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Besides Su Nuraxi, there are still over 7,000 Nuraghes (beehive dwellings dating back to the 12th Century) intact on Sardinia

Italy Experiences

Sardinia ~ A World Apart

Itinerary

Our Self Led Bike Tour of Sardinia is a cyclists dream.  From the beaches to the mountains through forests and hilltop villages, Sardinia is not just a beach paradise, but a perfect place to bike. This trip is steeped in history, famous archaeological sites and medieval hillside towns. A not to be missed tour!

Alghero ~Bosa ~Oristano
7 days / 6 nights self guided bike tour

 

Sardinia’s coastal flatland is perfect for more easy-going adventures whereas the island’s hilly interior demands a good portion of endurance and high levels of fitness.  Add to that the enchanting stretches of coast that are to be found throughout Sardinia, gorgeous beaches and inlets with dunes of white sand and you get a sense of  Sardina’s alluring charm. It is an island for adventurers and its rich and varied landscape is ripe for exploration.

Day 1: Introducing Alghero

 

We meet at the luxuryVilla Mosca for your tour introduction, professional bike fitting & orientation. Alghero is  one of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities. Its Catalan legacy remains today, more than three centuries after the Iberians left, where a form of medieval Catalan is still spoken, and the golden Mura Catalane (Catalan Walls) are a highlight. In the evening take a walk along the wall and its towers and enjoy the animated holiday atmosphere, restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Romantic Bosa

 

Bike the beautiful uplands, with unforgettable landscapes.  Skirt the coastline to Bosa, a pretty and romantic town with an array of pastel hillside houses leading to the castello Malaspina. Panoramic views from the castle to  the waterfront where yellow and indigo traditional boats are moored. Be sure to taste the Malvasia wine, a regional speciality. Distance 43km / 26.5 Miles

Day 3:  Nuraghes and the Seven Fountains

 

Today you ride through a series of small villages en route to Santu Lussurgiu, a mountain village on the south-eastern side of the Montiferru mountains. It lies on the slope of an ancient volcanic hill, and its bright stone houses make a fine contrast with the green backdrop of woodland and meadows. A tour of its countryside will reward you with many fascinating remains of its Stone-Age and Nuraghic dwellers, with nuraghes, tombs of the giants and domus de janas. Santu Lussurgiu has a host of springs, the most famous being Siete Fuentes di San Leonardo, the seven fountains, which spew forth pure, perfectly drinkable water.  Distance 44 km/27.5 miles

Day 4: Beautiful Beaches

 

A downhill bike ride from Santu Lussurgiu, followed by flatland riding towards the seaside. On the way you can visit  Fordongianus where houses in the centre are built of pink and grey stone, revealing the wealth of trachyte quarries to be found in this area. One of the best preserved dwellings is the old “Casa Aragonese”, from the early 17th century, with portals and windows in Catalonian style.  A highlight of today is the Is Arutas beach, with its clear sea which colours are between green and blue. It is one of the best beaches in Oristano, Sardinia and owes its peculiarity to its sand, made up of small, round quartz grains, with colours that vary from pink to light-green to white. Arrive into the elegant town of Oristano in time for sightseeing. Distance 42 km /26 Miles More challenging options available.

Day 5: A World Apart

 

An amazing looped bike ride today, your bike trip is mostly along flat terrain. Explore the Sinis Peninsula and lagoon where pink flamingos, cormorant, marsh harrier, herring gull, sea partridge, heron abound. Then head Cabras and onward to Tharros, one of Sardinia’s most wonderful archaeological sites. Tharros was a major city, founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, taken over by Punics, then the Romans.  Much of what remains today dates to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, when the basalt streets, the aqueduct, thermal baths and other major monuments were built.  Bring your swim suit, you can take a break from wandering the ruins.  Stop at the Marina di Torre Grande for peppered mussels and enjoy the views. Distance 54 km / 65 miles

Day 6: Su Nuraxi ~ World Heritage Site

 

Today you bike from Oristani to Tuili, taking you to the archaeological site “Su Nuraxi” (Sardinian term for “The Nuraghe”) at the foot of the Parco della Giara, near Barumini. Nuraghes are megalithic, beehive-like buildings found in Sardinia. It is believed they were used as religious temples, meeting halls, or military strongholds. Carbon dated to 1478 BC, Su Nuraxi is located along the road that leads from Barumini to Tuili. It was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, and it is certainly the most important monument of the old civilization in Sardinia.  You end you day in the village of Tuili, a little centre of Sardinia, situated at the foot of the majestic plateau of the Marmilla Giara. Distance 56 km / 34 miles

Day 6: Departure

This morning after breakfast, you depart for Cagliari by train or private transfer.

What’s Included?

Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
Six breakfasts
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 Guspini
Keepsake water bottle
Sales tax

What’s not included?

Not included: Airfare to Italy,  transfer to and from Sardinia, dinner on 5 nights, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature.

Dates and Pricing

Pricing:
Euro 1350 per person (in double occupancy)
Single supplement euro 350

Tour Departures: Any date between March 1st to end of November

Helpful Notes

Tour Departures: Any date between March 1st to end of November

Tour Begins:  Alghero
Tour Ends: Tuili
Airport: Arrival/Depart: Alghero or Cagliari airports