Gallura Short Break E-bike tour

Gallura Short Break E-bike tour will take you from Costa Smeralda – the billionaire's paradise – to the authentic interior of Sardinia.

TOUR CODE: GALLSB-E-23

6 days

Starts in: Arzachena
Ends in: Olbia
Activity level: recreational
Total elevation:4,421
Total distance:278.50
  • Olbia
  • Olbia
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ON REQUEST - PRIVATE GROUP TOUR

Small group minimum 6 riders | Private groups, any size on requested dates

what's included

Accommodation
2 nights at 4-star | 1 night at Agriturismo | 2 nights at 3-star
Meals
Two dinners; all breakfasts.
Support level
Guiding; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from/to Olbia airport; 10% discount on bike rentals. Luggage transport.
Not included
Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.
On request
Individua arrival transfer from Olbia airport to Arzachena € 80 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Olbia to Olbia airport € 30 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 240 p.p.; bike rental.

€ 729

Self guided tour

start: April to October

what's included

Accommodation

2 nights at 4-star | 1 night at Agriturismo | 2 nights at 3-star

Meals
Two dinners; all breakfasts.
Support level
Detailed briefing. Access to SardiniaCycling App with all the information regarding your tour, the itinerary, points of interest as well as all the documentation for your trip. Telephone assistance during your stay. 10% discount on bike rentals.
Not included
Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc; drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; arrival and departure transfer; bike rental; luggage transport.
On request
Arrival transfer from Olbia airport to Arzachena € 80 p.p.; departure transfer from Olbia to Olbia airport € 30 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 240 p.p.; bike rental; luggage transport (€ 528 + 10 per pax).

€ 1199

Supported tour

start: April to October

Small group minimum 6 riders | Private groups, any size on requested dates

what's included

Accommodation

2 nights at 4-star | 1 night at Agriturismo | 2 nights at 3-star

Meals
Two dinners; all breakfasts.
Support level
Detailed briefing. Access to SardiniaCycling App with all the information regarding your tour, the itinerary, points of interest as well as all the documentation for your trip. Van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase. Group transfer from/to Olbia airport. Luggage transport. 10% discount on bike rentals.
Not included
Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc; drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; private arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.
On request
Individua arrival transfer from Olbia airport to Arzachena € 80 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Olbia to Olbia airport € 30 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 240 p.p.; bike rental.

Get inspired

Gallura Short Break e-bike tour will take you from Costa Smeralda – the billionaire's paradise – to the authentic interior of Sardinia.

Giovanni Lamieri, tour designer at SardiniaCycling

The north of Sardinia is often identified with Costa Smeralda, however, it is so much more. In fact, Costa Smeralda and its "billionaire's paradise" reputation are atypical and unique in the whole of Sardinia. The Gallura area (the region that surrounds Costa Smeralda) remains authentic and has preserved much of its old economy and traditions. This contrast of Sardinia's center for contemporary elite tourism and the vast ruggedly traditional area that surrounds it is intriguing and will show you just how complex this corner of our island is. The stages are between 60 and 80km and daily elevations are moderate making this tour approachable for most cyclists. The shorter distances ensure you will have time for exploring the lovely destinations as well as some of the highlights along the way. We will guide you across this misunderstood region on lovely roads that connect special locations with wonderful local food, wine and hospitality. That’s the SardiniaCycling modus operandi.

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Our Route

Day 1: Welcome to Sardinia

Arrival in Olbia, transfer to accommodation in Arzachena. Dinner at hotel.
Accommodation:
4-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast, dinner

Day 2: From Arzachena to Santa Teresa di Gallura

A long day that includes the exploration of La Maddalena island and all its treasures. We leave the posh Costa Smeralda, and ride northwards to the small tourist resort of Palau. It is a quick ride on a very panoramic road. From there a ferry will take us to La Maddalena island. We will ride around La Maddalena and its twin island, Caprera. This a magical experience allows us to enjoy not only the incredible views, but also interesting pages from Italian history found at the Garibaldi museum and home, where he lived his last years. We will leave La Maddalena on a ferry back to Palau, and from there one last stretch to Santa Teresa di Gallura. A nice town with a view of Corsica. Overnight in a three-star hotel.
Distance: 45.6km +33km
Elevation gain: 628m +461m
Riding terrain: mostly flat
Riding time: 5h
Accommodation:
3-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 3: From Santa Teresa di Gallura to Aggius

We ride towards Tempio, the most important town in the Gallura region. After a few kilometers in the countryside, the road takes us progressively up to Aglientu, then it turns south on a section with lovely countryside and totally traffic-free roads to Luogosanto. We can take a break in a little bar down Luogosanto before climbing the longest ascent of the day: 8km but with very gentle gradient for most of the time. From there, we make our way to Aggius while riding in the shade of a lovely cork tree forest and then across the so called 'moon valley': a natural monument made of smooth giant granite rocks. That's not the end of this spectacular second day: there are two interesting museums in Aggius - an Ethnographic museum and one that focuses attention on the phenomenon of Bandits in Sardinia. They await your visit. Accommodation and dinner at Agriturismo in Aggius.
Distance: 52.5km
Elevation gain: 1,204m
Riding terrain: hilly
Riding time: 3,30h
Accommodation:
At Agriturismo
Meals:
Breakfast, dinner

