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.