The Big Loop

An island like a continent! Doing the Big Loop of Sardinia you'll pedal along the east coastline with white sandy beaches, you'll climb limestone and granites mountains, you'll visit glamour villages of the Costa Smeralda and then back along the west coast, the favorite one from thousands of cyclists. This could be your adventure of a lifetime!

Type
Expedition
Support
Self-guided
Activity
Cycling
level
This is a Self-Guided tour

This means that you will pedal or walk free at your pace following maps and tracks received during our pre tour briefing at your arrival. We will advise you where to have lunch and dinner, about sightseeings along the road and where to find technical assistance.
You can start on any day of the year.

14 days / 13 nights
From: 1600€ per person
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Day to Day

1Arrival in Cagliari
2from Cagliari to Muravera95 KmB
3from Muravera to Orroli80 KmB
4from Orroli to Lanusei90 KmB
5from Lanusei to Oliena100 KmB
6from Oliena to Siniscola100 KmB
7from Siniscola to Cannigione110 KmB
8from Cannigione to Castelsardo100 KmB
9from Castelsardo to Alghero100 KmB
10from Alghero to Cabras110 KmB
11from Cabras to Buggerru110 KmB
12from Buggerru to Sant'Antioco55 KmB
13from Sant'Antioco to Pula85 KmB
14Departure day from Pulo or CagliariB

Legenda: B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner;

Highlights

Pedaling with sea view
The majestic Nuraghe Arrubiu
Limestone cliffs and Mountains of Sardinia
Iconic SS 125 road
The marvelous Alghero-Bosa and Sinis Peninsula
The wild Costa Verde and the history of Mines
African scents of Sulcis and magical southern coastline

Included

13 Nights in charming and luxury hotels
13 Breakfast
Luggage transportation Inn to Inn
Tour Briefing on day 1
Telephone assistance during tour
Peace of mind travelling with us

Full Program


DAY 1

Activity

Transfer in and tour briefing

Accommodation

Hotel Italia

Cagliari

Benvenuti in Sardegna!

Welcome in Cagliari! A secret Mediterranean Gem.
We’ll meet you at your hotel, where you can leave your car for the two weeks. After the check in and a mandatory toast to celebrate our meeting, we’ll introduce the whole tour and help you out assembling your bikes. An easy warm up tour along the Poetto long sandy beach it’s the best way the set yourself with the Mediterranean mood. Cagliari, capital of Sardinia and called “Casteddu” (the Castle) in Sardinian language, because of its fortified district overlooking the sea. Cagliari it’s a lively city, an undiscovered Mediterranean jewel that deserves to be explored, because of its long history that keeps track of what’s happened in the Mediterranean: Nuragic Sardinians, Phoenicians, Punics, Romans, Byzantines, Vandals, Genoans, Pisans, Spanish, and eventually Italians 😉 Dining in its old “Marina” district, a melting pot place, it’s an experience that will let you know an unique cooking style. Cagliari cuisine is quintessential Mediterranean, with lots of fresh fish, seafood, sea urchins, handmade pastas, local olive oil, all accompanied by local grapes, like the elegant, red Monica and the full bodied white Nuragus. That’s a perfect entrée for your culinary journey of Sardinia. You can’t miss a visit to the local “food temple”: the Mercato di San Benedetto. It’s a bustling covered market, and you’ll be amazed by the enormous food variety and its lively vendors. But Cagliari has also a fantastic seven kilometres long sandy beach, surrounded by lagoons with elegant pink flamingos and dominated by its most famous landmark, the Devil’ Saddle, a limestone hill with gorgeous views and a fascinating history.

DAY 2

Activity

Distance 95 km
Climb 1100 mt

Accommodation

Hotel Domu Incantada

Muravera

Cagliari to Muravera

Another great coastline with amazing views.
The morning it’s a fun ride with continuous up and down in an impressive succession of cliffs and white sandy beaches, granite hills and ancient Spanish towers. It will be very difficult to avoid the temptation to take a dip in one of the many beaches with crystal clear water… Villasimius and its the Marine Protected Area of Capo of Carbonara (www.ampcapocarbonara.it) give way to the charm of the coast and to the dream beaches which line the most generous citrus groves of Sardinia.

