Sardinia Active Gourmet: “Viva la Mamma”


WELCOME to the bike tour that brings together the passions for cycling, for the culinary arts and wines.

The secret to longevity is only a taste away. Pedal in the heart of Sardinia to discover the local diet and traditions, which contribute to its Blue Zone status and record number of centenarian inhabitants.

As we cycle up an appetite, take cooking classes offered by renowned chefs of the island who bring the fresh Mediterranean flavors out of traditional delights. You will cook classic Sardinian dishes, such as Malloreddus, Culurgiones and Fregola. You will prepare dishes of locally grown greens, fresh fish and meat with delicate and exquisite flavors. Savor the intense tastes of local olive oil and let’s not hold back for a wine and cheese tasting either on this unique tour.

While cycling, you will pedal in fantastic scenery, experiencing the majestic sites such as the Montiferru mountain range and the undulating hilly region called Marmilla. You will visit the Punic-Roman ruins of THARROS and the mysterious archaeological complex site, SU NURAXI (IL NURAGHE) of Barumini. Let’s pull over and take a swim in the sea, which Sardinia is famous for to round out our tour. The tour includes 7 days and 6 nights in luxury hotels, (two night in each accommodation) but it is possible to add some extra days, starting from Alghero or ending in Cagliari if you prefer (for custom inquire).

Please see our blog “Cycling and Dininng for the fountain of youth“ 

Highlights:

  • The Catalan city of Alghero
  • Dinner at Gruccione, “Slow Food” associated
  • Byking on the Coral coast and Sinis peninsula, marine reserve areas
  • Visit at open air museum of Tharros
  • Olive oil tasting at “Frantoio” in Riola Sardo
  • Tasting culinary art of Sardinia and two Cooking Classes
  • Visit at SU Nuraxi Unesco heritage site in Barumini
  • Top quality hotels and great food

Day by Day

DAY 1 Welcome to Alghero, the Catalan city
Meet at Alghero airport and transfer to fabulous lodging in front of the sea – Bike fitting. Optional, city tour with bike test or with walk. Lively and pretty city meets a new cosmopolitanism. Welcome dinner at “ai Tuguri” restaurant. Lodging: Villa Mosca or Las Tronas. Alghero

DAY 2 Capo Caccia & Vermentino wine area . Distance 54 km / 33mi, mostly flat
Cycling: round trip from Alghero to Capo Caccia and Palmadula. Pedaling towards north Sardinia, we will encounter terrific beaches and landscapes; we will arrive to the cliff of Capo Caccia where is possible reach the sea by the narrow stairs. Who want, can ride untill Argentiera beach. go back to the hotel and enjoy the first cooking class to our friend Bastianina house. Lodging: Villa Mosca or Las Tronas, Alghero

DAY 3 Santu Lussurgiu, Bosa & Culurgiones Ravioli. Distance from 44 up to 90 km/27 or 55 mi, rolling hills & mountain
Cycling: bike ride from Alghero to Bosa and transfer to Santu Lussurgiu. You depart Alghero biking up on beautiful uplands, viewing unforgettable landscapes, we will arrive to Bosa for admire the west coast and the Malaspina castle. For who want ride more, the uphill to Cuglieri await him. Finally you arrive to Santu Lussurgiu, which has a characteristic structure of an amphitheater, with its ancient stone houses built in concentric configuration! Get ready for cooking class at Antica Dimora: our chef will introduce the preparation of ravioli Culurgiones or capocollo: enjoy it. The gourmet dinner will include tasting the local cheeses and cuts of the fabulous Stinco di Bue Rosso. Lodging: Antica Dimora del Gruccione in Santu Lussurgiu

DAY 4 Oristano, Sinis Peninsula & Local Olive Oil. Distance: 67 km / 41mi, downhill and flat.
Cycling: Today we will bike along country roads passing through small villages such as Narbolia or Bonarcado. Soon we will arrive on the Campidano flat in Riola Sardo we will have a olive oil tasting hardly forgettable. Then straight to the Sinis Penisnula where there are plenty of lagoons and wetlands, where depending on the season, you will be able to see wonderful pink flamingos and where you can visit the ruins of the Punic-Roman port city of “Tharros” with a breathtaking view.
Finally we will arrive in Oristano, a medieval town of horsemen, famous for its SARTIGLIA (a medieval horse race). Dinner included on the oldtown restaurant.
Lodging: Regina d’Arborea Hotel or Luxury farm Is Cheas, Oristano

