Discover Italy’s “Continent on an Island” on this Captivating Biking Tour
Sardinia is often described as almost a continent in itself by many travelers, and you’ll see why on this unforgettable journey by bike as we discover the island’s diversity of landscapes, fascinating history and distinctive cultures. We begin our bicycle tour in Tresnuraghes and then traverse the very center of the island through areas still untouched by tourism. From here, we continue on to discover the stunning coast in Cabras with its lagoons and flamingos, and explore the long sandy beaches of the Sinis peninsula, weaving through green pastures, rolling hills and mountains, oak forests, and past sand dunes and the sea with its ever-changing colors. Along the way we’ll encounter old mining ghost towns, discover the ancient Phoenician and Roman cities of Tharros and Nora, and ride along the breathtaking and winding coastal road to Pula, the perfect village to end this exciting biking tour and cultural journey.
Culinary Delights and Unforgettable Sights Line the Route of our Island Bike Trip
We’ll sample the many flavors of the island on our cycling tour and discover how its unique regional cuisine varies from mainland Italy. Here, food is sacred and is the link that connects the locals to the land – the element that brings village communities together. On our journey through the island we’ll discover this connection and delight our palates with some of these delicious local dishes and regional wines. Sardinia actually produces the largest number of grapes of all Italian regions – more than 100 different local grapes – and our bike trip’s route passes through the wine vineyards of Malvasia di Bosa and includes a visit to the Contini winery. We’ll also make cheese with a local shepherd, stop at an olive mill to taste the local olive oil from Montiferru, and enjoy a sunset serenade by the famous Sardinian Tenores group. That’s bicycle touring Ciclismo style!
- Discover the archaeological site of Barumini, a majestic Nuraghe (3500 year old castle)
- Cycle through the Montiferru pastures and olive groves
- Visit the Phoenician and Roman settlement of Tharros and Nora
- Enjoy the Cabras lagoons with its flamingos and the white quartz sands of Arutas and Mari Ermi
- Explore the long sandy beaches of the Sinis peninsula
- Pedal along the twisting coastal road of south Sardinia and its beaches
Day by Day
Upon arrival in Alghero, we’ll take a breathtaking 1.5 hour transfer to Tresnuraghes. Here we’ll meet for lunch and introductions followed by bike fittings and a quick warm up bike ride into the tranquil countryside.
After a breakfast we’ll hop on our bikes and explore the area called Meilogu where we’ll encounter some well-preserved nuraghes (Sardinian pre-historic castles). As we ride through the tranquil pastures surrounded by flocks of cows, sheep, and horses, we’ll stop for lunch at a local agriturismo and enjoy a delightful meal with products fresh from the farm. Back at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a cheese making demonstration with a local shepherd.
Tresnuraghes to Cabras
We begin our day in Montiferru and set out in the pristine countryside. Along the ride, we’ll stop at an olive mill to taste the local olive oil from Montiferru. We end our ride in Cabras and visit the Contini winery. Here we’ll enjoy an aperitif with the local Vernaccia wine at sunset overlooking the elegant pink flamingos.
On today’s ride we’ll explore the peninsula of Sinis with its long sandy beaches, cycle into the area of Vernaccia wine and then climb a gentle slope into the olives groves of Seneghe. If time permits, we will visit the museum of Cabras that hosts the incredible Giganti di Monti Prama Back at the hotel we will have an aperitivo on the beautiful terrace while we watch the sun set, and we will be joined by the famous Sardinian Tenores group.
Cabras to Siddi, Shuttle to Pula
We’ll start our day pedaling through the Marmilla, a beautiful area where small and rounded hills are covered with massive fields. Our cycling stage ends in Siddi where we will visit Casa Puddu and S’Apposentu restaurant, the food “temple” of Chef Roberto Petza. After lunch we’ll shuttle to Pula.
On our final full day of riding we’ll cycle a loop around Pula. Stop to visit Chia, a beach that leads into emerald green water. Then in Piazza del Popolo, Pula’s main square, enjoy an aperitivo while watching the laid back local scene. Tonight’s final dinner is another special treat – a delightful meal hosted by our guide Simone at his mother’s house, surrounded by his family.
After breakfast, your guides will transfer you to the Cagliari airport (about a 40 minute drive) to continue on to your next connection.
- Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
- Informative tour leaders throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Shuttles to the start and at the end of the tour
On The Tour
- Van support
- 1 wine tasting
- 1 cheese making demonstration with a local shepherd
- Entrance to Cabras archaeological museum
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 4 lunches
- 5 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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Warm colors, between ancient bell towers, breathtaking views of the countryside and turquoise sea are the backdrop for Villa Asfodeli.
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Aquae Sinis is located in the heart of Cabras. The the ideal spot to experience the hospitality of the Sinis pennisnula.
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Nora Club Hotel and Spa
Nora Club Hotel and Spa is a small, elegant 4 star hotel. It is surrounded by lush, well-tended gardens with a large swimming pool, Jacuzzi and pergolas.
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