- Small Adult Group
- All breakfasts and 2 dinners included. Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and full of flavour. Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna, Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this trip. The Traditional Sardinian cuisine is full of local and delicious recipes. Popular specialities include: roast suckling pig, excellent seafood dishes and local Sardinian wines, such as Vermentino, Nuragus, Cannonau and Monica. Mirto is Sardinia’s after dinner liqueur, which is made from the leaves of the myrtle plant. As a visitor it can be hard to escape the tourist traps that is why our local leaders will be at hand with some good restaurant recommendations.
- All breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.
- Accom: hotel/lodge
- Adult group
- Culture & Discovery
- Cycling: road
- Festival departures
- Food & drink
- Guided Group
Start San Salvatore Sinis.
Start San Salvatore Sinis, in the Sinis peninsula.
Circular ride through the Sinis wetlands to the white quartz beach of Is Arutas and the Phoenician site of Tharros.
We start the week with a circular ride across the fascinating Sinis wetlands, whose lagoons are home to colonies of pink flamingos and a wealth of other birdlife, which nest here for part of the year. We cycle to the coast at Mari Ermi and the spectacular white quartz beach of Is Aruta. A short ride down the peninsula to San Giovanni Sinis takes us to the Punic and Roman city of Tharros, one of the island's most important archaeological sites from this era, overlooking the emerald sea (optional guided visit).
Short transfer to Arborea; cycle along the Costa Verde and on to Piscinas beach.
Today we ride through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde (Green Coast), named after the green, wild vegetation that covers much of its mountainous surroundings. To avoid the uninteresting suburbs of Oristano, we transfer by road to Arborea and cycle across reclaimed farmland to the picturesque fishing village of Marceddi and to the long beach of Piscinas, bordered by huge sand dunes - some over 50m high! From Piscinas we head inland and end our day's cycling with a steady climb to our cosy agriturismo set in the hills overlooking the Monte Linas range.
Cycle past abandoned mines, the golden beach of Portixeddu and the white sea-stack of Pan di Zucchero; continue to the former mining village of Nebida.
This is another tough day, but we are rewarded with superb scenery! After a fantastic descent to the Mannu River, we reach the start of the miles of remote golden beaches around Portixeddu. We cycle past the abandoned mines of Pranu Sartu and the stunning inlet of Cala Domestica before reaching the 130m high sea-stack of Pan di Zucchero and the former mining village of Nebida.
Descend to Fontanamare; board the ferry to the fishing village of Carloforte.
Today's route starts with a beautiful descent to Fontanamare followed by an undulating coastal ride to Portoscuso. Here, we board the local ferry to the fishing village of Carloforte on Isola di San Pietro. There is time to explore this delightful islet with its sandy coves, dramatic rocky headlands and tiny hamlets, before rejoining the ferry to the equally unspoilt island of Sant' Antioco.
Cycle through the meadows of Sant'Antioco, visit the Romanesque Pisan sanctuary and ride along the quiet country lanes of Sulcis.
This morning we cycle through the lush meadows of the island of Santï¿½Antioco before crossing back to the mainland and visit the Pisan sanctuary at Tratalias, dating back to the Romanesque period. From here we follow the shoreline of Monte Pranu lake and ride across the quiet country lanes of Sulcis until we reach the village of Santï¿½Anna Arresi. Nearby are the pinewoods, lagoons and beaches of Porto Pino.
Pedal across the rolling hills of the Costa del Sud; climb up to the high point of Cape Malfatano for views of the coast.; transfer and overnight in Cagliari.
Today is the longest day in terms of distance. We pedal across the beautiful southern countryside over the jagged coastal plains of the Costa del Sud, a wild and unspoilt region of gleaming white beaches, coastal pools and imposing high cliffs punctuated by 16th Century Spanish watchtowers. We cycle as far as Cape Teulada, Sardinia’s southernmost tip, where dramatic cliffs rise up to 230m above the crystal clear sea. We stop in Pula, famous for its proximity to the ancient Phoenician site of Nora, founded in the 9th Century BC and now partly submerged under the sea (optional guided visit). From the end of the ride we take a private transfer to Cagliari, where we celebrate the end of a great cycling week; dinner and overnight in Cagliari.
End in Cagliari.