Plunge into the wild yet romantic beauty of south-western Sardinia and cycle beside empty beaches and sandunes in total freedom and at your own pace. The terrain is rugged in parts, with high cliffs ascending from the coast, interspersed with long sandy beaches, grass covered dunes and breathtaking views. The ride commences through the fascinating Sinis wetlands, home to colonies of pink flamingos, white quartz beaches and the Phoenician ruins of Tharros. At Costa Verde you'll encounter some of the wildest scenery on the island before pedalling on to some of the highest sand dunes in Europe, many up to 50m high. Your self guided cycling journey will also take you to the fascinating abandoned mines of Ingurtosu and Planusartu, the golden beaches of Portixeddu and the impressive Pan di Zucchero cliffs before descending to Fontanamare. The trip concludes with sensational cycling along the beautiful Costa del Sud, with its gleaming white beaches, and a visit to an ancient Phoenician settlement.
DAY 1 Arrive Cabras/San Salvatore Sinis DAY 2 Circular ride visiting the Phoenician ruins of Tharros (52km / 32.5mi) DAY 3 Transfer to Arborea, cycle to Arbus (46-54km / 28.5-33.5mi) DAY 4 Cross the Arbus Highland to Nebida (41km / 25.5mi) DAY 5 Cycle to Portoscuso, ferry to Carloforte on Isola di San Pietro and continue to San Antioco (43km / 26.5mi) DAY 6 Cross back to the mainland and cycle to Anna Arresi (40km / 25mi) DAY 7 Peddle to Pula (57km / 35.5mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes
Weekly on Saturday year round
High season is from 25 Jun to 1 Sep and a supplement applies. Departures are possible on days other than Saturday - supplement applies and welcome meeting is not included.
*7 breakfasts *7 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €10-15) *rental bike (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) with 2 panniers, handlebar bag, repair kit, bike computer and waterbottle *helmet, on request *luggage transfer *welcome meeting and information pack including route notes and maps per room booked *internal transfer on day 2 (ferry tickets, entry to sights are not included) *emergency hotline