2 nights at 4-star | 2 nights at Agriturismo | 1 night at 3-star
Three dinners; all breakfasts.
Detailed briefing and a Road-Book containing tour details; GPS with preloaded stage routes; telephone assistance during your stay; 10% discount on bike rentals.
Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc; drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; arrival and departure transfer; bike rental; luggage transport.
Arrival transfer from Olbia airport to Arzachena € 35 p.p.; departure transfer from Olbia to Olbia airport € 25; supplement for single accommodation € 235 p.p.; bike rental; luggage transfer (€ 528 + 10 per pax - min 2 persons).
North Sardinia is often identified with Costa Smeralda. This is wrong. In fact, the touristic development of Costa Smeralda – the billionaire's paradise – added a totally new and non-typical layer of hotels, services and businesses to northeast of Sardinia. While the Gallura area – the region that surrounds Costa Smeralda – is still very authentic and has preserved its old economy and traditions. For this reason, we find it interesting to discover both faces of north Sardinia – the contemporary and touristy one as well as the ancient and traditional one. The trip’s philosophy is, in fact, to provide an insight of the lovely Costa Smeralda, while giving our guests the opportunity to visit an inner part of the island rich in traditions, with excellent typical food and wine, lovely hospitality and of course great cycling in the wild interior hills of northern Sardinia. Stages are between 60 and 80km and we've included a loop around Aggius, a lovely and typical little village, with a special kind of accommodation.
We will guide you across this Sardinian region on a trip that will you put in touch with special and significant places and on lovely roads. That’s SardiniaCycling modus operandi. And, in those special places we want you to experience the very special local food, wine and hospitality.
Day 1: Arrival day
Arrival in Olbia, transfer to accommodation in Arzachena. Dinner at hotel.
DAY 2: RIDE BAJA SARDINIA TO AGGIUS, 55 KM, 1100M.
We leave the posh Costa Smeralda seaside, and ride inland – onto the free of traffic countryside roads – toward a little old village called Luogosanto. The roads are generally up and down in the Gallura region, with gentle gradients, and mid-sized climbs. These roads take you immediately up to a place with stunning views of the smooth hills and giant granite rocks that characterize this part of Sardinia. We’ll continue to climbs after Luogosanto, on a long and very enjoyable leg taking you through a cork three forest. Then a long and spectacular more-or-less flat road takes you to Aggius. This is an important little village, incredibly well preserved and with a long and special history related to cork production – and bandits. Two amazing museums, one ethnographic and the other highlighting bandits, take you back in time. So, will the special accommodation and dinner, with stunning hospitality and tip-top local cuisine. Accommodation and dinner at Agriturismo in Aggius.
DAY 3: RIDE AGGIUS LOOP, 60KM, 1100MT.
After riding toward Tempio, the most important town in the Gallura region, the road takes you down to Luoosanto, then it turns north on a section with lovely countryside and totally traffic-free roads. Soon you’ll reach Aglientu another very small and old village overlooking the northern Sardinian coastline. This is the highest point IN today’s ride. And since you’ve done some climbing, we'll stop for some food on the village square that’s surrounded by typical granite buildings. From there, we make our way back to Aggius while riding in the shade of a lovely cork three forest. There's still one of the two museums left that awaits your visit. Accommodation and dinner at Agriturismo in Aggius.
DAY 4: RIDE AGGIUS TO PATTADA, 65KM, 1300M.
Sardinia has many sub-regions such as like Gallura. Today you'll visit another one, Logudoro, which features very different views, environment and food traditions. You'll have officially left Gallura after a super long, low gradient descent that takes you to the spectacular Coghinas lake. Lakes - so frequent in northern countries, are seldom present in Mediterranean regions. So, they're like gold to us. But Coghinas, a medium-sized lake in the middle of nowhere and immersed in Mediterranean vegetation, is really – absolutely – lovely. And so is the little bridge that takes you to the west side of the lake. Some more kilometers and you'll be in Oschiri. A food stop in the church square makes for a perfect Mediterranean experience. From that very point on, you’ll start collecting all the upward meters of this stage. You'll cross the lonely mountains of the Logudoro region up to the town of Pattada. The name of this town, not only on Sardinia but also in many other places, 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.
DAY 5: RIDE PATTADA TO OLBIA, 82KM, 800M.
Back to the Gallura coastline crossing the hills known for white wine production. The very local wine, called Vermentino di Gallura, is an flavored wine that goes well with many kinds of food. The capital of Vermentino is the little town of Monti, that you cross in the middle of this stage. Monti is a perfect place for lunch and to taste a wine right where it’s produced. Careful, not too much wine, since after Monti you descend towards Olbia. Olbia is the most important town in northeast Sardinia. The visit in this historical town starts with a long promenade in front of the Olbia port. Your hotel is located there, and while there you can taste a special fish dinner in one of the small restaurants in the old town, while celebrating the end of a glorious short tour. And this time with no limit on how much wine you can drink. Accommodation in a three-star hotel with breakfast.
West coast of Sardinia biking tour: ride along Sardinian western coastline from Alghero to Cagliari.
This enchanting journey begins in Alghero in the northwest, continues along the west coast to the south coast finally connecting with Cagliari in the southeast of the island.
You will discover also he thousand years history of Sardinia and the civilizations that have occupied, never dominated, leaving spectacular testimonies. And then nature, bursting, which alternates between hilly landscapes, still little humanized, to a sea within the most beautiful in the world. And so, in a little more than 400 km, you will see in front of you 4000 years of history, from the ancient nuragic civilization until the Aragonese domination, through the Punic and Roman periods.
A stage cycle tour in the south of Sardinia on the itineray of an ancient traveler: Max Leopold Wagner.
A stage bicycle tour. Bike in the path of Max Leopold Wagner, the noted Sardinia culture connoisseur.
On this stage tour in the south of Sardinia, you will discover the history, culture and natural environment that fascinated Max Leopold Wagner. Specialized in Romantic languages, Wagner, a Bavarian, traveled – on a bicycle – to typical Sardinian villages at the beginning of the twentieth century to enhance his knowledge of the idioms of the island specifically and its culture generally.
His stays on the island not only provided for the three volumes of the Etymological Sardinian Dictionary, an essential tool for the study of the Sardinian language, but also “La vita rustica” (The Rustic Life), a book that reflects on life as seen by Wagner during his visits in the various regions of Sardinia.