Italy: Cycling Holiday in South-West Sardinia (7 Nights)
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Cycling Tour of Sardinia from the Sinis Peninsula to the South Coast

Guided or Unguided Cycling Tours

8 Days / 7 Nights
(6 Days Cycling)

Accommodation in 3* Hotels, with Breakfast or Half Board

Approx 174 miles / 280 km

Level: Moderate / Hard

Guided Tour

23 May & 12 September 2020

From €1190 pp Half Board

Unguided Tour

Daily Departures throughout the Year

From €690 pp B&B

Cycling Holiday in South-West Sardinia

This is a wonderful cycling tour of Sardinia, the second largest of the Mediterranean islands. Best known for its beautiful coastline, wonderful beaches, spectacular scenery, archaeological treasures, fabulous food and friendly inhabitants. Additional attractions for cyclists are the well-maintained and quiet roads and the bike-friendly drivers.

Sardinia’s southwest forms a rugged wedge of land that juts south of the main body of the island into the Mediterranean, its craggy coastline mitigated by some fine beaches. Forests cling to the slopes of its predominantly hilly landscape, which is strewn with towns, temples and fortifications founded by Phoenicians, settled by Carthaginians and occupied by Romans.

Historically, the region’s importance was due mainly to the mining of ores and minerals. Nowadays, mining is over, and the evidence of mineworks, often in a poignant state of abandon, can be seen around Arbus and Nebida, where the Pan di Zucchero outcrop rises dramatically from the sea.

Some of the best preserved ruins are at Nora, a Roman harbour town, dramatically situated on a promontory overlooking the Golfo di Cagliari. The Carthaginian remains at Sant’Antioco occupy an equally evocative location on an island joined to Sardinia’s coast by a road causeway; the isle and its neighbour San Pietro, are among the tour’s highlights.

Your cycling holiday in south-west Sardinia starts in the Sinis peninsula, a wet area whose lagoons have attracted some of Sardinia’s most abundant bird life and where you can also see the flat-bottomed fassonis, boats still used by the lagoon’s fishermen and hunters, or just for local races. The tour follows the craggy coastline south, passing the beautiful Costa Verde (Green Coast), abandoned mines, ancient ruins and fabulous beaches, including the Piscinas beach, with its sand dunes which are over 50 metres high!

The Costa del Sud (South Coast) offers a highly scenic sequence of inlets punctuated by Spanish watchtowers and in places has an almost unbroken succession of beaches, probably the best in Southern Sardinia. The tour finishes at the pretty little town of Pula, close to Cagliari.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Cabras.
  • Day 2: Tour of the Sinis Peninsula & Oristano to Arborea, Approx 36 or 68 km / 23 or 43 miles).
  • Day 3: Arbus, Approx. 29 or 34 miles / 46 or 54 km.
  • Day 4: Nebida / Gonnesa, Approx. 26 or 31 miles / 41 or 49 km.
  • Day 5: Calasetta, Approx. 22 or 27 miles / 35 or 43 km.
  • Day 6: Sant’Anna Arresi, Approx. 25 miles / 40 km.
  • Day 7: Pula, Approx. 35 miles / 57 km.
  • Day 8: Depart from Pula.

Day 1
Arrive Cabras

Guided Tour: Dinner

On checking in to your hotel you will receive a welcome pack and your bikes. You will then either be met by a member of the team or will be contacted by phone to have a chat regarding your itinerary.

Day 2
Tour of the The Sinis Peninsula and Oristano to Arborea
(Approx 36 or 68 km / 23 or 43 miles)

Guided Tour: Breakfast & dinner

Unguided Tour: Breakfast

The tour of South West Sardinia starts with an optional circuit of the fascinating Sinis wetlands, home to a whole host of migratory birds, including colonies of pink flamingos. There will be a chance to visit the Phoenician ruins of Tharros, one of Sardinia’s most important archaeological sites, which is now an open-air museum, before crossing the medieval historic centre of Oristano to reach Arborea.

Day 3
Arborea to Arbus
(Approx 46-54 km / 29-34 miles)

Guided Tour: Breakfast & dinner

Unguided Tour: Breakfast

Today the cycle tour continues through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde (“Green Coast”), which gets its name from the extensive green vegetation which blankets the surrounding mountains. The Costa Verde extends along the South West coast of Sardinia and is made up of fabulous beaches, small rocky bays and dark and impressive cliffs which tower above the sea.

Your route will visit the beach of Piscinas, which is bordered by huge sand dunes, some of which are over 50 metres high! From Piscinas the route heads inland to end the day with a steady climb to your accommodation for the night, a cosy “Agriturismo” (country lodge) set in the hills.

