When to spend a cycling holiday in Sardinia?

When to spend a cycling holiday in Sardinia?

We’ve been asked this question many times, this is our opinion about each season, hope it helps!

(by the way this picture was taken in February :))

Weather in Sardinia

Winter – If cold stay by the coast

Yes, winter is cold also in Sardinia, but mostly inland.
We’ve been guiding several tours during new years eve, and we’ve been cycling with shorts and sleeves jacket. Along the coast it can be bit chilly during 15 days spread between January and February. When mistral blows, it’s colder, but the light gives a crystal clear visibility.
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Spring – Just don’t miss it!

It’s definitely the best season: long days, a blast of colours and perfumes, marvellous light. Of course from mid march to April it can be a bit rainy, but it’s part of the game. Just do like the wise people of Bosa, they say “When it’s raining, let it rain”. Meaning: what else could you do???
From mid of May you can check water temperature for the first (and fresh) swim.
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Summer – Take a siesta

The season’s peak starts in July ending in August. Close to the most popular touristy locations there’s a traffic problem, but if you move just few km inland you’ll be rewarded with great silences.
Then you have to face the heat. It starts to get very warm from 11 am, so drink plenty (water;) and don’t forget to use sun cream. When temperature gets around 40° (104 F), better to avoid the road between midday and 4 pm, and find a shady spot and take a siesta. You should try at least once an early wake up to enjoy a summer sunrise, it worth a couple of sleeping hours.
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Fall – Endless beaches, just for you

Fall is the second best season after spring.
There’s light till early evening, no traffic and ocean water is warm and pleasant till mid of November. Well, landscapes doesn’t shows all patches of colours like Spring, but the scenery still looks warm and, above all, it starts the grape harvest period. How could it be better than that?
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In this chart you can check average temperature and rain during the year

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From Vine to Wine: Emidio Oggianu a Sardinian winemaker

From Vine to Wine: Emidio Oggianu a Sardinian winemaker

Sardinia is not, among the Italian regions, the largest producer of wine, but here the culture of the vine and wine is an invaluable asset, intimately tied to our culture and our traditions. 

Emidio

The production of Malvasia di Bosa is emblematic,  one of the smallest but most awarded DOC in Italy, that has always contributed to the development of the wine sector of the island, and still continues to do so.

To tell about this fascinating culture, we introduce you a small-scale production of high quality wine, carried out with great love and sacrifice, just for the joy of preserving their own heritage. We visit the vineyard and the cellar of Emidio Oggianu, a passionate and lively man of eighty, who has dedicated his life to cultivate and pass on the ancient art of the production of this noble wine.

To understand the excellence achieved by the Malvasia, you have to know people like Mr. Emidio and the significance of the wine to the social context of this corner of Sardinia: a precious symbol of hospitality, traditional festivals and special occasions, where to donate relatives and friends a distillation of his affection for this land.

“Surely if we let more bunches of grapes in the plant and we passed less time in the vineyard and in the cellar would be much easier but certainly we will be less satisfied”

Emidio Oggianu

The vineyard is close to our Bosa-Santulussurgiu stage, but you can get there also with the loop tours starting from our bike hotels in the area:

 – Hotel Villa Asfodeli

 – Sporting Hotel Stella Maris

Characteristics of Emidio Oggianu Malvasia di Bosa DOC

Color: yellow gold

Aroma: bouquet long and dense, scents of privet and peach

Flavor: rich, smooth and full of personality. Even when consumed after years of bottling, it is never dry

Serving temperature: 18 ° C

Great sipping wine and dessert. It goes well with confectionery of almond, with foie gras and blue cheeses with long ripening or pecorino cheese at medium / long aging.

Media exam results of laboratory chemical / physical referring to the last eight years

 – Alcohol 17.13%
– Total acidity 5.03
– Dry extract 35.28
– Extract reduced 25.00

Meet the guides: Cristina Manca di Villahermosa

Meet the guides: Cristina Manca di Villahermosa

We keep on telling about real people that “make” the cycling tourism scene of Sardinia. Guides, hotel and restaurant owners, farmers, and leading figures of our island…people you are going to know on our tours. Today we meet Cristina, the classiest guide of the Island:)

Cristina

Mother of two, Francesco and Chiara, and of a third too, a lovely Dalmatian dog called Virgola (tr. comma).
I’m a flight assistant since 1991.
I live in Cagliari by the sea, on a top of a hill overlooking the whole “Golfo degli Angeli” bay.
I’m definitely related also to the more rural Sardinia, my family comes from Laconi, a village right at the heart of the Island, where my father manages the “Genna e Corte”, a marvelous agriturismo. All the area is surrounded by archaeological sites, like the Nuraghe itself located by our agriturismo named after it, and the mysterious “Menhirs” (big stones like the ones in Stonehenge), rising from the countryside.
One of my brothers is Jaime, and he’s the architect that completely restored the Genna e Corte, creating an oasis of charme in the heart of countryside and far from everything.

First steps as a guide

Some years ago I had a kind of sabbatical from my job as a flight assistant, so I started working in a cycling tourism company taking care of the logistics of the tours. Because I loved cycling, I had the desire to be “on the field”, so I started working as a co-guide too. After few tours I was given few tours as a tour leader, and from that moment my life has changed!

What bike represents to you?

Oxygen, light, recharge, energy, joy…bike gives me a perfect balance.
Sometimes the job on the planes can be stressful, so I found on the bike my Mantra, my connexion with universe. I love fast bikes, all my bikes are Cannondale, the mountain bike is the Flash, the road bike is the Six Evo. From time to time i like also racing, but mostly for being with friends and enjoy the final lunch!

A guest you would like to have here

Got it! He’s Hugo, an Australian with German mom and English dad, he’s in love with Europe, that he visits at least twice a year. I knew him on a road bike tour on the Dolomites, he likes also Tuscany and Costiera Amalfitana, but I’m sure he would love our island as much as those beautiful destinations.
Hugo, this is an official invitation to Sardinia!

A place you love, in Sardinia of course

For sure Laconi and our Agriturismo:)
But this is way too easy…but there’s a special place on my heart for the South-West Coast, starting from the wild Costa Verde, then the mining areas of Nebida and Buggerru, the islands of San Pietro and Sant’Antioco, till the astonishing southern coastal road, a never ending selection of little coves and long sandy beaches, with a perfect end in Pula, celebrating with an aperitivo in Piazza del Popolo!

Sardinia, in three things

Well…the fragrance of home made bread while crossing the small villages of the interior, a glass of fresh Vermentino during a warm evening in the summer, and the light of Cagliari during a day with mistral wind.
See you in my Island!