South West Sardinia Cycle Tour
‘A Mine of Memories’
Ride amongst abandoned mines and empty beaches in total freedom, at your own pace, enjoying every single spot of this wonderfully dramatic and romantic area of south western Sardinia.
- Prices From £666pp (excluding flights)
- Total distance: 285km (178 miles)
- Airport : Cagliari
- Duration 7 nights Saturday - Saturday
(any day departure supplement)
- The Sinis peninsula with the ruins of the ancient Tharros
- Costa Verde and the dunes of Piscinas
- The ancient mines of Sulcis
- The islands of Carloforte and Sant’Antioco
- The Costa del Sud
- Cycling days: 6
- 3 easy stages (mostly flat)
- 2 medium stages (undulating)
- 1 challenging stage (hilly)
Included in the price
- Return transfers from Cagliari
- Bike Rental
- All Accommodation in 3 star hotels except Albergo Pan Di Zucchero which is 2 star with breakfast (Half Board is available at an extra cost)
- Safety briefing
- Transportation of luggage between hotels
- Supply of route notes and maps
- Telephone assistance
Not Included in the price
- Return flights
- Cycle helmets
- Admission to museums etc
- Ferries to Carloforte and Calasetta
- Day 1: Arrival day
Transfer to first hotel meet up with the Cycle rep for a briefing on the route, handover of bicycles and information pack.
- Day 2: The Sinis Peninsula (52km 32.5 miles)
Travel through the fascinating Sinis wetlands where you will see colonies of pink flamingos and finally reach one of the most beautiful spots on the island: the white quartz beach of Is Arutas and the Phoenician ruins of Tharros.
- Day 3: Costa Verde and dunes of Piscinas (46km 29 miles)
After a transfer to Arborea, you will cycle through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde, some of the most savage scenery on the island, to the Piscinas beach with its sands dunes over 50m high - some of the highest in Europe.
- Day 4: The mines of Sulcis (41km 26 miles)
This leg takes you back into the ancient mining past of Sardinia, as you pass the fascinating abandoned mines of Ingortosu and Planusartu. After the golden beach of Portixeddu and looming mass of Pan di Zucchero cliff, you admire the old ore washery at Nebida: nestling in the varied colours of the Mediterranean bush, it looks out over the sea at the end of a long descent down 540 steps.
- Day 5: The island of Carloforte (43km 27 miles)
After a beautiful descent to Fontanamare, you will reach Portoscuso, and board the ferry (extra cost paid locally) to Carloforte, where locals still fish the Red Tuna fish. From Carloforte, continue to the island of Sant'Antioco and end your day in Calasetta.
- Day 6: Town and island of Sant'Antioco (43km 27 miles)
Today, you pedal through the meadows, green in springtime and golden yellow in the summer, of Sant'Antioco. At Tratalias, visit the Pisan sanctuary, one of the most important monuments of the Sardinian Romanesque period. Riding along the Lake Monte Pranu, savour the quiet peace of the rolling plains of Sulcis.
- Day 7: The South Coast (60km 38 miles)
Final catwalk of your tour is the beautiful Costa del Sud with its gleaming white beaches, unspoilt natural landscape and imposing cliffs: Cape Malfatano with its 16th Century tower and Cape Spartivento. At Nora you will visit the ancient Phoenician settlement.
- Day 8: Departure day
After breakfast, transfer to airport.
We believe that the accommodation is a very important factor of a bike tour, therefore we take the greatest care in carefully selecting small family-run 3* hotels and country lodges with excellent regional cuisine.
The following properties have been selected for this tour (please note that they are subject to availability and we reserve the right to change hotels should the need arise we will).
- SAN SALVATORE SINIS 1st & 2nd night Sa Pedrera
Host: Sig Carlo Picconi
Sa Pedrera is a charming countryside complex located in San Salvatore Sinis, a tiny village in the heartland of the Sinis peninsula. Its U-shape layout resembles that of a Spanish hacienda with 14 lovely decorated rooms surrounding the flourishing garden in the central courtyard. The hotel has a restaurant and comfortable living room.
Other Hotels that may be used in San Salvatore Sinis
Hotel Villa Canu
Hotel Aquae Sinis
- ARBUS 3rd night Agriturismo Rocce Bianche
Host: Roberto Cavalli
Agriturismo Rocce Bianche was established in 2003. For over 40 years, our family has farmed these lands and our agricultural activity on this property continues today.
Other Hotels that may be used in Arbus
Agriturismo Sa Perda Marcada
- NEBIDA 4th night Albergo Pan Di Zucchero
Host: Signor Giovanni Floris
The Pan di Zucchero is a small cosy hotel located at the North end of Nebida. The dining room and some of the rooms have a superb sea view on the beautiful coast below, dominated by the colossal outcrop known as Pan di Zucchero, a 130m high imposing rock just few hundred meters off the coast that owes its name, to its "Sugarloaf" shape. The restaurant of the hotel is mentioned in many gourmet guides.
Other Hotels that may be used in Nebida
- CALASETTA 5th night Hotel Luci del Faro
Host: Franco e Paola Cancedda
Luci del faro is a charming seaside property located on the northern tip of the isle of Sant'Antioco. One of our favourites, the hotel has an award-winning restaurant and very lovely rooms. Its U-shape layout resembles that of a Spanish hacienda with arcades surrounding the central courtyard that has a garden and a swimming pool.
Other Hotels that may be used in Calasetta
Hotel Le Sabbie
Hotel Cala di Seta
- SANT'ANNA ARRESI 6th night Hotel Costa Antiga
Via Battisti, 8 - Sant'Anna Arresi
Other Hotels that may be used in Sant'Anna Arresi
Hotel Punta Giara
- PULA 7th night Hotel Villa Madau
Host: Signor Peter
Your base in Pula is the newly built Villa Madau, an elegant property located in the centre of Pula. It has 10 finely furnished rooms and a nice lounge. A wide choice of restaurants is available within walking distance of the hotel.
Other hotels that may be used in Pula
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