Day 4: From Aggius to Pattada

Sardinia has many sub-regions, and Gallura is just one. Today you'll visit another one, Logudoro, which features very different vistas, terrain, food and traditions. We will have officially left Gallura once we reach the spectacular Coghinas lake, which lies at the bottom of a long gradual descent. Lakes, may be common to our visitors from the north, but are relatively rare here in the Mediterranean. Lake Coghinas is the second largest body of fresh water in Sardinia, however it is the beautiful nature that surounds it that makes it truly special. A mere 5km kilometers from the lake we find the small town of Oschiri. A food stop in the church square makes for a perfect Mediterranean experience. It is all up hill from here, we will cross the lonely mountains of the Logudoro region. This section contains most of the day's climbing and ends in the town of Pattada. The name of this town is synonymous with hand-crafted knives made of iron and deer horn. There are workshops everywhere that you can visit to watch these skilled craftsmen. And why not purchase a souvenir? Accommodation in Pattada in a three-star hotel with breakfast.
Distance: 65.6km
Elevation gain: 1,356m
Riding terrain: hilly
Riding time: 4h
Accommodation:
3-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 5: From Pattada to Olbia

We head back to the Gallura coastline crossing hills known for their white wine production. These vineyards mainly produce Vermentino di Gallura, (the only Sardinian DOCG, for the wine aficionados) a generally dry wine with floral and bitter notes that pairs well with many foods. The capital of Vermentino is the little town of Monti, a perfect place for lunch and to taste this wine right where it’s produced. Careful, not too much wine, as we still have 30km to Olbia. Monti you descend towards Olbia. Lucky for us this last stretch is mostly descending. Olbia is the most important town in northeast Sardinia. Our visit to this historical town starts with brief ride into the city and past the port and to the hotel, located not far from the bay. You can enjoy a special fish dinner in one of the small restaurants in the old town, while celebrating the end of this short but glorious tour. And this time without a limit on how much wine you can drink. Accommodation in a four-star hotel with breakfast.
Distance: 81.2km
Elevation gain: 749m
Riding terrain: hilly
Riding time: 3,15h
Accommodation:
4-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 6: Goodbye Sardinia

Transfer to Olbia airport and departure.


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Travel arrangements

We suggest the following arrival an departure locations and the earlier flights will help us arranging transfers or other services like bike rental formalities, bike fitting and all services that are provided individually.
  • LANDING AIRPORT:Olbia
  • DEPARTURE AIRPORT:Olbia
  • Transfer time from Airport to hotels is about 25 minutes on landing, 15 minutes on departure.

Packing and Weather

Sardinia is a region known for mild Mediterranean weather. It generally features warm, dry weather which makes these rides particularly enjoyable. The spring and fall can see the highs range from the 18s to 25s (Celsius), while the lows are generally between 14 and 18. Summer highs are generally between 28 and 25. We always recommend bringing along riding layers and even a bit of rain (might happen in Spring and Fall) gear so you can keep riding comfortably throughout the day.

Transfers

Sardinia Cycling arranges group transfers from and to the closest airport for the trip: Olbia. Individual transfers can be also planned and the cost might depend from the departure or arrival location, from the transfer time and it can also be influenced by the presence of bulky luggage, like a bike case. Other transport option is public transport. About this last opportunity, we suggest you using Google Maps and select 'public transport' from and to your selected destination. In any case, we're ready to help you selecting the quicker, smoother and most cost effective solution.

Go Custom

Sometimes your trip on Sardinia simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in our lovely island either before or after your trip, and need assistance making those plans, we're available help. Self guided and supported trips can be extended too and that can happen in any intermediate location along the itinerary: we can help selecting the best one!

Terrain

One thing riders learn soon is that Sardinia is hilly. The terrain is varied, with gradual and short, or very long and progressive climbs throughout the week. The Gallura Short Break On E-Bike Tour is best suited for our 'Recreational' riders. The routes have been designed to avoid busy roadways, that are very rare in a large a scantly populated island. However, very little urban riding and short sections of busy roads are unavoidable in Sardinia.

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  • We rented road bikes for a couple of days and had a fantastic time. Everyone at Sardinia Cycling was super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The bikes were in great condition and well set-up, too. The shop's app is brilliant for finding routes across the whole island. Overall, an amazing experience! We will definitely rent from Sardinia Cycling again.
  • We did a private MTB tour with Andrea to experience the hills above Cagliari - one of the best experiences of our holiday. We are also hiring road bikes from the Baia Sardinia base - such a good way to see the island. Great gear, great people - grazie mille for having us!
  • I’m keeping it short. This is a fantastic place to rent a true rode or gravel bike. They have high end canyon bikes. The staff / super knowledgeable. The entire rental experience was 100 perfect. They work out of a cafe in the front. Just a perfect bike rental shop.

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