SARDINIA: COAST TO COAST
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Starting in the stunning historic city of Alghero and finishing on the Costa Smeralda, on this holiday you will ride along coast, traverse the inland hills and beautiful lakes and you will cross the Maddalena national park.
There are two route options each day, meaning that you can make the holiday as challenging as you like. Shorter routes are rolling, while the longer routes visit some of the higher mountains - including Monte Limbara, the highest road in Northern Sardinia. This tour follows a unique route, especially designed to fulfil our strict criteria regarding accommodation, quiet roads, places of interest and much more.
Below you can find the itinerary. This is completely customizable, if you would like to do more nights, or visit different towns, please get in touch and we can work with you to organize the trip. Click on the tabs to see more highlights, as well as all the practical information about the holiday.
Day 1 - Arrival - Alghero
Alghero is one of the most interesting and charming towns in Sardinia. Having been inhabited for over 4000 years, its architecture and culture contains Roman, Visigoth, Catalan and Italian influences. The strongest of these is Catalan - still the language spoken by many in the town - and locals often refer to Alghero as little Barcelona.
The delightful historic center is protected by a city wall and numerous ramparts, while on the edge of the town you will find a large marina area and town beach.
Algero Old Town
Day 2 - Bosa Coastal Road
Both routes finish in the historic town of Bosa, which is dominated by the 12th century Serravalle Castle. Bosa also is home to a small but bustling old town and several great beaches on the edge of the town.
Shorter Route: 47km / 900m elevation
(29 miles / 3,000 ft elevation)
Medium Route: 67km / 1,300m elevation
(41 miles / 4,300 ft elevation)
Longer Route: 98km / 1,350m
(59 miles / 4,400ft)
Day 3 - Route of the Nuraghi
The route then continues further east, passing several ancient Nuraghi sites. The Nuragic civilization is the oldest recorded in Sardinia, predating the Phoenician, Greek, Carthaginian and Roman invasions. The Nuraghi are known for building large stone buildings, some of which are still standing today. On this route you will see several of these, dating back up to 4,000 years. The Nuragic civilization continued into Imperial Roman times, but disappeared around the 2nd century AD.
In the evening you will stay in a charming boutique hotel in the Valle dei Nuraghi region.
Shorter Route: 76km / 950m
(47 miles / 3,050ft)
Longer Route: 92km / 1,550m
(57 miles / 5,200 ft)
Ancient Nuraghe Village
Day 4 - Monte Limbara & Tempio Pausania
The more adventurous can do the longer route which extends to the stunning Monte Limbara. At nearly 1,400m, this is the highest climb in Northern Sardinia and is a known training spot for local professional Fabio Aru. The views from Monte Limbara make it well worth the effort to climb, with an incredible 360 degree panorama over much of the north of the island. The route from here is largely rolling, as you pass through picturesque vineyards and olive groves.
The day finishes in the town of Tempio Pausania, which is famous for its granite buildings which beautifully adorn the historic center. The town and surrounding region are also known for their white wines.
Shorter Route: 71km / 1,250m
(44 miles / 4,000 ft)
Longer Route: 93km / 1,900m
(57 miles / 6,300 ft)
Green Scenery & Quiet Roads
Day 5 - Liscia Lake
The longer route includes an additional loop around the lake, where you can see olive trees which are literally thousands of years old, as you ride across the hilly landscapes of the Gallura region.
Shorter Route: 40km / 650m
(25 miles / 2,200 ft)
Longer Route: 79km / 1,550m
(50 miles / 5,000ft)
Day 6 – Green Sardinia & Palau
The ride finishes along the coast, ending in the small town of Palau, home to a great beach and a unique rock formation known as 'The Bear's Cape'. Here you stay in a luxurious spa hotel.
Shorter Route: 57km / 900m
(36 miles / 3,000 ft)
Longer Route: 70km / 1,100m
(44 miles / 3,700 ft)
Beautiful Quiet Roads
Day 7 - La Maddalena National Park
After enjoying the stunning islands, you return by ferry to Palau for the evening.
Shorter Route: 35km / 450m
(21 miles / 1,500 ft)
Longer Route: 51km / 750m
(32 miles / 2,500 ft)
La Maddalena National Park
Day 8 - Departure / Costa Smeralda
You are free to explore the delights of the Costa Smeralda, before we transfer you to Olbia in time for your onward flight or ferry.
If you would prefer to stay longer in the region; either in one of the small coastal villages, or a larger town on the island, we would be happy to arrange that for you.
To find out more information about this holiday; including practical information, prices, dates and more tour highlights; return to the top of the page and click on the various tabs.
