Sardinia Cycle Tour | Epic Costa Smeralda | Self Guided

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Cycling Holidays from Arzachena to Alghero, through the beauty and mistery.

A six Sardinia Cycle Tour, starting from the rich Costa Smeralda through the unspoiled Gallura region, pedalling towards Alghero. A superior travel route by bycicle, unforgettable. You will visit the La Maddalena minor Island, with its archipelago and its rich history. Then you keep traveling in the direction of the magnificent Medieval fortified village of Castelsardo before your final destination of Catelan Alghero.

You will begin this journey from Arzachena, a little town on the northeast coast, very close to Olbia. Here you can admire the brilliance and tranquility of the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most beautiful minor islands of Sardinia: La Maddalena and Caprera with its archipelago. Then travel west towards the cork forests of Tempio Pausania, which lies in the heart of the Gallura at the foot of Monte Limbara. From this point, you return traveling back towards the sea in direction of Castelsardo.   Its highly perched castle walls allows you to admire even the island of Corsica on a clear day. For your last day of cycling, you’ll arrive at the cosmopolitan city of Alghero.

You can make this a 4 to 16 days tour

Tour Details
Tour name Sardinia Epic Costa Smeralda
Type of tour Self guided, you can start any day of the week
Duration 6 nights, 7 days
Period  From April to November
Level Moderate
Total Distance 293km / 182mi Additional mileage available
Daily mileage 45 to 64km / 28 to 40mi
Start Arzachena
End Alghero
Suggested Airports In: Olbia. Out: Alghero


  • La Maddalena island
  • Gallura’s cork forest
  • Medieval seaside town of Castelsardo
  • The charming fisherman village of Stintino
  • The Catalan city of Alghero
Not Included
Optional Services
  • Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
  • Six breakfasts
  • Bike Delivery to Arzachena and professional bike fitting
  • Private Event on RWGPS APP, easy to follow with your mobile
  • Restaurant and shopping suggestions
  • All Baggage transfers
  • Drop Off bikes and gear in Alghero
  • 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
  • Bike Rental
  • Pre/Post Additional Nights
  • Transfers to/from other destinations on the Island
  • Cheese tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Dinners and activities booking
  • Room upgrade options

Day 1Benvenuti to Costa Smeralda. Optional test ride 35 km.

Meet & greet, bike fitting and Orientation, bike-test in direction of Porto Cervo depending on your arrival time. Arzachena is a well known seaside resort town located on the north eastern tip of Sardinia, in the Gulf of Arzachena. It’s in a very strategic position as it allows easy access to all the tourist spots and to the extraordinary beaches of the entire Costa Smeralda.
Meals included: Welcome Aperitif.

Day 2 Arzachena Loop to La Maddalena Island. 45 to 79km / 28 to 49mi, rolling hill.

Loop bike ride from Arzachena to La Maddalena, by taking a ferryboat to the island; return the same way. Today you’ll ride along the coast with breathtaking scenery of Costa Smeralda heading towards Palau, where you can take the ferryboat for a short transfer to reach La Maddalena, one of the most beautiful minor islands of the Mediterranean Sea.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3Arzachena to Tempio Pausania on Wild Gallura. 48km / 29mi, hilly terrain.

Bike ride from Arzachena to Tempio Pausania . Leaving Costa Smeralda, you start venturing into wild Sardinia, discovering many little villages of the inland and the thick Gallura cork forests. You’ll climb into Tempio Pausania sitting at 600mt above the sea level. In Tempio, the climactic conditions have always favored grape growing, which allows the production of precious and famous wines like Muscat or Vermentino as well as excellent red and rosé wines.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Tempio Pausania to Castelsardo & Doria Castle. 64km / 40mi, hilly terrain.

Bike ride from Tempio Pausania to Castelsardo. Leaving Tempio, you’ll start your ride with an easy downhill, admiring the cork forests along the way. The direction of today is towards the sea where our destination is the medieval city of Castelsardo. You’ll ride into S.Maria Coghinas before arriving in Castelsardo, perched on the high cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. From the high coast and the Citadella, you can easily admire the island of Corsica on a clear day.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5Castelsardo to Stintino & La Pelosa beach. 62 km / 38 mi, Rolling hills.

