Cycling the West coast of Sardinia
Self-Guided - Alghero to Cagliari - 8 days
Riding all Sardinia west coast, starting from the fascinating Alghero, then across the wilderness of Costa Verde, completing your adventure with the unspoilt beach of Chia and the lively village of Pula.
Arrival in Alghero: a Catalan heritage gem
Highlights: A Catalan Heritage Gem, Fitting day, Short Ride Test
Alghero is a Catalan heritage town, with a typical old center made out of narrow streets protected by its massive bastions overlooking the sea, a charming place to start your week.
We'll introduce the tour and we’ll have a detailed bike fitting and a short warm up ride exploring the nice rural countryside of Alghero with olive oil groves, orchards and vineyards.
Accommodation: Hotel Villa Piras, or similar.
Ride from Alghero to Tresnuraghes
Highlights: Wild Coastline and Rolling Malvasia Vineyards
Today’s ride will take you along the stunning scenic coastal road from Alghero to Bosa, 45 kms of pristine beauty on the cliffs overlooking the sea, admiring the views of Alghero bay and Capo Caccia. This is going to be one of te best rides of your life, surrounded by wild nature over a rugged coastline, mountain pastures and oak forests, all the way down until the colorful Bosa, a medieval town dominated by its XII century Malaspina castle.
Left Bosa, the road starts climbing through the Modolo valley, a vivid patchwork of vegetable gardens, olive groves and vineyards of Malvasia producing the precious wine symbol of the area. When at the top don’t miss to turn and admire the beach of Porto Alabe with its brown volcanic sand, then ride across the village of Magomadas, ending in Tresnuraghes.
Daily distance: 60km (38 miles)
Elevation gain: 1200m (3836 ft)
Accommodation: Villa Asfodelli, or similar.
Cycle Tresnuraghes to Cabras
Highlights: Olive Oil and Bottarga
Today's route crosses a very important olive oil production area, where the village of Cuglieri is the main center with its majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria della Neve overlooking the valley. Here we'll start a long downhill rewarding us with absolutely beautiful views, reaching over the promontory of Capo San Marco and the Maldiventre island.
After few more villages we'll enter the fascinating Sinis Peninsula, with its wetlands and pink flamingos. The trip ends in Cabras, a village with strong and ancient fishing tradition, dating back to Phoenicians, probably the ones that started the preparation of Bottarga, a delicacy of salted and cured fish roe, extracted from the local flathead grey mullet. The village museum hosts the "Giants of Monti Prama", IX Century B.C statues celebrating Nuragic warriors.
Daily distance: 55km (34 miles)
Elevation gain: 400m (1312 ft)
Accommodation: Aquae Sinis Hotel, or similar.
Ride to Arbus
Highlights: Wild Costa Verde
Another spectacular ride, passing on the Marceddì lagoon, a place that seems frozen in time. Then the majestic Costa Verde (the Green Coast) is quite a movie location thanks to the old mining villages and sandy dunes, this is considered one of the wildest areas of the island. The Mediterranean bush covers like a thick carpet the hills, arriving at the desert sands of majestic dunes. The ocean itself looks wilder here, always moving thanks to the mistral wind.
Daily distance: 84km (52 miles)
Elevation gain: 1400m (4593 ft)
Accommodation: Sa Perda Marcada Farmhouse, or similar.
Cycle to Portoscuso
Highlights: Old mines, rural villages and vineyard of Carignano grape, sandy beaches to Portoscuso
Today's ride will take you back in time with old mines, long endless beaches and secluded coves, fields of flowers and vineyards of Carignano grape. Take an easy start this morning with a downhill to Portixeddu, an ancient mining village in a cove on the coast, just before arriving to Buggerru. Then climb to admire the magnificent views over Buggerru and Capo Pecora.
Our ride will descend passing by the famous Cala Domestica beach, and then climb up once again to the natural terrace of Nebida, which overlooks the beautiful "Pan di Zucchero" (Sugar Loaf) cliff. Finally, cycle down along the sandy endless beach of Funtanamare until you reach Portoscuso, the final destination of your ride
Daily distance: 63km (39 miles)
Elevation gain: 800m (2625 ft)
Accommodation: MuMa Hostel, or similar.
Ride from Portoscuso to Sant'Antioco
Highlights: Discover the multicultural heritage of Carloforte island
Today, we'll discover the two islands in the South of Sardinia. So close but so different for history and landscapes. We'll head to Portoscuso port, taking a 30min ferry to the Island of Carloforte, a Mediterranean gem where Ligurian, African, and Sardinian cultures blend harmoniously. We'll spend the day exploring the salt works, lovely small beaches and spectacular cliffs.
Leading Carloforte with our second ferry of the day, we'll head to Calasetta. Here we'll go for a breathtaking ride of Sant'Antioco island, our final destination for today. You will cycle along the whole coastline dotted with secret coves, Spanish towers, and orchards.
Daily distance: 71km (44 miles)
Elevation gain: 750m (2460 ft)
Accommodation: Don Pedro Hotel, or similar.
Cycle Sant'Antioco to Pula
Highlights: Ride the amazing Costa del Sud
We’ve told you, this tour has plenty of beauty. So what’s more marvellous than the southern Sardinia coast? After few kms we’ll be enchanted by the neat Romanesque-Pisan architecture of the Cathedral of Tratalias, than the surprise rises along the succession of secret coves and ancient spanish watching towers, overlooking a sea with all shades of blue and green. The up and down ends in Chia, one of the most gorgeous beaches of the whole island, then we have just 15 km of peaceful countryside until the legendary Nora, the phoenician town conquered by the Romans, one of the most important settlements of ancient Mediterranean.
