The wild and the beautiful! Ogliastra Cross is a mountain biking tour that takes place in the east of Sardinia. Nothing like this is available on any other island in the Mediterranean, and certainly not in continental Europe. This unique adventure will create enduring memories for even the most seasoned cyclists.
Starting from the Gulf of Arbatax, it leads up through the mountainous regions of central Sardinia (both the granite massif of Gennargentu and the arid plateaus of Supramonte), before descending through limestone canyons, down to the sea of the central eastern coast, with its beautiful caves, white sandy beaches and turquoise sea.
Along this tour you will experience this beautiful and continually changing scenery in absolute serenity. Finding Mediterranean forests oak, pine and chestnut, as well as bizarre rock formations and harsh high plateaus. You can expect to find horses, donkeys, pigs, goats, and wild sheep grazing freely, and birds of prey circling overhead. Humans are scarce, as this is the least populated region of Italy. However this is where, more than 4000 years ago, the sophisticated Nuraghic civilization developed. The remains of which, impressive stone fortifications known as Nuraghe, have survived the millennia.
From beginning to end, the tour explores this beautiful region following mostly two track roads, but there are sections of single track that test your bike handling and will get your heart pumping. The tour loops through central-eastern Sardinia, up into the mountains of Ogliastra including Gennargentu National Park and ends at the inaccessible coves on the coast between Baunei and Dorgali. Despite the remote nature of the tour accommodation is always very comfortable and in most cases is in small towns or little villages.
The tour is relatively easy, with distance averaging 43km and daily elevation gain of around 1000 meters. We have designed the tour to be suitable for e-bikes (which are available from our fleet), with recharging possibilities on longer stages. The hotels offer simple but tasty Sardinian cuisine, as well as the island's high quality wines.