Italy Guided Biking / Sardinia

Tour Dates: April 28 – May 6, 2022

Sardinia Bike Tours are available as Guided, Self-Guided or Charter Bike Tours. This unforgettable Italy bicycle tour traverses the west coast of Sardinia. Our Sardinia Bike Tours feature great riding, fantastic scenery, comfortable lodgings.

This trip begins in Alghero and ends in Cagliari.

On this exciting cycling tour, you will explore the Best of Sardinia, Italy’s “Hidden Island.” Traveling by bike, you traverse an ageless Mediterranean landscape of rugged coastal headlands, pristine beaches, archaeological treasures. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and is truly an undiscovered mecca for cyclists. Here, uncrowded roads beckon and an enchanted landscape waits to be explored. This wild land is home to peregrine falcons, two species of eagles, wild horses and even pink flamingos.

 The past lives on in Sardinia with its wealth of archaeological wonders from the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks and Spaniards. The Nuragic people, a Bronze Age culture, were one of the earliest inhabitants. They built thousands of fortified circular dwellings called nuraghes throughout Sardinia.
 The exceptional scenery along the Sardinia’s coast is a visual treat second to none. Here, the blue Mediterranean meets shimmering white sand beaches framed by rugged cliffs. These quiet coastal roads are a pure joy to pedal and you will think you have discovered a hidden treasure.

This is a moderately hilly bike tour that fit riders of all abilities will enjoy. Our routes follow winding secondary roads and average 45 – 65 kilometers per day, with more riding available for the hearty. Our accommodations are a fun mix of beach hotels, agriturismos and country inns, and the food and wines are scrumptious. This tour is for the person who wants the peace and quiet of the road less traveled with inspiring scenery everyday!

2022 Price: €2,850 Euros pp double occupancy

Single Supplement: €320 Euros
  • Bike Rentals:  Hybrid / €150 Euros,  Road bike / €250 Euros, Electric bike / €250 Euros
Price Includes:
  • 8 nights lodging in 3 star hotels and Agriturismo with private bathrooms
  • 8 breakfasts, picnic lunches, 8 dinners
  • local cycling guide
  • luggage transfers & van support
  • maps and route directions
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Ferry tickets to Calaforte
  • welcome meeting
  • airport transfer from to Cagliari airport (CAG) on departure
Price Does Not Include:

Local Hotel Taxes (approx €10, collected at select lodgings), Admission to museums and archaeological sites, beverages, bike rentals airport transfer to Alghero hotel at the start of the tour.

Tour Difficulty

This tour of Sardinia is hilly and each day you can expect 30 to 70 km of riding. The support vehicle is available for anyone wanting a lift.

  • Difficulty: Hilly
  • Road Conditions: Smooth & Mostly Paved
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrids, Road Bikes and Electric bikes are all available for this tour.

Tour Highlights

  • A wealth of archeological wonders
  • The Nuragic people
  • Pristine beaches framed by rugged cliffs
  • Peregrine falcons
  • Wild horses
  • Pink flamingos

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Alghero

April 28: Schedule your flights to arrive in Alghero.  This is a beautiful town to walk around & a great place to get over jet lag.  We will be staying in a lovely inn right on the sea.  No activities are planned for today. Meals begin with dinner this evening.  Meals included in the tour will begin with dinner tonight.

Day 2 – Warm up ride from Alghero (50 km, +400 meters)

You will meet our local guides mid-day for a bike fitting and warm up ride today.  Lodging in Alghero

Day 3 – Alghero – Tresnuraghes (62 km, +1150 m)

From Alghero, bike along a scenic road above the cliffs overlooking the sea and admire the view of the gulf of Alghero and Capo Caccia. Emotions continue as you catch a glimpse of the pink, red and grey cliffs of Cape Marargiu, over which the last examples of griffin vultures circle. You will stop in Bosa, a medieval town famous for its fine embroidery and gold filigree works. The day ends with a climb to the small village of Tresnuraghes.

Day 4 – Tresnuraghes to Putzu Izu  (60 km, +600 m)

Your ride takes you inland to Flussio and Tinnura, where, as in days gone by, the women still weave their wicker baskets. A scenic road takes you through the village of Sagama and then to the coast to a lovely inn near the small village of Putzu Izu.

Day 5 – Putzu Izu to Arbus  (72 km, +1300 m)

You will start with a transfer to Arborea and a beautiful ride along the coast with an amazing climb to our Agriturismo near Arbus.

Day 6 – Arbus to Nebida and transfer to Calsetta  (55 km, +800 m)

Today we will cycle through the beautiful Costa Verde.  A spectacular climb takes us past villages where you can see the ancient mining past of Sardinia, as we pass the fascinating abandoned mines of Buggerru and Planusartu. After the golden beach of Portixeddu and looming mass of Pan di Zucchero cliff, you admire the old ore washery at Nebida: nestling in the varied colors of the Mediterranean bush, it looks out over the sea at the end of a long descent down 540 steps. You’ll transfer to Calsetta on the island of Sant’Antioco where you spend 2 nights in a special hotel near the sea.

Day 7 – Day of Leisure in Calsetta or a loop ride on the island of Carloforte (50 km, +600m)

Today you can choose to visit the island of Carloforte, a short ferry ride from Calsetta, or you can enjoy a relaxing day walking along the seaside near the hotel.  Carloforte is a small island where locals still fish for Red Tuna. You can ride to the western most lighthouse in Italy with gorgeous views in every direction.  Ferry and cycle to your hotel in Calasetta.

Day 8 – Calasetta – Pula (57 km)

Today we transfer to Sant’Anna Arresi for our final catwalk of the tour on the fantastic Costa del Sud, the “Southern Coast.” Sparkling blue water, white sand beaches, medieval ruins and headlands covered with brightly colored vegetation will create memories to last a lifetime.

Day 9

May 6, Our tour ends after breakfast.  We will arrange transfers to the airport in Cagliari for your return flights.