Olbia Roman Aqueduct
There is also plenty of opportunity to enjoy the fantastic local food; and many great places along the rides to refuel with a delicious gelato.
Check out just a few of the many highlights in our tour album below:
- ✔ Seven Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
- ✔ Breakfast in the hotel each day
- ✔ Transfers to and from the arrival and departure points (see below for details)
- ✔ Luggage transferred between hotels
- ✔ Detailed maps and route information for each day, with clearly marked points of interest
- ✔ GPS routes and mobile app to easily follow the routes
- ✔ Detailed information pack about the routes, restaurants and everything to see along the rides
- ❌ Bicycle Hire - optional extra - €200 EUR. (see below for details)
- ❌ Flights
- ❌ Tour Extensions
- ❌ Travel Insurance
- ❌ Ferry ticket from Palau to La Maddalena on Day 7. This can be easily bought on the day at the port and costs around €12 EUR per person. We provide full details of how to purchase these.
We can provide road bikes, lightweight hybrids (trekking bikes) or e-bikes for this holiday. If you plan to do the longer rides then we generally recommend road bikes to cover the distance more comfortably. Our full carbon road bikes have disc brakes, 11 speed compact chainsets and large cassettes so that you can climb easily at your own pace.
For the shorter routes, hybrid bikes and ebikes can also be a good option if you are more used to riding them. More details about our bikes can be found on our bicycles page. We provide either these or similar models. The exact model depends on availability, so please get in touch if you would like more information.
All of our bikes come with helmets and handlebar bags if required.
Difficulty Level & Roads
The shorter routes are suitable for a first time cycling holiday, but are more challenging than our easiest tours and so it's advisable to have done some preparation rides in the weeks before the trip. The minimum daily distances are fairly low, but the route is undulating, with some longer climbs at lower gradients.
The longer routes are more challenging. They average around 80km (50 miles) and have significantly more climbing on some days.
If you like the look of the tour but are worried about the distances, an electric bike may be worth considering. You can switch off the motor if you don't need it, but it can help if you are struggling at any point.
The routes all follow paved roads and are very quiet. We hate riding in traffic, so avoid busy roads wherever possible.
Find out more about our tour difficulty levels here.
Arrival and Departure
The departure point is Olbia. Home to the Olbia-Costa Smeralda airport, there are flights from here across Europe. You can also catch the daily ferry from Olbia to Livorno, Genoa or Civitavecchia (Rome).
As part of the holiday, we will transfer you to and from the required airport or train station at the start and end of the tour.
Please contact us if you would like any advice or more information regarding getting to and from Sardinia. Or if you would like us to transfer you from a different arrival point
Frequently Asked Questions
Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.
When can I do this tour?
This tour is available starting on any date throughout the year. We generally recommend spring and autumn as the best times of year in terms of temperature, but if you don't mind wearing
a light jacket, then winter is also often very pleasant.
July and August are the hottest and busiest months on the island, so we would generally recommend avoiding these times of the year unless you are experienced riding in the heat.
Why do you not follow the coast the whole route?
There are a couple of main reasons why we do not follow the coast. Firstly, several sections of the Sardinian Coast are quite busy with traffic, making them not so enjoyable to ride.
Secondly, we believe the inland routes are the most scenic in some parts of the island, which enables you to see the many different sides of Sardinia.
Nevertheless, there is still over 150km of riding along the coast on this tour, so if you love the sea you will still get plenty of time to enjoy it!
What is a single supplement?
Our prices are based on two people sharing a hotel room (in a double or twin room). For cyclists that wish to stay in their own room, the single supplement is payable.
Can I personalise or change aspects of this tour?
Absolutely! The itinerary can be modified however you like.
If you would like to change the number of nights, the ride distances, the hotels, towns or anything else, please contact us and we can work with you to tailor the holiday.
Do you run this as a guided tour?
What is your cancellation policy?
The full cancellation policy can be found in out terms and conditions.
Why book with us?
We are a small and independent company who are locally based, which offers several advantages:
- We have a lot personal experience of all of our tours, which have been refined over many years. We believe we are genuine experts in the regions where we run tours, and we are also close at hand to offer support and a personalized service.
- We are flexible and can tailor our itineraries to suit your requirements.
- We have low overheads. We don't spend money on advertising and don't use third party agents. We only sell our tours through this website.
By cutting out the middle man, you can be sure that more of what you pay is being spent on the important things: like hotels, equipment and other services.
- We are a registered and fully bonded tour operator in accordance with EU regulations.
Hotel Palazzo Sa Pischedda
Giardino degli Aranci
New Petit Hotel
Hotel Valkarana Country Relais
La Vecchia Fonte
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