South Sardinia, especially its west coast, is a top spot for cycling. The area’s mining and fishing traditions have preserved its wild and untouched nature, keeping it free from the large resorts often found along such stunning coastlines.
Cycling in South Sardinia means riding up and down traffic-free backroads, surrounded by green nature. The landscape changes at every turn, from intimate coves to big beaches with sandy dunes that echo the desert.
But there’s more to this bike tour than the natural scenery. It’s a cycling holiday that shows you the diverse cultures of this part of the island: the mining heritage, the Genoese influence in Carloforte, the fishing traditions of Sant’Antioco, and, finally, a celebration with a grand dinner in Cagliari, the island’s capital.
Cycling the South of Sardinia
From Arbus to Cagliari
A Self-Guided Bike Tour is a type of cycling adventure where you have the freedom to plan and navigate at your pace. Our dedicated tour guide and support team will handle hotel bookings, logistics, and baggage transport, ensuring you enjoy a hassle-free and carefree experience.
45 – 75km / day
Set you up for starting the bike tour in Sardinia
Upon your arrival in Sardinia, most likely at Cagliari airport, we will meet you and then take a one-hour transfer to Arbus. Since your accommodation is a good agritourism (farmhouse), you’ll be into the culture, nature, food, and history of Sardinia from the very first moment of your bike holiday.
Once you’ve checked in, we’ll hold a briefing that covers the entire bike tour, providing day-to-day details. You’ll receive our exclusive navigation system, guiding you throughout your bike trip. After a bike fitting, you can take a short ride to warm up. Finally, you can wrap up your day with a dinner featuring the typical cuisine of Sardinia.
Pedaling through the Geo-Park of Sardinia
You are in Costa Verde, one of the most stunning and wild areas of Sardinia. This region has been defined by mining for centuries, and its legacy is preserved today in the Geo Mining Park. During your bike ride, you’ll pass through ghost towns like Ingurtosu and Montevecchio that appear frozen in time. A short gravel section brings you to Piscinas, a beach that seems a desert thanks to its dunes visible from the space!
You’ll then follow the coastline, taking a nice climb surrounded by Mediterranean bushes that will lead you again to the Arbus plateau and back to your hotel.
From the mining history to the fisherman’s culture
Good start today! After traversing the Bidderdi pass, your cycle tour in South Sardinia follows with an awe-inspiring descent to Buggerru, one of the emblematic towns of Sardinia’s mining culture. The first climb of the day takes you toward the hilltop, where you can capture a stunning panoramic view of the town, port, and beach, creating a memorable souvenir photo. You can stop by Cala Domestica beach, once a mining port and now a charming cove. You’ll climb a few more kilometers before diving into a spectacular descent with a breathtaking sea view toward Masua. A rollercoaster ride until Nebida, where you can take a break at the famous walk by the sea, and another thrilling downhill brings you to Funtanamare, a beautiful beach. The last leg of your bike ride brings you to the industrial town of Porto Scuso, Your gateway to the upcoming days by the fisherman’s traditions of South Sardinia, where you must enjoy a fish-based dinner, of course!
Discovering Carloforte and its culture
The two islands in Sardinia’s southern region have distinctly different histories. Sant’Antioco has been an important city since the Roman era and shares its fishing culture with San Pietro and Carloforte, home to a community of Genoese origin. After a 30-minute ferry ride to Carloforte, your bike ride will start taking in the picturesque scenery of saltpans with pink flamingos and roads overlooking the sea. Your bike tour of the island of San Peter will culminate with a delectable tuna-based lunch or the Cascà – a type of couscous with fish. After your return ferry ride to Calasetta, you’ll complete the loop by cycling towards the south of Sant’Antioco.
Pedaling in the peaceful countryside of Carignano grape
Our bike ride in the South of Sardinia starts by departing from Sant’Antioco. After crossing the bridge to Sardinia mainland, we will be greeted by the scenic salt works with our riding mates, pink flamingos. We will stop in the charming village of Tratalias Vecchia, which revolves around the stunning Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria. Our route will lead us through the Sulcis countryside, where we will encounter artichoke fields and Carignano vineyards. The day will come to a close in Teulada, where we will stay in an Agriturismo (holiday farm) and have the opportunity to savor a traditional Sardinian dinner.
Included: Breakfast Dinner
Cycling in a postcard landscape
Today marks the final leg of your bike tour in South Sardinia, and it promises to be a “Gran Finale”. You’ll start your bike ride from Teulada, heading straight towards the coast, where you’ll pedal a scenic coastal road leading you to the tourist resort of Chia. Riding this rollercoaster route, you’ll recognize some of the most renowned beaches in Sardinia, such as the Tuerredda. A photo on the beach and indulging in some ice cream is an absolute must!
Beyond Chia and its famous beaches, you’ll cycle toward Pula, the area’s most significant town, where you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at the ruins of the ancient city of Nora. During the tourist season, Pula is a vibrant town with bars and restaurants, providing you with the perfect ambiance to celebrate the end of your bike tour in South Sardinia.
Discovering the Capital of Sardinia
Your day trip in Cagliari starts by departing from your Pula hotel with a transfer to the heart of downtown Cagliari. From here, begin your ride toward the Molentargius Park, also called Saline Park. The park remains a popular destination among the locals for sports, walking, cycling, and relaxation. Surrounded by flora, fauna, and gravel roads, you will forget that the city is around you.
The park is known for its urbanized flamingos, who exude confidence and elegance as they go about their daily lives, being photographed by tourists and locals.
The ride advances towards Poetto Beach, a lively spot with colorful bars, restaurants, and entertainment throughout the year. Don’t miss the chance to take a break for a gelato or a light lunch by the beach.
Your bike ride at Poetto ends at Marina Piccola, the city’s tourist port and its promenade. It provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the Golfo di Cagliari, with the city’s symbol, La Sella Del Diavolo, in the backdrop.
Finally, you’ll head into Cagliari’s town center, cycling along the bike path from Poetto Beach to the historical center.
As your journey with us draws to a close, we’re confident that Sardinia has left an indelible mark on your heart, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon in one of the Mediterras destinations. Following a delightful breakfast and a chat about your entire tour, we’ll assist you with bikes and luggage and provide a shuttle to Cagliari airport, which is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the city center. Ciao amici, until we meet again!
You can bring your own bike or rent one from us, we offer great bikes from selected Italian and international brands: road bikes, leisure cycling, mountain bikes, e-bikes, all in perfect working conditions. You can book your rental bike at the end of the reservation process.