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Zig-zagging Sardinia Island

Alghero ~Bosa ~ Arbatax ~ Baia di Chia

Guided Tour, 8 Days/ 7 Nights

An ancient land with an ancient language, Sardinia is a uniquely fascinating place, forged by many centuries of culture and history in its strategic position at the center of Mediterranean. Higlhlights include the enigmatic Nuraghes; prehistoric round fortresses standing silently and ever-present across the island. Physical history combines with the breathtakingly beautiful and varied natural environment to create a truly special place for a bike tour adventure. Fabulous food, lovely wine such as Cannonau, spectacular beaches, archeological treasures, an isolated rugged interior and people renowned for hospitality…so many reason to join this trip!

Day 1: Welcome to Alghero

Meet at Alghero airport before transferring to your lodging by the sea for check in and your bike fitting. Alghero is a lively and pretty city where welcome dinner at ai Tuguri restaurant

Day 2: Bosa and Castle

Take a bike tour to Bosa via the commune of Villanova Monteleone and back along the stunning coastline . On your way, travel through a cork oak forest and admire the murals in Monteresta a fortified town dating back to about 1000 AD. Distance 105 km/65,5 miles

Day 3: Foresta di Burgo and Oliena

Cycle to Oliena via the communes of Ittiri, Thiesi, Bono and Nuoro, and the beautiful Foresta di Burgos. Ride through fields of artichokes and forests after pausing for a cappuccino in Thiesi before getting back in the saddle and riding through foresta di burgos. Pause for lunch and then head on to your hotel. Distance: 95 km/59 miles to Bono or 140 km/87,5 miles

Day 4: Dorgali Baunei and Arbatax

Your goal today is Arbatax, a small harbour in the Ogliastra territory. The centre of this small town rises at the bottom of Cape Bellavista – territory enriched with the green coloured Meditteranean scrub and famous for its characteristic red rocks and the masses of poephyritic grantie located close to the harbour. Afterwards enjoy an up and down to Bauneri. This seaside village has elements of a mountain settlement, despite its location near the sea and beautiful beaches. The vast inland area in this region is also extremely beautiful espeically the Golgo, a wild and empty calcareous plateau lying above the town. Enjoy a pleasent downhill to S.M. Navarrese on unspoilt coastline before reaching your hotel for a deserved gourmet dinner. Distance 90 km/ 55 miles.

Day 5: Barumini and Nuraghes

Today your biking will take you to commune of Barumini via Perdasdefogu, Nurri. The former is famous for its archaeological remains, which are the best knwon on the island. Sardinia is well-known not only for its natural beauties but also for Nuraghe, unusual buildings almost unique to this area which first appearing during the Bronze Age and have come to be seen as a symbol of the island. Visit the nuraghic complex in Barumini before grabbing your bike and continuing to the town of Guspini and enjoying a gourmet dinner at Hotel Tarhtesh. Distance 88km/ 55 miles.

Day 6: Portixeddu and Pan di Zucchero

Take a gentle downhill to the modern town of Carbonia along coastal roads and through the communes of Bugerru and Fontanamare. Begin the uphill to Arbus through the prickly pears characteristic of Sardinia. Admire the “pan di Zucchero” an outcropping rock 133 meters high with two natural arches, and the little fish village of Bugerru. Finish off your day of cycling at Fontanamare, before a short transfer to Cantine mura or cantine Mesa for wine tasting and visit cellars. After your wine tasting, transfer to Pula for check in at your charming and elegant hotel, Il Morus, complete with private beach! Distance 95 km/59 miles

Day 7 : Circular bike ride on the coastal Domus de Maria, Teluada, Chia

We will ride inland to Domus de Maria, Teulada, Chia. Enjoy the up & downs along Baia Chia coastal road. This is a fantastic seaside spot: the white sandy beaches, the high sand dunes and the crystalline water have a Caribbean feel. It is only the Mediterranean vegetation and in particular the juniper trees typical of this region that remind you of this fantastic island’s true location. Distance 66 km/ 41 miles

Day 8: Farewell breakfast and Pula

This morning after breakfast enjoy Pula’s beaches and coves, Roman excavations and blindingly white sand dunes. Consider a visit to the beach of Nora and a large Roman amphitheatre that lies directly on the sea before taking bus, taxi or private transfer to Cagliari – Arrivederci!

Sardinia ~ A World Apart

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.

Discover Wild Sardinia

Our Discover Wild Sardinia bike tour is a fascinating self bike tour on this beautiful island. Sardinia’s coastline is definitely one of  Europe’s most spectacular.

