Cycling in the Old Sardinian Kingdom, Roman Ruins and Nuraghi
This bike tour is designed for those who want to taste a little bit of everything the culture and history of Italy and Sardinia as to offer. Starting from Oristano you’llvisit the ruins of two ancient cities: Tharros, built by the Carthaginians and brought to blooming by the Romans, and the site of Barumini, called “Su Nuraxi”, a UNESCO World heritage site. You will walk on the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, and ride along ponds and lagoons where you’ll meet on your way the beautiful pink flamingos, all enclosed in the beautiful Sinis Peninsula. You’ll ride in Costa Verde (Green Coast) where sea and land meet to create the most beautiful breathtaking scenery of Sardinia and Italy. The streets are almost always devoid of traffic, they are well paved and the people are really friendly, and they will make you enjoy the extraordinary culinary delights of the region. The citys where you are going to stay are full of history and walking in the streets will be as exciting as living in the Italian Middle Ages.
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
- Top quality hotels
- Visit at open air museum of Tharros
- San Salvatore village, “Spaghetti Western” movie location
- Visit at Unesco heritage site of Barumini: su Nuraxi
Day by Day
DAY 1 Benvenuti to Oristano
Meet and Greet, with Bike Tour Sardinia rapresentative and we’ll fit your bikes and introduce you to each day ride. Then a welcome aperitif together at the hotel bar.
DAY 2 Tharros and Sinis Peninsula. Distance 54km / 33mi all flat
Loop bike ride: from Oristano to the Sinis peninsula. Departure for the peninsula of “Sinis,” where there are plenty of lagoons and wetlands where you will be able to see pink flamingos. The Sinis peninsula is also a Marine Reserve Area. Visit the ruins of the Punic-Roman port “Tharros” with a breathtaking view or the beach of Is Arutas with its pebbled white sand. You’ll cross Cabras, famous for its “Bottarga”, dried fish eggs or Sardinian caviar.
DAY 3 Santu Lussurgiu and Volcano of Montiferru. Distance 49km/30 mi or 60km/37 mi
Loop bike ride: from Oristano to Milis and Bonarcado. Leaving Oristano a gentle climb will take you to Montiferru mountain. From here you will return to Oristano down in the direction of Cabras, However those who want to climb to Santu Lussurgiu, a beautiful medieval town nestled in the mouth of the extinct volcano of Montiferru.
DAY 4 Portu Maga and the Green Coast. Distance 54 km / 33,5 mi
Bike ride from Oristano to Portu Maga (Arbus). Departure from Oristano to cross its gulf and onwards by the lagoons of Marceddì begins the fantastic Costa Verde with its unspoiled landscapes. In the evening do not miss an unforgettable sunset in Portu Maga.
DAY 5 Monreale Castle & Montevecchio Old Mines. Distance 50 km / 31 mi
Bike ride from Portu Maga to Sardara: Leaving Portu Maga you ride towards the mine area of Montevecchio, recognized by UNESCO, the heart of today’s ride. Approaching Sardara, you will admire the castle of Monreale, and under it you’ll find the famous thermal baths of Santa Maria Aquas, your accommodation. In the hotel a comfortable SPA with swimming pool will be waiting for you.
DAY 6 Barumini & Nuraghi. Distance 57 km/35, 5 mi
Loop bike ride from Sardara to BaruminiTaking minor roads you will cycle up and down in the hilly region of Marmilla. Your goal is Barumini known for the Nuragic complex (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE). Sardinia is well-known also for its typical tower structures called Nuraghe, first appearing during the Bronze Age.
DAY 7 Arrivederci
After breakfast end of the tour and goodbye
All tours offered are customizable to your liking
Cost: Euro 1120 p/person
Tour name: Between History and Sea
Tour type: Self Guided Cycling Tour
Price based on double accommodations, it can subject to changes depending to the period
Single occupancy: 280 euro more
Single traveler: 450 euro more
Difficulty : easy going to moderate
Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
- Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
- Six 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 Sardara
- 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: 180 or 220 miles
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 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 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 & 6 Antica Casa Diana, Sardara
Antica Casa Diana, is a mansion dating from the 18th century, located in the beautiful old town of Sardara.
Casa Diana, with its recent restoration, now used as accommodation, houses a four-star hotel, a restaurant and business lunch and a modern spa. The magic of the place, the charm of the past and the feeling of relaxation, combined in a mix of friendliness and professionalism. View hotel website>>