YOU WON'T MISS A SINGLE TOP ROAD ON THIS CHALLENGING CYCLE TOUR!

ULTIMATE SARDINIA


north Sardinia circle tour
  • Starting location

    Alghero, Italy
  • Final Destination

    Pula, Italy
  • Tour code

    ULTS-21

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Support levels

Guided tour

  • Accommodation

    7 nights at 4-star | 1 night at Agriturismo

  • Meals

    Four dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Guiding; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from Alghero airport to Alghero and from Pula 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 Alghero airport to Alghero € 20 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Pula to Cagliari airport € 45 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 325 p.p.; bike rental.

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Self-guided tour

  • Accommodation

    7 nights at 4-star | 1 night at Agriturismo

  • MEALS

    Four 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 Alghero airport to Alghero € 20 p.p.; departure transfer from Pula to Cagliari airport € 45 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 325 p.p.; bike rental; luggage transfer (€ 699 + 10 per pax - min 2 persons).

     

Supported tour

  • Accommodation

    7 nights at 4-star | 1 night at Agriturismo

  • Meals

    Four dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Detailed briefing and a Road-Book containing tour details; GPS with preloaded stage routes; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from/to Alghero airport; luggage transport; 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 Alghero airport to Alghero € 20 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Pula to Cagliari airport € 45 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 325 p.p.; bike rental.

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We're often asked by our guests to go cycle on all (or most) top roads of the island. We usually answer that an island with a perimeter of 1850km represents a challenge for those who want to explore it all in a week.

After many years, though, we realized that it was time to takle the challenge of putting together a route that includes even not all, at least most of our - and our guests' - favorite roads and areas of Sardinia in a single week of cycling. We've called it 'Ultimate Sardinia'.

North to south, and both west and east. Ultimate Sardinia is a challenging tour with long stages and relevant daily elevation and takes you from the northwest of the island (Alghero), to the very south (Pula) in seven unforgettable stages.

What should an ultimate tour of Sardinia include? Historical towns, like Alghero and Bosa; amazing coastline roads, such as the famous stretches by the sea either along the northwest and southwest coasts; traditional Sardinia of the villages inland; the mountains of the Barbagia region, so rich in traditions and Sardinian pride; the amazing central-east with its Gennargentu Park; the wild southwest with its old mines and the gorgeous beaches.

As usual, at Sardinia Cycling, route, accommodation, food and wine are selected carefully as a part of a tale we tell, so that we can say this is not just a travel through a land, but also through its ever different traditions, culture, local food, wine and even language.

It might seem that Ultimate Sardinia is the way to make you come ride on our island once in your lifetime and see all. But as soon as you'll ride it, we're sure you will become one of our numerous repeaters who can't stay away too long from Sardinian amazing roads and warm local hospitality. 

So maybe we'll have to change name to this tour! How does Penultimate Sardinia sound?

Yes, you can do it either guided or self guided with luggage transfer.

Our Route

Day 1: Arrival day

Arrival at Alghero airport, transfer to Alghero, check-in and welcome.

DAY 2: RIDE ALGHERO TO SANTU LUSSURGIU

85.8km | 1,967m | 1,477m | 5h

On the opening stage, you’ll experience the special connection between coastline and mountain rides in Sardinia. You start from Alghero and ride south to Bosa on one of the most renowned coastal roads on Sardinia.

The medieval village here is one of the best preserved on the island. And it’s worth visiting. Enjoy an unforgettable ride through the narrow streets of the old town. And having a stop for a quick meal inside the old town it's simply special. Bosa is also the place where you leave the sea behind you.

The approach is trough the smooth hills of the Nurra region, up to Cuglieri. Right from there, a long climb into the mountains of Montiferru takes you to the small gem called of Santu Lussurgiu, a small medieval town where a Sardinian traditional dinner and a very comfortable accommodation await you.


DAY 3: RIDE SANTU LUSSURGIU TO FONNI

103.8km | 2,294m | 1,789m | 5h

We'll go deep into the Sardinian core, in the region called Barbagia: an area of Sardinia that has had the least external influence and so preserves - with pride - its strong traditions.

The stage is split into two different parts. The first half is quite easy: downhill in the beginning, then flattish as we head towards the center of the island riding eastwards.

The second part is much harder: after the bridge over the Tirso lake, we start a series of long and progressive climbs that take us from the western to central portion of the Gennargentu mountain range, within the Barbagia region.

We'll ride across many small and lazy villages as we approach the most important centers of Barbagia, such as Tonara - known for the superb nougat craft - and eventually Fonni, a winter holiday resort in the heart of a Med island. A comfortable - family run - agriturismo in Fonni and a typical dinner will set us ready for another long day on the bike. 

Bosa

DAY 4: RIDE FONNI TO POSADA

130.6km | 2,116m | 3,256m | 6h

We leave Fonni and ride northwards to the main town of central Sardinia and one of the administrative capitals: Nuoro. The first 50km have a descending trend and even with some good climbs within, you lose about 1000m elevation.

From there we catch the first of the two main climbs of the day: 12 kilometres to Orune, and lately a an amazing climb along the - extraordinarily white - Molte Albo mountain range. Many of the peaks of that famous limestone bastion are over a thousand metres high; Mediterranean scrub is all around and evergreen. After a long descent, you'll find the valley of the Torpè lake and nowadays a park oasis: almost eight thousand hectares of unspoilt forests, trails, springs, rivers and ‘dunes’ in the territory of Bitti, Lodè, Posada.

