Cycling in Sardinia through all the beauty and mistery.
This bike tour is organized for cyclists who want to explore Sardinia from the charming and rich Costa Smeralda of Olbia to the endearing Coral Coast of Alghero.
From Costa Smeralda travel between uncontaminated mountain ranges of the Gallura region, which is rich of and known for high quality, prestigious wines such as its Vermentino and the Cannonau. An important particularity which Sardinian cuisine holds here is that it’s a blend of Italian, Corse and Catalan influences .
You will begin this journey from Arzachena, a little town on the northeast coast, very close to Olbia. Here you can admire the brilliance and tranquility of the Mediterranean Sea and ride along the quiet, windy roads which lead you to one of the most beautiful minor islands of Sardinia: La Maddalena, with its archipelago and its rich history. Then you travel west, in direction Tempio Pausania, which lies in the heart of the Gallura at the foot of Monte Limbara. From this point, you keep traveling in the direction of the sea, precisely to Castelsardo, where you can admire the island of Corsica on a clear day. Further ahead, you’ll visit Sassari, the second largest city of Sardinia. And for your last day of cycling, you’ll arrive at the cosmopolitan city of Alghero.
This tour is available also on opposite direction, i.e. from Alghero to Arzachena.
Not to be missed:
- La Maddalena island
- Cannigione and its natural harbor
- Gallura’s cork forest
- The Moon Valley
- Medieval seaside town of Castelsardo
- The charming village of Stintino
- The catalan city of Alghero
Day by Day:
DAY 1: Benvenuti to Costa Smeralda. Distance 35 km (optional test ride)
Meet & greet, bike fitting and Orientation, bike-test in direction of Porto Cervo depending on your arrival time. Arzachena is a well known seaside resort town located on the north eastern tip of Sardinia, in the Gulf of Arzachena. It’s in a very strategic position as it allows easy access to all the tourist spots and to the extraordinary beaches of the entire Costa Smeralda.
DAY 2: Arzachena & La Maddalena Archipelago. Distance 45 to 79km / 28 to 49mi, flat and rolling hill. +600m. or 1000m. ele.gain
Loop bike ride from Arzachena to La Maddalena, by taking a ferryboat to the island; return the same way. Today you’ll ride along the coast with breathtaking scenery of Costa Smeralda heading towards Palau, where you can take the ferryboat for a short transfer to reach La Maddalena, one of the most beautiful minor islands of the Mediterranean Sea.
DAY 3: Tempio Pausania & Wild Gallura. Distance 48km / 29mi, hilly terrain. +1055m. ele. gain
Bike ride from Arzachena to Tempio Pausania . Leaving Costa Smeralda, you start venturing into wild Sardinia, discovering many little villages of the inland and the Gallura cork forests. You’ll climb into Tempio Pausania sitting at 600mt above the sea. In Tempio, the climactic conditions have always favored grape growing, which allows the production of precious and famous wines like Muscat or Vermentino as well as excellent red and rosé wines.
DAY 4: Castelsardo & Doria Castle. Distance 64km / 40mi, hilly terrain. +890 m.ele.gain.
Bike ride from Tempio Pausania to Castelsardo. Leaving Tempio, you’ll ride a downhill admiring the cork forest once more. The direction of today is towards the sea by the city of Castelsardo. You’ll ride into S.Maria Coghinas before arriving in front of the Mediterranean Sea. Here you can easily admire the island of Corsica on a clear day.
DAY 5: Stintino & La Pelosa beach. Distance 62 km / 38 mi, hilly terrain. +415 m. ele. Gain.
Bike ride; from Castelsardo to Stintino. Today you’ll pedal with the sea always on your right side towards Porto Torres, a pretty seaside city, which is Sardinia’s third largest harbour. You’ll ride through a magnificent pine forrest and always close to the sea. At the end of the ride, you’ll arrive to Stintino, which overlooks the Asinara Gulf. It came into existence precisely in 1885, when the families who lived on the Asinara Island, were evicted to make way for the penal colony .
DAY 6: Alghero & the Coral coast. Distance 64 km / 39mi. +449 m. ele.gain
Bike ride; from Stintino to Alghero. Leaving the pretty Stintino in the Asinara gulf in direction south, you’ll ride through the terrific area of the Vermentino wine. In this region called Nurra, the wind blows directly from the North West which prevents the vegetation to grow over a few meters. You’ll arrive to the bay of Porto Conte, where, if you have time you should be able to visit Capo Caccia.situated a few kilometers from Alghero. There are characteristic, impressive cliffs (nearly 300mt high) on its west side.
DAY 7: Arrivederci
After breakfast, end of tour or loop bike ride to Villanova Monteleone if you have enough time before your departure.
Cost: Euro 1390 p/person
Tour name: Epic Bike Tour Costa Smeralda
Tour type: Self Guided Cycling Tour
Price: Based on double accommodation, it can change according to the period
Single occupancy: 250 euro more
Single traveler: 450 euro more
Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
Difficulty : moderate to challenging
- Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
- Six breakfasts
- Two gourmet dinners
- Bike Delivery to Arzachena and professional bike fitting
- Route notes and maps with elevation gain, city maps, Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
- All Baggage transfers
- Drop Off bikes and gear in Alghero
- Keepsake “Bike Tour Sardinia” water bottle
- All tax
1) Bike rental: Hybrid/Touring bike euro 140 or Race bike euro 180 p/week.
E-Bike 190 euro per week (all equipment is included)
2) City tax: each village charge a tax per each day between euro 0,70 to 2,50, this can be paid only in cash to hotel for local administration
Total distance: 160 or 190 miles
Daily Mileage: 30-35 miles on rolling hilly terrain with some climbs. Additional mileage available.
Tour Departures: from April to the end of October
Length: The tour consists of 6 nights but it is also possible to request only the first half (4 nights) or add additional days or stages.
Airport arrival Olbia airport
Airport departure Alghero airport
Day 1 & 2 Hotel Stazzo Lu Ciaccaru, Arzachena
The Stazzo Lu Ciaccaru is a rural hotel, built according to the traditional Gallura farmhouse style in consideration of the surrounding natural environment. It is near the most important archaeological sites of Northern Sardinia and the renowned crystal clear water of the Emerald Coast. The environment is delightful, surrounded by the beauties of nature, ideal for whoever is seeking for relaxation of body and mind. View hotel website >>
Day 3 Agriturismo L’Agnata, Tempio Pausania
Situated in the inland of Gallura, protected by green soft Hills and surrounded by unspoilt nature, the Hotel is a little embracing masterpiece. The essence of the place is given away by the name: Agnata in Gallura means “hidden corner” sheltered from the wind. View hotel website >>
Day 4 Hotel Riviera, Castelsardo
Located on the waterfront below the castle walls, rooms are soundproofed and well-appointed with every comfort. The SPA awaits a true oasis of well-being with natural treatments, so relax and regeneration of nature. View hotel website>>
Day 5 Hotel Silvestrino, Stintino
Since 1948, the Hotel Restaurant Silvestrino, represents a reference point for those who want to spend a pleasant holiday in Stintino. The Hotel Restaurant Silvestrino, three stars, recently renovated preserving its original style, is situated in the historic center of Stintino, one of the places of tourist interest of Sardinia, 5 minutes from the famous beach “La Pelosa”. View hotel website>>
Day 6 Luxury B&B Villa Mosca, Alghero
Villa Mosca is a prestigious art nouveau residence. Located on the Lungomare Dante, right on the beachfront, surrounded by lush grounds and overlooking the sea, it towers above the gulf of Alghero. View hotel website >>