Sardinia South Leisurely Cycling Holiday

Suitable for families and newcomers to cycling holidays, this slow and lazy cycling tour showcases a beautiful stretch of south Sardinia’s coastline. You’ll spend two nights at most of the stops along the way allowing plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic beaches that litter this coastline.

The route leads you along Sardinia’s celebrated Costa del Sud, a coastline of pretty little coves, rocky headlands and stunning beaches. The white sand, turquiose waters and southerly aspect of this wild and beautiful corner of Sardinia make it a firm favourite with beach lovers.

Porto Pino beach dunes

Your tour starts on the small island of Sant’Antioco, adjacent to the south Sardinian coastline. After a couple of nights here, visiting Calasetta Beach and the neighbouring island of Carloforte, you cross the bridge to Sardinia and set off towards the Costa del Sud. You’ll be riding on quiet lanes, past olive groves and vineyards. You’ll spend a night in Sant’Anna Arresi, just 5 kms from the perfect white dunes of Porto Polo beach.

After a memorable ride along a rugged coastline past the penninsula of Cape Malfatano you spend two nights in the quiet village of Chia, followed by 2 nights in the larger, bustling town of Pula. Both towns are perfectly situated for enjoying the magnificent Cost del Sud coastline with a choice of fabulous beaches only a short cycle ride away. On the day’s where you don’t move on, it’s up to you whether you take a cycle tour of the local countryside and points of interest or head straight to one of the nearby beaches for a day in the sun.

The cycling is leisurely and within the capabilities of most people with a reasonable level of fitness. Most daily sections are only around 25 kms in length with the longest day being day four when you have 36 kms to cover. There are some hills to contend with but nothing too strenuous.

Sardinia South Leisurely Cycling Holiday

Suitable for families and newcomers to cycling holidays, this slow and lazy cycling tour showcases a beautiful stretch of south Sardinia’s coastline. You’ll spend two nights at most of the stops along the way allowing plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic beaches that litter this coastline.

The route leads you along Sardinia’s celebrated Costa del Sud, a coastline of pretty little coves, rocky headlands and stunning beaches. The white sand, turquiose waters and southerly aspect of this wild and beautiful corner of Sardinia make it a firm favourite with beach lovers.

Porto Pino beach dunes

Your tour starts on the small island of Sant’Antioco, adjacent to the south Sardinian coastline. After a couple of nights here, visiting Calasetta Beach and the neighbouring island of Carloforte, you cross the bridge to Sardinia and set off towards the Costa del Sud. You’ll be riding on quiet lanes, past olive groves and vineyards. You’ll spend a night in Sant’Anna Arresi, just 5 kms from the perfect white dunes of Porto Polo beach.

After a memorable ride along a rugged coastline past the penninsula of Cape Malfatano you spend two nights in the quiet village of Chia, followed by 2 nights in the larger, bustling town of Pula. Both towns are perfectly situated for enjoying the magnificent Cost del Sud coastline with a choice of fabulous beaches only a short cycle ride away. On the day’s where you don’t move on, it’s up to you whether you take a cycle tour of the local countryside and points of interest or head straight to one of the nearby beaches for a day in the sun.

The cycling is leisurely and within the capabilities of most people with a reasonable level of fitness. Most daily sections are only around 25 kms in length with the longest day being day four when you have 36 kms to cover. There are some hills to contend with but nothing too strenuous.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Sant’Antioco

On arrival in Sant’Antioco, check-in to your hotel and then go for a wander. The town of Sant’Antioco is located on an island of the same name, separated from Sardinia by a bridge that is all of 60 metres in length. There has been a settlement here since pre-historic times and at the town’s highest point you will find an archaeological site as well as an ancient fort that attest to this fact. The town also boasts a pleasant Lungomare or sea-side promenade which is pleasant for a stroll to admire the yachts and take in the quayside bustle.

Day 2 : Carloforte or Sant’Antioco round trip
15 miles/ 24 kms or 13 miles/ 20 kms

For your first day you have a choice. You can either head to Calasetta and take the ferry to the nearby island of Carloforte to explore the pretty village, perhaps have a fish meal and admire the flamingos in the nearby salt lagoons, or you can explore the island of Sant ‘Antioco by bike. If you’re here for the beaches then our tip is to cycle to the glorious Maladroxia Beach, famous for its turquoise waters. In the afternoon return to Sant’Antioco for your second night in this pleasant town.

Day 3 : Sant’Antioco – Sant’Anna Arresi
16 miles/ 25 kms

Today your leave Sant’Antioco, riding past the flamingos wading in the shallow salt lakes, out into the rolling plains of Sulcis. This peaceful route leads you through a region rich in vineyards and olive groves. If you want to take in a bit of local history then stop off to admire the 13th century Romanesque church of Santa Maria in the abandoned village of Tratalias. The new village of Tratalias is nearby on land less prone prone to subsidence and landslides. You could also choose to head straight for Porto Pino beach, one of Sardinia’s most beautiful beaches. Your day finishes in the quiet town of Sant’Anna Arresi, some 5kms inland from Porto Pino Beach.

Day 4 : Sant’Anna Arresi – Chia
22 miles/ 36 kms

Today is a real treat as you pedal along Sardinia’s beautiful Cost del Sud. Breathtaking sea views and glorious beaches are the order of the day. Plunging cliffs, rocky headlands and tiny coves are interspersed with stunning beaches of sun-bleached white sand and turquoise water. Our advice is to start early to have plenty of time for swim breaks along the route. Alternatively, you could cycle straight to Chia, your next night’s stop, check-in and then head for one of the stunning beaches nearby.

Day 5 : Chia Beach Day

You’ll spend a second night in Chia tonight so the day is yours to make the most of the area’s beautiful beaches. Our recommendations include Cala Cipolla, a gorgeous little cove with a small, intimate beach and Su Giudeu, a huge, long stretch of sand with beautiful clear water and a lagoon that fills at high tide. There are loads of other beaches to choose from all offering the same clear warm water and white sand.

Day 6 : Chia – Pula
14 miles/ 23 kms

Today you have a short but pleasant ride along the coast to the town of Pula. On the way we recommend a quick diversion through the shady trees for a swim break at the gorgeous Santa Margherita Beach. Pula itself is a bustling place with a good choice of restaurants and bars to choose from. The narrow winding streets are pleasant to explore on foot or by bike. You’ll spend the next two nights in this pleasant town.

Day 7 : Pula Beach Day or optional loop ride
13 miles/ 20 kms

If you’ve been enjoying the beaches on this holiday then by all means spend another day relaxing on one of the many Spiage nearby, alternatively you can mount-up for an optional loop-ride into the surrounding countryside where quiet lanes, olive groves and sleepy villages await. Not far away, on a narrow peninsula, you will also find the ruins of Nora, Sardinia’s oldest town that dates from the 8th century BC. There’s a lovely beach nearby too so with this option you could kill two birds with one stone. In the afternoon return to your hotel for another night in charming Pula.

Day 8 : Pula - 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.

Children’s bikes and child seats are also available.

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.

Sant’Antioco: MUMA Hostel

Sant’Anna Arresi: Lu’Hotel

Chia: Hotel Su Giudeu

Pula: Hotel Villa Madau

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 Cagliari Airport and then take a public bus or private transfer to Sant’Antioco. The same options exist for transport back to the airport from Pula at the end of the holiday.

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