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Relive the wonders and the charm of what the Phoenicians and Romans saw when they first came to Sardinia. As the southernmost region of Sardinia, this was a key strategic location for trade and control of the entire Mediterranean Sea. Now, this is still true on a global scale for the Island of San Pietro with its tuna fishing market, the Sulcis Peninsula for its wine production and the whole southern coast lined with beaches, as a mecca for summer tourism. Take this journey and see remnants of the Punic Roman seaport towns and the necropolis of Nora and Calasetta. See the endless summer villages down the coast and the unique Genoese style minor Islands of San Pietro and Sant’Antioco. After cycling and exploration, indulge your hunger with the fine typical cuisine and wines of Sulcis Peninsula, which you can only find here. Cycle along the Green Coast riddled with old mining villages such as Nebida and Buggerru, where you will stop for a night of coastal wonders. Continue along the southern coast for views of long sandy beaches and dunes bordered by pine forests and junipers before winding your way up one of the most scenic climbs of southern Sardinia up and over beautiful Mount’ Cidro towards your final destination and accommodation in Guspini, situated in the Campidano flats. For those who want an additional day, we can accommodate you for a loop ride on the north part of the Costa Verde towards the beaches of Pistis and the dunes of Torre dei Corsari, or you can spend a shopping day in Cagliari, reachable by bus or by train from Guspini.
Fly in and out of Cagliari Airport. Arrival transfer included to start of tour. Depart Guspini by bus, train in San Gavino Monreale, or private transfer.
Not Included: Choice or Hybrid, Road or E-bike Rental
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About: Included hotels are deluxe 3 and 4-star hotels in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Please let us know if you would like to book the upgraded options.
Local Expert: Mauro is a native of Northern Italy and studied the history of cinema and photography in Milan. After studying he spent a long period in Mexico, where he learned to make delicious pizza and Italian dishes in an Italian restaurant. His enthusiasm for the outdoors includes horseback riding and he also loves ski touring in the Dolomites. Mauro’s passion for cycling has him on a bike year-round!
Need to Know:
Your welcome reception and orientation is this afternoon, with a Pure Adventures representative who will fit your bikes and introduce you to each day’s ride. Depending on your arrival time, there is the possibility for a test ride to the shores of Nora. Then enjoy a welcome gelato, together at the hotel bar.
Meals: on own
Highlights: possible ride to Nora
Cycling out of Pula along beaches and Spanish watchtowers, the pristine, crystalline waters will make you think you are in the Caribbean. It is the Mediterranean vegetation and in particular, the juniper trees (ginepro) typical of this region, that reminds you are in beautiful Sardinia! After warming up on the flats, the rolling hills ready us for the coastal ride along craggy cliffs with ancient fortified watchtowers, alternating with little sandy coves and long stretches of soft, sandy beaches. On the last part of the ride you’ll descend to Teulada, famous for the longevity of its inhabitants and for their history of achievements. Tonight, stay at one of our very favorite places in Teulada and enjoy a delicious dinner there, as well.
Meals: breakfast & dinner
Distance: +606 m, 47 km / 29 mi
Highlights: beautiful coastal riding
Bike from Teulada to Calasetta via Sant’Anna Arresi or Santadi; take the ferry to Carloforte on San Pietro Island. A long flat stretch becomes very exciting with the addition of pink flamingos and a salt mine crossing, over to the first minor island of Sant’Antioco. Your cycling destination today is the little Genoese-style fisherman village of Carloforte, found on the second minor island of San Pietro. Take the opportunity to explore the little and pretty village of Calasetta, just before taking the ferry to San Pietro Island. Carloforte welcomes visitors with a harbor full of brightly colored sailboats. It’s peaceful and quiet here but at the same time, this is a thriving community offering all amenities and a lively and friendly atmosphere. Tonight, enjoy the local cuisine – it is a highlight not to be missed.
