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Italy - Sardinia - Mine Of Memories

Italy - Sardinia - Mine Of Memories

Degree of difficulty - B/C

Come with us to discover a land with green pastures, Mediterranean scents, abandoned mines and caves carved from rock. Our Safari starts on Sinis Peninsula where we cycle along the sea, hugging a dramatic coastline where the water sparkles aqua green and Majestic cliffs tumble from rugged landscape. Lunch stops are often on unspoilt beaches while we sample the delights of an Italian picnic!

The tour takes us through Medieval villages such as Bosa and Calasetta, passing colonies of pink flamingos, en route to one of the most beautiful spots on the island: the white quartz beach of Is Arutas.

We continue along quiet country roads following the slow rhythm of Italian life, before finishing up on a high as we cycle along the wonderful "Costa de Sud", a dramatic 20 km cycle along Sardinia's southern coast.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

Self guided itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival day - Cabras
Transfer or independent arrival to Cabras. Welcome meeting with local representative: explanation of the route and bike delivery.

DAY 2: The Sinis Peninsula and Oristano 68 km
Travel through the fascinating Sinis wetlands where you will see colonies of pink flamingos and finally reach one of the most beautiful spots on the island: the white quartz beach of Is Arutas and the Phoenician ruins of Tharros. Then cross the town of the medieval historic centre of Oristano to reach Arborea.

DAY 3: Costa Verde and dunes of Piscinas 46/54 km
After a transfer to Arborea, you will cycle through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde, some of the wildest scenery on the island, to the Piscinas beach with its sands dunes over 50 m high - the highest in Europe.

DAY 4: The mines of Sulcis 41 km
This leg takes you back into the ancient mining past of Sardinia, as we pass the fascinating abandoned mines of Planusartu and Acquaresi. After the golden beach of Portixeddu and looming mass of Pan di Zucchero cliff, you admire the old ore washery at Nebida.

DAY 5: The island of Carloforte 43 km
After a beautiful descent to Fontanamare, you will reach Portoscuso, and board on the ferry to Carloforte, where locals still fish the Red Tuna fish. From Carloforte, continue to the island of Sant'Antioco and end your day in Calasetta.

DAY 6: Town and island of Sant’Antioco 40 km
Today, you pedal through the meadows, green in springtime and golden yellow in the summer, of Sant'Antioco. At Tratalias, you can visit the Pisan sanctuary, one of the most important monuments of the Sardinian Romanesque period.

DAY 7: The South Coast 57 km
The final days cycling takes you along the beautiful Costa del Sud with its gleaming white beaches, unspoilt natural landscape and imposing cliffs: Cape Malfatano with its 16th Century tower and Cape Spartivento. At Nora you can visit the ancient Phoenician settlement.

DAY 8: Departure day
Tour ends after breakfast.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossiers.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

2019 GUIDED TOUR 
€1280 per person sharing
€1460 for single occupancy on a group tour  (if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

2019 SELF GUIDED TOUR:
€780 per person sharing (low season)
€940 per person sharing  in the high season (23 June - 6 Sept)
+€150 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
+€250 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone)

€60 suppl. (per person) for non Saturday departure

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights in 3* village hotels, ensuite,  including breakfasts
  • 7 dinners (guided tour only)
  • 24 speed tour bike / pannier bag
  • Tour transfers
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome meeting (Saurdays only - self guided)
  • Service Hotline
  • Guide cycling with group (guided tour)
  • Support van on day 3 & 4 (guided tour)
  • Entry to museums and archaeological sites with guide (guided tour)
  • Ferry tickets Carloforte & Calasetta (guided tour only)
         (ferry tickets not incl. in self guided tour )

  • Local hotel taxes are not included ( approx €10 - €15 )
  • €100 e-bike supplement (on request)

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

25-May,
7-September,

Self Guided Tour Information

Saturday start all year round. Non-Saturday departure possible for the supplement of 60 euro per person.

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels.
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

CABRAS

CabrasHotelVillaCanu1 CabrasHotelVillaCanu2 CabrasHotelVillaCanu3

Day 1: Hotel Villa Canu 

CabrasAlbergoDiffusoAquaeSinis1 CabrasAlbergoDiffusoAquaeSinis2 CabrasAlbergoDiffusoAquaeSinis3

or Albergo Diffuso Aquae Sinis


ARBOREA

AlboreaHotelLeTorri1 AlboreaHotelLeTorri2 AlboreaHotelLeTorri3

Day 2: Hotel Le Torri

 

ARBUS

Day 3 2 Agris Sa Perda Day 3 2 Agri Sa Perda

Day 3: Agriturismo Sa Perda Marcada (above) or Hotel Meridiana (below)

Day 3 hotel meridiana Day 3 3 hotel meridianapool Day 3 3 hotel meridiana arbus room


NEBIDA/GONNESA

Day 4 Sanninna single room Day 4 sanninna Day 4 Sanninnia BB room

Day 4: Sanninnia B&B (above) or Locanda L'Agusteri


CALASETTA/SANT' ANTIOCO

Day 5 Luci del faro Day 5 Luci del faro night Day 5 Luci del faro breakfast

Day 5: Hotel Luci del Faro (above) or MUMA Hostel


SANT' ANNA ARRESI / PORTO PINO

Day 6 caladeipini pool Day 6 Caladeipini room day 6 hotel cala dei pini

Day 6: Hotel Cala Dei Pini (above) or Guesthouse Il Girasole


PULA

Day 7 Villa Madau Day 7 Villa Madau room Day 7 Villa Madau dining

Day 7: Hotel Villa Madau (above) or Marin Hotel (below)

Day 7 2 hotel marin terrace Day 7 2 marin hotel Day 7 2 Marin hotel room

How to get to the start point: 

Sardinia is easy to reach, either by plane or ferry (to ports of Olbia, Porto Torres and Cagliari).
Here are some domestic and international flights offered by the airlines:
Alitalia,alitalia.it
Easy Jet, EasyJet.com
TUI fly, TuiFly.com
Ryan Air, Ryanair.com

Arrive Cagliari.

A number of airlines fly into Cagliari which your travel agent should be able to help you with:- For more information go to the Cagliari Airport’s website, Cagliari
Arrive Alghero
Ryanair fly directly from Dublin to Alghero Airport
The Airport of Alghero is connected to the major Sardinian cities by means of an urban and long distance network of transport.
For more information go to the Alghero Airport’s website: AlgheroAirport
Olbia Airport www.geasar.it

Transfer Rates per person (based on min 2 people)

Cagliari – Cabras = €70
Alghero – Cabras = €100
Oristano – Cabras = €25
Pula – Cabras = €45
Pula – Cabras = €90

+€10 if tranfering bike of guests

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

This cycling trip was great again! This tour took us along a wild and unspoilt coast of Sardinia on beautiful quiet roads with stunning views.
I can assure you, the hotels were good as always, when I have been traveling with you.
Most of them were family run and had a very friendly atmosphere.

Dieter Henkel (Sardinia 2015)

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