DAY 3

Activity

Distance 80 km
Climb 1700 mt

Accommodation

Hotel Omu Axiu

Orroli

Muravera to Orroli

The majestic Nuraghe Arrubiu.
We leave Muravera through citrus orchards and olive groves, then we start climbing to the heart of the mountains of Gerrei, going up the river Flumendosa from the mouth to the lake. The plateau anticipates the arrival to Orroli, village symbol of longevity in Sardinia. Its countryside host the impressive megalithic complex of Nuraghe Arrubiu, definitely one of nicest among the about 7000 nuraghe spread around the Island.

DAY 4

Activity

Distance 90 km
Climb 2000 mt

Accommodation

Hotel Marie Claire

Lanusei

Orroli to Lanusei

Limestone cliffs and Mountains of Sardinia.
That’s the King of the Mountain day! We leave going down to the Flumendosa valley, which we follow the course up to the gates of Ogliastra. Here you will be surprised by the wild beauty of nature, where the action of erosion of the river and its tributaries have carved valleys, creating bizarre shapes of the rocks, such as the characteristic "Tacchi", which are of limestone plateaus with high white cliffs, which make unique landscapes of this beautiful corner of Sardinia.

DAY 5

Activity

Distance 100 km
Climb 1500 mt

Accommodation

Agriturismo Guthiddai

Oliena

Lanusei to Oliena

Iconic SS 125 road with views over Gorroppu canyon.
We went down from the mountain forests of Ogliastra to the sea of Tortolì, right at the beginning of the climbing to Genna Silana, for sure of the one of the best rides of your life: the stunning SS125! This is definitely one of the highlights in Sardinia, 40km of emotions immersed in pristine nature. The climb starts just after the seaside village of Santa Maria Navarrese and never stops for 15km, a little downhill and then up again until the 1000mt a.s.l. of Genna Silana pass. From here a long breathtaking descent lead us to Dorgali, perfect spot for lunch. Our last 20 km are along the Cervino river up to its renowned source, Su Gologone, at the foothills of the stunning Supramonte mountain.

DAY 6

Activity

Distance 100 km
Climb 1900 mt

Accommodation

Hotel l’Aragosta

Siniscola

From Oliena to Siniscola


DAY 7

Activity

Distance 110 km
Climb 1300 mt

Accommodation

Hotel del Porto

Cannigione

Siniscola to Cannigione

The day starts along the coast, where you must stop to get the whole beauty of Tavolara island, a towering limestone island rising from the sea in front of Capo Coda Cavallo and San Teodoro. Then you enter the Gallura with its oddly shaped granite profiles, vineyards, red cork oaks, and a beautiful countryside. Your ride ends along the emerald water and stunning beaches of the glamour Costa Smeralda.

DAY 8

Activity

Distance 100 km
Climb 1700 mt

Accommodation

Hotel Riviera

Castelsardo

Cannigione to Castelsardo

Valle della Luna and granite villages.
Heading to Limbara Mountain range and its pretty villages the ride explores the countryside decorated with neat vineyards. Just after Aggius, another picturesque village of Gallura, we go down into the Valle della Luna (moon valley) a real evocative spot of Sardinia, a large flat area with sparse vegetation, which seem to emerge from massive granite boulders blocks. The valley connects the Gallura with the pastures of Anglona. A long gradual descent through the silent countryside, leading down to the village of Santa Maria Coghinas, then reach the sea in Valledoria on the mouth of the river Coghinas. From here is a short climb before reaching Castelsardo: a beautiful postcard overlooking the ancient fortress of Doria on the cliff.

