Medieval Towns & Roman ruins: Sardinia has always been a popular escape spot Not only for its beautiful beaches – but also, due to its remote nature and land, the waters rival the Caribbean! Island for adventurers and the varied landscape is ripe for exploration.
From the beaches to the mountains through forests and hilltop villages. Sardinia is not just a beach paradise, but a cyclist’s dream as well. Scantily populated with breathtaking views all around, you are free to explore the open road. You will spend a week biking all around rugged Landscape of the island: from the west coast, Alghero and Bosa, to medieval villages and roman towns, such as Santu Lussurgiu, then down to Oristano, rich in history, you can visit Tharros, a Punic-Roman ruins complex, and admire the famous beach IS ARUTAS, made by pure white little pebbles.
While a winding coastal ride is ideal for a cyclist – offering dramatic Mediterranean views and a powerful adrenaline rush, the real highlights are the actual rock formations. In particular, the prehistoric stone fortresses and 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. adding one day on your tour you could visit the most famous and complete with a nuragic village surrounding which is – Su nuraxi in Barumini, awarded Unesco World Heritage status.
The cuisine is also a mélange of cultures and traditions: Recipes are based either on lamb, pork and wild boar or seafood specialties prepared in diverse Mediterranean styles based upon regional traditions. A wide variety of good wines are also made in Sardinia, especially sweet wines.
Bike Vacation Highlights
- A night in the heart of the impressive city of Santu Lussurgiu a medieval town home to some of Sardinian best-renowned hotel and slow food presidio
- Alghero town old Catalan town with walls
- A visit to the picturesque town of Bosa with his castle and coloured houses.
- Enjoying some of the best local bottarga the Sardinian caviar
Welcome in Alghero
Alghero & Capo Caccia loop
Leaving the pretty city of Alghero to north direction, you’ll ride in the terrific area of the Vermentino wine. In this region called Nurra, the wind blow directly from the North west and the plant can’t grow up over a few meter. Today if you have time you can be able to visit Capo Caccia: Calcareous rocks spattered with caves and ravines that hide a mysterious world atop the turquoise sea. The area of Punta di Giglio and Capo Caccia is an underwater cave paradise. Here the Grotta di Nettuno, under the spur of Capo Caccia, reachable by sea or by descending the many steps of the Escala dei Caribol which are some 110 metres in drop, are home to caverns made all the more atmospheric by the presence of stalactites and stalagmites.
Coastal road to Bosa
option A, 43 km: Departing Alghero and pedaling on secondary roads, you can admire the uneven north-west coast, shaped by Mistral wind. But do not worry, the tailwind will be in your favor.
Option B, 60 km: Leave Alghero biking up onto beautiful highlands, viewing unforgettable landscapes. You’ll pass through Villanova Monteleone and Montresta, admiring from below the fascinating Monteleone Roccadoria.
In Bosa you can admire the massive structure of Castello dei Malaspina. Due to a series of quite unique events, Bosa has managed to keep its territory unchanged. Nature has done its magic along the coast of Bosa. The wild scenery, little, stony creeks and bastions overlooking the sea are all exclusive elements of this surprising landscape. Here, you can also find the production of a fine wine called Malvasia di Bosa, be sure to taste it!
Santu Lussurgiu, medieval hilltown
option A: 51 km Easier: in this ride you’ll bike along country roads passing through small villages and you’ll see the famous Siete Fuentes, natural water spring source in San Leonardo, where you can relax in the woods and visit the the old church of the medieval village. Admire the great plateau of Ghilarza and much of the views toward central and southern Sardinia while descending towards Santu Lussurgiu.
Option B: 46 km Shorter BUT more challenging: Leaving coastal Bosa, head upwards and inland while passing through characteristic little villages such as Magomadas and Cuglieri where you can admire the Montiferru castle and its panorama. Finally you arrive in Santu Lussurgiu, which has been built along the edge of the massive inactive volcanic mountain called Montiferru (iron mountain). This village in which you will overnight was developed around the small rustic church of Holy Cross (built in 1185 A.D.) with ancient stone houses built in concentric configuration with the characteristics of an amphitheater along winding and steep narrow cobbled lanes you will love to explore!