Day 4
Arbus to Gonnesa or Nebida
(Approx 41-49 km / 26 -31 miles)

Guided Tour: Breakfast & dinner

Unguided Tour: Breakfast

Today’s ride takes you back into the ancient mining past of Sardinia, as you visit the fascinating abandoned mines of Planusartu and Acquaresi. After the golden beach of Portixeddu and the looming mass of the 133 metre high Pan di Zucchero cliff, you will arrive at the former mining village of Nebida, with its old ore washery and fantastic views.

Day 5
Gonnesa or Nebida to Calasetta
(Approx 35-43 km / 22-27 miles)

Guided Tour: Breakfast & dinner

Unguided Tour: Breakfast

After an exhilarating descent to Fontanamare, you will cycle along the coast to Portoscuso, from where you will take the short ferry trip to Carloforte, on the island of San Pietro. After exploring this lovely little island, with its sandy coves and dramatic rocky headlands, you will take another ferry to the equally picturesque larger island of Sant’Antioco. Your hotel  for the night is located in the north of the island, near the small town of Calasetta.

Day 6
Calasetta to Sant’Anna Arresi
(Approx 40 km / 25 miles)

Guided Tour: Breakfast & dinner

Unguided Tour: Breakfast

Today you will ride through vineyards and olive groves, savouring the tranquillity of the rolling plains of Sulcis, the archipelago which includes the islands of San Pietro and Sant’Antioco, and admiring the dramatic cliffs and beautifully picturesque coves and beaches.

On crossing back to the mainland, via the bridge from Sant’Antioco, you will have time to visit the Pisan sanctuary at Tratalias, one of the most important monuments of the Sardinian Romanesque period. From here you follow the shoreline of lake Monte Pranu to arrive at your hotel for the evening, which faces back across the Golfo di Palmas to reveal stunning views of the islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro and your cycle routes of the previous 2 days.

Day 7
Sant’Anna Arresi to Pula
(Approx 57 km / 36 miles)

Guided Tour: Breakfast & dinner

Unguided Tour: Breakfast

The final leg of this lovely cycle tour is along the beautiful Costa del Sud, a remote and unspoilt region of gleaming white beaches, coastal pools and imposing high cliffs, some with watchtowers dating from the 16th century.

The route will pass through the Capes of Malfatano and Spartivento. You will also have the chance to visit the ancient Phoenician settlement at Nora, which is believed to have been the first town founded in Sardinia.

Day 8
Departure from Pula

Both Tours: Breakfast

After breakfast you just have to leave the hire bikes and equipment at the hotel. We will take care of them.

Transfers are available to Cagliari and can be arranged to Alghero. However, what’s the rush to leave? Why not take time to explore more of Sardinia? We can easily arrange an extension for as long as you like, organise another tour or book other hotels, transfers and activities. Please ask for details.

Dates & Prices

Unguided Tour. This unguided cycling tour of Sardinia is available throughout the year. Departure day is normally Saturday, but can be arranged for any other day on payment of a supplement of €60.

Guided Tour. Departures are scheduled for 23 May and 12 September 2020. These tours are guaranteed, with no minimum number of clients necessary.

Price per person (pp)
Twin or Double Room
Self-Guided Tour
Guided Tour
1 January-26 June & 5 September-31 December
€690
€1190
27 June-4 September
€850
N/A
Single Supplement*
€150
€180
Half Board (7 Dinners)
€190
Included
Start on any Day other than Saturday
€60
N/A
Bike & Equipment Hire
Hybrid Bike
€90 (Additional Days €15)
Electric Bike
€190 (Additional Days €25)
Transfers
(pp / min 2 pax / add pax +50% / own bike +€10)
Cagliari - Cabras
€65
Alghero - Cabras
€90
Oristano - Cabras
€20
Pula - Cagliari
€40
Pula - Cabras
€85

*This tour can be booked by a solo traveller for a supplement of €100.

Local tourist taxes have to be paid in some hotels. (A total of approximately €10 per person.)

Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by transfer to our Spanish or UK bank.

We do not charge a handling fee if you pay by credit card. 

Discounts

There are a number of great discounts available on this cycling tour of Sardinia:
  • Adult or child over 11 years sharing room with 2 other adults: 10%.
  • No luggage transfers: Depending on number in party and date of departure. Please ask for details.

Services Included

The guided & unescorted cycling tours of Sardinia both include:
  • 7 nights accommodation in specially-selected 3* hotels.
  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Tour presentation. (Welcome meeting or call.)
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel. (Discount available if not required.)
  • Information pack, including cycle map with detailed English tour description. (1 per room.)
  • Service hotline, 7 days a week.
In addition, the guided tour also includes:
  • Support van on days 3 and 4.
  • 7 dinners (drinks not included).
  • One English-speaking guide throughout the tour.
  • Entry to museums and archaeological sites, with assistance of local professional guides.
  • Tickets for ferries to Carloforte and Calasetta.

