BIKE IN THE REAL WILD. THE OGLIASTRA CROSS IS A MOUNTAIN BIKING TOUR THAT TAKES PLACE IN THE EAST
OF SARDINIA.

THE OGLIASTRA CROSS

north Sardinia circle tour
  • Starting price

    Guided tour: € 1579
    Self-Guided: € 899

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Activity level

    Challenge

  • Departing dates

    15 Sept 2019

  • Guided group tour

    Small group minimum 6 riders | Private groups, any size on requested dates

  • Starting location

    Bari Sardo, Italy

  • Final Destination

    Cala Gonone, Italy

  • Tour code

    OGC-19

Support levels

Guided tour

  • Accommodation

    2 nights at 4-star | 5 nights at 3-star

  • Meals

    Five dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Guiding; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from Cagliari airport to Barisardo and from Cala Gonone to Cagliari airport; 10% discount on bike rentals.

  • NOT INCLUDED

    Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.

  • ON REQUEST

    Individual arrival transfer from Cagliari airport to Bari Sardo € 180 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Cala Gonone to Cagliari airport € 220 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 250 p.p.; bike rental.

Self-guided tour

  • Accommodation

    2 nights at 4-star | 5 nights at 3-star

  • MEALS

    Five dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Detailed briefing and a Road-Book containing tour details; GPS with preloaded stage routes; telephone assistance during your stay; 10% discount on bike rentals.

  • NOT INCLUDED

    Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc; drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; arrival and departure transfer; bike rental; luggage transport.

  • ON REQUEST

    Arrival transfer from Cagliari airport to Barisardo € 180 p.p.; departure transfer from Cala Gonone to Cagliari airport € 220 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 250 p.p.; bike rental; luggage transfer (€ 620 + 10 per pax - min 2 persons).

     

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The wild and the beautiful
Ogliastra Cross is a mountain biking tour that takes place in the east of Sardinia. It's a biking adventure that will stick in the mind of mountain bikers.
Nothing like this is available 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.

This lets us discover not only rugged and inaccessible nature and beautiful changes in scenery, but also absolute serenity. Here we can find Mediterranean forests with scrub oak and chestnut, as well as bizarre rock formations and plateaus in harsh environments, where horses graze freely, donkeys, pigs, goats, wild sheep, and birds of prey circling overhead, show that there's lot of life here. Humans are seldom seen here. The daily life of the shepherds is full of hardship.

In fact there aren't major settlements in this area. It was here, more than 4000 years ago, that the sophisticated Nuraghis civilization developed, with its impressive stone fortifications that have survived as watchtowers over the years. From the first to the last stage of the tour, we can explore the beauty of the landscape on good cart tacks, but also along single tracks that require a bit of control of the bike and good riding 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 ends at the inaccessible coves on the coast between Baunei and Dorgali. The hotels are in areas of historical and natural interest and offer a simple but tasty cuisine, as well as the high-quality wines of this island.

Our Route

Day 1: Arrival day

Arrival at airport (Cagliari, Olbia or Alghero). Transfer to Barisardo. Dinner and overnight in Barisardo.


DAY 2: RIDE TORRE DI BARI' TO JERZU 55KM, 1595M.

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 challenging, but with stunning views of the sea of Ogliastra. The second, longer but less steep, passes through a wind farm and ends at our hotel. Dinner and overnight nearby Jerzu.


DAY 3: RIDE JERZU TO ULASSAI, 40KM, 900M.

A truly scenic jewel is the regional park between Ulassai and Osini. A mixture of oak woods and Mediterranean bush and among these, the omnipresent Dolomitic stone. This is a 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.

Gennargentu National Park

Gennargentu National Park

DAY 4: RIDE ULASSAI TO VILLANOVA STRISAILI, 52KM, 1400M.

Once again, this stage features changing landscape. The towering spires of Dolomitic stone that characterize these mountains are called the Heels of Ogliastra' as they resemble an enormous boot heel upside down. As we ride through fantastic natural surroundings, we meet vestiges of the 4000- year-old Nuragic civilization before entering the top of Sardinia in the Gennargentu region. Arrival at Villanova, dinner and two nights in an Agriturismo.


DAY 5: RIDE VILLANOVA LOOP, 64KM, 1240M.

The top of the Gennargentu massif is visible right after we start riding. 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 and birds of prey circling overhead. What we rarely encounter are people. The few shepherds we could meet, nowadays drive around in old pick-up trucks. So it’s up to your guide to paint a picture of the past and the harsh life of these places then. This tour can vary in difficulty and length with two difficulty levels. After no more than 64 kilometers, choosing the long route, we are back to our Agriturismo in Villanova.
Dinner and overnight.

Gennargentu National Park

DAY 6: RIDE VILLANOVA STRISAILI TO GENNA SILANA  52KM, 1360M.

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 in Genna Silana.

DAY 7: RIDE GENNA SILANA TO CALA GONONE, 42KM, 528M.

This stage is in the Gennargentu National Park that overlooks the sea. We cycle down to Cala Luna through the deep green of juniper that contrasts with the turquoise of the sea, all on a blinding white background of the limestone rocks. We ride on a route that can well be included among the most beautiful in the world. The single track and dirt roads provide unequaled excitement. In Cala Luna we relax and refresh, enjoying this true natural jewel. The return by boat to Calagonone adds a lot of charm to this spectacular stage. We overnight in the hotel in front of the beach.

down to Cala Luna

DAY 8: FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE DAY

Transfer to Cagliari airport and end of services.

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