Cycling Sardinia: Wild Landascapes and Nuraghi, from Oristano to Pula via Calasetta
An ancient land with an ancient language, Sardinia is a uniquely fascinating place. Its coastline is probably Europe’s most spectacular, its waters teem with fish and shellfish. Its rugged mountains, pocketed with caves, are home to large flocks of sheep that feed on wild herbs and produce a cheese wich your palate will never forget. Starting from Oristano, heart of the Campidano plane you will ride in the terrific and suggestive Sinis Peninsula, where Pink flamingos will wait you for pleasant incounters and where you can be back in time for visiting the old Punic-Roman harbor of THARROS.
Cycling southwards, on the islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro and on the coast of Teulada, an unforgettable scenery will stay in your mind forever, the scent of the Mediterranean Sea and the Sardinian countryside will frame your memories and your pictures.
People here are very friendly and with them you will taste the typical “Mediterranean Dolcevita”.
Description Day by Day
Day one: Welcome To Oristano
The city of Oristano is located in the northern part of the Campidano plain, in the middle of Sardinia. Its birth is dated 1070 and it was the capital of the Judges of Arborea and the city is historically linked to the name of its greatest representative: Eleonora d’Arborea. The center preserves historic buildings of interest and will be a pleasure to walk in the narrow streets of the old town.
Meet and Greet, with “Bike Tour Sardinia” representative thatwill fit your bikes and introduce you to each day ride.
Lodging: Regina d’Arborea in Oristano
Day two: Guspini & spa
Bike ride to Guspini via Marceddì. Distance 59 km /36,6 miles or 73,5 km / 45,6 miles
Option A 59 km : easy going, you pass the little villages of Arborea and Marceddì . Leaving the town of Oristano you have an easy start crossing the wide Campidano plane. You will pass the little village of Marceddi, surrounded by a beautiful sea, where you can stop for a coffee or a light lunch. After an unforgettable picture at pink flamingos you will ride inland until Guspini
Option B 73 km : challenging bike ride. A beautiful ride for strong cyclists. From Oristano you start crossing the Campidano and taking a completely flat road until Sant’Antonio di Santadi for exactly 30 km! at this point you are warmed enough and can face the hills to Montevecchio, an old mine village. The mines of Montevecchio are now an important site of industrial archaeology, part of the Parco Geominerario Storico. After this stop enjoy the downhill to Guspini. Gourmet dinner at hotel restaurant
Lodging: Hotel Tarthesh in Guspini.
Day three: Nebida & Pan di Zucchero
Cycling: from Guspini to Arbus, Portixeddu, capo pecora (cape sheep), Bugerru and Nebida
Distance 65 km / 40,5 miles
The first uphill to Arbus and stop for a caffè. Now another climb wait for you and after the long downhill towards the ocean, stop at Portixeddu and its long beach. A short extension 4 km and you can admire the granite peninsula of Capo Pecora. Now skirt the coast: stunning views of long sandy beaches and rugged promontories and small village to stop. Your destination is Nebida in front of Pan di Zucchero, an outcropping rock 133 meters high with two natural arches.
Lodging: villaggio Tanca Piras in Nebida
Day four: Calasetta & San Pietro island
Bike ride to Calasetta via Fontanamare and San Pietro Island. Distance 55 km / 34 miles
Start the bike ride skirting the coast and enter inland in Fontanamare. Your final destination is the little fisherman village of Calasetta on Sant’Antioco Island. Calasetta is also an harbour for sailing boat, is peaceful and quiet but at the same time is a thriving community offering all amenities and a lively, friendly atmosphere.
Today you have the option to visit the little and pretty San Pietro Island, taking the ferry boat in Portoscuso. Here the highlights are the pink flamingos and the lovely city of Carloforte in Genoese Style.
Lodging: Hotel Luci del faro in Calasetta
Day five: Teulada & Sulcis Wine area
Bike ride from Calasetta to Teulada via Tratalias or Santadi. Distance 57 or 80km / 33 or 48mi
You will begin ridind back to Sant’Antioco and pedal through the salt flats, just after the fisherman village of Sant’Antioco.you’ll be charmed by the magnificence of Tratalias Church. Interesting is also the medieval village of Tratalias. Then you’ll pedal along the Sulcis wine area, famous for producing the Carignano red wine, a pleasure for the palate. Today you can choose your way: the easier way is flat with some very gentle uphill, or, on the other way you’ll climb on the rolling hill terrain of Sulcis. Riding on direction to Teulada you’ll cross the “Is Zuddas” caves, a good place to visit, and you will meet some very little village of shepherd before the downhill to Teulada, famous for its longevity of the inhabitants and for his history of achievements. Gourmet dinner at hotel restaurant
Lodging: S’Aqua Sassa Resort
Day six: Sulcis Wine Area & Baia di Chia
Bike ride to Pula via Teulada. Distance: 47 km / 29 mi
Your last day is terrific: the begining is ride along craggy cliffs with ancient fortified watchtowers alternate with little sandy coves and long stretches of sandy beaches, terrain is up and down until Baia Chia. The crystalline water have a Caribbean feel, it is only the Mediterranean vegetation and in particular the juniper trees, “Ginepro” typical of this region, that reminds you are in Sardinia
Lodging: Hotel Nora Club in Pula
Day seven: after breakfast end of tour.
Transfer to Cagliari is available
Extra day in Calasetta: Carloforte or loop in Santadi wine area
Option A Ferry boat from Calasetta to Carloforte and loop in the island 30 km/ 18,7 miles
Option B , Cycling: from Calasetta to Tratalias, Santadi, come back via Saline 82km /51,2 miles
Extra day in Tuili: Barumini & Unesco site Su Nuraxi
Bike ride from Oristano to Tuili 59 km / 36.6 miles
Visit the magnificent Su Nuraxi complex, a visit not to be missed.
Price & Inclusions:
Cost: Euro 1350 per person
Price based on double accommodations, it can change according to the period
- Six nights in excellent three or four-star superior hotels
- Six breakfast
- One dinner
- Bike delivery in Oristano and professional bike fitting
- Route notes and itineraries & sightseeing,
- Restaurant and shopping suggestions
- Bikes Drop Off and gear in Pula
- All Baggage transfers
- Keepsake “Bike Tour Sardinia” water bottle
- All tax and service charges
- 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
- Bike Rental: Touring/hybrid bike euro 140 p/week. High-end race bike euro 170 p/week. E-bike available on request.
Difficulty : from moderate to difficult, not for beginners
Total distance: 170 or 245 miles
Daily Mileage: 30 miles on gently rolling terrain with some climbs. Additional mileage available.
Duration: 7 days/6 nights
Tour Departures: Any date between 15th March to the end of November
Length: The base tour is 6 nights but is possible take the first part (4 nights) or add some days or legs.
Oristano: Hotel Regina d’Arborea
Guspini: Hotel Tarthesh / Hotel Sa Rocca
Nebida: Villaggio/Hotel Tanca Piras
Teulada: S’Aqua Sassa resort
Calasetta: Hotel Luci Del Faro
Pula: Nora Club Hotel
Airport Arrival/Depart: Cagliari Elmas airport