The West Coast of Sardinia | Self-Guided Bike Tour

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8 days - 7 nights
Availability : All Year
Departure : Alghero
Arrival : Cagliari

Description of The West Coast of Sardinia | Self-Guided Bike Tour

A bike tour through the Sardinia west coast is the best choice for a bike holiday in Sardinia.
Sardinia is an island with various landscapes and cultures blended over centuries. The autochthon culture merged with the Spanish, Roman, Genoan, and Catalan, making this bike trip a true Mediterranean journey.

Start cycling in Alghero and its Catalan heritage. You might wonder if you’re still in Sardinia or have arrived in Barcelona. Enjoy your stunning coastal ride until Bosa, a well-preserved medieval village, before reaching Cabras, renowned for its traditional mullet fishing and bottarga.

Pedal through the green and wild Costa Verde, discover its mining legacy and dramatically change your scenery riding in San Pietro and Sant’Antioco, the two islands in South Sardinia with the Tuna fishing tradition of Carloforte.

Your last ride on the south coast gives you beautiful memories of this bike tour with the famous beaches of Chia and the lively village of Pula.

What to Expect Cycling the west coast of Sardinia

  • Alghero and its Catalan heritage
  • Cabras with its lagoons and pink Flamingos
  • Wilderness of Costa Verde
  • Alghero-Bosa coastal road
  • Sant'Antioco and Carloforte fishing traditions
  • Cycling by the sea on the south coast

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Bike Tour Details

Tour Name

The West Coast of Sardinia | Self-Guided Bike Tour

Tour Departure / Arrival

From Alghero to Pula

Level of Support

Self-Guided Bike Tour

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.

Cycling style

Active

Stages up to 90 km per day with a maximum of 1300 meters of climbing. Those tours appeal to riders used to train a bit, with some “tasty” climb. Usually you are back at the hotel in the early afternoon.

Daily mileage

55 – 100km / day

Suggested Airports

In: Alghero (Google Map)

Out: Cagliari (Google Map)

Bike Tour Map

Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Alghero | Warm Up Ride

A Catalan Heritage Gem

It’s a weird place, Alghero. You are in Sardinia, you’ll find stunning crystal-clear water on a white sandy beach. Cuisine, wine, and style as an Italian town. But, walking downtown, you feel as though you are in Catalunia. Perhaps, you’ll stop in a restaurant to sample the famous Paella Algherese.
You can find this kind of blend of cultures in several places in Sardinia. You are just in the middle of the west Mediterranean Sea, and you can feel it.
This is the reason why this bike tour starts from here. The airport is just 10 minutes away from your hotel. After checking in, you’ll have a detailed day-to-day briefing of the whole bike tour, followed by a bike fitting session.
Then, you are free to start exploring Sardiniania by bike with a warm-up through lovely rural countryside with olive oil groves, orchards, and vineyards toward the Capo Caccia and Neptune coves. Along the road, you can also discover signs of the island’s long history, such as the nuraghe Palmavera, dated 1.500 B.C.
End your first day with a fish-based dinner in one of the restaurants on the ramparts of the historic center.

Overnight: Alghero
Included:

Day 2: From Alghero to Tresnuraghes | Cycling 60 Km / 1200 m

A fantastic coastal ride to Bosa

Leaving Alghero, you’ll find yourself on a fantastic coastal road with a sea view and no traffic. What’s better for starting your West Coast bike tour in Sardinia? This 45 km stretch of ups and downs leads you to Bosa, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Italy.

Bosa is a colorful village on a hill dominated by its XII-century Malaspina Castle and the Temo River winding through the valley below. Take a break in its historic center and taste the Malvasia, the wine symbol of the area.

After leaving Bosa, your climb begins, taking you to your hotel in Tresnuraghes, a tiny village surrounded by the Malvasia vineyard.