Oristano & Sightseeing
Option A: Downhill and flat terrain, 59 km: Take this option if you want to have more time to sightsee Oristano! On the way you can stop in Fordongianus to visit the ruins of a still active Punic-Roman thermal SPA area. Steamed up, cross the Campidano flat and skirt the Temo river to arrive into the medieval city of Oristano.
Option B: A bit more hills, 67 km: This ride is more technical but not difficult. This route will bring you toward the seaside and cycle through small Sardinian-spanish style villages. You will see Domus de Janas, Dolmen and Nuraghi if you pay attention. After Cuglieri, it’s all down towards the sea with a suggestive landscape will captivate you. Don’t pass up the opportunity to visit the famous natural arch in S’Archittu, where you can relax and enjoy a light lunch in front of the sea. You will travel past many Punic and Roman ruins and you will be enthusiastic of the crystalline water and sandy beaches of this area!
Tharros and the Sinis Peninsula
Today, departure for the peninsula of “Sinis” where there are plenty of lagoons and wetlands, where depending on the season, you will be able to see wonderful pink flamingos. You’ll pass through Riola Sardo and then ride around the Cabras lagoon, where you can visit the ruins of the Punic-Roman port city of “Tharros” with a breathtaking view. From here, saddle up again and ride to the marina di Torre Grande where you can stop for lunch in one of many restaurants or bars in front of the sea and taste unforgettable peppered mussels. Head back to the hotel following the bicycle path.
Extra Day on request: Barumini, Unesco Site Su Nuraxi
You’ll bike on secondary roads up and down the rolling hills and through little villages. The highlight today is Barumini, a small village built in the heart of Sardinia which has become famous thanks to the most important archeological site of the island UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE: the Su Nuraxi complex. A visit should not to be missed here. Your destination of the day will be in the nearby charming village of Tuili.
Villa Mosca - AlgheroVilla Mosca is a prestigious Art Nouveau residence. Located on the Lungomare Dante, right on the beachfront, surrounded by lush grounds and overlooking the sea, a short distance from the centre of this celebrated city which, displays a strong Catalan influence. The building, with its unusual octagonal shape, plays host to 6 elegant, intimate and refined rooms, while the extensive grounds encompass the Villini rooms.
Sa Pischedda - BosaOverlooking the River in picturesque Bosa, Palazzo Pischedda boutique hotel offers uniquely furnished rooms decorated with elegant furnishings. Rooms are decorated with Iroko-wood furniture and Temo-River views or views of Malaspina Castle
Gruccione - Santu LussurgiuAntica Dimora del Gruccione is a 17th century mansion of Spanish design, entirely made of stone with arches, barrelled ceilings, wooden beams and ancient wrought iron throughout the structure, and furnished with confortable original antiques.
Regina d'Arborea - OristanoLocated 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.
Sa Domu d'Aiaia - TuiliOptional extra stage
Located in the historic center of Tuili village, the luxury and stylish B&B Sa Domu d’Aiaia offers to its guests a relaxing atmosphere, typical of old Sardinian houses. The ideal place for who love contact with nature without renouncing to the comfort and fun.
Maison de Charme Bienestar - AlgheroMaison de Charme Bienestar is a palace of ancient origins at the center of Alghero, where traditional style of the old mansions of the city, such as wood and sandstone, are the backdrop to the environments. Style and innovation, charm and well-being, near the medieval old town, the ramparts overlooking the sea, the promenade overlooking the famous promontory of Capo Caccia.
Price & Inclusions
July & August price will be more: about euro 100 to 200 per person, due to highest season hotel rates.
Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
One gourmet dinner
Delivery bike at Alghero 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 Oristano
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
Bike Rental per entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 140
Race bike euro 180
E-Bike euro 210