DAY 9

Activity

Distance 100 km
Climb 1600 mt

Accommodation

Hotel Calabona

Alghero

Castelsardo to Alghero

Limestone and Mistral shaped trees.
From Castelsardo you climb up the valley of the river Coghinas through the pastures outlined by the characteristic dry stone walls, until Nulvi, historical capital of the area. Then continue on a beautiful route that overlooks the Gulf of Asinara northside and the hills of Logudoro on the other side, ranging between 450 and 600 meters above sea level, before taking with a thrilling ride through the lovely countryside that separates the village of Osilo from the city of Sassari. The day continues through the pure white plateaus of limestone enclosing valleys of olive groves in the countryside of Sassari, until the sun-baked stones on the ancient ramparts of the Catalan Alghero.

DAY 10

Activity

Distance 110 km
Climb 1500 mt

Accommodation

Hotel Aquae Sinis

Cabras

Alghero to Cabras

The marvelous Alghero-Bosa and Sinis Peninsula.
You leave Alghero on a quiet road along a gradual climb of about 20 km, up to the town of Villanova Monteleone. From here, the road takes you to the coast with breathtaking views on the valley and the sea. Once along the coast, you lose some elevation and then we’ll reach the 370 meters above sea level of Capo Marrargiu. From here ride a fantastic downhill leading you to Bosa and its beautiful historical center dominated by the Malaspina Castle. From the sea of Bosa Marina continue among orchards, olive groves and the nice vineyards producing the fine Malvasia di Bosa wine, a symbol of the whole area. in few kilometers you’ll start climbing the Montiferru slopes, where the local shepherds produce a fine cheese, and keeps the craftsmanship alive. Then the final long descent brings you slowly down to the Sinis lagoons.

DAY 11

Activity

Distance 110 km
Climb 1700 mt

Accommodation

Hotel La Rosa dei Venti

Buggerru

Cabras to Buggerru

The wild Costa Verde and the history of Mines.
Today starts on a very flat route, which leads you through the wetlands that surround the Gulf of Oristano. This area is incredibly rich in lagoon wildlife and fertile lands. You’ll continue this long day from the fertile lands of Arborea, passing through the scenic fishing village of Marceddì , across the wonderful beaches of the Costa Verde, and then climbing the slopes of the Monte Arcuentu to get the old mining settlement of Montevecchio. From this ancient settlements in the heart of the mountains you’ll take an exciting downhill till the stunning beach of Portixeddu and the white imposing cliffs of Buggerru.

DAY 12

Activity

Distance 55 km
Climb 800 mt

Accommodation

Muma Hostel

Sant'Antioco

Buggerru to Sant’Antioco

Best views of west coast to the genoese heritage of Sardinia.
The stage starts climbing from the sheltered cove of Buggerru to the top of the hill in Acquaresi where you take a long downhill into the blue sea of Nebida, admiring the magnificent Pan di Zucchero (sugar loaf), a white limestone rock that arises from the sea. Then you’ll ride along Funtanamare beach and along the coast until to Portoscuso. Here you get the first ferry of the day to Carloforte, a Mediterranean gem where Ligurian, African and Sardinian culture are blend harmoniously. The second ferry of your day brings you to Calasetta on Sant’Antioco island.

DAY 13

Activity

Distance 85 km
Climb 800 mt

Accommodation

Hotel Villa Madau

Pula

Sant’Antioco to Pula

African scents of Sulcis and magical southern coastline.
The last leg of the tour will reserve you one of the most beautiful spots of the island: the amazing Costa del Sud. It’s a continuous up and down along dream beaches and breathtaking views of the coast that will not easily forget. You’ll start in the morning from Calasetta and leave the Sant’Antioco Island through the salt works. After a stop in the picturesque village of Tratalias vecchia, built around the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria, you’ll warm up to face the last part of the tour with some slight slope, then… ok, there are no words to describe the beauty of the Costa del Sud, just enjoy this last unforgettable ride in the middle of the Mediterranean sea.

DAY 14

Activity

Transfer out

Arrivederci!

It’s time to say goodbye, but we are sure we’ll meet again 🙂 We’ll shuttle you to the Airport according to your scheduled flight.

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