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Cycle Touring Italy's Islands - Sardinia
Cycle Sardinia's wild southwestern coast and relax on stunning beaches over 8 fantastic days of cycling. Often referred to as the 'land of silence', Sardinia is a place of outstanding natural beauty, with its crystal-clear sea, limestone ridges and deep gorges. During the week we ride across the wild and pristine southwestern part of the region, passing abandoned mines, ancient ruins and gleaming white beaches.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance201.9 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance33.6 miles
The route starts with a circular ride through the fascinating Sinis wetlands, home to colonies of pink flamingos, then moves on to the spectacular Costa Verde (Green Coast) named for its abundance and variety of Mediterranean vegetation. After cycling past the ancient mines of Ingurtosu and Planusartu, you will reach the beautiful beach of Portixeddu where the impressive Pan di Zucchero white cliff towers out of the emerald waters.
You will then board a local ferry to the fishing village of Carloforte and explore the delightful isle of Sant'Antioco before crossing to the mainland, where you will conclude a week of wonderful cycling pedalling across the rolling hills of the stunning Costa del Sud, with its white beaches, coastal pools and imposing high cliffs. Having built a good appetite, you will have plenty of opportunities to sample Sardinia's unique, mouth-watering cuisine: the perfect mix for a great week of cycling!
This trip is classified as Road. Activity Level: 3 (Moderate). The cycling consists of three relatively easy stages, cycling mainly on the flat (day 2, 5 and 6), one longer stage with undulating terrain (day 7) and two more challenging days (3 and 4) with relatively long steady climbs. The route follows a mixture of quiet minor roads, cycle paths and non-technical tracks. The support vehicle will be on hand if you prefer to opt out of a section. This trip is ideal for cyclists who exercise regularly and have a good level of fitness. Note that the support vehicle doesn't accompany the group on the isle of San Pietro (Day 5). The terrain is 90% tarmac, 10% easy gravel roads and sandy paths.