Pula is a lively town and the perfect place for celebrating your last night in Sardinia.
Daily distance: 90km (56 miles)
Elevation gain: 750m (2460 ft)
Accommodation: Villa Madau, or similar.
Tour ends in Pula - Arrivederci!
Highlights: Tour End, Last Day, Arrivederci Amici!
It’s time to say goodbye, but we know our Island touched your heart and you want to be back in Sardinia with us!
Tour ends after breakfast. Transfer on your own to Cagliari Airport, or inquire for a private transfer.
Ciao Amici, ci vedremo presto!
PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.
7 nights in nice 3-star hotels, agritourisms or accommodations of similar quality
Welcome meeting, tour briefing and bike fitting
Maps, route notes or GPS tracks
Any type of insurance
Travel to and from the tour start and end
City hotel tax (2 to 5 euro per night per person, to be paid locally by traveler)
Bicycle rental (see Prices tab)
Entrance to museums or other activities not indicated as included
Ferry tickets to Carloforte and Sant'Antioco (approx. €15 pp)
Any meals or beverages not indicated as included
Solo Traveler departures available for a supplemental fee of €300. Please inquire for availability.
Private Group departures available: please inquire.
Navigation and roadbook
On this self-guided tour, detailed tour information and route navigation tracks are provided through the free smartphone app Ride With GPS - our "digital roadbook" - which includes daily routes, maps, elevation profiles, and ride descriptions; schedules and hotel itinerary; cultural and sightseeing information, visit suggestions; emergency numbers and more, all stored in one organized, easy to use app. Downloading the app content also allows for offline mode navigation. Participants can also upload the routes to their own GPS device, and even print the detailed route notes before leaving home.
Please consider that the hotel itinerary and detailed tour itinerary will be sent to you by e-mail prior your departure.
On this self-guided tour, you can rent a smartphone provided with the RideWithGPS app and downloaded tracks (power bank included) for an additional extra cost of €25.
Luggage transfers are included in your package. Please use luggage tags on all your luggage being transferred. Please have your luggage ready before the driver comes to collect it, otherwise you may have to pay a local taxi for the service.
Please consider that the luggage is not insured during the transport. You need to have your own insurance. Do not leave valuables or fragile items in your luggage.
Normally, the luggage transport service cannot be used by participants to skip the cycling stage. In case you need help to skip the cycling stage, please contact our emergency number and we will arrange it for you.
PLEASE NOTE: The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.
Tour code: itbs4254a
Starting point: Hotel Villa Piras - Viale della Resistenza, 10, Alghero
- You can also take a taxi from Alghero Airport to the hotel.
From Sassari, you have two options:
- Take another train to Alghero
- Take the ARST bus line 9373 (see timetables here)
- Take a taxi to Alghero
- From Olbia centre, you can take a train to Sassari
*The meeting time for our self-guided tours is in the afternoon. We recommend travelers plan accordingly allowing plenty of time to arrive at the determined meeting place. Please note a late fee may be applied for late arrivals - please see our terms page for details
Ending point: Villa Madau – Via Nora, 84, Pula
- We recommend flying out Cagliari Airport (CAG) which is connected to Pula by bus to Cagliari centre.
- From Pula to Cagliari centre, take the bus ARST line 129 (see timetables here)
- From Cagliari centre, you can either take a taxi or a train (timetables on Trenitalia website) to the airport. You can also catch a taxi directly from Pula to Cagliari airport.
Private airport transfers available if you prefer to be driven from airport to hotel in a private vehicle transfer, please inquire for cost - we will be happy to include this service in your tour package.
Final arrival and departure instructions along with other detailed pre-travel documents, will be e-mailed prior to your travel, with information specific to your departure (including the actual hotels used on your tour dates, which may vary from the hotels listed above).
|Total Distance||420km approxiately (261miles)|
|Daily Distance||0-90 km (0-56 miles)
Difficulty description: Active - Stages up to 90 km per day with maximum 1300 meters of climbing. This tour usually appeals to trained riders (includes “tasty” climbs). Usually travelers are back at the hotel on the early afternoon.
|Notes||This tour is part of our Partner Tours Collective program: operated by select local partners that we know and trust, the tour is similar in quality to those we operate directly in many ways. Please click here for more details.|
|Terms||Terms & Conditions|
|Dates|| This tour is available the whole year.
*2024 price, per person based on double occupancy; minimum 2 participants per departure.
Starts every Saturday. Other start days available by request for a supplement of €60 per person.
Solo traveler departures available (only one person on the departure), with a supplemental fee of €300. Please inquire for availability
If you think that the Self-Guided formula isn't right for you, this tour can be ride as Guided for a supplemental fee. Please inquire for price and availability.
High-Season surcharge (Jun 29 - Sep 06): a €200 per person surcharge is applied on high-season departures.
Bike Rental options:
You can decide to bring your own bike, or you can rent a bike that suites your taste. We offer great bikes from selected Italian and international brands; the most popular brands on this tour are Bianchi, Giant, Scott and Canyon. If you'd like something fancier, we can even provide Cipollini bikes.
The prices below are per bike for the duration of the tour, including delivery to starting point and collection from ending point.
Bike rental rates
Trekking Bike: €135
Road Bike: €190
Additional useful information:
• Do you have any questions about how our bike tours work? Check out our FAQs page!
• Curious about the difference between our Casual and Classic self-guided tours? Check out our introduction blog on Casual Self-Guided Tours.
• If the self-guided formula isn't right for you, check out this blog introducing the differences between Guided and Self-Guided Tours.
|Prices||€890 per person*||Single Supplement||€200 (double room for single use)*|
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