Bike tour Sardinia, cycling in the wild landscape

Discover island with most spectacular coastline.
An ancient land with an ancient language, Sardinia is a uniquely fascinating place, its coastline is probably Europe’s most spectacular, its waters teem with fish and shellfish. People here are very friendly and with them you will taste the typical Mediterranean Dolcevita
Those rugged mountains, pocked with caves, are home to large flocks of sheep that feed on pungent wild herbs and produce a cheese your palate will never forget. While a winding coastal drive—perfect for a roadster —offers dramatic Mediterranean views and a powerful adrenaline rush, the real highlights are the actual rocks, or more precisely, the prehistoric stone dwellings found in the mountainous interior, the island is home to more than 7,000 stone Nuraghi towers, Bronze Age castles built between 1600 and 1100 B.C.

Starting from Oristano, heart of the Campidano plane you will ride in the terrific and suggestive south-west coast of Sardinia Island, where Pink flamingos will wait you for pleasant meetings.
Then, you will go up and down on the mountains of Costa Verde, full of old and suggestive mines. Cycling southwards, on the islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro and on the coast of Teulada, an unforgettable scenery  will stay in your  mind forever, the scent of the Mediterranean Sea and the Sardinian countryside will frame your memories and your pictures.
Finally you will arrive to Pula near the roman ruins of Nora, a “must” don’t be missed.

Highlights

  • Biking on the terrific Sardinia South Coast and admire  Pan di Zucchero outcropping rock
  • Riding between salt flats & Pink Flamingos
  • A pinch of history: Pula & Nora Roman ruins
  • Take the ferry to San Pietro Island and cycle

 

1

Welcome to Oristano

Option ride test on the Sinis Peninsula: distance km 42 km / 26 mi
Welcome to Oristano. It is located in the northern part of the Campidano plain, in the middle of Sardinia. Its birth is dated 1070 and it was the capital of the Judges of Arborea and the city is historically linked to the name of its greatest representative: Eleonora d’Arborea. The center preserves historic buildings of interest and will be a pleasure to walk in the narrow streets of the old town.
Depend of your arrival time today you the option to ride a loop on the Sinis Peninsula visiting the old roman harbour ruins of Tharros. This ride is completely flat and you can also visit one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia: Is Arutas. Or take an Aperitivo to Marina di Torregrande Beach.
Meet and Greet: fit your bikes and introduce you to each day ride.
2

Guspini & SPA

Bike ride from Oristano to Guspini via Marceddì. Distance 59 km /36,6 mi or 79 km / 49 mi
Option A 59 km : easy going, you pass the little villages of Arborea and Marceddì . Leaving the town of Oristano you have an easy start crossing the wide Campidano plane. You will pass the little village of Marceddi, surrounded by a beautiful sea, where you can stop for a coffee or a light lunch. After an unforgettable picture at pink flamingos you will ride inland until Guspini
Option B 73 km : challenging bike ride. A beautiful ride for strong cyclists. From Oristano you start crossing the Campidano and taking a completely flat road until Sant’Antonio di Santadi for exactly 30 km! at this point you are warmed enough and can face the hills of Costa Verde in direction to Montevecchio, an old mine village. The mines of Montevecchio are now an important site of industrial archaeology, part of the Parco Geominerario Storico. After this stop enjoy the downhill to Guspini. Gourmet dinner included at hotel restaurant
3

Nebida & Pan di Zucchero

Bike ride from Guspini to Nebida via Arbus, Bugerru. Distance 65 km / 40,5 mi
The first uphill to Arbus and stop for a caffè. Now another climb wait for you and after the long downhill towards the ocean, stop at Portixeddu and its long beach. A short extension 4 km and you can admire the granite peninsula of Capo Pecora. Now skirt the coast: stunning views of long sandy beaches and rugged promontories and small village to stop. Your destination is Nebida in front of Pan di Zucchero, an outcropping rock 133 meters high with two natural arches.
4

Calasetta & San Pietro Island

Bike ride from Nebida to Calasetta via Fontanamare and San Pietro Island. Distance 63 km / 39 mi
Start the bike ride skirting the coast and enter inland in Fontanamare. Your final destination is the little fisherman village of Calasetta on Sant’Antioco Island. Calasetta is also an harbour for sailing boat, is peaceful and quiet but at the same time is a thriving community offering all amenities and a lively, friendly atmosphere.
Today you have the option to visit the little and pretty San Pietro Island, taking the ferry boat in Portoscuso. Here the highlights are the pink flamingos and the lovely city of Carloforte in Genoese Style.
5