Overnight: Tresnuraghes
Included: Breakfast

Day 3: From Tresnuraghes to Cabras | Cycling 55Km/400m

From the Olive trees to the Bottarga lands

The region of Sardinia you’re biking through today is a key area for Olive oil production. The main center of this industry is Cuglieri. The olive oil making began in the 16th century, thanks to the Jesuits. The Cathedral of Cuglieri will be the main landmark since you start riding. Once you reach Cuglieri, on the top of the hill, a thrilling downhill brings you to the coastline, where you can have a break at the beach of S’Archittu, the famous arch-shaped rock by the sea.

You will then enter the Sinis Peninsula, with its lagoons, pink flamingos, fishing traditions, and Phoenician heritage. Legend says that they started the preparation of Bottarga, a delicacy of salted and cured fish roe extracted from the local mullet. Cabras, the main town and your destination, hosts the “Giants of Mont’e Prama”, IX Century B.C. statues celebrating Nuragic warriors.

Overnight: Cabras
Included: Breakfast

Day 4: From Cabras to Arbus | Cycling 84Km/1400m

Cycling on the wild Costa Verde

Your Sardinia West Coast bike tour reaches a highlight today as you leave the Sinis Peninsula to enter the Costa Verde, a true paradise for road, trekking, and gravel bikers.
On the first leg of your ride, you’ll pedal through the fertile countryside, crossing the town of Arborea, built 100 years ago after the draining of the marshes that covered the area. Reaching the fishermen’s village of Marceddi, you’ll enter Costa Verde over a narrow bridge.
Due to its longstanding mining economy, this area of Sardinia remains untouched by major tourist infrastructure and towns, giving you the experience of pedaling on car-free roads, crossing ghost villages, a legacy of mining activity, and sandy beaches with desert-like giant dunes, such as Piscinas!
A long but gentle climb brings you to Montevecchio, an old and abandoned mining spot, and then to Arbus. You will be welcomed at a countryside agritourism, a farmhouse with a restaurant and rooms, for rest and a taste of traditional Sardinian cuisine.

Overnight: Arbus
Included: Breakfast

Day 5: From Arbus to Portoscuso | Cycling 65Km/800m

Back to the coastline

It’s a quiet start today. We cycle across the Arbus plateau up to the Bidderdi pass. From here, a fantastic 10 km downhill will take us back along the coast to Portixeddu, a long beach beaten by the Mistral wind, and then to Buggerru, where you can feel the mining history of Sardinia.

It’s time to go up the Acquaresi hill again, but first, let’s stop at Cala Domestica: what was once a mining port is now a splendid cove.

The descent towards Masua is one of the most famous among cyclists, known for its view of the ‘Pan di Zucchero’ (Sugar Loaf) at the end. We go up again towards Nebida, where we can take a short break to enjoy the scenic walk with a sea view, and then down to Fontanamare and Portoscuso, our final destination.

Overnight: Portoscuso
Included: Breakfast

Day 6: The loop of 2 islands | Cycling 60Km/600m

Discover the multicultural heritage of Carloforte.

On today’s bike loop, we’ll discover the two islands on the Sardinia west coast. They are so close but so different in history and landscapes. We’ll first take the ferry at Portovesme port, next to Portoscuso. The ferry’s journey takes just 30 minutes. We can spend this time watching the “Tonnara” of Carloforte and Isola Piana, the place of the traditional fishing of Tuna.

Carloforte, the unique town on San Peter Island, blends Ligurian, African, and Sardinian cultures. Your ride here will be between salt works, lovely small beaches, and spectacular cliffs until the solitary lighthouse of Capo Sandalo. After the ride, take the time to have a tasty lunch at this charming and colorful town famous for the Red Tuna fishing tradition. The typical Cascà, a couscous dish featuring fresh seafood, is a delightful mix of Ligurian, African, and Sardinian cuisines. 

In the afternoon, take the ferry “back to Sardinia”, as locals say, to Calasetta. For the most avid riders, a scenic 40 km ride along the entire coastline of Sant’Antioco offers views of secret coves, Spanish towers, and orchards.

