Medieval Towns and Nuraghi, Self-guided Cycling Tour

 

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Cycling Holidays in Sardinia: from Alghero to Barumini

Sardinia has always been a popular escape spot – not only for its beautiful beaches, but also for its remote nature and landscape. Sardinia is not just a beach paradise, but a cyclist’s dream as well. It’s scantily populated with breathtaking views all around! You will spend a week biking all around rugged Landscape of the island: on the west coast, (Alghero and Bosa), to Medieval villages and Roman towns,then down to Oristano, rich in history.
You can visit Tharros and Fordongianus, Punic-Roman ruins complex, the famous beach IS ARUTAS. You will arrive in Tuili 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. A wide variety of good wines are made in Sardinia, especially sweet wines. Recipes are based either on lamb and wild boar or seafood, cheese and ravioli.


Description Day by Day

Day one: Welcome to Alghero
Arrival in Alghero Airport and transfer to the Hotel. Meet and great with BTS rapresentative. Bike fitting. The Sardinian town of Alghero is a lively and pretty city and a flourishing tourist attraction not only for the summer masses and elite tourism, but also for a new cosmopolitanism.The wall of the old town have towers and it will be pleasant for you to walk along and have a drink at sunset before a seafood dinner!
Lodging: hotel Villa Mosca

Day two: Bosa & Malvasia
Bike ride from Alghero to Bosa skirting the coast. Distance 43 km /26,7 miles rolling hill, otherwise inland via Monteleone and Montresta, distance 60 km /  37,3 miles (hilly)
Option A, 43 km: leaving Alghero and pedaling on secondary roads you can admire the uneven north-west coast, shaped by Mistral wind, but do not worry: the wind will be on your side.
Option B, 60 km: you leave Alghero biking up on beautiful uplands, viewing unforgettable landscapes. You’ll pass through Villanova Monteleone and Montresta, admiring from below the fascinating Monteleone Roccadoria
In Bosa you can admire the massive complex of the Castello dei Malaspina. Nature has done a great work along the coast of Bosa. The bastions overlooking the sea, the little, stony creeks and the wild scenery are all exclusive elements of this surprising landscape. Due to a series of quite unique events, Bosa has managed to keep its territory unchanged. Here it is also produced a fine wine, Malvasia di Bosa, be sure to taste it!
Lodging: hotel Sa Pischedda

Day three: Santu Lussurgiu, Medieval Hilltown
Bike ride from Bosa to Santu Lussurgiu. Distance 52 or 43 km / 32 or 25 miles
Option A : 52 km easier: in this ride you’ll bike along country roads passing through small villages and you’ll see the famous Siete Fuentes water sources in San Leonardo, where you can relax in the woods. Soon you will arrive in Santu Lussurgiu, admiring, while descending, the great plateau of Ghilarza and much of the south of Sardinia.
Option B 43 km shorter BUT challenging : Leaving from Bosa, you can bike along the sea, to go then up to the inland and pass through characteristic little villages such as Magomadas and Cuglieri. You’ll come across lots of Nuraghe and suggestive lands, such as the plateau right before arriving in Santu lussurgiu, which has been built at the edge of the massive inactive volcanic mountain called Montiferru (iron mountain). Where you will find the Montiferru castle
The village in which you will overnight developed around the small rustic church of Holy Cross (built in 1185 A.D.) and has the characteristic structure of an amphitheater, with ancient stone houses built in concentric configuration along winding and steep narrow cobbled lanes you will love to explore!
Lodging: hotel Antica Dimora del Gruccione

Day four: Oristano & Sightsee
Bike ride from Santu Lussurgiu to Oristano. Distance 52 km or 73 km / 32 or 45 miles
Option A downhill and flat terrain, 52 km: Take this option if you want to have time to sightsee Oristano! 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
Option B more hills, 73 km: this ride is more challenging, cycling toward the seaside and crossing small villages in Sardinian-spanish style. You will see domus de janas, dolmen e and nuraghes.
You will pass through a lot of Punic and Roman ruins and you will be enthusiastic of the crystalline water and sandy beaches of the area! There’s also a particular Statue that wind carved in ages that is l’Arco di S’Archittu.
Lodging: hotel il Duomo /Regina d’Arborea

Day five: Tharros and the Sinis Peninsula
Circular bike ride Cabras, Tharros, Oristano. Distance 54 km / 65 miles all flat
Today departure for the peninsula of “Sinis,” where there are plenty of ponds and lagoons and where, depending on the season, you will be able to see wonderful pink flamingos. You’ll pass 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. The tour will continue in Marina di Torre Grande where you can stop for lunch at the restaurants of the town for taste unforgettable peppered mussels.
Come back to the hotel by bicycle path.
Lodging: Hotel il Duomo/Regina d’Arborea.

Day six: Barumini, Unesco Site “Su Nuraxi”
Bike ride from Oristano to Tuili. Distance 56 km / 34 miles
You’ll bike through secondary roads up and down the hill through little villages, the highlight today is Barumini, a small village placed 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, a visit not to be missed. Sardinia is quite well known not only for its natural beauties, but also for its typical and peculiar buildings named Nuraghe, which have appeared during the Bronze Age and which represent the symbol of the island. You will finally arrive at the charming village of Tuili.
Lodging: Luxury B&B Sa Domu d’Aiaia

Day seven: after breakfast end of the tour – train or private transfer available to Cagliari or other destination on the island


Price & Inclusions
Cost : Euro 1350 p/person

Price based on double accommodation, it can change according to the period
Single supplement euro 350

Inclusions:

  • Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
  • Six breakfasts, one gourmet dinner
  • Bike delivery  in Alghero and professional bike fitting
  • Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
  • Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
  • All Baggage transfers
  • Drop Off bikes and gear in Tuili
  • Keepsake “Bike Tour Sardinia” water bottle

Not included:

  • Bike rental: Hybrid/Touring bike euro 140 or High-end Race bike euro 170 (all equipment is included). E-bike available on request
  • 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

Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
Difficulty : easy going to moderate OR moderate to challenging; 2 options each day
Total distance: 160 or 190 miles
Daily Mileage: 30-35 miles on rolling hill terrain with some climbs. Additional mileage available.
Optional services:
Cooking lessons
Cheese tasting
Wine tasting
Italian language lessons
Tour Departures: Any date between 15th March to end of November
Length: The base tour is 6 nights but is possible take the first part (4 nights) or add some days or stages


Hotel List:
Alghero:              Luxury B&B Villa Mosca
Bosa:                      Hotel Sa Pischedda
S. Lussurgiu:   Antica Dimora del Gruccione
Oristano:             Hotel duomo / Hotel Regina d’Arborea
Tuili:                       Luxury B&B Sa Domu d’Aiaia


Logistic:
Begin: Alghero
End: Tuili

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