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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 £745pp (excluding flights)
  • Total distance: 280km (174 miles)
  • Airport: Cagliari
  • Duration 7 nights Saturday - Saturday (any day departure supplement)
  • Cycling days: 6
Features
  • 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
  • Transfer from Cabras/San Salvatore to Arborea at beginning of day 2, an optional transfer at the end of day 2 is also available
  • 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
 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day
Transfer to Cabras/San Salvatore to 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 or 54km/29 miles or 34 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 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 (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 through vineyards and olive groves, 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.

 

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* 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).

Nights 1 & 2 - Cabras/San Salvatore 

Hotel Sa Pedrera
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 maybe used in San Salvatore Sinis:

  • Hotel Villa Canu

Night 3 - Arbus

Agriturismo Rocce Bianche
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
  • Hotel Meridiana

Night 4 - Nebida/Gonnesa

Locanda S’anninnia
Located in the village of Gonnesa the Locanda S’anninnia is just 3km from the sea and surrounded by reminders of mining life and archaeological remains. 
Other hotels that may be used in Nebida:

  • Locanda L’Agusteri

Night 5 - Calasetta

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. 
Other hotels that may be used in Calasetta:

  • Hotel FJBY

Night 6 - Sant’Anna Arresi

Hotel Cala dei Pini
Just 600m from the beach this hotel offers its guests comfortable rooms and a large swimming pool to relax.
Other hotels that may be used in Sant’Anna Arresi:

  • Hotel Don Salasar

Night 7 - Pula

Hotel Villa Madau
Your base in Pula is the 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:

  • Hotel Marin
 
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