Biking on The Sunset Coast – Italy Guided Bike Tour

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Bicycling Sardinia: Alghero to Sardara, Medieval towns, Nuraghi and Roman ruins

Bicycling Sardinia: Alghero to Sardara, Medieval towns, Nuraghi and Roman ruins
Sardinia has always been a popular escape spot, not only for its beautiful beaches, but also for its remote nature and landscape. Its waters resemble that of the Caribbean!
You will spend a week biking through this rugged landscape of the island. From the west coast of Alghero and Bosa, to the medieval villages and Roman towns, such as Santu Lussurgiu, down to Oristano, rich in history. You can also visit the ruins of Tharros, a Punic-Roman complex, and admire the famous beach IS ARUTAS, made of pure white quartz pebbles. You will arrive in Sardara and round off the tour by visiting the unique Nuraghe village – Unesco heritage site – Su nuraxi in Barumini.
The cuisine is also a mélange of cultures and traditions with a wide variety of good wines made in Sardinia, especially sweet wines. Taste typical recipes which are based on lamb, wild boar or seafood specialties, including shellfish and octopus.


Description Day by Day

Day 1: Welcome to Alghero
Arrival in Alghero airport, and transfer to Hotel Villa Mosca for lodging and bike fitting. The Sardinian town of Alghero is a lively, pretty city and a flourishing tourist attraction not only for the summer masses and elite tourism, but also for a new cosmopolitanism. It is known in Sardinia because only here you will find people speaking the Catalan language due to its historical domination by the Spanich Catalans. The Mura Catalane (Catalan walls), still surround the old town center on the seaward side. The walls are built with towers, which make it pleasant for you to walk along and have a drink at sunset before a seafood dinner!
Dinner: restaurant Al Tuguri
Lodging: Hotel Villa Mosca in Alghero

Day 2: Santu Lussurgiu, Medieval Hilltown
Bike ride from Alghero to Bosa skirting the coast.
Distance: 45 or 90km / 28 or 36mi
Leaving Alghero and pedaling on secondary roads, we can admire the uneven northwest coast, shaped by Mistral winds, but do not worry, the winds will be on your side. Once in Bosa we can admire the massive complex of the Castello dei Malaspina. Nature has done a great work along the coast of Bosa. in the second part of the day we’ll bike along country roads passing through small villages and we’ll see the famous Siete Fuentes water sources in San Leonardo. Soon we arrive in Santu Lussurgiu, admiring, while descending, the great plateau of Ghilarza and much of the south of Sardinia. The village in which you will overnight was developed around the small rustic church of Santa Croce built in 1185 A.D. This village has a characteristic structure of an amphitheater, with its ancient stone houses built in concentric configuration along winding and steep, narrow cobbled lanes you will love to explore!Gourmet dinner at hotel
Lodging: Hotel Antica Dimora del Gruccione in Santu Lussurgiu.

DAY 3 Fordongianus & Roman thermal SPA
Bike ride from Santu Lussurgiu to Oristano
Distance: 59km / 36mi
On the way you can stop in Fordongianus, an old Punic-Roman SPA area, where you can visit the ruins, then cross the Campidano flat and skirt the Temo river. Finally you’ll arrive in Oristano. Free dinner in town.
Lodging: Regina d’Arborea in Oristano.

Day 4: Oristano & Sightseeing
Loop bike ride from Oristano to the Sinis peninsula.
Distance: 59km / 36mi completely flat terrain.
Today departure for the peninsula of “Sinis,” where there are plenty of wetlands and lagoons and where, depending on the season, you will be able to see flocks of wonderful pink flamingos. You’ll roll through Riola Sardo and then ride over the Cabras lagoon. Visit the ruins of the Punic-Roman port city of “Tharros” with a breathtaking view of the sea. The tour will continue to the Marina di Torre Grande where we can stop for a typical light lunch to taste unforgettable peppered mussels from a variety of the towns restaurants. Come back to Cabras and wine tasting at Cantine Contini with its famous Vernaccia dry wine.
Dinner at Kalispera or Craf  restaurants.
Lodging: Regina d’Arborea in Oristano.

Day 5: Sardara & Marmilla rolling hill area
Bike ride from Oristano to Sardara .
Distance: 60km / 36mi rolling hill
The first part is flat and soon you will bypass the mountain Monte Arci and get  to the heart of Marmilla – famous for its rolling hills. Pass little village like Usellus, Ales or Simala; the particularity of Marmilla is right being formed by small town, close together, that were previously farming villages. Finally we will arrive to Sardara, a small village with a interesting historic center with an old sacred well called Sant’Anastasia. A charming hotel, will welcome us with the opportunity to relax with sportive massages, before to ride for the last day of the tour. Free dinner in town.
Lodging: Hotel Antica Casa diana in Sardara

Day 6: Barumini, Unesco site Nuraghe
Loop bike ride from Sardara to Barumini.
Distance: 66 km /41mi rolling hill
You’ll bike on secondary roads up and down the hills and through little villages. The highlight today is Barumini, a small village built in the heart of Sardinia which has become famous thanks to the most important archeological area of the island (UNESCO SITE): the Su Nuraxi complex. This is a visit not to be missed. Sardinia is quite well known not only for its natural beauties, but also for its typical and peculiar stone structures called Nuraghi which appeared during the Bronze Age. Unique in their way, they are a symbol of the island. farewell dinner at hotel restaurant
Lodging: Hotel Antica Casa diana in Sardara

Day 7: End of tour, after breakfast, transfer to Cagliari airport.


Price & Inclusions
Cost:  2150Euro p/person

Price: Based on double room
Tour name: Cycling on the Sunset Coast
Tour type:  Guided bike tour

Inclusions:

  • Six nights in luxury hotel;
  • Four dinners;
  • One wine tasting;
  • One cheese tasting;
  • All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions;
  • All Shuttles and technical assistance;
  • Support Van;
  • Services of experienced guides;
  • Bike Tour Sardinia water bottle;
  • Transfer on day one from airport;
  • Transfer to the airport on day seven
  • Sales taxes (22%)

Not included:
Airfare to Sardinia, lunches, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature, bike rental
Bike Rental:
Touring/hybrid bike:  Euro 140 p/week
High-end race bike: Euro 170 p/week
Difficulty: Easy going to moderate OR moderate to challenging; 2 options each day available
Total distance: 160 or 190 miles
Daily Mileage: 35-40  miles on rolling hilly terrain with some climbs. Additional mileage available upon request.
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Dates 2016: 

  • May: 27th to June 2nd
  • October:  4th – 10th and  from 21st to 27th

Notes: Tour customizable at any time.


HOTEL LIST:
Alghero:                        Luxury B&B Villa Mosca
S. Lussurgiu:             Antica Dimora del Gruccione
Oristano:                      Hotel Regina d’Arborea
Sardara:                        Hotel Antica Casa Diana


Logistic:
Begin: Alghero
End: Sardara

Airport Arrival: Alghero ( best way) or Cagliari  airport
Airport Depart: Cagliari Elmas