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    • Travelcode: 450

    Westcoast of Sardinia

    • This cycling trip is based on the central western side of Sardinia. Starting in Tresnuraghes, this is an ideal location to explore both the coast and estuary around Bosa, as well as the small villages of this corner of Sardinia. An area famous for its production of Malvasia wine and olive oil, there will truly be a Mediterranean feel to the route, as you cycle past vineyards, olive groves and open fields with sheep grazing. Moving south and following the coastline, you’ll drop into the plains and marshlands of the Oristano region. Expanses of sandy beaches, turquoise sea, remains of ancient coloniaations, rich birdlife, and a culture which developped around fishing ...cycling the Sinis peninsula is the best way to explore this region. After a short transfer, you’ll ride through the rolling hills of Marmilla, past open fields cultivated with wheat and vineyards. Barumini is your destination, home to the UNESCO Heritage site of Su Nuraxi. Your trip ends in Cagliari, time to explore this ancient, yet vibrant capital of Sardinia.

      Tour profile / level 2

      The tour alternates between countryside and stunning coastal views. You’ll be riding primarily on good tarmac roads, except for a few short dirt-road sections that lead you to your accommodation. You will be riding in a region full of rolling hills and long flat stretches, passing olive groves, vineyards and marsh lands. Around the Sinis Peninsula the terrain is flat but becomes hillier in the Marmilla region on day 6. The climbs are never too steep or long (ranging from 300 – 500 meters per day) and the roads generally have little traffic. We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour, due to the unavoidable section on day 3 that sees you riding over loose gravel. If you’d prefer to use a road bike however, this section can be re-routed, but we would need to know in advance, so that we could amend the road book accordingly.

       

      Day 1: Cagliari - Tresnuraghes

      After arriving at Cagliari airport we’ll pick you up and transfer you to Tresnuraghes (approx. 2 hours) on the north west side of Sardinia. After arriving at your accommodation, depending on flight times, there should be some time to relax and try out your bikes; your local representative will go through your route notes and maps and make sure you‘re set for your week of cycling to come. (N.B. Your welcome meeting may be held the following morning.)

      Day 2: Bosa Loop Ride, approx. 35 km

      Making your way to Bosa, a colourful town set on the side of the River Temo, is a great way to start your week of cycling. Before exploring the narrow streets that lead up to the Castello di Malaspina, you’ll ride along the Temo to view the charming Chiesa di St Pietro. In Bosa, you can visit a traditional winery to sample some of the scented local Malvasia wine which Bosa is renowned for. Time to loop back to Tresnuraghes! You’ll ride to Bosa Marina before embarking on a gentle climb back up to town.

      Day 3: Tresnuraghes - Santa Caterina, approx. 49 km

      Your first stop today will be Tinnura, renowned for the pastoral mural paintings which decorate the whole village. After a break to explore, you’ll carry on riding and stop in Sagama to visit the 18th century church, before riding on to Sennariolo and to Cuglieri. The countryside alternates between oak trees, olive groves and vineyards. After a visit to the Basilica in Cuglieri, you’ll carry on towards the coast, with a gradual descent leading you to the stunning coastline of S‘Archittu. Photo opportunities of this unique sandstone rock formations, and weather permitting even swimming time!

       

      Day 4: Santa Caterina - San Salvatore, approx. 53 km

      Your journey continues south today as you head towards the Sinis Peninsula, steeped in ancient history and natural beauty. You’ll stop off at Is Arutas beach, stretching for many kms and famous for a particular sand rich in quartz, which enhances the stunning turquoise colour of the sea. Time and weather permitting, it’s the perfect location for a dip. Moving further south, you’ll stop for the night in the small hamlet of San Salvatore, famed for its spaghetti westerns!

       

      Day 5: San Salvatore - Cabras, approx. 20 km

      A day to explore the Sinis Peninsula, only a short cycle away from your accommodation. You’ll have time to visit the Punic-Roman ruins on Tharros, one of the most important settlements in the Mediterranan. Cristianity was brought to Sardinia by the Romans and the little, but charming, church of San Giovanni is a testimony of the first Christian settlements on the island. Leaving the coast you’ll head back inland, riding past Cabras lagoon and arriving into Cabras itself. Here the Museum of Archeology is worth a visit as it houses the unique statues of Mont‘e Prama that date back to the Nuragic Bronze era. After settling into your accommodation you’ll have time to explore this small town and enjoy some delicious seafood for dinner.

