Our XXL version of the Giro della Sardegna is an unforgettable road bike trip touring all around northern and central Sardinia, taking in both the west and the east coast and the Gennargentu mountains. This trip is accompanied throughout by a support vehicle. Designed by our very own semi-professional cyclist, following the success of the Giro di Toscana, this really is a superb trip for keen riders!
Your day by day program
Your holiday begins in the morning at the port of Porto Torres.
We leave the frenzy of Porto Torres for Alghero, a town still influenced by the Catalan language following an invasion of the town in 1353. The road here is nice and flat, allowing us to start the trip with a gentle warm up, but be warned, it won’t last!
We will do a quick tour of Alghero before taking to the hills. The route begins to climb, offering us some splendid views of Alghero. We take a small road before following along the coast to Bosa, our stop for the night.
Roughly 137km for 1600m+
(XL Version 97km for 1297m+)
Night in a hotel 3***, not far from the beach.
We leave Bosa for the first true Col of the week at 900m in altitude. We will ride through a number of typical Sardinian villages, where you’ll see many fascinating murals on the walls of the houses. We’ll then continue through undulating countryside to finish at 800m in altitude in a superb village in the heart of the Gennargentu mountains, forming part of the Gennargentu national park.
On this day we will be right in the heart of the Mistral, the prevalent wind in Sardinia. Normally, this should be behind us, allowing us to maintain an excellent average speed.
Roughly 135km for 2800m+
(XL version: 114km for 2457m+)
Night in a 4* hotel in Aritzo
Aritzo is a small village situated in the centre of the Sardinian mountains and pretty much at the foot of Punta la Marmora, which is the highest mountain of Sardinia at 1834m. That’s why we’ll stay two nights here to make the most of the location.
Today we’ll ride off in a southerly direction towards ‘Lago del Flumendosa’. We’ll take some small peaceful roads, have some splendid views, eat a picnic with a panoramic view of the lake and enjoy a great day. We’ll return via a route that only local people know about...
Roughly 145km for 2894m+
(XL version: 76km for 1600m+)
Night in a 4* hotel in Aritzo
The day starts with a splendid climb to a col at 1245m in altitude. Following that, we take a small undulating road with a rewarding downward profile. We’ll pass by a small lake and typical Sardinian mountain scenery.
A small climb of 10km before transferring to the popular seaside town of Cala Gonone.
Roughly 140km for 2473m+; 3241m-
(XL version: 106km for 1705m+; 2442m-)
Night in a 3 star hotel in Cala Gonone, close to the beach.
Possible visit to the cave Bue Marino and the salt lake. A great experience!
We leave Cala Gonone by a small slightly steep road, guaranteed to warm you up fast!
The next section of riding is very quiet, as we skirt the coast on a road that provides us with little difficulty. For those that want to rest a little, there is the opportunity to enjoy the “Spiagge bianche”, the white sand beaches and turquoise water that Sardinia is reputed for.
Roughly 126km for 2322m+
(XL version: 92km for 990m+)
Night in a 3 star hotel close to Olbia. Close to a beach.
Today we leave the east coast by small roads, enjoying the hidden gems of the Sardinian countryside. We’ll ride from village to village, eventually ending up in the north of the island. From here we will have a fine view of Castelsardo, a superb town on the north-west coast and our point of rest for the night.
The castle and the surrounding fortifications dating back to the 12th century are in a perfect state of conservation. They overhang the town, whose houses painted in warm colours, provide a fantastic backdrop.
The Castelsardo lobster, freshly caught by local fishermen, will make a great meal at the end of a good day’s riding.
Roughly 120km for 2000m+
(XL version: the same)
Night in a 3 star hotel in Castelsardo.
Our last day’s ride will begin with our departure from Castelsardo to the Lake of Coghinas. As the road climbs we are offered a fantastic view of the north coast and the Asinara islands. The road is narrow and the cars are few and far between. We’ll enjoy pedalling our way through more typical Sardinian villages which offer us a last chance to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this landscape. We return to the coast for a nice easy ride back to Porto Torres.
Roughly 110km for 1500m+
(XL version: 85km for 1080m+)
+40km to finish in Alghero.
The holiday ends after this last stage. Overnight boat possible to Marseille, or flights from Alghero.
We can arrange one further night in a three star hotel to fit in with your ongoing travel plans should you require it. Please contact us.
- The meeting point will be at Porto Torres. Transfer possible from Alghero airport.
- On day 7 following that day's stage. At Porto Torres if you are taking the boat, or at Alghero for those taking the plane.
- All nights in comfortable 3 and 4- star hotels in double rooms with private bathroom.
Single room option available
- From 8 people
- For keen cyclists. Daily stages from 76km to 120km, with some steep climbs and descents.
- Your luggage gets transported to each night's accommodation by the assistance van
- Road bike hire : 150€
- Single room supplement : 220€
- Full board from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 7. Lunch will comprise of picnics made by your assistant. Evening meals will be in a restaurant.
- Bag transfers. Assistance (vehicle and guide) throughout the holiday. 6 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels in double rooms.
- Transport before the initial meeting or after the point of departure. Transfers not mentioned in the programme, insurance, drinks, the bikes and bike repair, visits of tourist sites, optional activities, personal expenses.