WEST COAST OF SARDINIA BIKING TOUR: RIDE ALONG SARDINIA'S WESTERN COASTLINE FROM ALGHERO TO CAGLIARI.

THE WEST COAST TOUR


north Sardinia circle tour
  • Starting location

    Alghero, Italy
  • Final Destination

    Pula, Italy
  • Tour code

    SWAC-22

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Support levels

Guided tour

  • Accommodation

    7 nights at 3-star hotel; 1 night at 4-star hotel

  • Meals

    Three 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 € 250 p.p.; bike rental.

Self-guided tour

  • Accommodation

    7 nights at 3-star hotel; 1 night at 4-star hotel

  • MEALS

    Three dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Detailed briefing. Access to SardiniaCycling App with all the information regarding your tour, the itinerary, points of interest as well as all the documentation for your trip. 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 € 250 p.p.; bike rental; luggage transfer (€ 590 + 10 per pax - min 2 persons).

     

Supported tour

  • Accommodation

    7 nights at 3-star hotel; 1 night at 4-star hotel

  • Meals

    Three dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Detailed briefing. Access to SardiniaCycling App with all the information regarding your tour, the itinerary, points of interest as well as all the documentation for your trip. Van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase. Group transfer from Alghero airport to Alghero; group transfer from Pula to Cagliari 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 € 225 p.p.; bike rental.

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The west coast of Sardinia offers everything that cyclists desire. On an island where the presence of mass summer tourism is the reality, the fact that the west coast is made up of many small tourist resorts, ensures that it is never affected by the frenzy and traffic typical of seaside resorts.

The cities and small towns are the actual tourist resorts, the concept of an artificial tourist village is foregin to the island. This is great for travelers who love authenticity and unique experiences.

Cycling in a paradise! Every day - and every few kilometers - the landscape changes in the morphology of the reliefs, in the type of vegetation, in its history but also in traditions, food and wine.

We start from Alghero - a spectacular historical town - and we cycle from north to south, we will stray from from the coast a few times to explore the hills inland that can give us not only spectacular views, but also help us to get a more complete understanding of Sardinian culture.

This tour is of medium-low difficulty, designed to leave you free to visit an archaeological sites, enjoy a good lunch at an unmissable restaurant or spend a few hours on one of the many beaches that you pass along the way. You never face insurmountable mountains or killer slopes and many of our friends have chosen to travel with light luggage in tow.

You ride on the classic roads of Sardinia, where ascents and descents alternate seamlessly while never giving space to flat. After exploring virgin natural areas, small medieval villages, lagoons and vestiges of the ancient mining industry, we end the tour in Pula (cycling between Pula and Cagliari mean contending with lots of traffic and navigating through indusrial areas, and we don't recomend it). From there, we suggest to extend your stay by one night in Cagliari, which, like Alghero, offers a historic center to explore, with churches, museums, cafes and quality restaurants.

Our Route

Day 1: Arrival day

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

DAY 2: RIDE ALGHERO TO BOSA

54km | 895m | 918 | 3h

This day begins with a ride through the narrow cobbled streets of old Alghero. From there we continue south along the Riviera del Corallo on a scenic road overlooking the sea with alternating climbs and descents. This rolling coastal road leads to the medieval town of Bosa. It’s the only true river town of Sardinia, and its famous for its wine, embroidery, gold filigree and leather tanneries. Overnight in Bosa.


DAY 3: RIDE BOSA TO SANTU LUSSURGIU

41.9km | 1,100m | 587m | 3,30h

The coast is what attracts most people to our island, but if you want to experience the authentic Sardinia you must head inland. The medieval village of Santu Lussurgiu is a perfect example of the culture, hospitality, gastronomic traditions and the quality of life inland Sardini has to offer. To enjoy all this, we turn away from the coast and climb into the mountains of the Montiferru region. Continuing up we will pass though Tresnuraghes, Sennariolo and Cuglieri. The last of these small villages contains the Basilica of Santa Maria della Neve that you will see long before you reach the town. From Cuglieri, a long climb in the shadow of an oak forest, leads you towards Santu Lussurgiu, where you'll stay overnight.

Bosa

DAY 4: RIDE SANTU LUSSURGIU TO CABRAS

50km | 178m | 690m | 2,30h

A decidedly relaxing stage allows your legs to recover and gives you time to visit some interesting places. There is the village of Seneghe that is known for its honey and olive oil. The Archaeological Sites of Monte Prama and Tharros will help you connect with ancient history of the island. There are also the beautiful beaches, such as Putzu Idu, Mari Ermi and Cabras. The hardest part of the day will be choosing where to spend your time. The destination is Cabras where warm hospitality await you.


DAY 5: RIDE CABRAS TO TORRE DEI CORSARI

52.4km | 314m | 253m | 3h

The plain of Arborea is only area of Sardinia where you will find flat straight  roads. Once a marshy area, as a result of land reclamation it has become one of the most important agricultural areas in Italy. Enjoy this unique region and its flat roads as this is only an intermezzo between the more 'hilly' stages. The stage ends in Torre dei Corsari, with its long dune lined beach. We recommend taking advantage of the flat roads and reach the destination early for a swim in the turquoise sea before staying the night.


DAY 6: RIDE TORRE DEI CORSARI TO PORTIXEDDU

61.1km | 1,288m | 1,248m | 4h

Traversing Sardinia's Costa Verde is the objective of the day. This stretch of coast is characterized by lush nature and beaches with imposing sand dunes. It was once the heart of the island's mining industry and now the vestiges of that past face the constant encroachment of nature. On the bike this is a mountain stage, consisting of three long climbs, although they are never very steep. After all the climbing your reward is a long enjoyable descent, with a view of the gulf that is home to our destination: the small tourist resort of Portixeddu, where dinner and the overnight stay are planned.


DAY 7: RIDE PORTIXEDDU TO SANT'ANTIOCO

69.9km | 895m | 989m | 4h

Before leaving the hotel you should put a large memory card in your camera. This stage offers spectacular views of the coast that you will definitely want to capture in photographs. The coastline of Buggerru, Masua and Nebida has many climbs, but the time you'll spend going uphill is never tedious, as slow place allows these breathtaking views to etch deeply into your memory. A stop at Cala Domestica is a must before tackling the second climb of the day. The last half of the of the stage is mostly flat as you head toward Sant'Antico, where the overnight stay is planned.

To central Sardinia

DAY 8: RIDE SANT'ANTIOCO TO PULA

85.4km | 986m | 985m | 5h

Leaving Sant'Antioco the first section of todays stage is relatively flat. However, from the moment you pass Porto Pino you will experience the constantly alternating ups and downs that characterize the stage as a whole. The stretch of coastal road from Porto Teulada and Chia is recognized as one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world. The pale pastels of the rocks and cliffs, the deep greens of the vegetation, and the deep blue and turquoise of the sea stand in stunning contrast to one another. The Aragonese towers (from the Spanish occupation of Sardinia) that once protected the coastline are found at multiple points along way. This superlative road is a fitting way to bring this tour to an end. Overnight in Pula. 

teulada coastline road

DAY 9: FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE DAY.

Transfer to Cagliari airport and end of services.

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