the island has been the centre of cereal cultivation as well as olives and grapes. Today, bread making in this region still follows ancient recipes, with exceptional results! Here we will visit the archeological site of Barumini and nearby museum. This Nuragic site is the most important on the island. Built in the Bronze Age, around the 15th century BC, this fortress and its surrounding village demonstrate an incredible architectural feat: massive basalt blocks of rock, built up into three storey towers, internal staircases, outlook posts,courtyards and even an ancient sauna!
Cycling north west we’ll then curve around the Giara, a high volcanic plateau, populated by hundreds of wild horses. Riding on we’ll find ourselves cycling over rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves, leading us to the village of Collinas.
Leaving the hills behind, we’ll venture down to the Campidano Plain, the biggest of the island, making our first stop in the town of Sardara. The closeness to a hot spring area and the quality of its fresh water has made Sardara, and specifically its well, a sacred area since ancient times – it’s believed that Nuragic people venerated the water as having healing properties. Your hotel is set near the Roman remains of the old thermal baths. Time to enjoy the spa facilities before dinner!
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Ascent: 700m
Setting off from Sardara and its rural church of St Maria delle Acque, we’ll leave this thermal water oasis behind us and cycle on, across the plain, passing Pabillonis. This is an agricultural area and the fields around us may be growing artichokes, wheat or saffron, offering a tapestry of colours and perfumes.
Heading westward, Gonnosfanadiga is nestled below the rocky eastern spurs of the Iglesiente region and is known for its olives and olive oil. If the timing is right, a stop at a local cafè and patisserie will allow us time to sample some of the local traditional cakes made from almond paste and saffron. Leaving the plain it’s time to get into a smaller gear as we head back into the hills, just below Mt Linas, before reaching our accommodation for the night, a delightful agriturismo offering some superb homemade pasta, home-cured meats, cheeses and of course olive oil and wine included. What better way to finish off a good day on the bike?
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Ascent: 800m
Leaving the agriturismo, we’ll cycle on towards the coast. A superb 9 kms of gentle downhill riding with beautiful mountain views is the perfect start to our day. Cycling along the long sandy beach of Portixeddu, we’ll have time to stop for a brief swim before continuing.
The little hamlet of Buggerru, once a thriving mining coastal town, is now trying to survive on few resources: fishing and the odd traveller who ventures this way. In Buggerru we’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the coastal mines, Galleria Henry, which has been opened up to the public as part of an Industrial Archaeological itinerary of this fascinating mining area. Cycling on, the road takes us along the remote coastal route towards the towering limestone pinnacles and cliffs of Masua. This is a free climber’s heaven, with excellent routes starting from sea level towering up to the sky. We’ll pedal onwards to breathtaking Nebida!
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 400m
From Nebida we’ll continue riding south down the coast, leaving the rugged limestone behind and heading towards the lower lands and the islands of St Pietro and St Antioco. We’ll have the chance to give our legs a rest as we catch a ferry across to the island of St Pietro.
The town of Carloforte, on St Pietro, was founded by the coral fishers of Genoa, who moved here from Tunisia where they had lived since the middle of the 16th century. Their influence is felt in the architecture of the island as well as the cuisine. With its pastel coloured houses set along narrow cobbled lanes, Carloforte is a fascinating place to stroll around. The island is well known for its fishing community, in particular tuna fishing. Since ancient times, fishermen have awaited the arrival of schools of tuna that stream by along the same route, not far from the islands. You are free to please yourself for your lunch break, choosing one of the lovely fish restaurants or a delicious panino from one of the many bars. Another short journey on a ferry will take us across to the island of St Antioco, where a short ride will take us to the town, and our accommodation for the night.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Ascent: 550m
It’s well worth spending a few hours visiting some of the hidden archaeological sites of St Antioco. The development of the area in fact goes back to the Nuragic times, but only truly thrived when the Phoenicians founded it as “Sulcis” in 259 BC. Worth a visit is the Punic Necropolis and Tophet, as well as the Catacombs below the Church of St Antioco.
