Off Season 5 Days Cycling Tour, Winter in Sardinia
An off-season cycling tour in Sardinia is a surprisingly pleasant adventure! Exploring the open roads with its wonderful scenery, food and history even throughout the wintertime. Sardinia’s never ending rolling hills and coastal roads reflect the warming rays of the Mediterranean sun can make for your perfect getaway and cure for wintertime blues.
This tour starts from the historic city of Oristano, Easily accessible from Cagliari airport. Our chosen accommodations and packaged services prepared for you will only amplify your active holiday retreat experiences and memories to share.
If you happen to be in Europe or just crave for cycling in more temperate climate, come to Sardinia and ride a bike! We will take you on two loop rides from Oristano; one along the coast in the Sinis Peninsula and one inland to rich thermal springs enjoyed by Roman Legions. Ride along the coast to watch the sunset on the sea for your third stage. The final stage will bring you back inland across a ridge of the green coast via a mining town, now turned into a mineral-geologic museum to your final destination in Guspini, where satisfyingly there are several options for an easy and convenient departure by frequent bus rides to Cagliari or to the local train station.
Not to be missed:
- Cycling on marine reserve area of Sinis peninsula
- Tasting culinary art of Sardinia
- Montevecchio old mine area
- Cycling in Costa Verde
- Pink Flamingos
- Visit at open air museum of Tharros
- San Salvatore village, “Spaghetti Western” movie location
Day by Day
DAY 1 arrival to Oristano
Welcome in Oristano. It is located in the west-central coast of Sardinia. This little city (about thirty thousand inhabitants), is famous for its horserace which takes place in the days of carnival, called Sartiglia. Your hotel is located in the first way of the horserace, but don’t worry, it takes place only in February. Meet and Greet, with BTS rapresentative and we’ll fit your bikes and introduce you to each day ride. Then a welcome aperitif together at the hotel bar.
Lodging: B&B Eleonora in Oristano.
DAY 2 Tharros and the Sinis Peninsula. Distance 54 km / 33,5 mi all flat.
Loop bike ride to Cabras, Tharros, Oristano. 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 a light lunch.
Lodging: B&B Eleonora in Oristano.
DAY 3 Fordongianus and SPA roman ruins. Distance 60 km / 37 mi rolling hills.
Loop bike ride from Oristano by Tiria, Siamanna. Today you cycle in the direction of the Fordongianus On the way you can stop in the village to visit the ruins of a still active Punic-Roman thermal SPA area. Steamed up, cross the Campidano flat and skirt the Temo river to come back into the medieval city of Oristano.
Lodging: Lodging: B&B Eleonora in Oristano.
DAY 4 Portu Maga and the Green Coast. Distance 54 km / 33,5 mi; rolling hills.
Bike ride from Oristano to Portu Maga via Arborea, Marceddì. Departure from Oristano to cross the gulf of the same name, through Arborea and the typical fisherman village of Marceddì. After crossing the lagoon of Marceddì it begins the fantastic Costa Verde with its majestic scenery and its unspoiled landscapes. You will come to Portu Maga and stay in a hotel with a fantastic view on the sea. Tonight you can not miss a fantastic dinner at the hotel restaurant “il Corsaro Nero” and do not miss an unforgettable sunset.
Lodging: le Dimore de “il Corsaro Nero” in Portu Maga. Dinner included at hotel restaurant.
DAY 5 Guspini & the Old Mines of Montevecchio. Distance 50 km / 31 miles hilly and flat.
Bike ride from Portu Maga to Sardara via Montevecchio. You leave the hotel and ride along the coast and then back towards the mine area of Montevecchio. The function of the mining area was active until 1991 and from there onwards there was a relentless depopulation of the area, but with the establishment of the Geo-Mining Park, and the Environmental History of Sardinia, Recognized by UNESCO, this area has become a resource for active tourism.In the hotel a confortable SPA with swimming pool will be waiting for you.
Lodging: Hotel Sa Rocca in Guspini
DAY 6 Arrivederci
after breakfast end of the tour – train (in San Gavino Monreale) or private transfer available to Cagliari or other destination on the island
All tours offered are customizable to your liking
Cost: Euro 790 p/person
Tour name: Winter Bike Tour
Tour type: Self Guided Cycling Tour
Price based on double accommodations, it can subject to changes depending to the period
Single occupancy: 200 euro more
Single traveler: 350 euro more
Difficulty : easy going to moderate
Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights
- 5 nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
- 5 breakfasts
- One gourmet dinner
- Bike delivery in Oristano and professional bike fitting
- Route notes, itineraries with sightseeing, restaurant suggestions
- All Baggage transfers
- Drop Off bikes and gear in Guspini
- Keepsake water bottle
- All tax and service charges
Bike Rental: Touring/hybrid bike euro 140 p/week. Race bike euro 180 p/week. 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
Total distance: 150 mi
Daily Mileage: 30-35 miles on rolling hilly terrain with some climbs. Additional mileage available on request.
Tour Departures: possible all year round
Length: The base tour is 6 nights but is possible take the first part (4 nights) or add some days.
Airport Arrival/Depart: Cagliari Elmas airport
Day 1, 2 & 3 Superior B&B Eleonora, Oristano
The B&B is in the Eleonora d’Arborea square, in the heart of the Medieval town of Oristano. The bedrooms have parquet floor and modern furniture with ancient one; every room have a private bathroom, heating, conditioned air. Breakfast is served in the lounge but, in summer and nice spring days, also in the quiet and private garden. View hotel website>>
Day 4 Le Dimore del “Corsaro Nero”, Portu Maga
The “Corsaro Nero” Restaurant has 7 tastefully appointed guest rooms, each with bathroom equipped with hydro massage cabin, a few meters from the Costa Verde, with a splendid view of the sea. The attention to detail, further enriches the residence of those who wish to combine the charm of the Sardinian tradition to the suggestion of untouched nature. View hotel website>>
Day 5 Hotel**** Sa Rocca, Guspini
Placed in the heart of Sardinia in a magic and natural view at the foot of the Monte Linas, the Resort offers to guests a unique place, unforgettable for refinement and elegance. Living the Sa Rocca is an experience. Nature gave us the softest colours and the most intense fragrances. We are able to offer to you our passion, making our experiences and our skills a philosophy, in order to assure you relax. You’ll leave with an emotion that will stay with you for a long time. View hotel website>>