Distance: +277 m, 57 km / 35 mi
Highlights: flamingos, San Pietro Island, Calasetta, Carloforte
Take a loop ride of Carloforte, dedicated to the old Italian King, Carlo Felice and famous for its maritime schools and tuna fishing. Enjoy the openness of this minor island as you ride its wild rugged landscape seemingly in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The rugged geologic makeup and atmosphere takes you back in time and makes you feel like you are the first one to explore this island. Once back in Carloforte, all of the local restaurants will offer a great lunch menu for you, and they are famous for their tuna paired with the fine wines of the Sulcis.
Option to add: Local speciality cooking class! This is a request subject to availability and must be booked in advance. It takes place at Bottega dell’Isola in Carloforte. This is a boutique restaurant in the historical center of the town; their specialties are home made pasta and tuna fish. In this class you can learn how to make local, traditional pasta. Guests will be involved in the manual preparation of local pasta, which is used for the typical dish “Pasticcio alla carlofortina”. Guests will also prepare a Genoese pesto with fresh tomatoes and tuna oil. Menu includes: Octopus salad with potatoes and selargini capers, Carlofortina pie (the pasta is made with Sardinian durum wheat semolina, stone-ground and certified organic farming), tuna of Carlofortina, local dessert, and wine. For min 2 up to max 6 persons. (110 euros/person supplement)
Distance: +668 m, 43 km / 27 mi
Highlights: rugged landscapes, local tuna dishes
Leaving the minor island of San Pietro by ferry, you will arrive to Portoscuso to start today’s ride. From the port, the next village is Gonnesa, then the fantastic uphill to Nebida, in front of Pan di Zucchero, an outcropping rock 133 meters high with two natural arches. Originally, the villages of the area were created as mining villages. With the mines no longer in use, some of them have been converted into museums, such as Porto Flavia. Now look at the coast: stunning views of long sandy beaches and rugged promontories connecting mining towns to mining towns all the way along the coast. Your destination for today is Buggerru, a little mining village on the sea with cliffs and mountains cradling it within its own gulf. Here you can choose between many delicious restaurants and don’t miss out on a very good gelato opportunity in the main square.
Distance: +770 m, 41 km / 25 mi
Highlights: Pan di Zucchero natural arches, mining villages
After the village of Buggerru, you reach the long sandy beach of San Niccolao and then you can stop in Portixeddu for a cappuccino or a light snack. After 14 km you are warmed up enough and can face the winding and scenic hills of Monte Cidro, a natural pass which takes you in the direction of Arbus and Montevecchio, old mining villages. Make sure to take in the natural beauty of the landscape as you climb and cross the pass, which is full of cork oak and juniper growing between the rocks, before taking the downhill into Arbus. The mine of Montevecchio is now an important site of industrial archaeology, part of the Geominerario Storicoparks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After reaching Montevechio, enjoy the winding and scenic downhill into the town of Guspini. Gourmet dinner included at hotel restaurant.
Meals: breakfast & dinner
Distance: +950 m, 50 km / 31 mi
Highlights: Monte Cidro pass, rock formations, juniper & beaches, Montevecchio
Option Depart: After breakfast, your tour ends. Bus, train in San Gavino Monreale, taxi or private transfer, are available to Cagliari or other destinations on the island.
Optional Ride Day + Night: The Green Coast: Loop bike ride starting from Guspini towards Torre dei Corsari and Portu Maga. Distance 60 km ascent: +1210 m. Starting in the direction of Montevecchio, you will come to the sea after about 25 km. A coffee stop is a must in Portu Maga, which sits on the sea. Then climb again towards Guspini. The ride today is truly enchanting and is in one of Sardinia’s wildest areas. Add on rate for this extra ride, bike rental, and night: 168 euros/person.
Overnight: Sa Rocca Hotel in Guspini
Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
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Hybrid Bike Rental: 168 euros
Road Bike Rental: 215 euros
E-bike Rental: 262 euros
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