Bike ride; from Castelsardo to Stintino. Today you’ll pedal with the sea always on your right side towards Porto Torres, a pretty seaside city, which is Sardinia’s third largest harbour. You’ll ride through a magnificent pine forrest and always close to the sea. The destination for today ride is to arrive in Stintino, which overlooks the Asinara Gulf. It came into existence precisely in 1885, when the families who lived on the Asinara Island, were evicted to make way for a penal colony.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6Stintino to Alghero & the Coral coast. 64 km / 39mi. Rolling hills and flat terrain

Cycling. Leaving the pretty Stintino in the Asinara gulf in direction south, you’ll ride through the wonderful area known for the Vermentino wine. In this region called Nurra, the wind blows directly from the North West which prevents the vegetation to grow over a few meters. You’ll arrive to the bay of Porto Conte, where, if you have time you should be able to visit Capo Caccia situated just a few kilometers from Alghero. Here there are characteristic, white sheer cliffs (nearly 300mt high) on its west side and famous for its Grotte di Nettuno caves on the water surface which is also worth a visit.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7Arrivederci or ride to Villanova. 30 km / 18,5 mi. Rolling hills.

After breakfast, end of tour or loop bike ride to Villanova Monteleone in the thick forests high up in the costal mountain range if you have enough time before your departure.
Meals included: Breakfast


Self Guided
Standard Tour Price: 1590€

Luxury Version Under Request

Price based on double accommodation, it can change according to the period.

Make it custom: contact us for a quote!

Single occupancy: 550 €
Solo traveler: possible under request

Private & Custom departures at any time

Road bike for rental


Carbon frames with Ultegra 11 speed; compact groupset.



Discover the Sardinian Strade Bianche on Gravel bikes.

Electric bike for rental


The hills won’t be so hard with our new Scott E-Bikes.

Touring Hybrid bike for rental


Hybrid-Touring bikes very light to face the Italian Hills.

Lodging Example
Day 1 & 2 – Country Hotel Parco degli Ulivi, Arzachena

Located in the natural beauty of the Gallura countryside, the hotel is surrounded by centuries-old olive trees, granite rocks and Mediterranean vegetation, which combine to produce a wonderful vista.

Day 3 – L’Agnata Farmhouse or Pausania Inn, Tempio Pausania

Situated in the inland of Gallura, protected by green soft Hills and surrounded by unspoilt nature, the Hotel is a little embracing masterpiece. The essence of the place is given away by the name: Agnata in Gallura means “hidden corner” sheltered from the wind.

bike hotel castelsardo
Day 4 – Hotel Riviera, Castelsardo

Located on the waterfront below the castle walls, rooms are soundproofed and well-appointed with every comfort. The SPA  awaits a true oasis of well-being with natural treatments, so relax and regeneration of nature.

Day 5 – Boutique Hotel 103 or Silvestrino, Stintino

A beautiful location overlooking the new port of Stintino. In addition to the hotel rooms, there is a bar, an artisan ice cream shop and a small boutique of Sardinian typical products. the hotel is right in the center of the city where you can find restaurants and shops.

Day 6 – Boutique Hotel Villa Mosca, Alghero

book a superior experience at Villa Mosca. It 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.


I contacted Mauro to arrange a self guided bike trip. I had an excellent e-bike and my husband loved the road bike provided for us. The planning was made easy by BTS staff whom made excellent suggestions and answered all my questions by email efficiently and quickly. His hotel choice was good to exceptional – especially our first hotel – Villa Mosca – in Alghero! Each day our
luggage was transferred and in our room at our next destination before we were there!
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mauro and Bike Tour Sardinia to anyone. We’ve done several other tours with other companies and this was definitely the best one yet! We would like to return to Sardinia one day! Stunningly beautiful island, wonderful friendly people, and excellent food and wine!

Susanne, Canada
November 1st , 2019

Beautiful landscape, unique boutique hotels, great food and wonderful biking, basically describes our experience with Bike Tour Sardinia. We went from Alghero to Oristano, exploring the medieval towns and coast. Mauro arranged a relatively seamless and fabulous self-guided adventure, being consistently available, helpful and responsive. We had both e-bikes and standard, but for me, the e-bike added ease and the ability for further exploration and smiles. I highly recommend Bike Tour Sardinia as a way to explore this beautiful island.

Laurie, USA
September 20th, 2019