       

      Day 6: Cabras - Barumini (+ trainride), approx. 14 km + 41 km

      It is worth spending a few hours to wander and visit some of the hidden archaeological sites of St. Antioco. The development of the area in fact goes back to the Nuragic times. Leaving the island by the causeway across the bay of Palmas, you’ll carry on cycling towards the Sulcis mountains, riding through the fertile gentle hills around Trattalias and Santadi. Here you’ll have the chance to try out some of the local wines at the Cantine di Santadi winery. 5 km south of Santadi, the carsic caves of Is Zuddas are one of the island’s many spectacular natural sculpture museums. From here the road winds its way 13 km to Teulada, passing some remote farming hamlets and at points affording some great views across the south coast.

      Day 7: Barumini & Cagliari Rest Day

      With a rest day ahead, you can take a leisurely breakfast before visiting the Archeological site of Barumini. Designated a UNESCO heritage site, Su Nuraxi is the best preserved and complex nuraghe of Sardinia, dating back to 1800 BC, testifying a fascinating and imposing bronze age of Sardinia, unique to the island. Late morning, we’ll transfer you to Cagliari, allowing you time to wander the narrow streets of this interesting town.

      Day 8: Cagliari

      Sadly your holiday on the gorgeous Italian island of Sardinia is nearly over. No cycling today, but we’ll transfer you to the airport (approx. 15 minutes) for flights home. Until next time!

    • ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport:  Cagliari (CAG)

      Flights can be booked individually. For details see your final travel documents.


      TRANSFER

      Airport transfer from/to Cagliari is included.


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Not included:

      Train ticket on day 6 (approx. € 2,50)

      Tourist tax (about € 2, - per person) - payable locally.

      Itinerary:

      We always do our best to stick to this itinerary but please be aware that we can’t guarantee to follow this schedule exactly. Very occasionally events that are out of our control mean we have to make some changes, but we’ll ensure you still have a great time!

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    • Included services:

      • 7 nights incl. breakfast + 3x dinner
      • Luggage transport
      • Maps and information material/room
      • Local representative (with welcome meeting)
      • Airport transfer on scheduled arrival/departure day from Cagliari airport (CAG)
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      01.04. - 30.06.20 daily
      01.09. - 31.10.20 daily

      Extras

      Bicycle & equipment  
      27-speed 125
      E-bike 230
         
      Additional nights
      Cagliari (double/single) 56/71

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Accommodation

      As with all of our trips we aim to use accommodation which showcases the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting. We always have comfort and convenience in mind when selecting our hotels. We use a range of small, generally 3*, and some 4*, hotels. At the very beginning and end of the season tourism tends to be quiet and, although that means some of the facilities aren’t at full capacity, you will have the routes largely to yourself and can experience the island away from any crowds.

      Hotel Samples:

      Albergo Diffuso Villa Asfodeli (Tresnuraghes)

      Hotel Ristorante Sa Pedrera, (Cabras)

      La Locanda dei Buoni e Cattivi (Cagliari)

      Please be informed that the selection of hotels can differ depending on availabilities and date of booking. Detailed information will be given within your travel documents prior departure.

    • Rental bikes:

      27-speed unisex bicycle

      Hire bikes will be provided with a pannier rack and 1 bag, a tool kit, a spare inner tube, a bike lock, a bike pump, a KM counter and a map holder.

      Electric bikes:
      You will receive modern high quality E-Bikes with individual regulated use of support of pedal-use, robust wheels and deep Unisex comfort entrance. The bikes have a strong Pedelec-mechanism and a strong licium-ionen-battery. The batteries lasts up to 70 kilometres, depending on sort of cycling, weight and routing. The more hills to go, the heavier the weight, the more accucapacity will be used. You can regulate range of the battery if you use less support at the beginning and raise it if needed. Batteries will be loaded with the battery recharger by night in your room.

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