- Checking out the UNESCO heritage site of Barumini Nuraghe
- Enjoying the long descent to Fluminimaggiore and Masua
- Riding along the Nebida coastline and marvelling at the view of Pan di Zucchero
- Sampling local specialities at Carloforte, on St Pietro island
- Experiencing the friendliness and hospitality of the Sardinian people
- Discovering the white beaches along the south-west coastal road
From the booking process through to the transfer to airport on the return journey, everything was excellent. Usual high standards of support, hotels, bikes, route and information. The only negative comment…the holiday had to come to an end!
- Meals: Dinner
Following your arrival into Cagliari, we’ll transfer you to your accommodation in the village of Mandas (approx 45 minutes). The rest of the day can be spent organising bikes and going through your route notes ahead of your week of cycling to come, before enjoying a delicious evening meal in town.
- Meals: Breakfast, dinner
- Ascent: 480m
Leaving your accommodation, you’ll start the day with a gentle descent to the lower 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 for growing cereal, as well as olives and grapes. Today, bread making in this region still follows ancient recipes, with outstanding results! Cycling inland, you’ll head towards the Giara, a high volcanic plateau, populated by hundreds of wild horses. Nestled below it are the villages of Tuili and Barumini.
Allow plenty of time to stop and visit the impressive Nuragic complex of Barumini. Built in the Bronze Age, around the 15th century BC, this complex fortress and its surrounding village demonstrate an architectural feat; massive basalt blocks of rock, built up into three storey towers, internal staircases, outlook posts, courtyards and even an ancient sauna! Riding on you can make a short stop to admire the rose window of the charming granite Church of St Maria, before cycling past the remains of the 12th century Castello di Marmilla, perched on a hill beside the hamlet of Las Plassas.
From here you’ll continue riding towards Collinas (translation: hill!), then descend to Sardara. This town has been important since Nuragic times for its water. In the centre of town, you can visit the “Sacred Well” next to St Anastasia church. Not far from the town centre, the Sardara thermal water area has been known since Roman times and it’s here you’ll find your accommodation for the night, where you can enjoy the hot water pools.
- Meals: Breakfast, dinner
- Ascent: 600m
Leaving the thermal area behind, you’ll venture across the Campidano Plain, the biggest of the island, passing through Pabillonis, famous for the production of saffron.
Make sure you stop at one of the bakeries to try some delicious Sardinian cakes filled with saffron-scented paste. Heading westward, Gonnosfanadiga is nestled below the rocky eastern spurs of the Iglesiente region and is known for its olives and olive oil. Leaving the plain it’s time to get into a smaller gear as you head back into the hills, just below Mt Linas, making your way to your accommodation, a delightful agriturismo offering legendary home made pasta, home-cured meats, cheeses and of course olive oil, with wine included. What better way to round off a fantastic day in the saddle?
- Meals: Breakfast, dinner
- Ascent: 800m
Leaving the agriturismo today you’ll cycle towards the coast. The day starts with an incredible 15 km/9 mile descent, with spectacular mountain views surrounding you. Cycling along the beautiful sandy beach of Portixeddu, you’ll have time to stop for a swim before continuing your cycle south.
The lesser-visited hamlet of Buggerru, once a thriving mining coastal town, now survives mainly on fishing and so with fresh fish being brought into the small port daily, it’s the perfect place to stop for lunch and enjoy some fresh, local delicacies. In Buggerru you’ll have the chance to visit one of the coastal mines, Galleria Henry, which has been opened to the public as part of an Industrial Archaeological itinerary of this fascinating mining area. If interested, let your Rep know at the beginning of the trip so a visiting time can be arranged.
Jumping back on your bike, the road will take you along the remote coastal route towards the towering limestone cliffs of Masua, a free climber’s heaven.
Your accommodation and dinner will be in Nebida, an unforgettable village perched on the cliffside offering mesmerising views of the Mediterranean sea.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 480m
From Nebida you’ll continue south down the coast, leaving the rugged limestone behind and heading towards the lower lands and the islands of St Pietro and St Antioco. Giving your legs a rest, you’ll catch a ferry first to the island of St Pietro, where you’ll discover a new landscape and culture from those you’ve experienced so far.
The town of Carloforte on the island was founded by the coral fishers of Genoa, who moved to the island from Tunisia where they had lived since the middle of the 16th century. This influence is felt in the architecture on the island as well as the cuisine. With its pastel coloured houses set along narrow cobbled lanes, this makes it an interesting place to pootle around, maybe stopping for a fine meal at one of the town’s delicious fish restaurants. Don’t miss the island’s famous fresh tuna! Since ancient times, fishermen have awaited the arrival of schools of tuna that stream by along the same route, not far from the islands.
Another short ferry journey will take you across to the island of St Antioco, where a short ride will take you to your accommodation.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 510m
It is worth spending a few hours to wander and visit 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 Thophet, as well as the Catacombs below the Church of St Antioco.
Leaving the island by the causeway across the bay of Palmas, you’ll carry on cycling towards the Sulcis mountains, riding through the fertile gentle hills around Trattalias and Santadi. As you cycle past vineyard after vineyard, it will become obvious that you are entering the wine region of Santadi. Here you’ll have the chance to try out some of the local wines at the Cantine di Santadi winery.
5 kms/3 miles south of Santadi, the carsic caves of Is Zuddas are one of the island’s many spectacular natural sculpture museums. From here the road winds its way 13 kms/8 miles to Teulada, passing some remote farming hamlets and at points affording some great views across the south coast.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 500m
Your final day’s riding will take you along a roller coaster road towards Pula, your final destination for this trip. The Costa del Sud is a wonderful 20 km/12 mile 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 impressive promontories and with emerald blue waters it’s like something out of a picture book.