Overnight: Sant’Antioco
Included: Breakfast

Day 7: From Sant'Antioco to Pula | Cycling 85Km/990m

Through Carignano vineyards and the amazing Costa del Sud

The last leg of your Sardinia West Coast bike tour will leave you in the memory of postcard images.
We will leave Sant’Antioco crossing the salt pans and reaching Trattalias Vecchia, an abandoned but perfectly preserved medieval village.

Ritual photo, and then back on the bikes for a quiet ride through the countryside among the Carignano vineyards, a unique and specific wine from this area of Sardinia. After a beautiful climb and, of course, an even more beautiful descent, you will reach the southern coast, where you will cycle on a coastal road overlooking the sea.

Here, there are some of the most photographed beaches in Sardinia, such as Tuerredda and Su Giudeu di Chia. The last 10 km will bring you to Pula, heir to the ancient Phoenician and Roman city of Nora, where you can visit the ruins and its theatre. Pula is the perfect place to celebrate your cycling holiday on the west coast of Sardinia.

Overnight: Pula
Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Shuttle and departure from Cagliari

Arrivederci Amici!

It’s time to say goodbye, but we know our Island touched your heart, and you want to be back in Sardinia or one of Mediterras’ destinations for cycling with us!
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!

Bike Tour Price

Quote per Person

  • From € 890

What's included

  • 7 nights in nice hotels or agritourism
  • 7 breakfast
  • Welcome meeting and tour briefing
  • Maps, route notes or GPS tracks
  • Luggage transportation inn2inn
  • Telephone assistance

What's not included

  • Local Taxes (approx. 15 €)
  • Any meals or beverages not indicated as included
  • Travel to and from the tour start and end
  • Ferry tickets to Carloforte and Sant’Antioco (approx. 15 eur p.p.)
  • Any Private Expenses

Supplements

  • Single Room + 200 €
  • Solo Traveler + 300 €If you are a Solo Traveler, please contact our booking
  • High Seasone +200 € (June 29 - Sep 06)
  • Alghero Airport to Hotel +25 €Price per person, minimum 2 people.
  • Olbia Airport to Hotel +110 €Price per person, minimum 2 people.
  • Pula to Cagliari Airport +50 €Price per person, minimum 2 people.

Complimentaries

  • Water bottle
  • T-Shirt

Cancellation Policy

  • more than 60 days:
    100% refund of deposit
  • 60 days to 30 days:
    70% refund of the trip price will be made
  • 29 days to 15 days:
    50% refund of the trip price will be made
  • 14 days to 0 days:
    100% cancellation fee

Bikes

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.

  • E-bike + 225 €
  • Trekking bike + 135 €
  • Road Bike + 190 €Carbon + Ultegra/105
A look at the Hotels on this Bike Tour
  • Hotel Don Pedro, Portoscuso, view

    Don Pedro, Portoscuso

    Nice and easy hotel for bikers in Portoscuso city center. Good restaurant, a perfect sea view, and is close to the ferry to Carloforte.

    Portoscuso - Sardinia
  • Villa Madau

    A boutique Hotel in Pula downtown in an old villa totally restored. Walking distance from Pula main square.

    Pula - Sardinia
  • Villa Asfodeli

    A charming 19 century restored villa, in Tresnuraghes

    Tresnuraghes - Sardinia
  • MuMA Hostel

    The MuMA is an Ecolabel hotel with a museum inside. Sea front and walking distance from the city center.

    Sant'Antioco - Sardinia
  • Villa Piras

    Sea view hotel with terrace, right on the way to Bosa. Walking distance from Alghero old town.

    Alghero - Sardinia
  • Aquae Sinis

    This charming hotel, close to Cabras cathedral, is created with taste and respecting local architecture.

    Cabras - Sardinia
  • Agriturismo Rocce Bianche - Arbus

    Rocce Bianche

    Rocce Bianche farmhouse offers spacious rooms with wooden furniture and roof amidst a centuries-old cork oak forest. Enjoy the delicious restaurant and the refreshing pool.

    Arbus - Sardinia
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