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THE SOUTH WEST OF SARDINIA

 

a group and self guided cycle tour  

   

Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is an island with a mild climate, crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, an unspoilt landscape with steep cliffs, abandoned mines and an excellent cuisine. During this tour you’ll ride along quiet coastal paths with stunning views, you will see the pink flamingos on the Sinis Peninsula and will visit San Pietro island with its rocky coast, natural grottoes and harbours.

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

 

Day 1

Individual arrival at San Salvatore Sinis

This typical village with brick, clay and sandstone houses was in the ’60 used as set of Western Movies. The church is built on top of a place of pagan worship, San Salvatore underground.

 

Day 2

 

Discovering the Sinis Peninsula

Today a nice round tour through the fascinating Sinis wetlands where you will see colonies of pink flamingos. There is time for some relax on the beautiful sand beach of Is Arutas and you can visit the Phoenician ruins of Tharro an ancient port.

Distance: 52 km / 32 miles; ascent & descent 180m

 

Day 3

The Costa verde and the dunes of Piscinas

After breakfast you have a short transfer to Arborea. You cross the green Costa Verde and will reach the Piscinas beach with over 50m high sand dunes, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and each year the wind sweeps them into new, fascinating shapes. Overnights stay in Arbus.

Distance 46-54 km/ 28,5 – 33,5 miles; ascent & descent 1000m (con transfer alla fine 600m)

 

Day 4

 

The mines of Sulcis

Today will be a day full of fascinating impressions, history and enchanting views. You pass the famous mines of Sulcis (Planusartu and Acquaresi), which are recognized by UNESCO as the first geo-mining park in the world. After some relax at the golden beach of Portixeddu and looming rocky face of Pan di Zucchero cliff. At the end of this day you admire architecture of the old ore washery at Nebida. Overnight stay in Nebida/Gonnesa.

Distance:  41 km / 25, 5 miles; ascent & descent: 820m

 

Day 5

The Island of Carloforte

Enjoy the descent to Fontanamare. At Portscuso you will embark on the ferry to Carloforte, on the Island of San Pietro. The island is of volcanic origin. The 18 km of its coasts are mostly rocky; the western and northern part includes some natural grottoes and harbours with a few small beaches. The eastern coast, on which the port of Carloforte lies, is instead low and sandy. In Carloforte you visit the town centre and the historic Tonnara - the ancient building where the fished red tunas were processed for commercialization. From Carloforte you continue your ride to  the island of Sant’Antioco. Your overnight stay is in Calasetta

Distance: 43 km / 27 miles; ascent & descent 230m

 

Day 6

The Island of Sant’Antioco

A nice ride among vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy the quietness of the rolling plains of Sulcis. At Tratallas you can visit the Pisan Sanctuary, one of the most important monuments of the Sardinian Romanesque period. Overnight stay in Sant’Anna Arresi  

Distance: 40 km / 25 miles

 

Day 7

The stunning south coast

This last cycling day will take you along the beautiful Costa del Sud with its white beaches, unspoilt landscapes and imposing cliffs: Cape Malfatano with the 16th century tower and Cape Spartivento. At Nora you will visit the ancient phoenician and roman city. Overnight stay in Pula.

Distance 57 km /35 miles; ascent & descent 550m  

 

Day 8

Departure

After breakfast this tour is finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

The group tour includes:

  • 7 nights in *** star hotels with en suite bath rooms.

  • 7 days breakfast 

  •  7 dinners

  • Support Van on days 2-3

  • tour information 

  • English speaking tour guide

  • Entrance to museums and archaeological sites 

  • Tickets of the ferries to Carloforte and Calasetta

  • luggage transportation 

 

The group tour doesn’t include:

  • The trip to and from Sardinia

  • The transfer airport – hotel - airport

  • Bike rental

  • Lunch and drinks

  • Tips and extra’s of personal character

 

The individual tour includes:

  • 7 nights in *** star hotels with en suite bath rooms.

  • 7 days break fast

  • Welcome meeting (only on Saturday)

  • Transfer from San Salvatore Sinis to Arborea on day 3

  • tour information

  • Transfer at the end of day 3 (optional)

  • Route notes in English, German, Italian and maps

  • Luggage transportation

  • back up service

 

  The individual tour doesn’t include:

  • The trip to and from Sardinia

  • The transfer airport – hotel - airport

  • Bike rental

  • Lunch and drinks  

  • Local tourist taxes (about € 10,00)

  • Tips and extra’s of personal character

 

Period 

Self guided: Every Saturday all the year round. It is possible to start on other days of the    week paying a supplement. Group tour: 03/06 and  09/09

Level 2/3

Moderate to difficult Hilly terrain with average daily distances of 40 –57 km, for bikers with some cycling experience or a moderate degree of fitness. Mostly quiet asphalted and now and then dirt roads. Not suitable for children under 12 years. Total kilometres:279 -288 km / 173-179 miles

Participants

Self guided with min, 1 people. Group tour: guaranteed start

Prices p.p. 2017

group tour

In a double/twin room     € 1.090,00 

Single supplement    € 150,00
self guided
In double room    € 650,00
Single supplement    € 150,00
High season supplement   (25/06-01/09)   € 150,00
single traveller supplement    € 250,00 
half board supplement    € 190,00
supplement starting on other days then Saturday   € 50,00

  

Bike rental € 80,00; ebike rental € 160,00