Sardinia Northern Explorer
A 9 Day Road Bike Tour in the North of Sardinia.
The Sardinia Northern Explorer Road Cycling Tour starts in the rural area called Planargia, a north-west central Sardinian sub-region, between the lower valley of the river Temo and the northern slope of Montiferru volcano. Planargia, which owes its name to the performance mainly high-rolling countryside, it offers visitors and bikers can range from green hill to the coast from the blue sea of the main town of Bosa, one of the Seven Royal Cities of Sardinia. Your tour continues to north reaching the Catalan city of Alghero, also known as “Barceloneta” as it can be truly considered a corner of Spain in Sardinia (the Catalan language is still spoken in the city).
In the harbor in front of the town the precious red coral harvesting is still in place and the city is an important centre for treating and manufacturing of that precious material. The tour will take you to an exploration of the regions of Nurra and their most attractive places where you’ll have the chance to spot the famous Sardinian griffon. You can enjoy the amazing view of the Asinara Island National park in front of the famous Pelosa Beach. Our trip continues visiting the beautiful town of Castelsardo with its meddle-age castle, and then continue on the geographic area called Gallura, with its granitic mountains, to finish on the beautiful and famous Emerald Coast.
The beautiful coast road from Bosa to Alghero.
The Catalan city of Alghero.
The Nurra subregion, Stintino village and La Pelosa beach.
Castelsardo old town center.
The Anglona countryside ride.
The Gallura granitic mountains.
The Costa Smeralda.
Price – € 2.300,00
Single Room Supplement – € 150,00
Accommodation – 3/4 stars Hotels
When – 30th September to 8th October
Catergory – Road Cycling Holiday
Grade – C (Read our Grades of Difficulty)
Start / End – Santulussurgiu / Olbia
Suggested Airports Start / End – Alghero / Olbia
Duration – 9 Days
Days Riding – 7 Days
Terrain – Hilly and Mountainous
Kind of Tour – Point to Point
Guided Tour – One cycling guide every 8 riders and another guide driving the support vehicle
Support Vehicle – We always have a van supporting the group.
- 8 nights in Hotels: 4 stars, 3 stars, with swimming pool or just in front of the beach.
- Meals as per itinerary: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Evening Meal.
- Full tour service including 2 or 3 local guides with deep knowledge of the area, skilled and equipped with any indispensable tools to ensure the safety of the group.
- Support vehicle. Luggage transportation all along the tour and the scheduled stages. Bike mechanic assistance. Refreshment during the rides.
- Unless stated at least one leader qualified in First Aid.
- Airport collections / drop-offs from local airport on scheduled arrival and departure days.
What’s Not Included
- Personal clothing and equipment.
- Meals and drinks whilst travelling to and from Sardinia.
- Travel insurance (available if required).
- Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
- Bike hire (available if required).
- Flights & charges for travelling with your bike.
- Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days.
- Laundry services at the accommodation.
Sardinia Northern Explorer Itinerary
|2||Santulussurgiu to Alghero, via Bosa||87km||1350m||B L D|
|3||Alghero East Loop||90km||1500m||B L|
|4||Alghero to Stintino, via Capo Caccia||84km||815m||B L|
|5||Stintino to Castelsardo||85km||450m||B D|
|6||Anglona Loop||100km||1450m||B L|
|7||Castelsardo to Sant’Antonio di Gallura||85km||1250m||B L D|
|8||Sant’Antonio di Gallura to Olbia, via Costa Smeralda||78km||950m||B L|
Tour Description Day by Day.
Day 1. Arrival.
On your arrival at the airport you will be met by the local guides team and transferred to your first accommodation, located in the town of Santulussurgiu, a typical Sardinian village on the range of the ancient volcano of Montiferru.
We will set some time aside to learn all about your week of road biking and fit the bikes.
Hotel in Santulussurgiu.
Day 2. Santulussurgiu – Alghero.
