A bike tour on the west coast of Sardinia is one of the best ways to explore the island and its thousand facets. Our local guides will take you from Alghero, with its Catalan heritage, down to the South Coast. Your cycling holiday in Sardinia lets you ride sea view ridings towards Bosa and Pula, surrounded by cork forests and Mediterranean shrubs in Costa Verde, and abandoned mining villages. Non-just riding bike: this cycling tour in Sardinia is designed to introduce you to the culture, food tradition, wine variety, and history of this island.
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The West Coast of Sardinia
From Alghero to Pula
Stages up to 50 km per day with a maximum of 600 meters of climbing. They are conceived for guests who ride their bikes twice per week on roads without major climbs. Usually, you are back at the hotel in the early afternoon.
55 – 100 km / day
Alghero, with a typical old center made out of narrow streets protected by its massive bastions overlooking the sea, is a charming place to start your week. We’ll welcome you at the airport, and we’ll have a 10-minute shuttle to our Hotel in town.
According to your arrival time, we’ll have a detailed bike fitting and a short warm-up ride exploring a nice rural countryside with olive oil groves, orchards, and vineyards.
Then, we’ll make time for a proper Mediterranean aperitif with the local refreshing Torbato wine, followed by a sumptuous dinner at one of our favorite restaurants on the ramparts facing the marina.
Today’s ride will take you along the stunning scenic coastal road from Alghero to Bosa, 45 km of pristine beauty over the cliffs overlooking the sea, admiring the views of Alghero Bay and Capo Caccia. This is going to be one of the best rides of your life, surrounded by wild nature over a rugged coastline, mountain pastures, and oak forests, all the way until the colorful Bosa, a medieval town dominated by its XII-century Malaspina castle. Left Bosa, the road starts climbing through the Modolo valley, a vivid patchwork of vegetable gardens, olive groves, and vineyards of Malvasia, producing the precious wine symbol of the area. When at the top, don’t miss to turn and admire the beach of Porto Alabe with its brown volcanic sand, then ride across the villages of Magomadas ending in Tresnuraghes.
Included: Breakfast Dinner
Today’s route crosses a very important olive oil production area, where the village of Cuglieri is the main center, with its majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria della Neve overlooking the valley. Here we’d have an olive oil tasting snack, learning about the history of olive oil making started thanks to Jesuits back in the XVI Century. Soon after, we’ll start a long downhill, rewarding us with absolutely beautiful views, reaching over the promontory of Capo San Marco and the Maldiventre island.
After a few more villages, we’ll enter the fascinating Sinis Peninsula, with its wetlands and pink flamingos. The trip ends in Cabras, a town with a strong and ancient fishing tradition dating back to the Phoenicians, probably the ones that started the preparation of Bottarga, a delicacy of salted and cured fish roe extracted from the local flathead grey mullet. The village museum hosts the “Giants of Monti Prama”, IX Century B.C. statues celebrating Nuragic warriors.
Another spectacular ride, passing on the Marceddì lagoon, a place that seems frozen in time. Then, the majestic Costa Verde (the Green Coast) is quite a movie location thanks to the old mining villages and sandy dunes. This is considered one of the wildest areas on the island. The Mediterranean bush covers like a thick carpet the hills, arriving at the desert sands of majestic dunes. The ocean itself looks wilder here, always moving thanks to the mistral wind. We’ll stop in Portixeddu, just a few km before our last effort to get Buggerru, an ancient mining village nestled in a cove on the coast. Here we’ll have our dinner in a very local trattoria.
Big climb today as a day start… But then, two beautiful downhills with sea views to the beach of Funtanamare are waiting for you. We’ll then reach the village of Portoscuso for an Ice Cream and then 25 km of a flat road to reach the island of Sant’Antioco, connected to Sardinia mainland by a bridge since the Roman Empire epoch. The downtown of this pretty fisherman village, rich in traditions, will be the place of our dinner.
On today’s loop, we’ll discover the two islands in the south of Sardinia. They are so close but so different in history and landscapes. We’ll head to Calasetta port, taking a 30-minute ferry ride to the Island of San Pietro, landing in Carloforte, a Mediterranean gem where Ligurian, African, and Sardinian cultures blend harmoniously. We’ll spend the day exploring the salt works, lovely small beaches, and spectacular cliffs until the solitary lighthouse of Capo Sandalo. After the ride, we’ll have time to immerse ourselves in this charming and colorful town, famous for the Red Tuna fishing tradition, still in use with the ancient technique of “Tonnare”.
In the afternoon, we’ll take the ferry back to Calasetta. For the most avid riders, we can do a scenic 40 km ride along the whole coastline of the Sant’Antioco, dotted with secret coves, Spanish towers, and orchards.
We’ve told you this tour has plenty of beauty. So what’s more marvelous than the southern Sardinia coast? After a few km, we’ll be enchanted by the neat Romanesque-Pisan architecture of the Cathedral of Tratalias. Then, the surprise rises along the succession of secret coves and ancient Spanish watching towers, overlooking a sea with all shades of blue and green. The up and down ends in Chia, one of the most gorgeous beaches of the whole island, then we have just 15 km of peaceful countryside until the legendary Nora, the Phoenician town conquered by the Romans, one of the most important settlements of ancient Mediterranean.
Pula is a lively town and the perfect place to celebrate before the transfer to Cagliari for the final dinner downtown.
It’s time to say goodbye, but we know our Island touched your heart, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon in one of the Mediterras destinations.
After breakfast, we’ll help you with bikes and luggage and a shuttle to Cagliari airport, at just 30 minutes from Pula.
Ciao Amici, ci vedremo ancora!
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.