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A Mine of Memories 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: Category A £1,181pp (updgraded accommodation, excluding flights); Category B £897pp (standard accommodation, excluding flights)
  • Total distance: 280km / 174 miles
  • Airport: Cagliari
  • Duration: 7 nights Saturday - Saturday (any day departure supplement)
  • Cycling days: 6


  • 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

Included in the price

  • Return transfers from Cagliari airport
  • Bike rental
  • All accommodation in 3 star hotels with breakfast (half board is available at an extra cost)
  • Safety briefing
  • Transportation of luggage between hotels
  • An optional transfer at the end of day 3
  • Supply of route notes and maps
  • Telephone assistance

Not Included in the price

  • Return flights
  • Cycle helmets
  • Admission to museums and archaeological sites etc.
  • Ferries to Carloforte and Calasetta
  • Local taxes (approximately €10pp)

Upgrade to an E-bike

Upgrade to an E-bike featuring a 400wh battery with a 100km range for additional £260pppw (please note a deposit payment is required when hiring an E-bike)

Stage Difficulties

  • 2 Challenging
  • 2 Medium
  • 2 Easy

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Day 1: Arrival day
Transfer to Cabras to meet up with the Cycle Rep for a briefing on the route, handover of bicycles and information pack.

Day 2: The Sinis Peninsula and Oristano (68km / 42 miles or 36km / 23 miles)
Start your trip with an optional loop of the fascinating Sinis wetlands where you will see colonies of pink flamingos, quartz beaches and reach one of the most beautiful spots on the island: the Phoenician ruins of Tharros. Then cross the town of the medieval historic centre of Oristano to reach Arborea.

Day 3: Costa Verde and Dunes of Piscinas (46km / 29 miles or 54km / 34 miles)
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 Acquaresi 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 (40km / 25 miles)
Riding along through vineyards and olive groves, savour the quiet peace of the rolling plains of Sulcis. At Tratalias, visit the Pisan sanctuary, one of the most important monuments of the Sardinian Romanesque period. 

Day 7: The South Coast (57km / 35 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.

Accommodation List

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 we will). Accommodation A is an upgraded package and Accommodation B is the standard package.

Night 1 - Cabras

A - Albergo Diffuso Aquae Sinis
Aquae Sinis is considered an “albergo diffuso” which is a widespread hotel consisting of several building close to each other with common areas, all managed by a single centralised building.
B - Hotel Villa Canu
Villa Canu has been converted from an original agricultural structure built at the end of the 19th century and is home to the Canu family. Located in the centre of Cabras it is the well placed to explore one of the most fascinating areas of Sardinia, the Sinis peninsula.

Night 2 - Arborea

Hotel Le Torri
The hotel is close to the beautiful beaches of the Oristano coastline with a spa area offering a relaxing massage, a visit to the emotional shower, sauna and  whirlpool, as well as by the oportunity to discover a still unspoiled territory.
A - Superior Room
B - Standard Room

Night 3 - Arbus

A - Agriturismo Rocce Bianche
For over 40 years, our family has farmed these lands and our agricultural activity on this property continues today. 
B - Agriturismo Sa Perda Marcada
Our cosy rooms will allow you to relax and discover the pleasure of simple family hospitality. We always like to remind people that we are not a hotel, but a real farm where we’ve been offering accommodation since 1986 – in our home, where we’ve always lived.

Night 4 - Nebida/Gonnesa/Portoscuso

A - Lido degli Spagnoli
This hotel is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Just outside the center of Portoscuso, it offers bright, spacious rooms with sea-view balconies, an outdoor pool, and a seafront location on the Sardinian coast.
B - Locanda S’anninnia
Take inspiration from the surrounding scenary, the furniture and breakfast service are typically Sardinian.

Night 5 - Calasetta/Sant'Antioco

A - Hotel Luci del Faro
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. 
B - MuMA Hostel
The MuMA Hostel is not just a hostel with a museum inside, it’s an experience, it’s an emotion. Come and experience it with us!

Night 6 - Sant’Anna Arresi/Teulada

A - Lu Hotel
Located at the entrance to the town of Carbonia, this 60 room hotel has a swimming pool, wellness centre and gym.
B - Agriturismo Terranieddas
The farmhouse is located in the Sardinian countryside with views of the sea from the low hills.

Night 7 - Pula

A - Hotel Lantana
Located on the beautiful south coast of Sardinia, this delightful hotel is nestled amongst gardens with Mediterranean plants and subtropical palm grove, within walking distance of the town of Pula, the beach and sea.
B - Hotel Villa Madau
The Villa stands on the remains of an ancient Campidanese house. In fact, it still retains its shape and composition.  At the center of the structure there is still the typical internal courtyard, in Campidanese style.

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