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The West of Sardinia - from Alghero to Cagliari

12 days / 11 nights
Sardinia - Self-guided road cycling - E-bike tours - Self-guided - E-bike
Without guide - Comfort - Luggage transfer

price from
~1863 $ [1690 €] per pers.

An enchanting cycle tour through this charming Island, off the beaten track. From Alghero in the Northwest to Cagliari in the southeast. All along the west coast this route is a passage through the region's incredible history, marked by a succession of many civilizations.

Your day by day program

1
Arrival at Alghero

Arrival at Alghero airport. Transfer (not included) to Alghero, Check-in and welcome.

2
Alghero loop (54 km)

Your tour starts with a visit by bike to the old fortifications and the
appealing historic centre of Alghero, a splendid Aragonese city. Leaving
Alghero, we come to the prehistoric bastion of Nuraghe Palmavera.
Then on to Capo Caccia, an imposing rocky outcrop 168 m high,
looking out over the sea and then to lake Baratz, the only natural lake
in Sardinia where you can visit the Environmental Education
Experience Centre. Back to Alghero through countryside covered with
vineyards and olive groves, producing world renowned oil and wines.

3
Alghero – Bosa (50 km)

Bike along a scenic coastal road across the cliffs overlooking the sea
and admire the view of the gulf of Alghero and Capo Caccia. Emotions
continue as you catch a glimpse of the pink, red and grey cliffs of Cape
Marargiu. Your day ends in Bosa, a medieval town famous for its fine
embroidery and gold filigree works.

4
Bosa – Santu Lussurgiu (54 km)

Today’s route is flanked by vineyards and olive groves as far as Flussio
and Tinnura, two small towns famous for their reed and wicker baskets
and for their murales (wall paintings). Then on through the pasturelands of Sagama, with Mediterranean
brush landscape stretching as far as the eye can see, until you reach the springs of San Leonardo, the
area richest in water of the whole of Sardinia. At Santu Lussurgiu a well-deserved rest at a charming
diffuse hotel, consisting of several tastefully restored old houses.

5
Santu Lussurgiu – Cabras (55 km)

Today you will discover the splendid natural scenery of the Montiferru, a ‘slow-food’ area famous for its
much appreciated Sardinian-Modican cows and its typical casizzolu, a stretched curd cheese. The land
slopes down to the sea, bringing us to the Marine Protected Area of the Sinis, home to pink flamingo and
herons. Here we take a dirt track flanking a series of white quartz beaches. Then on through a charming
fishermen’s hamlet, where you will find one of the most important Early Christian churches in Sardinia,
and continue to Tharros, a fascinating archaeological site on the sea shore, with a wealth of Phoenician
and Roman remains.

6
Cabras – Arborea (36 km)

Start your trip with an optional loop of the fascinating Sinis wetlands where we will see colonies of pink
famingos, quartz beaches and reach one of the most beautiful spots on the island: the Phoenician ruins of
Tharros. Alternatively from Cabras go directly to the medieval historic centre of Oristano. From there on
towards to Arborea, cycling along the lagoon of S’ena Arrubia and along country lanes.

7
Costa Verde and dunes of Piscinas (56km)

Today you cycle to Piscinas, on the Costa Verde. From Arborea ride through a flat 8 miles across
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reclaimed farmland to the colourful fishing village of Marceddì. Rice, soft fruit and vegetables are grown
for the cucinas of Sardinia. From Marceddì it becomes more undulating, with low hills and huge sand
dunes skirting the coast. From Piscinas a long climb with spectacular scenery take us into the hills for a
night in a cosy agriturismo overlooking the Monte Linas range.

8
The mines of Sulcis (41km)

Another tough day, but some glorious scenery to compensate! You start by flying down hill to the river
Mannu, and the start of the miles of golden beaches of Portixeddu. To the left is the massif of Monte
Linas, with the Costa Verde and erica covered sand dunes away on your right. After the unfortunately
named mining town of Buggerru and the Pranu Sartu plateau is the charming Cala Domestica bay. Inland,
the Marganai mountain group rises to almost 3,500 feet. After the 400 foot limestone cliffs of Pan di
Zucchero, you arrive to Nebida, another old mining hamlet.

9
The island of Carloforte (43km)

A beautiful descent to Fontanamare followed by an undulating coastal ride to Portoscuso. Here, board the
local ferry to Carloforte on Isola di San Pietro. There is time for a short itinerary around the island,
exploring sandy coves and dramatic rocky headlands, tiny hamlets before rejoining the ferry to continue
to equally unspoilt Sant' Antioco. Note that it is not possible to book the ferry in advance, and you will
need to pay on arrival.

10
Town and island of Sant'Antioco. (40km)

A morning to laze by the pool or explore the coast nearby, or for a short cycle ride around the island with
its wealth of coves and beaches, green meadows (or golden in the summer) and little villages. After a visit
to Sant’Antioco, cross back to the mainland, to visit the Pisan sanctuary at Tratalias - one of the most
important monuments from the Romanesque period. From here you follow the shoreline of lake Monte
Pranu and through the rolling plains of Sulcis. Once again, rugged mountains rise up to your left, to
around 4,000 ft. Just before the village of Sant' Anna Arresi you reach your hotel, well sited overlooking
the emerald green waters of the Golfo di Palmas. Nearby are the bright white beaches of Porto Pino,
backed by dunes and Aleppo pine woods.

11
S Anna Arresi – Pula (57km)

The longest day by distance, but gentle countryside across the rugged coastal plains of the Costa del Sud.
This is a remote, wild and beautiful region of Mediterranean bush and coastal pools, gleaming white
beaches and imposing cliffs. Cape Malfatano and Cala Piscinnì each boast a 16th C tower, while at Capo
Teulada the spectacular cliffs rise more than 700 feet from a translucent sea. A short detour will take you
to the beautiful beach of Su Giudeu in Chia, while at Pula is the important Phoenician city of Nora.

12
Departure day

After breakfast, end of services.

Departure board

Every Saturday all year round, it is possible to start other days paying a supplement

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • At your first hotel. A transfer from Alghero airport is possible on request.
End
  • On Day 12, after breakfast. A transfer to Cagliari Airport is possible on request.
Accommodation
  • Accommodation for 11 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels.
Number of people
  • Based on 2 people
Level of difficulty
  • Daily distance between 40 and 60 km. Daily elevation gain between 400 and 800m.
Carrying
  • Luggage transfers by vehicle. You only need to take your day bag with you (for picnics, cameras etc.).
Options
  • Transfer from Alghero airport to 1st hotel : 25€
  • Transfer from last hotel to Cagliari airport : 55€
  • Bicycle rental  : 150€
  • E-bike rental : 300€
  • GPS tracks on USB stick : 25€
  • Single room suplement : 250€
  • High season supplement (23/06-06/09) : 250€
  • Non saturday departure supplement : 60€
Included
  • • 11 Nights in 3 star hotels and Agriturismo with en suite bathroom
  • • 11 Breakfasts
  • • Tour presentation (welcome meeting/call)
  • • Transfer at the end of day 7 (optional)
  • • Baggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • • Supply of road notes and maps
  • • Telephone assistance
Not included
  • • Local Taxes (approx 10 €)
  • • Admission to museums and archaeological sites
  • • Tickets for ferries to Carloforte and Calasetta
  • • Anything not mentioned in the price

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