A thrilling trip through the natural beauty spots and historical areas of north western Sardinia. Passing from the coast to the inland lakes, archaeological sites, castles and the forests to beaches.
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Day 1: Arrival day
Transfer to first hotel in Alghero and meet up with the Cycle Rep for a briefing on the route, handover of bicycles and information pack.
Day 2: Capo Caccia loop tour (54km/33miles)
Start from the old fortifications and the historic centre of Alghero, a splendid Aragonese city. Leaving Alghero, the tour continues to the prehistoric bastion of Nuraghe Palmavera, then on to Capo Caccia, an imposing rocky outcrop 168m high, looking out over the sea. Return to Alghero through countryside with vineyards and olive groves, producing world renowned olive oil and wines.
Day 3: Alghero – Bosa (44km/27 miles)
Cycle along the scenic coastal road across the cliffs overlooking the sea and admire the view of the Gulf of Alghero and Capo Caccia. Catch a glimpse of the pink, red and grey cliffs of Cape Marargiu. Your day ends in Bosa, a medieval town famous for its fine embroidery and gold filigree works.
Day 4: Bosa loop (Long loop: 62km/39miles - Short loop: 26km/16miles)
The short leg: Meander through the vineyards along the Malvasia wine route, tasting the famous DOC wines at the various caves along the way.
The long leg: Ring route around the area where the griffon vultures nest, going up towards Montresta and passing by the Nuraghe Appiu, as far as the spectacular rocky outcrops and inlets of Capo Marrargiu, where if you are lucky you’ll be able to see the swooping flight of this rare breed of Mediterranean Vulture.
Day 5: Bosa – Santu Lussurgiu (55km/34miles)
The route is flanked by vineyards and olive groves as far as Flussio and Tinnura, two small towns famous for their reed and wicker baskets and their murals. Then on through the pasturelands of Sagama, with Mediterranean bush landscape stretching as far as the eye can see, until you reach the springs of San Leonardo, the richest area in water in the whole of Sardinia.
Day 6: Santa Cristina Loop (39km/24miles)
Visit the rural museum in Santu Lussurgiu and cycle to the archaeological site of Santa Cristina to admire the impressive sacred well dating back 1800BC.
Day 7: Santu Lussurgiu – San Salvatore di Sinis (54km/33miles)
Today the land slopes down to the coast to the Marine Protected Area of the Sinis, home to pink flamingos and herons. The unpaved road flanks a series of white quartz beaches. Then through a charming fishermen’s hamlet, where you will find one of the most important early Christian churches in Sardinia. Continue to Tharros, a fascinating archaeological site with a wealth of Phoenician and Roman remains. The tour ends at San Salvatore Sinis.
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 star 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)
Hotel Villa Piras
The hotel is located in the town of Alghero. Its location allows you to walk to the beaches, the old town, and harbour and all major points of interest in Alghero.
Other hotels which may get used in Alghero:
Hotel Sa Pischedda
The Hotel is in an ideal location, overlooking the river Temo, and provides the perfect base for a day of sun, sea, archaeological excursions, and sightseeing.
Other hotels that may be used in Bosa:
Hotel Corte Fiorita
Antica Dimora del Gruccione
The 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 comfortable original antiques, many from the family of the owner.
Hotel Villa Canu
Hotel Villa Canu is located near the lagoon and Sinai peninsula with quartz sandy beaches, flamingos, the Phonician-Roman ruins of Tharros and nuraghi.
Other hotels that may be used in San Salvatore Sinis:
Hotel Sa Pedrera
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