Discover Sardinia's hidden gems with this challenging trip (an e-bike is recommended).
Prices From £1,103pp (excluding flights)
Total distance: 262km / 163 miles
Airport: Cagliari / Olbia
Duration: 7 nights Saturday - Saturday (any day departure supplement)
Cycling days: 6
Day 1: Arrival Day
Transfer to Tortoli, the gateway of Ogliastra, to meet up with the Cycle Rep for a briefing on the route, handover of bicycles and information pack.
Day 2: Tortoli - Cardedu (50km / 31 miles)
An easy warm up day heading south and exploring some of the best beaches in the area, Orri, Cea and Cardedu to name a few. These are made of sand and pebbles, reddish rocks with a crystal clear sea and low Mediterranean scrub. After Barisardo, famous for its Aragonese lookout tower, you reach your base for the night located in front of a spectacular white sandy beach.
Day 3: Cardedu - Osini (43km / 27 miles)
Time to venture inland! Ride up the Rio Pardu through olive groves and vineyards producing the famous Cannonau wine. As we rise to Gairo and Osini Vecchio, villages that were abandoned after violent floods in the middle of the 20th century, the first sequence of tacchi swings into view. These are imposing limetone rock formations that dominate many secitons of Ogliastra. In Ulassai, visit the textile workshops and the caves of Su Marmuri.
Day 4: Osini - Seui (40km / 25 miles)
Some gorgeous views are today's highlights. Deep gorges covered in holm oak woods, shimmering outcrops of rock that have been sculptured by the passage of time and erosion and one of Sardinia's loveliest forests. Riding along a disused railway, you reach the small hamlet of Ussassai, whose origins and rural traditions date back to Neolithic times. Your next stop is Seul, a charming medieval village located at an altitude of 800 metres on the southern slopes of the Gennargentu massif.
Day 5: Seui - Villagrande Strisaili (42km / 26 miles)
Riding away from Seui, you will reach the highest point of the trip and come across the majestic and well preserved Nuraghe Ardasai, a tower shaped megalithic edifice peculiar to Sardinia dating back over three millennia. Looking North, you can admire Punta La Marmora, the highest peak in Sardinia (1834 mt above sea level). Cycling below the breathtaking natural monument of Perda ‘e Liana, you reach the shores of the upper Flumendosa reservoir and then Villagrande Strisaili, one of the Blue zone villages with most centenarians in Sardinia. Find out why with a lovely dinner in your charming accommodation located in an oak wood forest.
Day 6: Villagrande Strisaili - Santa Maria Navarrese (55km / 34 miles)
Back to the ocean! After the Nuraghic settlement of Sa Carcaredda, you reach the top of the climb. The spectacular view of the ocean from the top is the reward for the effort made. On the way to the coast, you pass Talana, renown for its prize winning cured hams. The fishing village of Santa Maria Navarrese will be your base for the next two nights. Santa Maria is also the south entrance to the Golfo di Orosei, the longest stretch of Italian coast with no human settlement, 40km of secluded sandy beaches interspersed by soaring white cliffs that are fantastic swimming spots.
Day 7: Santa Maria Navarrese loop (32km / 20 miles)
After the cycling efforts, you well deserve a boat excursion cruising along the turquoise waters of the golfo stopping at the most spectacular beaches, Cala Goloritzé, Cala Sisine and Cala Luna just to name a few. The keener riders can opt for a loop in the countryside around Santa Maria instead.
Day 8: Departure day
After breakfast, transfer to Cagliari 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 Sa Contonera
Located on the east coast of Sardinia, the Hotel enjoys an optimal position that allows you to easily reach the most famous beaches in the area.
Other hotels that may be used in Tortoli:
Perdepera is comprised of 131 independent villas (double, triple and family rooms) beautifully arranged among colorful gardens. Each room offers a multitude of comforts including a mini bar, television, air conditioning and a spacious terrace where you can relax during the warmest hours of the day.
Hotel Scala di San Giorgio
The Hotel offers 11 Rooms, simple and comfortable ideals for long and short term, have been furnished recently, almost all equipped with small balcony from which you can enjoy a splendid mountain views.
Guesthouse La Rosa Gialla
The bed and breakfast is located in the upper part of the town of Seui with modern decor in warm and welcoming colours.Breakfast will be served in your choice in the dining room or on the terrace, where you can admire the splendid panorama that the village enjoys.
The Hotel offers the opportunity to taste the traditional dishes from the typical bread 'Pistoccu' to the famous Villagrande Strisaili raw ham accompanied by a wide selection of goat and sheep’s milk cheeses. The guest rooms are comfortable and quiet, all are furnished in a style that reflects Sardinian tradition and are decorated by colorful majolica and fine fabrics.
Nicoletta Hotel is the ideal place for everyone is looking for quiet and peace, close to the nature, in a place with one of the most romantic scenery of the Isle.
Other hotels which may get used in Santa Maria Navarrese:
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