Teulada & Sulcis Wine area

Bike ride from Calasetta to Teulada via Tratalias or Santadi. Distance 57 or 70 km / 33 or 43mi
You will begin ridind back to Sant’Antioco and pedal through the salt flats, just after the fisherman village of Sant’Antioco.you’ll be charmed by the magnificence of Tratalias Church. Interesting is also the medieval village of Tratalias. Then you’ll pedal along the Sulcis wine area, famous for producing the Carignano red wine, a pleasure for the palate. Today you can choose your way: the easier way is flat with some very gentle uphill, or, on the other way you’ll climb on the rolling hill terrain of Sulcis. Riding on direction to Teulada you’ll cross the “Is Zuddas” caves, a good place to visit, and you will meet some very little village of shepherd before the downhill to Teulada, famous for its longevity of the inhabitants and for his history of achievements. Gourmet dinner at hotel restaurant
6

Sulcis Wine Area & Baia di Chia

Bike ride from Teulada to Pula. Distance: 47 km / 29 mi
Your last day is terrific: the begining is ride along craggy cliffs with ancient fortified watchtowers alternate with little sandy coves and long stretches of sandy beaches, terrain is up and down until Baia Chia. The crystalline water have a Caribbean feel, it is only the Mediterranean vegetation and in particular the juniper trees, “Ginepro” typical of this region, that reminds you are in Sardinia
7

Pula & Nora beaches Arrivederci

This morning after breakfast enjoy Pula beaches and coves, Roman excavations and blindingly white sand dunes and consider to visit the beach of Nora and a large Roman amphitheatre that lies directly on the sea.
Bus, taxi or private transfer available to Cagliari or other destination on the island
Regina d'Arborea - Oristano
Located in a nineteenth-century building on the west coast of Sardinia, Hotel Regina D’Arborea, 4 stars hotel, is located in the historic center of Oristano, frescos and iternal decoration from 1880. Air-condition and breakfast with local and organic products.
Hotel Tartesh - Guspini
Tarthes hotel: luxurious design, clean and spacious rooms, wellness centre and particular location in the contrasting and tranquil mining town of Guspini. Tartheshotel is surrounded by archaeological sites and natural landmarks. Large gardens, an outdoor pool and hydromassage facilities
Tanca Piras -Nebida
Close to the sea, on a cliff of few feet, there is the Villaggio Tanca Piras, it is located on the wonderful scenery of the Costa Verde in a small town called Nebida. The view is terrific: the rock of “Pan di Zucchero”, the islands of San Pietro and S. Antioco, the old mining washery, but especially the sea. On sunny days, guests can enjoy a drink at the tables on the rocks overlooking the sea
Luci del Faro - Calasetta
Located in front of San Pietro Island, the Luci del Faro hotel offers all the services and modern comforts, recently built with a 3 star. this hotel is very near to the fantastic beach of Calasetta and offers a shuttle service for those who want to enjoy in the center of Calasetta, only 3 km away
S’Aqua Sassa - Teulada
Nestled in the countryside close to a sea of the most beautiful in the world, S’acqua Sassa Resort offers cosmopolitan hospitality in an exclusive and characterized by a harmonious and timeless style: S’acqua Sassa Resort is’ an intimate retreat, delicate and secret, where the welcome is attentive and generous style of the Sardinian tradition
Nota Club - Pula
Nora Club is a charming, elegant, small 4 star hotel. It’s surrounded by lush, well-tended gardens with a large attractive swimming pool with Jacuzzi area and pergolas, where guests can relax or have drinks and snacks at any time of the day. Nora Club boasts a well-being centre with gym, steam room, Jacuzzi bath, massage and body treatment areas

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Price & Inclusions

Price 
Cost: Euro 1380 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement euro 350

Inclusions
Six nights in four & three-star superior hotels
Six breakfasts
Two gourmet dinners
Eventual transfer on day six from Calasetta to Teulada
Bike Delivery in Oristano and professional bike fitting
Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
All Baggage transfers
Drop Off bikes and gear in Pula
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
Sales tax

Not Included
Bike Rental per entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 180
Race bike     euro 210
E-Bike         euro 210

City Tax  each village charges a tax per each day between euro 0,70 to 4,00.

 

Optional
Cooking lesson
Cheese tasting
Wine tasting

Tour Reviews

17 ottobre 2016

Hi Guiliana, We wanted to say what a wonderful time we had on our bike trip. All the route details were mapped out well and so easy to follow. The tips about where to stop were wonderful. The bikes were also high quality and made those hills a bit easier to climb. We saw so many amazing views of the countryside while riding. The towns we stopped in were also all so wonderful. Thanks.

17 ottobre 2016

I recently completed a self-guided bike tour on the west coast of Sardinia. This was my third bike tour with Cicloposse. As usual Giuliana did a great job with setting up the tour and answering all my questions through e-mail. Mauro also did a thorough job with the bike fitting and route suggestions. He also showed his enthusiasm for the Sardinia island and culture. The bike routes on these tours take place along secondary roads with great scenery and low traffic. Most of all is the high quality, lightweight bike that they provide which helps this 60 year old travel more easily up those challenging hills in the Tuscan and Sardinian country sides.

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