Leaving the island by the causeway across the bay of Palmas, we’ll carry on cycling towards the Sulcis mountains, riding through the fertile, rolling hills around Trattalias and Santadi. As we cycle past vineyard after vineyard, it will become obvious that we are entering the vine region of the Carignano grapes. Here we’ll have the chance to try some of the yummy, local wines at the Cantine di Sa Mesa. From here the undulating road winds its way 8miles/13kms to Teulada, passing some remote farming hamlets and at points affording some great views across the south coast.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 550m
Our final day in the saddle will see us cycling along a roller coaster road towards Pula. The Costa del Sud is a wonderful 20 km spectacle of twisting, turning road above rugged cliffs that plunge into the deep blue sea. There are many outlook points and small sandy coves to stop and enjoy the sea. Cala Tuerredda is one of the most stunning beaches along this coast, protected by two promontories; the emerald blue colours are breathtaking.
From here the road climbs away from the coast, dropping back toward the long sandy beach of Chia. A short detour to the right will take us to Chia tower, from where we can enjoy a spectacular view of the long stretch of Chia beach and the islands. The next section follows the main road north, along a quiet coast road, finally reaching the little town of Pula, where our trip officially comes to an end. The excellent gelateria in the main town square, which serves home made ice-cream, is a well deserved treat and reward after this long journey of flavours.
We’ll have the evening free to wander around the town and try out one of the many quality restaurants.
- Meals: Breakfast
A relatively early start to the day for the 45 minute journey to Cagliari airport. Depending on flight schedules, we’ll hopefully have some time for a wander around the city; the perfect place for those last minute goodies or to put your feet up in one of the many plazas sipping a last glass of vino rosso.
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.
Alternatively if you are looking for some city life and culture, we can arrange a guided cycle tour of Cagliari.
The tour alternates between countryside and stunning coastal views. You’ll be riding primarily on well-paved roads, except for a few short sections of dirt road that lead to your accommodation. You’ll be riding in a region which combines rolling hills and long flat stretches, passing olive groves and vineyards. Towards the coast the riding becomes a more undulating roller coaster, with a few challenging sections. Coastal roads overlook sandy beaches and remote coves. The climbs are never too steep or long and the roads generally have little traffic. We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour, but the route is suitable for a road bike if preferred.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day
For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness
May include some steeper, cheeky climbs
Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).
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?
Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 trip to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.
Our expectations were met and surpassed in most cases. The personal touch was evident in communications leading up to our trip. Very much appreciated.
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) Single room (available if required, on request)
D) Travel insurance
E) Meals not stated in the itinerary
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 between the islands of St. Pietro and St.Antioco (approx €15): 2 tickets – From Portoveseme to Carloforte (Island of St Pietro), then from Carloforte to Calasetta (Island of St Antioco)
J) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
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Barbara, USAThe trip of a lifetime!
This was truly the trip of a lifetime – we enjoyed every minute! From the moment I first called Saddle Skedaddle to inquire about the trip and on throughout the process the service was prompt, friendly and excellent. Each and every place was lovely. The food throughout this trip was superb! Antonio made exquisite lunches and the dinners were across the board absolutely amazing and delicious. Sharing meals together was a highlight of the trip.
We especially enjoyed cycling along the coastlines, the winding roads through the limestone pinnacles and the cliffs along the sea. We also enjoyed riding inland through the olive groves and vineyard as well as the ride through the salt flats. Really, it was all spectacular and we appreciated the variety!
We had an absolutely excellent tour leader and we couldn’t imagine anyone more qualified than she was. Each day she would brief us on the ride ahead and what to expect as far as climbs, the terrain, snack and meal stops. Her pacing was excellent, making sure that as a group we kept safely together. She was full of enthusiasm and just plain a whole lot of fun to be with.
