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Sardinia Cycling Holidays: Italian Paradise Found

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Naomi Lindfield, Saddle Skedaddle
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Naomi Lindfield, Saddle Skedaddle
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  • Cycling in Sardinia doesn’t get better than this. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, this charming island is a perfect home for a true Mediterranean holiday. This 8-day guided cycling tour will take you through the south-west corner of the island, a region bursting with varieties: from vineyards, olive groves, and oak-wooded valleys to high rugged cliffs dotted with watchtowers and splendid hidden coves. And does Italian food even need an introduction? You’ll spend your nights in cute B&Bs, agriturismi, and local hotels, and if your legs get tired by day, there’s always a support vehicle to hop on and make it a bit easier.

    • Meet your guides at Cagliari Airport and take a one-hour drive to your accommodation in the village of Orroli. The rest of the day will be spent organizing the bikes and going through the route with your guides. You’ll also get to know the rest of the group. Get some rest under the Italian sun, tomorrow the cycling begins!

      Accommodation: B&B, hotel or agriturismo in Orroli
      Meals: Dinner

      Cow in Orroli, Sardinia
    • Start cycling through Marmilla, a hilly region which has been the center of cereal, olives, and grapes cultivation—where bread making still follows ancient recipes! Visit the Barumini archeological site and a museum. This Nuragic site was built in the Bronze Age, and it features incredible remnants of the fortress and the village—massive blocks of rock built into three-storey towers, internal staircases, courtyards, and a sauna! Cycling south you’ll then curve around Giara, a high volcanic plateau occupied by hundreds of wild horses. Soon you’ll be cycling through vineyards and olive groves hills, eventually getting to the Collinas village. Venture down to Campidano Plain, the biggest one on the island, and stop in Sardara. Sardara and its well have been a sacred area since ancient times—its closeness to hot springs made Nuragic people believe it has healing properties. Your hotel is set near the Roman remains of old thermal baths! Unwind in spa facilities before dinner.

      Accommodation: Hotel in Sardara
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Cycling: 37 miles / 60 km
      Elevation: 680 m / 2,230 ft

      Su Nuraxi, Sardinia
    • Leaving behind Sardara and its rural church of Santa Maria delle Acque, continue pedaling across an agricultural area, passing Pabillonis, with fields of growing artichokes, wheat, and saffron—offering a tapestry of colors and perfumes. Heading west, Gonnosfanadiga sits below the rocky spurs of the Iglesiente region, and is known for its olive oil. If possible, stop at a local cafè and patisserie to sample some of the local traditional cakes from almond and saffron. Get back into the hills just below Mt. Linas before reaching your accommodation for the night—a delightful agriturismo offering superb homemade pasta, home-cured meats, cheeses, olive oil, and wine. A perfect end to Day 3.

      Accommodation: Agriturismo in Arbus
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Cycling: 25 miles / 40 km
      Elevation: 600 m / 1,970 ft

      Cyclist on the road in Sardinia
    • Superb 8 kilometers (5 miles) of gentle downhill riding with mountains surrounding you take you to the coast. Cycle along the long sandy beach of Portixeddu, where you’ll have time to stop for a swim. Reach the hamlet of Buggerru, a once-thriving mining coastal town (where you’ll have the chance to visit one of the mines, Galleria Henry), which now survives on fishing and travelers. Continue along the remote coastal route towards the towering limestone pinnacles and cliffs of Masua. This is a free climber’s heaven, where excellent routes rise from the sea up to the sky. Pedal onwards to Nebida, where you’ll spend the night.
      Accommodation: B&B, hotel or agriturismo in Nebida

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Cycling: 25 miles / 40 km
      Elevation: 600 m / 1,970 ft

      Cycling along a coastal view in Sardinia
    • Ride south down the coast, and soon you’ll have the chance to rest your legs while on a ferry enroute to the island of San Pietro. The town of Carloforte was founded by coral fishers, who moved there from Tunisia, making their influence strong and present in architecture of the island and cuisine. With its pastel-colored houses and narrow cobbled streets, Carloforte is perfect for a stroll. You’re free to spend some time on your own, so maybe choose tuna for lunch, as the island is well known for its fishing community. Another short ferry ride takes you across to the Sant’Antioco island, where a short ride takes you to town and your accommodation for the night.

      Accommodation: B&B, hotel or agriturismo on Sant’Antioco Island
      Meals: Breakfast
      Cycling: 25 miles / 40 km
      Elevation: 350 m / 1,150 ft

      Pan di Zucchero
    • Start your day by visiting some of the hidden archeological sites of the island. Though its history goes back to the Nuragic times, the island truly thrived when the Phoenicians founded it as “Sulki” in 259 BC. Worth a visit are the Punic Necropolis and Tophet, as well as the Church of Sant’Antioco and the Catacombs. Leave the island by the causeway across the Bay of Palmas, and continue towards the Sulcis mountains. Ride through rolling hills around Trattalias and Santadi, cycle past vineyard after vineyard, and soon you’ll realize that you’re entering the region of the Carignano grapes. Here is where you’ll have the chance to try some local wines at the Cantine di Sa Mesa. From there, the undulating road winds its way for 13 km (8 miles) to Teulada, offering views of remote hamlets and the south coast.

