3 nights at 4-star | 1 nights at Agriturismo | 1 night at 3-star
Two 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 € 250 p.p.; bike rental; luggage transfer (€ 528 + 10 per pax - min 2 persons).
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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 believe is intriguing 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, exploring the amazing La Maddalena Island - a National Park, while giving our guests the opportunity to visit an inner part of the island rich in traditions, quiet roads and of course great cycling in the wild interior hills of northern Sardinia. Stages are between 60 and 80km and daily elevations are not typically intended for hard core cyclists: the riding time we'll leave you time for exploring the lovely destinations.
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 SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA, 85 KM, 1100M.
That's a long day that involves the exploration of the La Maddalena island and all its treasures. We leave the posh Costa Smeralda, and ride northwards – to the little touristic resort called Palau. We'll get there quickly on very panoramic road. From there a ferry we'll take us to La Maddalena island. A ride around the island and to the twin island of Caprera is a magic experience as it makes us enjoy not only the incredible views all around, but also interesting pages of Italian history represented by the Garibaldi museum and home in the island where he lived his last years. From La Maddalena, a ferry ride we'll take us back to Palau, and from there a last stretch to Santa Teresa di Gallura, a nice town with view of the Corsica island. Overnight in a four-star hotel.
DAY 3: RIDE SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA TO AGGIUS, 66KM, 1200MT.
We ride towards Tempio, the most important town in the Gallura region. After a few kilometers in the countryside, the road takes us down to Luogosanto, then it turns north on a section with lovely countryside and totally traffic-free roads. 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 intersting museums in Aggius - an etnographic museum and one that focuses attention on the phenomenon of Bandits in Sardinia. They await your visit. Accommodation and dinner at Agriturismo in Aggius.
DAY 4: RIDE AGGIUS TO PATTADA, 65KM, 1300M.
Sardinia has many sub-regions, and Gallura is just one. Today you'll visit another one, Logudoro, which features very different views, environment, food and 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 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 a flavored wine that goes along well with many foods. 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 this 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.