Posada is another historical town that features a nice old town and one of Sardinia’s best preserved medieval fortresses - Castello della Fava - that rises up in the village and it's surrounded by ancient mysteries and legends. Looks amazing, doesn't it? That's why Posada is also the place where we've arranged for you accommodation in a three-star hotel.


DAY 5: RIDE POSADA TO SANTA MARIA NAVARRESE

111km | 1,706m | 1,699m | 5h

We leave Posada and ride southwards on a very easy first part or the stage. We cross the villages of Irgoli and Galtellì. A stop in its awesome old town, will make us immerse in the history of the island. Galtellì has been awarded the Touring Club Italiano’s orange flag rating for excellence. The streets of the old town centre, its traditions and sensations inspired the author and Nobel Prize Grazia Deledda when she set her book Canne al Vento. After a good cappuccino we keep riding to the south and right after Dorgali we catch the main climb of the day: it's about 20km long and it will take us atop Genna Silana Pass.

Already stage KOM of the 2017 Giro d'Italia.

The mention is not casual: having 150 pro riders ridden that climb, furthermore on a day with super strong tailwind, makes any attempt to break a record - for the pleasure of your Strava followers - a massive non sense.

Left aside any velleity, we keep our pace and even light-heartedly enjoy a food stop right in front of the Gorropu gorge, the deepest canyon in Europe.

A thrilling descent will take us back to the coastline, in Santa Maria Navarrese. Another glorious day of cycling ends in a comfortable accommodation at a three-star hotel.

To central Sardinia

DAY 6: RIDE SANTA MARIA NAVARRESE TO ORROLI

123.6km | 2,891m | 2,373m | 6h

Mark this day in the calendar: this is the queen stage of the whole tour. Yes, because after many years designing and then guiding tours on the roads of Sardinia, we can affirm the Talana climb that you face on this stage, is the nicest and one of the toughest climbs we have here.

The ascent, that tops at 1100m of Monte Genziana, begins from a very low level, at about 15m ASL. From there it's about 17km up, while the proper segment start - when the climb appears like a wall in front of us, it's 'only 12km', with average gradient being 6.9%: a piece of cake, and the only 'hors categorìe' climb in the island, for those who are more into the pro cycling stats. The Talana is painful for the legs, but also a joy for the eyes: the views take the breathe away.

But the show is not over as this stage features also the incredible Mont'Arbu road: a gem among the Sardinian roads. The old SS389 cuts the eastern portion of the Gennargentu mountain range. It's a very wild segment, there aren't many roads like that in Europe and every time we can ride on that, we feel the privilege of being cyclist as we cross these roads taking all the necessary time to enjoy all the beauty and freedom that riding on these places can grant. After this memorable stretch of asphalt, a few more downhills and ascents separate us from our destination: Orroli and it's family-run Albergo diffuso where we will also have a nice typical dinner.


DAY 7: RIDE ORROLI TO PORTIXEDDU

120km | 1,443m | 1,954m | 5h

What we like best - as cyclists - are those days on the bike where you get surprised by dramatic changes of setting. Today is one of these days! Left Orroli, the first 60km are on easy up-and-downs, as soon as we cross the SS131 - the main Sardinian highway road - we meet a long, totally flat section, crossing the cultivated areas of the central western Sardinia. As soon as we'll get to Guspini, we enter the ancient mines region of the southwest Sardinia: an area heavily interested by mining activities in the past centuries, and thus neglected by tourism. But since mines shut down, nature took back this land, mass tourism couldn't develop an area with no touristic infrastructure and... well, you just need to wait and see the amazing outcome of this historical process. From Guspini and forward we'll cycle along one of the wildest areas in the island and end the ride in an awesome and wild beach in Portixeddu. Today you'll sleep again by the sea, at a three-star hotel in Portixeddu.

teulada coastline road

DAY 8: RIDE PORTIXEDDU TO PULA

129.5km | 1,618m | 1,706m | 6h

If someone'd ask me what I'd still like to include in a dream cycle tour, I'd answer the west coast roads that goes along the old mining region between Fluminimaggiore and Nebida, and the long stretch that goes from Porto Teulada to the awesome and famous sandy beaches of Chia, in the westernmost part of the island. And that is right the roads you'll ride along on this last day. You mostly ride along the typical hilly coastline roads of Sardinia, on some of the nicest coastline roads in the world. The middle of the stage is easy on flat roads or rolling terrain. It's hard to describe what you'll see without piling up adjectives, exactly what these roads don't need. We just wish every guest to have the chance to ride, at least once in their lifetime, this series of up and downs by the sea, that makes cyclists meet coves, beaches and enjoy a stunning turquoise sea on their right. The trip ends in Pula, where overnight is! Dinner will be a great occasion to do something that happens at the end of our trips on Sardinia: arguing around which one of the stage was the best one. You will too find out that this can be much harder that a queen stage of the tour.

teulada coastline road

DAY 9: FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE DAY.

Transfer to Cagliari airport and end of services.

Resources

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The North Sardinia Circle Tour

The basic North Sardinia Circle Tour takes place in seven stages. This special tour is designed to highlight the outstanding features of the north of Sardinia. And it is special ¬ if you choose the self-guided tour – because it offers you many options. And and it's very flexible. You can start from the airport in Alghero and finish there. Or you can start at the airport in Olbia and finish there. Or you can start in Alghero and finish in Olbia or vice versa. And the North Sardinia Circle Tour is either guided or self-guided. We’re offering you a lot of options. Just tell us what suits you best and we’ll design a custom-made tour for you. And talk about interesting places to visit. This tour offers a lot that we call amazing and we’re quite sure you’ll agree with us.

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