      Accommodation: B&B, hotel or agriturismo in Teulada
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Cycling: 43 miles / 70 km
      Elevation: 510 m / 1,675 ft

      Cannonau Sardinian wine
    • On your final day in the saddle, cycle along a rollercoaster road towards Pula. The Costa del Sud is a 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of twisting road above rugged cliffs that plunge deep into the blue sea, with many outlooks and sandy coves along the way. Cala Tuerredda is one of the most incredible whitesand beaches with emerald colors of the sea. From here, the road climbs away from the coast, dropping back toward the long sandy beach of Chia. You’ll take a short detour to Chia tower, from where you’ll enjoy panoramic views. Continue cycling along a quiet coast road, finally reaching the little town of Pula. There’s an excellent gelateria in the main town square, serving home-made gelato, a perfect treat after the long journey. Evening is free to wander around town, trying out one of the many quality restaurants.

      Accommodation: B&B, hotel or agriturismo in Teulada
      Meals: Breakfast and lunch
      Cycling: 435 miles / 55 km
      Elevation: 550 m / 1,805 ft

      Cycling along a beach in Sardinia
    • Wake up early and go for a one-hour drive to the airport. Depending on the group’s flight schedules, there’s hopefully going to be some time to wander around the city—the perfect place for last minute goodies, relaxing on Italian piazze, or sipping on vino rosso. You’re encouraged to stay longer, though! Sardinia is a beautiful place, also offering some great hiking and kayaking opportunities! Just ask your guides for some recommendations and they can help arrange some day trips. Alternatively, if you’re looking for some city life and culture, your guides can arrange a guided cycle tour of Cagliari.

      Meals: Breakfast

      Cagliari cycling
    • What you get on this adventure:

        • An experienced, English-speaking cycling guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
        • At least one leader qualified in first aid
        • 8-day Sardinia cycling tour
        • Accommodation — shared twin/double ensuite rooms in small hotels/agriturismi (7 nights)
        • Meals as listed in the itinerary
        • Support vehicle and luggage transfers
        • Airport round-trip transfers (to and from Cagliari Airport) — on scheduled arrival / departure days only

      Mountain bike and helmet rentals are available for an added fee of $225-$400.

      What’s not included:

        • Bike rental — available if required
        • Transportation or flights to Sardinia
        • Meals not listed in the itinerary and snacks
        • Single room — available if required
        • Travel insurance
        • Personal clothing and equipment
        • Personal expenses (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
        • Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
        • Ferry tickets between the islands of San Pietro and Sant’Antioco (approximately €15) — 2 tickets, from
        • Portovesme to Carloforte (Island of San Pietro), then from Carloforte to Calasetta (Island of Sant’Antioco)
        • Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • For this 8-day Sardinia cycling tour, you need to be able to cycle between 20 and 45 miles (32-72 km) per day. This tour is ideal for a leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness. Though the trail is relatively flat, there will still be some steeper climbs as well as sections of varying terrain.

      This Sardinia cycling tour is great for you if you keep relatively fit and perhaps enjoy an afternoon out on your bike on the weekend. Though your preference is for flatter terrain, you don’t mind tackling some hills and an occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace—there will be some ups and downs on this trip, as well as some varying terrain. It’s generally expected that you have a decent level of physical fitness and that you’re comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

      Looking for some Italian alternatives? Maybe this mountain biking tour in Tuscany is a better pick!

    • You can expect a terrific blend of both serene countryside and spectacular coastal views on this Sardinia cycling tour! You’ll be riding primarily on well-paved roads, though there will be a few shorter sections of gravel/dirt roads that lead to your accommodation.

      You’ll be pedaling through a region which combines rolling hills and long flat stretches, passing olive groves and vineyards. When you get to the coast, the riding gets a bit more undulating, with a few challenging, but well-rewarded coastal sections. These 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.

      Both hybrid and e-bikes are recommended and suitable for the terrain—but please note that there’s only one e-bike-only departure. The route is otherwise suitable for a road bike if preferred.

    • Here’s what you’ll need:

        • Bike — available to rent
        • Comfortable, season-appropriate riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material
        • Padded shorts
        • Peaked helmet
        • Sneakers or sport shoes
        • Breathable outside layer or jacket
        • Sunglasses
        • Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
        • Daypack with snacks
        • Biking gloves are optional but recommended
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)

      Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    • Indeed you can! Both hybrid bikes and e-bikes are offered on this tour. Hybrids are typically Giant Roams (or equivalent). If a small frame is needed you will generally be given Liv Roves. Please note that if you request a bike with a low cross bar, models might be different.

      If you choose to rent an e-bike, it will be especially helpful when it comes to some of the steep climbs on the tour. The e-bikes on offer are Giant Entour or E+. However, these are subject to availability so let us know as soon as possible if you’d like to rent it. Keep in mind that May 4, 2024 is an exclusive e-bike departure.

      If you choose to bring your own bike, please contact us beforehand to determine if the bike is suitable for the tour.

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • The group size for this Sardinia cycling tour is 14 people.
        • There are usually 3 guides per trip, two cycling guides and one guide in the support vehicle.
        • At least 6 people have to sign up for the tour to run.
        • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

      Sardinia cycling can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.

      If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • To get to your Sardinia cycling tour, it’s best to fly into Cagliari Airport (CAG) on Sardinia. Your guides will pick you up at the airport for the start of the tour and drop you off at the airport on the last day of the tour. This is included in the price, but if you’d like to arrive earlier than Day 1 and leave later than Day 7, you’ll have to arrange transportation by yourself.

    • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

      Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

      We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Italy, please refer to Italy’s foreign travel advice.

      If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

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