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 you to Chia tower, from where you 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 your trip officially comes to an end. The excellent gelateria in the main town square, serving home made ice-cream, is a must-visit for a well deserved treat and reward after your long journey of flavours.
Spend your evening wandering around this charming town, before trying out one of the many brilliant restaurants.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll say arrivederci to Sardinia. You’ll be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home (approx 40 minutes).
If you have a day or two to spare why not extend your trip with some trekking or sea kayaking to explore 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.
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 you 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 rewarded with stunning coastal views. Coastal roads will overlook long stretches of 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.
A thoroughly enjoyable holiday which exceeded all of our expectations. Faultless organisation and support ensuring a really relaxing experience.
Dates & Prices
2021 Daily departures available from 26 Mar to 30 Oct (excluding July and August).
Season 1: For trips starting between (and inclusive of) 08 Apr and 21 Apr, 03 May and 26 Jun, or 02 Sep and 30 Oct: $1470 pp.
Season 2: For trips starting between (and inclusive of) 26 Mar and 07 Apr, or 22 Apr and 02 May: $1645 pp.
Alternatively for a great value holiday choose one of our scheduled departures below.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in small hotels / agriturismi / B&Bs
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
F) Pre-loaded GPS unit (1 per group)
G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Cagliari airport (CAG)
H) 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)
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) City tax to be paid at each accommodation in cash (amount varies)
J) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
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Gary, SwitzerlandVery well managed!
Very progressionaly managed by the Skedaddle team out of the UK (Jess) from the get go! Excellent pre-trip information by email on what to pack. Terrific route information provided for the trip which was so detailed and accurate. Great luggage transfer between accommodation. Nice range of B&B accommodation and hotels. Just excellent!
Alan, Surrey, UKAlready thinking about next years trip!...
A very well planned and organised holiday which makes it easy for us and highly enjoyable. The staff were really helpful and informed when booking and we were kept well informed at all times. Naomi, our contact in Sardinia, was superb. The accommodation was always clean and comfortable with very welcoming hosts. Taking the ferry to St Pietro island and then cycling across to the beautiful beach and seeing pink flamingos on the way was a highlight. The tandem provided was superb.
Naomi was a first class representative. Her local knowledge of the area and detail for ensuring the bikes were in good order was excellent. Meeting up again with Naomi at the end of the cycling was an added bonus. She is a great asset to Skedaddle.
This was our third trip and we are already thinking about another next year!
Martyn, Vale of Glamorgan, WalesFaultless organisation.
Each day was different and memorable. The first days visit to the archaeological sites, the descent down the 1 in 8 hairpin bends to the coast , the flamingos on San Pietro, the salt pan ride in San Antioco, and the two rest days on the beach. All combined to a great stay. The route notes and all arrangements were excellent and as a result the only time we needed any input was a slight delay on one day to the delivery of our bags but this was quickly and easily dealt with. The daily cycle route information was faultless and it was impossible to get lost. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday which exceeded all our expectations. Faultless organisation and support ensuring a really relaxing experience.
Alison, Northamptonshire, UKEven better than expected!
Our trip to Sardinia turned out to be even better than expected. Great service, friendly people, delicious food and breathtaking scenery.
Everyone that I contacted in the UK was very helpful, from my first enquiry asking for recommendations to the day before our departure. In Sardinia the representatives were great, giving us lots of advice and recommendations.
There are 2 days that stand out. Day 4 – a downhill ride in the morning to a lovely beach and later on a trip to a secluded cove for a dip in the sea. Day 6 was fantastic, cycling along the coast on the roller coaster road, with a stop at Tuerreda beach making the best use of the sunbeds and beach cafe before our last few miles, including a stop at Chia beach/tower.
Brown, Glasgow, UKLovely coastal views!
The accommodation varied but Su Tostainu was absolutely lovely – very tasteful and stylish, really enjoyed staying there. The Nora Club was excellent and well worth the upgrade. A difficult third day down to the coast but it came with an amazing descent, paired with a lovely coastal view. The last day was very nice until you got past Chia when the road was very busy until you go to turn off, but those initial miles along the coast were beautiful. Everything, as always was like clockwork. My wife’s luggage was delayed and the representative helped to chase that up and the initial driver supplied a helmet and pedals which was appreciated.
MargaretVery good accommodation...
Accommodation was of a very good standard and in good locations. Day 5 visiting the islands was our favourite day. The rep Naomi was excellent – she even met us in Pula in the evening for a drink to find out how we had got on.
Susan, ScotlandExcellent value!
From the booking process through to the transfer to airport on the return journey was excellent. Usual high standards of support, hotels, bikes, route and information. The only negative comment…the holiday had to come to an end!
Staff are just great. They are in contact with holiday information and any changes. They ensure that you have pre-holiday checklists to follow and the staff greeting you and supporting you throughout the trip were so helpful, lovely and obviously enjoy ensuring clients make the most of their holidays without being overly intrusive. You are always made to feel nothing is too much trouble and that you are important.
Thoroughly enjoyed staying in all the accommodation…always extremely high standard!
Pam, County Fermanagh, UKLoved the coastal sections with the opportunity to swim!
Good variety of terrain and scenery, from inland hills to stunning coastal stretches. Well planned route. Opportunity for visits to sites of archaeological interest , show caves etc. Incredibly quiet traffic-free roads. Some fantastic long descents. No uphills too daunting. The island hopping was fun, and a lovely addition.
Our bikes were excellent. Pam in particular was really pleased with hers and was sorry to leave it at the end of the trip – it better than her own and excellently geared for the hills.