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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: Zhaoyuan 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 >