DAY 5 Gesturi & Sa Giara Highplateau. Distance: 69 km / 43 mi, flat and rolling hills terrain.
Cycling: Bike inland from Oristano through small villages and country roads enjoying the landscape of the vast flatlands towards the central hilly regions of Sardinia. Then we will ride around the Giara Plateau, a 600m highplane up on the sea level where they live a lot of wild little black horses called GIARINI. See murals of the small towns as Villaurbana (also famous for the handmade bread) or Villa Sant’Antonio each with their own prehistoric Nuragic fortified towers, some towers with villages and others with remnant tombs of the giants. Then again through Genoni and Nuragus (which give the name to the famous Nuragus white grape). Arrive to Gesturi in the afternoon where you can walk on the old town.
Dinner at “la Taverna del Conte” in Gesturi.
Lodging: Luxury B&B Borgo Antico XIX Sec. and Cortis Antigas

DAY 6 Flumendosa Lake & Barumini World Heritage site. Distance: 55 km / 34mi all flat.
Cycling: Loop bike ride on the Marmilla subregion. Start with your bike ride inland descending towards Nurallao, about 10 kilometers to the town of Gesturi. The area has long been populated; even before roman times and evidences can bee see on your ride! During the history it was chosen by locals as a spot to grow wheat and build Nuraghi towers. After that, climb to Villanova Tulo and enjoy the scenic downhill to the Flumendosa Lake, with amazing views and ride to the small villages and hamlets. Stop in some of them to know the local centenarians “GrandPa & Ma”.
Enjoy a local Wine Tasting at the Cantina Olianas in a neighboring town called Gergei before taking the downhill to Barumini.
In Barumini you will be able to take a guided tour and walk inside the Unesco World Heritage complex of Su Nuraxi. We will have a light lunch in Barumini before the visit at the Museum. go back to Gesturi for our farewell dinner at B&B.
Lodging: Luxury B&B Borgo Antico XIX Sec. and Cortis Antigas

DAY 7 Arrivederci
After a farewell breakfast all together, we arrange private transfer to Cagliari or Cagliari airport.

Inquiries?


Cost: 2550 € p/person

Price: Based on double accommodation
Single Supplement:: 390 €
Tour name: Sardinia Active Gourmet
Tour type: Guided bike tour
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Difficulty: Downhill, flat and rolling hills; easy route, van support each day riding.

Inclusions:

  • Six nights in superior hotels;
  • Six dinners & two lunches;
  • Two cooking classes;
  • One wine and Olive oil tasting;
  • All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions;
  • All Shuttles and technical assistance;
  • Support Van;
  • Services of experienced guides;
  • Bike Tour Sardinia water bottle;
  • Transfer from Alghero airport to first hotel on day one ;
  • Transfer to the Cagliari airport on day seven
  • Sales taxes

Not included: Airfare to Sardinia, train fare, 3 lunches, alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature, bike rental.

Bike Rental:
Touring/hybrid bike:  € 140 p/week
Race bike: € 180 p/week
Ebike: € 210 p/week

Dates 2019:
May 10th to 16th
June 7th to 13th
September 20th to 26th
September 27th to October 3rd
October 19th to 25th

Tour customizable at any time
Notes: Our daily itinerary of cycling is designed to be a vacation, not a race! We will cover an average of 20 to 25 miles a day. Advanced cyclists who want to ride more can be accommodated. Backup transportation and support are always available.

Inquiries?

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

 

Day 1 & 2 Hotel 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 >>

Day 3 Antica Dimora del Gruccione, Santu Lussurgiu

Antica Dimora del Gruccione is a 17th century mansion of Spanish design, entirely made of stone with arches, barrelled ceilings, wooden beams and ancient wrought iron throughout the structure, and furnished with confortable original antiques. View hotel website >>

 

Day 4 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>>

 

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