Extra Services

The following services are not included in the price of this cycling tour but we would be delighted to help you to organise them.
  • Travel to and from Sardinia.
  • Entry to museums and archaeological sites. (Unescorted tour only.)
  • Local Taxes. (Approx €10.)
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks. (Guided tour.)
  • Dinners, lunches, drinks and snacks (Unescorted tour.  Half-board available.)
  • Extra nights.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Transfers.

Accommodation

This cycling tour of Sardinia includes hand-picked accommodation and breakfasts (and dinners on the guided tour) in lovely, family-run 3* hotels, some with swimming pools, where you will always experience the hospitality for which Sardinia is renowned.

All of the hotels and restaurants are carefully selected for the highest standards of regional cuisine. You can expect plenty of delicious locally-produced foods and wines on every tour.

Your reserved accommodation will usually be confirmed not less than one month before your holiday start date.

Hotel Examples

Night 1: Cabras

Hotel Villa Canu

Albergo Diffuso Aquae Sinis


Hotel Examples

Night 2: Arborea

Hotel Le Torri


Night 3: Arbus

Agriturismo Rocce Bianche

Agriturismo Sa Perda Marcada

Hotel Meridiana


Night 4: Nebida / Gonnesa

Locanda S’anninnia

Locanda L’Agusteri (Facebook)


Night 5: Calasetta/Sant’Antioco

Hotel Luci del Faro

MUMA Hostel


Night 6: Sant’Anna Arresi / Porto Pino

Hotel Cala dei Pini

Guesthouse Il Girasole (Booking.com)

Lù Hotel


Night 7: Pula

Hotel Villa Madau

Hotel Marin

Travel

Getting to & from Sardinia

This cycling holiday of Sardinia starts in Cabras in the west of Sardinia and ends in Pula, in the south. It is possible to get to the start and end of the route from both Cagliari and Alghero airports, though returning to Alghero from Pula is expensive by private transfer and quite complicated by public transport. Please check skyscanner.net for flights and see “Dates & Prices” for costs of transfers.

We would be very happy to arrange your journey to and from Sardinia. Please ask for details.

Bikes

We can supply both normal and electric bikes on this tour.

Trekking Bikes

Normal rental bikes are “trekking” style hybrids, with 27 gears. They are available in men’s and unisex models.

  • Frame: Aluminum, front suspension with lockout.
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Alivio.
  • Crankset: Triple, with 170 mm crank arm.
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore, 9 speed.
  • Shifters: Shimano Alivio.
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-M422, V-Brake.
  • Wheels: Aluminum rims, Shimano hub and freewheel with quick release.
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Plus, anti-puncture.
  • Saddle: Royal.
Gallery of Trekking Bikes
(click to view)

Electric bikes

We can also supply electric bikes. We use Scott E-Sub Tour and Cube Touring Hybrid Exc 500, both of which have a very comfortable unisex frame geometry.

The 250W Bosch engine is extremely reliable and it guarantees a very long operating time.

  • Frame: Aluminum, front suspension with lockout.
  • Motor: Bosch Active, with four levels of assistance.
  • Battery: Ion-Lithium, 500 Wh.
  • Battery life: Up to 120 km.
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore, 9/10 speed.
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore.
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-M446 hydraulic disc.
  • Wheels: Aluminum rims, Shimano hub and freewheel, quick release.
  • Tyres: Schwalbe, anti-puncture.
  • Saddle: Royal Milano/Glamour.
Gallery of Electric Bikes
(click to view)

All rental bikes are equipped with a trip computer, a luggage rack and a single 20-litre pannier bag for the carriage of spare clothing and food. The bikes are also supplied with a pump, puncture repair kit, spare inner tube, multi-tool and lock. Each room is also supplied with a 5-litre handlebar bag, for the carriage of smaller items.

Helmets can be hired locally.  They are only compulsory for children under 14 years of age.

Please see “Dates & Prices” for hire charges.

More Info

Difficulty Level

This cycling tour of south-west Sardinia is a moderate / hard tour that should be achievable by novice cyclists with a good level of fitness. The route includes some climbs, but it is easy to follow and generally has very little traffic. You will usually cycle on quiet country roads; however, heavy traffic may sometimes be encountered in and around the built-up areas.

The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes.


Baggage Transfers

Daily baggage transfers are included in the price of this cycling holiday. Luggage must not weigh more than 20 kg and there is a strict limit of 1 piece of luggage per person.

A discount is available if luggage transfers are not required.


Weather

Sardinia boasts a beautifully warm Mediterranean climate, with long hot summers. During the summer months, plenty of sunscreen and a good hat will definitely be required on all tours. In the autumn and spring, whilst sunscreen and a good hat will still be required, it would also be wise to be prepared for chilly mornings and occasional rain, sometimes heavy. In winter, the weather can be quite chilly, especially in the mornings, but there are usually a lot more sunny days than rainy ones.

Whenever you travel, please check the weather forecasts and be prepared. Outside of summer, it will almost always be necessary to carry a waterproof jacket. Waterproof trousers may also be required at times. All items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking.

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