Sardinia Short Escapes Cycle: Sardinian Campidano region to the Sinis Peninsula
We put together this short bike tour: 3 full days of cycling and 2 half days – Perfect for those who are short on time or do not feel like vacationing entirely on the saddle. What’s more, each day there will be a choice of easier / shorter bike rides or more challenging ones.
Imagine riding in the fantastic scenery and rolling hills of Sardinia. You will be excited to cycle in the same land once lived by the Giants and feel the winds upon your face from the same seas once sailed by the Shardana. Discover the many stories that surround this mysterious island of the Mediterranean Sea, once protected by the so called People of the Seas, or Shardana who erected giant stone sculptures atop the tombs of their fallen warriors and built built Megalithic stone fortifications, villages, places of worship, homes and defense towers found only in Sardinia called Nuraghi. The statues and tumbes of the Giants of Monte Prama have only been discovered recently with ongoing excavations taking place in your cycling area of the Sinis Peninsula.
On this amazing route, you will visit one of the most important and mysterious Nuraghic complex from the early Bronze Age, see ancient cities of Punic-Roman origin and visit small charming inland villages, which are really welcoming, above all, their inhabitants. You can also admire the beautiful beaches of the Sinis Peninsula and the green mountains of Montiferru. Ride through the active thermal area of Fordongianus and the vast lagoons of Medieval Oristano where you may find the beautiful pink flamingos flocking the shallow waters. If you don’t have a week to spend on a bike, this tour is more within your reach, plus it can be customized specifically for you.
Not to be missed:
- Cycling in Marine Reserve area of Sinis Peninsula
- Tasting Culinary art of Sardinia
- Pink Flamingos
- Top Quality Hotels
- Visit ruins of Punic Roman Port City, Tharros open air museum
- San Salvatore village, “Spaghetti Western” movie location
- Visit at Unesco World Heritage site of Su Nuraxi in Barumini
Day by Day
DAY 1 Benvenuti to Sardara
Meet and Greet, with Bike Tour Sardinia representative who will fit your bikes and introduce you to each days ride; with the possibility to ride on the Campidano flat: depending on your arrival time. Then enjoy a welcome aperitif together at the hotel bar.
DAY 2 Barumini & Nuraghe. Distance: 57km / 35mi on rolling hills.
Loop bike ride. Taking secondary roads, you will cycle up and down in the hilly region of the Marmilla. Your goal is Barumini known for the enormous Nuragic stone complex (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) Su Nuraxi. Sardinia is also well known for these typical tower structures called Nuraghe, first appearing during the early Bronze Age. After the visit, cycle back to Sardara crossing Villanovaforru and Collinas, two very pretty small villages.
DAY 3 Oristano & Sightseeing. Distance 64km / 40mi flat or rolling hills (two itinerary choices today)
Cycling. Up and down through small villages of the Marmilla, to get to Oristano, crossing little villages such as Ales and Usellus. Your final destination of the day is the medieval town of Oristano. A pretty and charming city in front of the Mediterranean sea, rich in history and culinary culture. Enjoy your dinner through a wide range of good restaurants in Oristano.
DAY 4 Tharros and Sinis Peninsula. Distance 54km / 33mi all flat
Loop bike ride. Departure for the peninsula of “Sinis,” where there are plenty of lagoons and wetlands where you may also be able to see pink flamingos. The Sinis peninsula, know for the stone Giants of Prama is also a Marine Reserve Area. Visit the ruins of the Punic-Roman port city “Tharros” with a breathtaking view or the amazing beach of Is Arutas with its quartz pebbled white beach. You’ll cross Cabras, famous for its “Bottarga”, dried fish eggs or Sardinian caviar.
DAY 5 Arrivederci
Choice of a short loop bike ride in direction of Fordongianus, known for its ruins of still active Roman thermal baths, a loop around Oristano, or arrivederci via train to Cagliari or other destinations on the island.
All tours offered are customizable to your liking
Cost: Euro 890 p/person
Tour Name: The Land of the Giants
Tour Type: Self Guided Cycling Tour (Short Escape) Price Based on double accommodations, it can change according to the period
Single occupancy: 180 euro more
Single traveler: 280 euro more
Difficulty: Easy Going
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
- Four nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
- Four breakfasts
- Bike delivery in Sardara and professional bike fitting
- Route notes and itineraries with sightseeing, restaurant suggestions
- All Baggage transfers
- Drop Off bikes and gear in Oristano
- Keepsake Bike Tour Sardinia water bottle
- All tax and service charges
- Bike Rental: Touring/hybrid bike euro 140 p/week. Race bike euro 180 p/week
- 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: 110 miles
Daily Mileage: 36 miles on rolling hilly terrain with some climbs. Additional mileage available on request.
Dates: POSSIBLE ALL YEAR ROUND
All tours offered are customizable
Day 1 & 2 Hotel Regina d’Arborea, Oristano
Located in a nineteenth-century building in the centre of the town, on the west coast of Sardinia, Hotel Regina D’Arborea is located in the historic center of Oristano, and offers air-conditioned accommodation and a continental breakfast with local and organic products. View hotel website>>
Day 3 & 4 Antiche Terme di Sardara, Sardara
The stay at the hotel Antiche Terme di Sardara, after months of stress and routine, is an excellent opportunity to get away, immersing himself in nature and in the special atmosphere of wellness and relaxation that characterizes the spa hotels. Surrounded by green rolling hills of Monreale medieval castle, Hotel Antiche Terme is part of a vast complex with Wellness Centre and Health Spa. View hotel website>>