North West Sardinia
A thrilling bike tour through the natural beauty spots and history of north-western Sardinia, cycling from the sea to the lakes, from archaeological sites to castles, from woods to beaches.
- The old town centres of Alghero, Bosa and Santu Lussurgiu
- The impressive sacred well of Santa Cristina
- The griffon vulture
- Slow food district of Montiferru
- The Sinis wetlands and the Tharros archaeological site
In the cost summary you pay 25% of the tour now and the balance later. 100% bike rental now.
1st day: tour start day
Private transfer or independent arrival to Alghero , overnight.
2nd day: Capo Caccia loop (57 km)
Stroll along the narrow streets of Alghero, the splendid Aragonese (Spanish) city on the Coral Riviera, where locals still speak the ancient Catalan dialect. Ride to Capo Caccia, an imposing 168 m high rocky outcrop and explore the Nettuno caves, accessible from the escala del cabirol, a demanding 656 step long staircase carved in the cliff. Don’t miss on the way the prehistoric bastion of Nuraghe Palmavera and the beautiful beaches of Le Bombarde and Lazzaretto. The route back to Alghero takes you through countryside covered with vineyards and olive groves, producing world renowned oil and wines.
3rd day: Alghero – Bosa (50 km)
Cycle along a scenic coastal road across the cliffs overlooking the sea and admire the view of the gulf of Alghero and Capo Caccia. Emotions continue as you catch a glimpse of the pink, red and grey cliffs of Cape Marargiu. Your day ends in Bosa, a medieval town famous for its fine embroidery and gold filigree works.
4th day: Bosa loop (21/62 km)
The short leg meanders through the vineyards along the Malvasia wine route, with tasting of these famous DOC wines at the various caves. The long leg is a ring route round the area where the griffons nest, going up towards Montresta and passing by the nuraghe Appiu, as far as the spectacular rocky outcrops and inlets of Capo Marrargiu, where if you are lucky you’ll breed of Mediterranean vulture.
5th day: Bosa – Santu Lussurgiu (55 km)
Today’s route is flanked by vineyards and olive groves as far as Flussio and Tinnura, two small towns famous for their reed and wicker baskets and for their murales (wall paintings). Then on through the pasturelands of Sagama, with Mediterranean brush landscape stretching as far as the eye can see, until you reach the springs of San Leonardo, the area richest in water of the whole of Sardinia. At Santu Lussurgiu a well-deserved rest at a charming diffuse hotel, consisting of several tastefully restored old houses.
6th day: Santa Cristina loop (42 km)
Visit the rural museum in Santulussurgiu and cycle to the archaeological site of Santa Cristina to admire the impressive sacred well dating back 1800BC.
7th day: Santu Lussurgiu – Cabras (57 km)
Today, cycling, you will discover the splendid natural scenery of the Montiferru, a ‘slow-food’ area famous for its much appreciated Sardinian-Modican cows and its typical casizzolu, a stretched curd cheese. The land slopes down to the sea, bringing us to the Marine Protected Area of the Sinis, home to pink flamingo and herons. Here we take a dirt track flanking a series of white quartz beaches. Then on through a charming fishermen’s hamlet, where you will find one of the most important Early Christian churches in Sardinia, and continue to Tharros, a fascinating archaeological site on the sea shore, with a wealth of Phoenician and Roman remains. The bike tour ends in Cabras.
8th day: end of tour
After breakfast, end of services.