Day one – welcome to Alghero
Arrival in Alghero Airport and transfer to Hotel Villa Mosca. Bike fitting. The Sardinian town of Alghero is a lively and pretty city and a flourishing tourist attraction not only for the summer masses and elite tourism, but also for a new cosmopolitanism. It is famous because it has been dominated by Catalans and just here, some people speak Catalan language. The Mura Catalane (Catalan walls) still surround the old town center on the seaward side, the wall have towers and it will be pleasant for you to walk along and have a drink at sunset before a seafood dinner!
Lodging: hotel Villa Mosca
Day two – Bosa & Malvasia
bike ride from Alghero to Bosa skirting the coast. Distance 40, otherwise inland via Monteleone and Montresta, distance 60 km option A, 43 km: leaving Alghero and pedaling on secondary roads you can admire the uneven north-west coast, shaped by Mistral wind, but do not worry: the wind will be on your side.
Option B, 60 km: you leave Alghero biking up on beautiful uplands, viewing unforgettable landscapes. You’ll pass through Villanova Monteleone and Montresta, admiring from below the fascinating Monteleone RoccadoriaIn Bosa you can admire the massive complex of the Castello dei Malaspina. Nature has done a great work along the coast of Bosa. The bastions overlooking the sea, the little, stony creeks and the wild scenery are all exclusive elements of this surprising landscape. Due to a series of quite unique events, Bosa has managed to keep its territory unchanged. Here it is also produced a fine wine, Malvasia di Bosa, be sure to taste it!
Lodging: hotel Sa Pischedda
Day three: Santu Lussurgiu, medieval hilltown
Cycling: from Bosa to Santu Lussurgiu. Distance 43 or 41 km
option A : 44 km easier: in this ride you’ll bike along country roads passing through small villages and you’ll see the famous Siete Fuentes water sources in San Leonardo, where you can relax in the woods. Soon you will arrive in Santu Lussurgiu, admiring, while descending, the great plateau of Ghilarza and much of the south of Sardinia.
Option B 38 km shorter BUT challenging : Leaving from Bosa, you can bike along the sea, to go then up to the inland and pass through characteristic little villages such as Magomadas and Cuglieri. You’ll come across lots of Nuraghe and suggestive lands, such as the plateau right before arriving in Santu lussurgiu, which has been built at the edge of the massive inactive volcanic mountain called Montiferru (iron mountain). Where you will find the Montiferru castleThe village in which you will overnight developed around the small rustic church of Holy Cross (built in 1185 A.D.) and has the characteristic structure of an amphitheater, with ancient stone houses built in concentric configuration along winding and steep narrow cobbled lanes you will love to explore!
Lodging: hotel Sas Benas
Day four: Oristano & sightsee
bike ride from Santu Lussurgiu to Oristano Distance 42 km or 77 km
Option A flat terrain, 52 km: Take this option if you want to have time to sightsee Oristano! On the way you can stop in Tharros, a made of Punic-Roman ruins, pass Riola Sardo, skirt Cabras lagoon. Do not miss the famous beach IS ARUTAS made by pure white little pebbles. In Marina di Torregrande take the bike path which will bring you in town.
Option B more hills, 73 km: this ride is more challenging, cycling toward the seaside and crossing small villages in Sardinian-spanish style. You will see domus de janas, dolmen e and nuraghes.You will pass through a lot of Punic and Roman ruins and you will be enthusiastic of the crystalline water and sandy beaches of the area! There’s also a particular Statue that wind carved in ages that is l’Arco di S’Archittu.
Lodging hotel Duomo
Day five: Sardara & thermal spa
bike ride from Oristano to Sardara Distance 69 km or 70 km
Option A, 66 km: It is quite an easy way, the road is almost in flat terrain, pedaling near the seaside you will get to Marceddì, a fisherman village (it’s worth having a seafood for lunch here!) Then you go back inland and admire the majesty of Castello di Monreale, which protects Sardara village, your destination.
Option B, 59 km: this option is more difficult! The first part is flat and soon you will bypass the mountain Monte Arci and get to the heart of Marmilla – famous for its rolling hills.You will finally arrive at the charming village of Sardara, where you can set some time aside to explore the narrow cobbled streets. The most interesting monument here is the Nuraghic pit temple found near the church of S. Anastasia close to the curative water spring.
Lodging hotel Antica Casa Diana (spa and pool)
Day six: Barumini, Unesco site Nuraghes
bike ride from Sardara to Barumini and back via Villanovaforru
Distance 57 kmYou’ll bike through secondary roads up and down the hill through little villages, the highlight today is Barumini, a small village placed in the heart of Sardinia which has become famous thanks to the most important archeological area of the island: the Su Nuraxi complex, a visit not to be missed. Sardinia is quite well known not only for its natural beauties, but also for its typical and peculiar buildings named Nuraghe, which have appeared during the Bronze Age and which represent the symbol of the island.Farewell gourmet dinner is included at restaurant in Sardara
Lodging: hotel Antica Casa Diana
Day seven: after breakfast end of the tour – train or private transfer available to Cagliari or other destination on the island
Rent of bike
touring/hybrid bike euro 140
high-end race bike euro 170
7 days/ 6 nights