Oristano ~ Calasetta ~ Baia di Chia
Self Guided Tour 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Rugged mountains, pocked with caves, are home to large flocks of sheep that feed on local wild herbs and produce a cheese your palate will never forget!While a winding coastal ride, perfect for a cyclists , ths trip offers dramatic Mediterranean views and a powerful adrenaline rush. The real highlights are the prehistoric stone dwellings found in the Islands mountainous interior. The island is home to more than 7,000 stone Nuraghi towers, Bronze Age castles built between 1600 and 1100 B.C.

Day 1: Welcome to Oristano
Arrival, Meet & Greet Oristano, in the central-western part of the island of Sardinia.  After a professional bike fitting at your hotel, you are free to explore the beautiful narrow streets of the town. This tour can be tailored to suit you, with more relaxed and challenging bike trips available on a number of days.

Day 2: Tharros and the Sinis Peninsula
Starting from Oristano, heart of the Campidano plane you will ride in the terrific and suggestive Sinis Peninsula, where you encounter pink flamingos You’ll pass through Riola Sardo and then ride over the Cabras lagoon, before visiting the ruins of the Punic-Roman port city of “Tharros” with its breathtaking views. Distance 54 km / 33,5 miles all flat 

Day 3: Guspini & Spa
Today you cross the vast Campidano plane, passing by the village of Marceddi, surrounded by a beautiful sea. An uphill climb to Montevecchio, an old mine village, which is considered to be of great archaeological importance and is part of the Parco Geominerario Storico.

A more challenging bike ride takes you from Oristano, 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 to Montevecchio, an old mine village. The mines of Montevecchio are an important site of industrial archaeology, part of the Parco Geominerario Storico. At the end of your ride enjoy a well earned downhill to Guspini.

Moderate option: Distance 59 km /36,6 miles or 73,5 km / 45,6 miles
Challenging option: Distance 73.5 km / 45.6 miles

Day 4: Nebida & Pan di Zucchero
Warm up with a short uphill to Arbus,  stoppingfor coffee, before enjoying a long downhill towards the ocean to Portixeddu and its long beach. Following from here to skirt the coastline enjoying stunning views of long sandy beaches and rugged promontories. Arrive at Nebida in front of Pan di Zucchero,  this is an outcropping rock 133 meters high with two natural arches. Distance 65 km / 40.5 miles

Day 5: Calasetta & San Pietro island
Today you bike around the coast before heading inland at Fontanamare. Off the beaten track roads lead you to the nearby  ancient nuraghes complex. Your final destination is the little fishing village of Calasetta on Sant’Antioco Island. Today you have the option of exploring the pretty San Pietro Island by ferry, where you can see pink flamingos and visit the lovely city of Carloforte with its Genoese Style. Distance 55 km / 34 miles 

Day 6: Wine Area & Baia di Chia
Start your last day of cycling on the Carignano wine road in the heart of Sulcis Area, then bike along craggy cliffs as  ancient fortified watchtowers alternate with little sandy coves and long stretches of beautiful beaches. Your destination today is Pula, which you will reach by the  Baia Chia. Distance: 47 km/29 miles or 102 km/63,3 miles 

Day 7: Pula & Nora beaches
This morning after breakfast enjoy Pula beaches and coves, Roman excavations and blindingly white sand dunes. Take an optional visit the beach of Nora and a large Roman amphitheatre that lies directly on the sea before your bus, taxi or private transfer available to Cagliari – Arrivederci!

Italy ~ Tailor Made For You

Create your very own tailor made bike tour in Italy that includes everything you want – and nothing you don’t. This is your vacation – where, when, and how you want it, to share with whomever you choose. Select any existing Italy itinerary and turn it into a private trip, or design your own adventure – we’ll apply our style and customize it to be everything you dreamed of, and more.

Our guides in Italy have an indepth local knowledge, enabling  us to develop a trips that offers the best il meglio! Our experience means we have a firm grasp of what is possible.  We take the worry out of your trip so that you can relax and enjoy the freedom of biking or the pleasure of walking the countryside!

Celebrating an anniversary or wish to Honeymoon in Italy? Or simply planning a small group getaway for family and friends? We look after all the logistics; van hire, luggage transfers, booking of special events, hotels & villa rental, restaurants, quiet roads.

Create your own tour!

Before proceeding you may want to go through our list of guided and self guided bike tours in all Tuscany, Elba island, Umbria, Sardinia island, Dolomites and southern Italy Puglia. Decide upon the region you want to spend time in. Fancy some walking as well as biking? Stay in a villa or a bed & breakfast, boutique hotel or spa?