Our other guide was also amazing and really knew all aspects of cycling (and bicycle repair) and was such fun to be with. Together they made our trip absolutely wonderful. He had some wonderful personal stories of cycling travel which he shared. We were made the most delicious lunches by the support vehicle driver who, as a native Sardinian, had so much to offer and share as far as the culture and knowledge of the island and it’s history.
Yes, this was the first time we’ve been on a tour of any sort and to have all the details and most of the meals taken care of was wonderful – so relaxing and we felt it was a very good value! We’ve already told many people about Skedaddle. Many of the people we traveled with had taken multiple trips with Skedaddle and I can see why! Yes, we are already looking ahead at another holiday with you.
Bruce, CanadaOne of our all time favourites...
The trip exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Alessandro, was excellent and there was lots of variety during the day, both in the cycling and extra activities (such as visits to the beach, an archaeological site and a cave). This trip ranks as one of our all time favourites – along with our visits to the Lofoten Islands and the Azores.
We had a wide range of type of accommodations – from resort-style (with spa) to more basic agritourism sites. All were very clean and comfortable, with friendly staff. We enjoyed all the Italian food offerings throughout the day. In particular, we appreciated Alessandro’s picnic lunches where everything was freshly prepared and very tasty. He put a lot of thought into the food items (different breads, cookies, pastas) as well as the location of our picnic stops. We were often able to go for a swim while Alessandro prepared lunch for us. Everyday featured some very special segments. During some days we were cycling along country roads through vineyards, olive groves and cork trees, while other days, featured beautiful rides overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and visits to the beach for a brief swim. It is difficult to note one favourite day – they all had their special aspects. The hybrid bike was excellent, and Tammy really enjoyed the e-bike.
Alessandro was an amazing guide for us. Each day he went over the route with us, pointing out places of interest and things to be aware of. He was particularly diligent in noting any safety issues that we may encounter along the way. During the ride he would meet us to see how we were doing, supply water, and make sure we stayed on the route. His picnic lunches were greatly appreciated as they were always freshly prepared with a wide variety of local food items. His English was excellent and he had a great sense of humour. All of us on the trip agreed that Alessandro greatly added to our enjoyment of the holiday.
The service was excellent. All our questions were answered promptly and completely. Individual preferences were taken into account (for example, specific food preferences, additional nights booked, a more convenient transfer to the airport). The office were helpful with my early questions regarding the holiday in Sardinia. The description of the trip on the website, and the downloaded notes gave an accurate and helpful overview of the cycle tour. The booking was easy to do. Questions were answered promptly. We had great confidence that all would work out as planned. This was our sixth trip with Skedaddle, and we often discuss our trips back home with friends and family and always recommend Skedaddle if they show interest in such a holiday.
Julie, West Yorkshire, UKJust what you want when on holiday!
Our expectations were met and surpassed in most cases. Accurate information was provided in advance and the arrangements went very smoothly. The personal touch was evident in communications leading up to our trip. Very much appreciated.
The range and variety of foods was excellent and everyone seemed to cope well with dietary requirements. The quality and freshness of the food at the agriturismo locations was amazing. Snacks were great – particularly when fruit and nuts / fresh fruit choices were provided.
Good variety of views and roads – some challenge on some of the days was fun and the “interest” stops (archaeological sites, salt flats, caves etc) were excellent. Difficult to choose a favourite since they were so varied but the nuragic site at Barumini was really worthwhile.
We were always well informed about the day ahead and what to expect as well as having hazards and safety issues highlighted. Alessandro was very professional and led a great team with a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Nicki, Derbyshire, UKJust fantastic!
Every day a favourite day! There was a good mix of beach; countryside; coastline; islands were lovely; loved the peace and tranquillity of it all. Our tour leader was an absolute gentleman; kind; thoughtful; charming; made us all feel extremely comfortable; great company; funny; tolerant!!; patient; great sorting out my bike; one step ahead all the time; a pleasure to have as our tour leader; we loved him!
