Sardinia North Cycling Holiday

A magical cycling holiday exploring the many different faces of Northern Sardinia. Be seduced by the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of the Costa Smeralda before venturing inland on quiet country lanes, past historic towns and charming villages to the wild and rugged west coast.

The Costa Smeralda has always attracted the rich and famous. It offers mile after mile of wonderful beaches, great activities and seaside resorts with a wonderful choice of restaurants and bars where you can sample fine Italian food and wine.

The serene Maddalena archipelago

The cycle route leads you past wonderful bays, inlets and out to the serene Maddalena archipelago just off-shore. You’ll venture inland where the granite rocks and wide green valleys provide a different but no-less spectacular view.

Marvel at the medieval town of Castelsardo perched on a cliff overlooking the sea and end your tour in the bustling and exciting west coast town of Alghero.

This tour is best suited to regular cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. The terrain is undulating and you will have some climbing to contend with each day.

Sardinia North Cycling Holiday

A magical cycling holiday exploring the many different faces of Northern Sardinia. Be seduced by the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of the Costa Smeralda before venturing inland on quiet country lanes, past historic towns and charming villages to the wild and rugged west coast.

The Costa Smeralda has always attracted the rich and famous. It offers mile after mile of wonderful beaches, great activities and seaside resorts with a wonderful choice of restaurants and bars where you can sample fine Italian food and wine.

The serene Maddalena archipelago

The cycle route leads you past wonderful bays, inlets and out to the serene Maddalena archipelago just off-shore. You’ll venture inland where the granite rocks and wide green valleys provide a different but no-less spectacular view.

Marvel at the medieval town of Castelsardo perched on a cliff overlooking the sea and end your tour in the bustling and exciting west coast town of Alghero.

This tour is best suited to regular cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. The terrain is undulating and you will have some climbing to contend with each day.

Itinerary

This tour is best suited to regular cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. The terrain is undulating and you will have some climbing to contend with each day.

Day 1 : Arrive Cannigione

Arrive in Cannigione your base for the next three nights. This is a long established seaside town with easy access to the wonderful beaches of the Costa Smeralda. The town has a nice relaxed vibe with pretty pastel coloured buildings and a good choice of restaurants and bars for you to enjoy typical Italian food and wine in the evenings.

Day 2 : Costa Smeralda roundtrip
34 miles/54 kms

Today you will explore Costa Smeralda and start with a ride up into the hills of San Pantaleo. Cycle through Porto Cervo with its many designer shops, choice of restaurants and bars and of course the marina, lined with luxury yachts! Then cycle along to the more casual and lively seaside resort of Baia Sardinia, a well known lively seaside resort, with many facilities and amenities. Finally back to Cannigione for the evening.

Day 3 : La Maddalena Archipelago
38 miles/60 kms

Cycle to Palau this morning where you take the ferry across to the Island of Maddalena with its crystal clear waters and wonderful beaches. Cross over the 600m causeway to Caprera. The island is best known as the home of Garibaldi who was one of the fathers of independence. You can visit his home, now a museum, and see a monument built in his honour. Afterwards make your way back to Cannigione for the evening.

Day 4 : Cannigione – Tempio Pausania
32 miles/51 kms

Today the route leads you inland away from the coast to the town of Arzachena and then on up to beautiful Lake Liscia surrounded by gently rolling green hills. From here it’s an exhilarating freewheel down to the charming village of Calangianus and then, after few more kilometers on quiet country lanes, you reach the lovely old town of Tempio Pausania where you stop for the night.

Day 5 : Tempio Pausania – Castelsardo
30 miles/49 kms

Today’s route leads you back towards the sea passing the ‘Valle della Luna’ or Moon valley surrounded by high granite rocks and caves which form rather odd but impressive shapes. Your destination is the medieval town of Castelsardo built on a cliff overlooking the sea and a place of natural beauty. Perhaps visit the castle of the Doria, perched on a promontory as it offers wonderful views. Relax this evening in town.

Day 6 : Castelsardo – Sassari
34 miles/55 kms

A mix of wonderful scenery today. Enjoy the clear blue waters of the coast as you cycle through coastal villages before turning inlands where the scenery becomes more dramatic with green rolling hills and pastures. Arrive into Sassari, Sardinia’s second largest city and one of the oldest. Time permitting we suggest a visit to the rather isolated Holy Trinity Basilica of Saccargia, a rustic old church dating back to 1116 and a piece of monastic history.

Day 7 : Sassari – Alghero
24 miles/39 kms

Cycle through back roads to reach the ancient city of Alghero. Founded by the Spanish, today it still retains some of its Catalan character and language. The architecture also reflects Catalan and Gothic influences but the medieval centre with its cobbled stoned streets and busy squares is decidedly Italian. There is a great choice of restaurants and bars to spend your last balmy evening.

Day 8 : Alghero - end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available. E-bike rentals must be protected by a valid credit card.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent (payable locally, €15). This must be advised at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Cannigione: Hotel Del Porto

Tempio Pausania/Nuchis: Pausania Inn

Castelsardo: Hotel Riviera

Sassari: Hotel Vittoria Emanuele

Alghero: Hotel Villa Piras

Local taxes

Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting there

Fly to Olbia or Alghero

Research flights from the UK here

Transfer to your hotel can be arranged as detailed on our Dates and Prices page.

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