“Cycle country lanes and undulating terrain en-route to the beaches, fishing villages and ancient landmarks to be found across Sardinia's southwest coast.”
Cagliari | circular ride through Sinis wetlands | Is Arutas | Phoenician site of Tharros | cycle the Costa Verde | Piscinas and Portixeddu beaches | Pan di Zucchero | Carloforte fishing village | Sant'Antioco | Romanesque Pisan sanctuary | Sulcis | Costa del Sud | Cape Malfatano |
Description of Sardinia cycling holiday in Italy
Cycling in Sardinia lets you reflect on the important things in life with the island's incredible arrangement of naturally beautiful settings providing a great place to start your meditation.
As an eight day experience this Sardinia cycling tour encapsulates the allure of Italy without the hordes and you'll find a combination of peaceful beaches, scenic trails and sleepy fishing villages adds up to a truly relaxing break exploring the southwest coastline of Sardinia.
Limestone cliffs and plunging valleys create a dramatic backdrop for Sardinia cycling holidays with forgotten mining towns and ancient ruined monuments helping you piece together the island's past as well as its relationship with the mainland and the surrounding blue hues of the Mediterranean.
Starting cycling in Sardinia within the Sinis wetlands provides the perfect introduction to the island's natural habitat for birdlife, with pink flamingoes adding to the colourful patchwork of scenery which culminates in the stunning stretch along the aptly named Costa Verde.
Continuing this Sardinia cycling tour south you'll encounter the abandoned mines of Ingurtosu and Planusartu before afternoons at Portixeddu provides plenty of golden beach time juxtaposed against the towering china white cliffs of Pan di Zucchero.
Trips onboard a public ferry service, bound for the nearby isle of Carloforte, offer even more insight into the laid back local lifestyles with the chance to cycle on Sant'Antioco before returning to cycling in Sardinia mainland an excellent way to compare and contrast both scenic settings.
From undulating hillsides and strips of wild and rugged coastline to glass-clear lagoons and dominating cliff faces, this Sardinia cycling holiday is just about as good as it gets with numerous chances to taste the local cuisine certain to linger long after the holiday's over.
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Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.
We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!
Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.
Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.
Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.
“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.
“The accommodation will be basic” Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.
“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.
“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson
Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando
Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.
Responsible tourism: Sardinia cycling holiday in Italy
Activity: As a cycling holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit. Use of the bikes allows us to cover fairly large distances, while offering very little adverse impact, like pollution and threat to wildlife. Through this activity, we are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with people for financial gain.
UK Office: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Accommodation and Meals: You will stay in a mixture of hotels and agriturismos (renovated farmhouses) for the duration of the trip. Our local operators select accommodation which is locally-owned and family-run in order to support smaller businesses and their employees. Having local staff also ensures that most income generated is reinvested into the area and the community. Where meals are supplied, seasonal, fresh food is used wherever possible. Many offer delicious regional cuisine, another essential part of Sardinian culture. There also are numerous restaurants and shops along the route selling authentic, local food, like fresh seafood, olives, roasted suckling pig or homemade ice cream.
Local Craft and Culture: Sardinia is steeped in a rich culture and history which is evident in the architecture, customs and traditional handicrafts available on the trip. The itinerary takes you to the Phoenician site of Tharros, the former mining village of Nebida, Carloforte on San Pietro Island, the Pisan sanctuary at Tratalias to name just a few. Locally produced crafts found in the region include woven tapestries and baskets, handmade ceramics, carpet making, carving, embroidery and leather work. Handmadepasta (e.g. Malloreddus and Culingiones), wine and cheeses are also on sale locally. By purchasingitems of this nature, you can support local businesses and keep traditional methods of production alive.
Group Size: This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
Reviews of Sardinia cycling holiday in Italy
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 02 Nov 2015 by Charlotte Graham
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Cycling down the coastal road with ice-cream at the bottom
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared to eat lots of amazing food, pack a swimsuit
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Family run accommodation used, cycling with a support vehicle
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?