Distance 87 km • Total Ascent 1350 mt
We will leave the town of Santulussurgiu to get Alghero. We’ll ride a downhill towards Bosa, inhabited since Phoenician and later colonised by the Romans, the city is set in the valley of the river Temo, the only navigable river in Sardinia. After a stop in Bosa we’ll ride the beautiful coast road to arrive to Alghero. We ride along the sinuous curves with an eye always turned toward the volcanic cliffs of pink trachyte, lush bushes of Mediterranean, sandy coves and the last vulture griffon colony of Sardinia. After 50 km we’ll arrive at Alghero.
Hotel in Alghero.
Day 3. Alghero East Loop.
Distance 89 km • Total Ascent 1500 mt
Leaving Alghero we’ll go to east direction riding a quite countryside road, a long uphill looking a classic Sardinian landscape, green hills interspersed with oak trees and cork trees, olive trees and pastures, flocks and drywall. The shores of Lake Temo, and the Mount Minerva, the tabular relief that dominates with its massive and imposing shape the high valley of Temo River. Continuing our day, we’ll return in Alghero in time for an ice-cream, or a fresh beer in front of the sea.
Hotel in Alghero.
Day 4. Alghero – Stintino.
Distance 84 km • Total Ascent 815 mt
Leaving Alghero, we are going to have an easy day mostly along the coast. We start on flat to reach the bay of Porto Conte and the famous Cape of Capo Caccia. Continuing our ride, we head to north and, following partially the coast, we reach the pretty village of Stintino, a nice little town, founded as fishermen village, nowadays is a touristic area, thanks to its amazing sea and white sand’s beach of La Pelosa, looking the National Park of the Asinara.
Day 5. Stintino – Castelsardo.
Distance 85 km • Total Ascent 450 mt.
From Stintino we ride to south first and then to east direction on country roads, to reach again the north coast after Porto Torres town, riding between Platamona long beach and fresh pine forest. Castelsardo it’s in front of us, the medieval village preserved practically intact thanks to its unique geographical position, a promontory overlooking the sea, which has preserved from attacks and destruction over the centuries.
Hotel in Castelsardo.
Day 6. Anglona Loop.
Distance 100 km • otal Ascent 1450 mt
Back on our bikes, today, we will ride again on the mountains, after some long climbs, we will reach the characteristic villages of Osilo and Nulvi. We will ride in some green areas with hills and valleys, with some amazing spot with incredible views on the north coast. The last part of the day will make the downhillers really happy, with a long descend with many turns, switchback and fast sections.
Hotel in Castelsardo.
Day 7. Castelsardo – Sant’Antonio di Gallura.
Distance 85 km • Total Ascent 1250 mt
Leaving Castelsardo, we start our ride with some km on a flat section and gentle up and down, following the coast to reach the beautiful spot of Isola Rossa. From here we will leave the coast and we start to ride a long climb, not too hard, until we reach the mythic Valle della Luna, a beautiful valley with hundreds blocks of granite mixed with the mediterranean vegetation. Keeping going, we have a long up and down, crossing few villages, until we arrive to our destination, close to the town of Sant’Antonio di Gallura. Our accommodation is right beside the beautiful Lake of Liscia, where we can relax, rest and enjoy the view.
Hotel in Sant’Antonio di Gallura.
Day 8. Sant’Antonio di Gallura – Olbia.
Distance 78 km • Total Ascent 950 mt
Our last day, a short day riding to celebrate the end of your tour. We start on gentle downhill until we reach the east coast nearby the town of Arzachena; from here we will ride mostly along the coast in the famous area called Emerald Coast. We will pass near some of the most beautiful and renovated beaches and famous locations of Sardinia like Baia Sardinia, Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, and finally we reach Olbia where we can choose one of the nice café in centre town to toast and celebrate the end of our tour.
Hotel in Olbia.
Day 9. Departure.
Time to say good bye to Sardinia! Transfers will be arranged depending on your flight times.