• MOUNTAIN BIKING

    UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURES IN THE WILDEST SARDINIA!

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OGLIASTRA CROSS

TOUR CODE: OGC-G-MAY-18 >> Departure: Saturday, 28 April 2018

Starting price € 1310
Level: Challenge

    In the mountain bike paradise, amid the Mediterranean sea.

    The wild and the beautiful
    Ogliastra Cross is a mountain biking tour that take place in the eastern Sardinia. It's a biking adventure that will stick into the mind of mountain bikers.
    Nothing like this is available in a wide range, on any other island in the Mediterranean, and certainly not in Europe or in the central Alps.
    It starts from the Gulf of Arbatax through the mountainous regions of central Sardinia, touches the granite massif of Gennargentu and arid plateaus of Supramonte, before descending through canyons carved out of the limestone rocks, down to the sea in the central east coast, with its beautiful caves, white sandy beaches and turquoise sea.
    But this tour not only offers beautiful scenery changes, but it also surprises with its absolute loneliness that our route, drawn in the most rugged and inaccessible nature, let us discover.
    We can find Mediterranean scrub, oak, chestnut, Mediterranean forests, bizarre rock formations and plateaux in a harsh environment, where horses grazing free, donkeys, pigs, goats, wild sheep, and birds of prey circling overhead, show that there's lot of life here. Only man seems not to be foreseen in this small continent.
    Too hard and full of hardship is the daily life of the shepherds, and in fact there aren't major settlements in this area.
    It was here, more than 4000 years ago, that developed the sophisticated civilization of the nuraghis, impressive stone fortifications survived as watchtowers over the millennia.
    From the first to the last stage increases our wonder at the beauty of the landscape, that we can explore on good cart tacks, but also along single tracks that require a bit of control of the bike and driving skills.
    The tour takes the form of a ring in the central-eastern Sardinia, through the mountainous regions of the Ogliastra region, Gennargentu National Park and it ends at the inaccessible coves of the coast between Baunei and Dorgali. The hotels are located in areas of historical and natural interest and offer a simple but tasty cuisine, as well as the high quality wines of this island.

    Day 1

    Arrival at airport (Cagliari, Olbia or Alghero). Transfer (not included) to Barisardo. Dinner and overnight.

    Day 2

    Torre di Barì - Jerzu 55 km – 1595 mt. Here we go! We leave the picturesque beach of Barisardo and its Aragonese tower behind us. The adventure begins. This first stage includes two climbs, the first is pretty challenging, but with stunning views of the sea of Ogliastra. The second, longer but less steep, ends at hotel, also passing through a wind farm. Dinner and overnight nearby Jerzu.

    Day 3

    Jerzu - Ulassai - 40 km - 900 mt. A truly scenic jewel is the regional park between Ulassai and Osini. A mixture of oak woods and Mediterranean bush, in the midst of these, always jumps out of the omnipresent Dolomitic stone. This is haven for Sardinian wildlife. The stage is characterized by some steep climbs, but this is, on the whole, an easy stage, that ends with a passage through the natural monument of Scala San Giorgio. Then we reach the hotel in Ulassai. Overnight in Ulassai.

    Day 4

    Ulassai - Villanova Strisaili 52 km - 1400 mt. Once again the stage shows a change of the landscape. 'Heels of Ogliastra' are called the towering spiers of Dolomitic stone that characterize these mountains, as they remember vividly the shape of a enormous boot heel upside down. We ride through a fantastic nature, meeting the vestiges of the Nuragic civilization who has lived here more than 4000 years ago, before entering the territory of Gennargentu, the top of Sardinia. Arrival at Villanova, dinner and two nights in agriturismo in Villanova.

    Day 5

    Villanova loop 64 km - 1240 mt. The top of the Gennargentu massif is visible right after we start riding, the highest peak close at hand. During this round trip we get closer to the summit along a route that allows us to immerse ourselves in the wild solitude of these mountains. We meet freely grazing cows, pigs, horses and donkeys, which can multiply freely, birds of prey circling overhead looking for prey: what we rarely encounter are people. The few shepherds we could meet, nowadays dirve old pick-up trucks, but a picture of the past and the harsh life of these places will be evoked by your guide, leaving it up to you to envision the life of those who live and work in these places. The tour can vary in difficulty and length with two difficulty levels. After no more than 64 kilometers, chosing the long route, we are back to our agriturismo in Villanova. Dinner and overnight.

