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 Nuraghic 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 a few single tracks that require a bit of control of the bike. 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, but, at the same time, accommodation is always very comfortable and in most cases is in towns or little villages.
We rate the tour as very easy, with an average daily elevation gain at about 1000m. We have designed the tour to be fit to e-mountain bikes (which are available in our fleet), with marked recharge opportunities on the longest stages. The hotels offer a simple but tasty Sardinian cuisine, as well as the high-quality wines of this island.