Contact us today and get your private trip in Italy underway!

Discover the Flavours of Sardinia

Our Flavours of Sardinia Bike tour is a culinary adventure that combines cycling on the Mediterranean Island, exploring its historic sites and an unforgettable gourmet adventure. Come Join Us!

Bottarga ~ Culurgiones ~Malloreddus ~Cannonau
Guided Tour – 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Discover the best flavors of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, through all stages of cooking, from the choice of ingredients through to preparation. In addition to cooking classes, reserved for you with the most renowned chef of the  island, we will take part in Sardinian olive oil, wine and cheese tasting. While cuisine is a focus of this trip, there are also historic and natural highlights to enjoy.  Work up an appetite  while cycling through fantastic scenery, such as the Montiferru or the plain of Arborea and explore the Punic-Roman ruins of Tharos and the famous archaeological site of Barumini, where there is the Nuragic town Su Nuraxi.

Day 1: Santu Lussurgiu & bue rosso
Meet at Oristano, before taking a  private transfer to Santu Lussurgiu for your bike fitting! Take an optional bike tour test or walk: the village is developed around the small rustic church of Santa Croce (built in 1158) with characteristic historic structures such as an amphitheater and steep narrow cobbled lanes making it an ideal spot for exploration! This evening, treat yourself to your first gourmet dinner of the tour – taste the local cheese and the fabulous ‘Stinco di Bue Rosso’

Day 2: Cuglieri & Malvasia
Today we will bike along country roads passing through small villages such as Magomadas and Cuglieri before reaching the famous Siete Fuentes water sources in San Leonardo, where we can relax in the woods. Soon we will arrive on the top of Montiferru, admiring the great plateau of Ghilarza while descending. Return to Santu Lussurgiu and prepare for your first cooking class. Our chef Riccardo Porceddu will introduce you to the preparation of ravioli Culurgiones and capocollo di suino . Distance: 64 km/40 miles.

Day 3: Oristano & Vernaccia
After breakfast you’ll have time to visit the village before we set of on our bikes: in the morning it is filled with scents of homemade sweets. First we’ll pedal downhill in the region of Montiferru, a dormant volcano, passing through small towns rich in medieval history history, admiring the Campidano plain and the sea of the Sinis peninsula from the top. Finally we will arrive in Oristano, a town of fishermen and horsemen. After a wander through the cobbled streets of the city, a short transfer will take us to Cabras village, famous for the production of bottarga (Sardinian caviar), where we’ll have wine tasting at “Cantine Contini”, and will try the delicious dry wine of the area: Vernaccia di Oristano. Distance: 54 km/ 33 miles.

Day 4: Tharros & Bottarga
Our day will start in a special way: we will go with the chef Pierluigi to choose fresh products directly in Oristano open market and we’ll go on a loop with him which will take us first to the inside of the land and then to the picturesque peninsula of “Sinis”, where there are plenty of ponds and lagoons: if yo are lucky, depending on the season, you will have the chance to see wonderful pink flamingos. We’ll pass through Cabras the tour continue on to Marina di Torre Grande to taste unforgetable peppered mussels for lunch Distance: 55 km / 34 miles

Day 5: Barumini & Malloreddus
After breakfast we’ll take a relaxed ride in the region of Monte Arci.  A highlight today will be a stop at Barumini in the Marmilla area, a Nuragic city which is home to the most important and well known archeological area of the island: the Bronze Age Su Nuraxi complex. Continue on to Siddi where the chef Roberto Petza will welcome us at his renowned cooking school at the restaurant “S’Apposentu di casa Puddu” (Michelin Guide starred). We’ll  have the chance to cook our own gourmet dinner with cook pasta such as saffron malloreddus, ravioli with lettuce or tallutzas! Distance 67 km / 41.5 miles, rolling hills. 

Day 6: Costa Verde & Sheep milk Cheese
Starting from Guspini we’ll cross the Campidano by cycling along a completely flat road until Sant’Antonio di Santadi. At this point we are warmed enough to face the hills of Costa Verde. Continue on until we reach the little fishing villages of Porto Palma, Tunaria and Portu Maga; here we will stop for a cheese tasting at Funtanazza farm, to try the pecorino cheese which is only produced from the black sheep of Arbus area. Afterwards we will take our last climb to Montevecchio, an old mining village. The mines of Montevecchio are now an important site of industrial archaeology and a part of the historic Parco Geominerario Distance: 70 km/43.5 miles

Day 7: Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour!
After a farewell breakfast all together we will  arrange  for your private transfer to Cagliari airport or town

Ever taken a Bike Trip in a Blue Zone?