    Day 6

    Villaova Strisaili - Genna Silana 52 km - 1360 mt. Another day when we cycle through at least three completely different landscapes: from conifers and chestnut trees of Villa Grande, we go on the dry Supramonte, then through a chain of hills in the Barbagia region, in the heart of Sardinia, and back to the carsic areas of the eastern cost of Ogliastra. On top of Monte Olinie we enjoy a 360 degrees view: the Gulf of Arbatax, was our starting point a few days ago, the Gennargentu Mountains, where we have just cycled, and the long beaches of Cala Gonone, where the tour will end on next day. But from the point of view to our hotel there is still a long way to go, through plateaux and valleys, without any human settlement. With a little luck we will be able to spot the moufflons, a rare and protected species of wild goat. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Genna Silana.

    Day 7

    Genna Silana - Calagonone 42 km - 528 mt. A stage that develops in full in the sector of the Gennargentu National Park overlooking the sea. Among the contrasting colors of the deep green of juniper and the turquoise of the sea, all on a blinding white background given by the limestone rocks, we cycle down to Cala Luna. Among singletracks and dirt roads that give an unrivaled excitement, we ride on a route that can well be included between the most beautiful trails in the world. In Cala Luna we relax and refresh, enjoying this true naturalistic jewell. The return by boat adds big charm to this spectacular stage. Which ends in Calagonone. Overnight in hotel in front of the beach.

    Day 8

    Transfer (not included) and end of services.

    The package includes:

    Seven nights in a double-room; Professional guiding. Escort and mechanical assistance. Briefing. Helmet. Luggage transfer.

    Not included:

    Flight tickets. Arrival and departure transfer. City tax; Lunches and extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; Travel insurance. Anything not mentioned in 'the package includes'.

    On request:

    Transfer from/to airport. Bike rental and accessories. Supplement for single accommodation. Cycling attire (bib shorts and a jersey) by SardiniaCycling. 6 packed lunch € 72.

    Detail of services:

    Services Quantity
    Breakfast 7
    Lunch not included
    Dinner 5
    Nights at three-star hotel 3
    Nights at four-star hotel 2
    Nights at Agriturismo 2

    Why travel with us

    • Enchanting experiences

      Enchanting experiences

      We love Sardinia and we think our island is different. And we want you to understand why we do. Creating an enchanting experience is no easy task. Doing so takes ability at designing tours and the extensive knowledge of the region that only a local company can have. And it also requires great attention to detail. That’s the secret to our success. We’ve created Sardinia-addicted travelers worldwide.

      Be the next!

    • Insider views

      Insider views

      The best attractions aren't necessarily the most popular ones. We like to include historical and cultural attractions to our guided and self-guided tours. And we pay great attention in choosing which ones to include and where and when we can visit them. We Sardinians are hospitable and proud of our archaeological and cultural heritage and we enjoy sharing it with you.

      Take advantage of an insider's view!

    • Travel with confidence

      Travel with confidence

      A physical or mechanical problem can always happen, and that’s why it’s important to have a rescue service nearby. And that’s also why we're happy to say that we are always available to help you on a guided or self-guided tour, wherever you are and at any time. Our network of offices on the island allows prompt response and immediate action from our own skilled staff. So far, none of our guests have lost a day of their tour. And its up to us to see that they never will.

      Your safety is important to us!

    • Incomparable food

      Incomparable food

      You know us Italians – and Sardinians – we are crazy about food. Luckily we share this madness and we spend great efforts to let you taste all the infinite shades of Sardinian pastas, cheeses and wines. We’d like you to learn what's behind a local recipe, and we’d even like you try your hand at preparing some Sardinian delicacies.

      Don't worry, you'll have the day after to burn off the extra calories!

    • Off the beaten track

      Off the beaten track

      Ours is a big island and not heavily populated. It's an unspoiled environment and lovely to explore on a road or a mountain bike. Apart from the popular tourist resorts, there are a lot of quiet and beautiful mountain or coastline roads.

      We'll take you there!

    • Top equipment

      Top equipment

      Cycling is religion for us. We pride ourselves on having the very best equipment – Canyon bikes – maintained by our expert staff and custom fitted for you. We can offer you everything you could possibly need to make your cycling tour with us a dream. We’ve got helmets, awesome SardiniaCycling kit and socks, water bottles, GPS assistance and more. Have you ever thought about how excellent equipment can improve your travel experience?

      Cycle on a bike of your dreams! And with everything else you might need to make your cycling holiday more than you’ve ever dreamed of!

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