After an amazing first skedaddle trip last year to Spain which was just fantastic there was a lot to live up to. Yet skedaddle did not disappoint and this year was just amazing too- different but amazing- fantastico- bellissimo! The thing that stands out for me in both cases are the Skeddadle guides. You should be congratulated for your choices as they are have all been amazing- and with a group of 8 bonkers girls from Derbyshire for a week, who are only quiet when they are asleep, they had their work cut out! Like last year our guides this year have been absolute gentleman and great company. Making us feel comfortable and at ease and enjoying the general mayhem, laughter and fun we generated as we cycled our way round south west Sardinia. Thank you, thank you. We may be happily married ladies with 17 children between us, but we loved them!
Shona, Edinburgh, UKJust what a holiday should be.
The van support driver was in charge of snacks and lunch and was so helpful. If any of us asked for something, he did his utmost to get it. Always had such a variety of snacks and his lunches were so varied and delicious.He frequently has some local specialty for us to try, it was great. We were never hungry, plenty to eat. He also had a lot of knowledge about Sardinia and each day he would tell us the history about the areas we were cycling through, local food, traditions and customs. We enjoyed his enthusiasm for his country and felt we learned so much more about Sardinia.
The cycling was hillier than we thought but still so so enjoyable and quite a challenge some days. I loved it. Sardinia is so varied and beautiful! I really liked the fact that our route was on so many quiet roads. Our tour leader, was a very attentive leader. She made us all feel relaxed and put a lot of effort into making the holiday so enjoyable for us. Her warm and friendly nature shone through. Another guides mechanical knowledge was great and helped our group several times. He seemed to really enjoy the cycling to and his enthusiasm to ensure everyone had a good experience was so nice to see, whether you were at the front of the group or at the back needing encouragement. Our trip with them was so much fun and laughter, just what a holiday should be.
Laurel, Kent, UKAn absolute pleasure...
Exceeded expectations, beautiful coastline rides in Sardinia. Good communication from a member of the office staff meant we were confident everything was ready for our trip. Good standard throughout and we enjoyed the accommodation, especially the excellent food! Delicious food throughout at accommodations, lunches provided were superb! Electric bike was brilliant, much more power than the ebike I use at home. Hybrid bike was also good. Our tour leader was lovely; caring, sympathetic, enthusiastic and also a firm and decisive leader. She was very efficient and hard-working and made sure we had everything we needed for a wonderful holiday. She catered for the differing abilities of the group effortlessly and her knowledge and personality made cycling with her an absolute pleasure.
The Times (January 2017), Discover Croatia’s islands by boat — and bikeAs seen in the press...
Explore Sardinia’s southwest corner on this family-friendly holiday that takes guests from Nebida to Pula. The route passes through rolling vineyards, olive groves and oak-wooded valleys. The trip is guided, with about 20 miles of cycling each day, mainly on quiet lanes, with nights spent in small family-run hotels.
David, Wirral, UKGreat holiday
I got to see lovely parts of Sardinia and sample the local cuisine as well as having some good cycling days. Danilo and Roberto were great guides; very enthusiastic and keen to let us enjoy their home of Sardinia. They managed to accommodate the needs of all the group well and were friendly and cheerful throughout. Gave lots of advice about local food and drinks and put a lot of effort into preparing excellent lunches for us. Evening meals were a great opportunity to experience the many varied Sardinian local dishes
Clare, Cambridge, UKI enjoyed the variety that the trip had to offer
We enjoyed wine tasting to time on the beach and experienced rural inland areas of the island, as well as coastal resorts, small smart hotels to rural agriturismo. I felt I experienced Sardinia in a way that I couldn’t have done on my own or as part of a package tour. The cycling also had something for everyone, some easy days on the flat but also some interesting climbs and descents. The constants were the good food and company along the way!
Claire, Derbyshire, UKExcellent!
From beginning to end, Enrico and Danilo looked after us with the utmost courtesy and care. They were excellent bike mechanics, totally organised, knowledgeable about our tour, made delicious lunches and looked after us with great humour and spirit. They were the perfect gentlemen and made the trip complete. Thank you!