A Blue Zone is one where inhabitants demonstrate extraordinary longevity. These include: Okinawa in Japan, Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, Ikaria in Greece, Loma Linda in California and Sardinia, Italy.

Despite the vast geographical and cultural differences of these five places, similarities appear to include a diet of mainly local produce as well as an active daily lifestyle.

In 2015 we introduce our new Blue Zone Bike Trip: Cooking and Cycling in Sardinia. As part of this itinerary, we have a special edition of our ‘Cooking and Cycling in Sardinia‘  bike tour “Discovering Centenarians” from  June 28th to July 4th  2015. This tour will include a visit to visit the Barbagia “ the blue zone”.

The Sardinian lifestyle and pleasant climate plays a big part in the longevity of its people. Shepherds and farmers walk miles and miles and perform consistent physical work every day. Locals commute in towns by foot or bicycle to shop, to meet friends or just to get their daily exercise, even in the towns are situated in a hilly area. Sardinians enjoy the outdoors and what nature provides.

One of the principal foods of the Sardinians is known as Pecorino, 100% sheep milk cheese; thought to contain components that may prevent inflammatory diseases of aging such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Other traditional foods making up the Sardinian diet are whole grain breads, legumes, nuts and berries, with chicken, lamb, pork, wild boar, oily fish and shellfish for meat. The large variety of meats were not always available in the high mountainous regions, where meat was reserved for meals just once or twice a week.

Also, a glass or two of locally made wine is enjoyed at each meal. Some of the most famous Sardinian wines are Cannonau, Carignano del Sulcis and Malvasia. Sardinian wines have been found to contain at least three times the antioxidants of any other wines.

On this unique and exclusive Bike Tour, we bike through the rugged landscape and visit villages where the centenarians live, eat and tell their stories in the town squares join this bike trip!

Roll up your sleeves as part of this culinary bike tour and learn to prepare traditional recipes with Award Winning Chefs.  Enjoy the clear blue sea, sandy beaches and star filled skies of Sardinia!

Price: Euro 2,250 per person (price based on double room)

Luxury Guided Tour: 6 days, 3 Cooking Classes, Luxury Hotels Accommodation, Private Guide.

Contact us at: tours@cyclewest.com for a detailed itinerary and additional dates or please see our ‘Cycling and Cooking in Sardinia Bike Tour’. Read more >

 

Guided Bike Tours in Italy

Would you like a bike adventure where you can join a group of fellow cyclists?

Every tour is a  hand-crafted experience by our elite team of trip designers, highlighting the best of each region.

Our guided tours offer a level of flexibility that gives you individual attention. For example if you wish to skip an afternoon ride and head directly to the spa or perhaps you wish for  just one more epic climb before getting out of the saddle? For those who prefer additional miles and more challenging options, we can offer this flexibility.

With our average group size of 10-14 travelers, we are able to provide a high level of personal attention and  service. Our accommodations have been selected for authentic charm and modern comforts. Wonderful meals, local cuisine  & wine is part of our culture.

Self Guided Bike Tours in Italy

Discover Italy by bike, at your own pace, without having to join a group. We have the perfect solution for you: self guided Bike Tours offer you detailed itineraries. Our self-guided bike tours offer you the independence to travel at your own pace on the dates you choose, over time tested routes while staying in delightful lodgings along the way and exploring the culture and the cuisine at your leisure.

Our self guided tours in Italy include sightseeing & restaurant recommendations, marked maps for five or six glorious days of bike touring over hill and dale, through one enchanting hill town after another, past miles and miles of classic vineyards and silvery olive groves. Off the beaten track routes that will keep you away from traffic.

Culinary Bike Tours in Italy

Our culinary bike tours in Italy create a total immersion in the art of Italian cooking. Each day your bike tour has a special destination that will satisfy your palate: a wine tasting in the cellar, pecorino or mozzarella cheese tasting at a farm or olive oil tasting at a local mill.

Each day your bike tour will include a hands-on cooking class or a visit to a local food artisan.  Be inspired, not only with new recipes, but also with the enthusiasm to merge these lessons into your lifestyle.

Sample world-renowned products such as Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, Parma and San Daniele ham, Modena balsamic vinegar, Genoa’s pesto, buffalo mozzarella from Campania, Alba truffles  andlocal cured meats ~ just some of the symbols that make Italy the land of good food.