8 Days La Costa Del Sud Cycling Holiday in Italy

Island Cycling Holiday

Discover the marvels of the southwest of Sardinia, an incredible world if its own, and one refreshingly new to the senses yet filled with ancient wonders. Travel through an easy route in a trip that is suitable for everyone, including families and children. This adventure will let you know the history, traditions, architecture, and beaches of this part of Sardinia where there are rocky promontories, secluded coves, and island coasts with a backdrop of emerald green and the electric blue of the sea with its clear waters.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Rocky
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometimes, 31-45 miles per day) to challenging (cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 158 miles / 255 kilometers
  • E-bike: Available to rent /190 EUR

Highlights

  • Ride on easy routes
  • Suitable trip for families
  • Discovering southwest Sardinia
  • See ancient sites and natural wonders
  • Exciting journey through islands
  • GPS and biking equipment
  • Four delicious dinners
  • Luggage transport

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Cagliari Elmas Airport

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Accommodation

During this cycling holiday, you will be staying in three or four-star hotels. Double rooms will be arranged for you.

Night one will be spent in Iglesias.

Enjoy your stay in Capo Pecora on night two.

Doze off in Portoscuso on night three.

Get comfortable in Calasetta on nights four, five, and six.

Have a well-earned rest in Cagliari on night seven.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Cagliari to Iglesias

You will arrive in Cagliari and meet with the Ichnusabike staff. You will then be transferred to Iglesias. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will settle in your accommodations and the team will deliver their booklet and briefing for the tour. You will have free time to rest or visit the natural and mineralogical sites of the town.

Day 2: Capo Pecora (25 to 31 miles / 40 to 50 kilometers - total ascent of 600 meters / 1,969 feet)

On day two, you will travel towards the sea, from Iglesias to the wild landscapes of Capo Pecora, through the mining village of Fluminimaggiore. During the trip, you could visit some interesting sites such as the ancient Punic-Roman temple of Antas which is dedicated to the Sardinian people's eponymous god, Sardus Pater Babai, and the natural caves of Su Mannau with its six kilometers of broad halls, galleries, and wells.

Day 3: Pan di Zucchero (19 to 20 miles / 31 to 32 kilometers - total ascent of 780 meters / 2,559 feet)

After breakfast, you may experience the most difficult lap of your journey! After crossing the mining village of Bugerrru, you will start a series of difficult, but not impossible uphills and downhills, that will take you to Nebida where the descent to the coast will start. During the trip, you will be suggested to stop at the creek of Cala Domestica with its beach covered in fine sand. In the evening, you will arrive at the hotel near Portoscuso.

Day 4: Carloforte, San Pietro, and Calasetta (20 to 26 miles / 32 to 42 kilometers – total ascent of 389 meters / 1,276 feet)

After breakfast, you will take a boat to Carloforte, a seaside town whose architecture, dialect, and traditions recall the origins of its Ligurian inhabitants. Once you have landed on the island, you will go on an excursion which will enable you to visit the Island of San Pietro among ponds, natural monuments, and scenic beaches. In the evening, you will take the boat to Calasetta.

Day 5: The Phoenician Island, Sant'Antioco (28 miles / 45 kilometers – total ascent of 416 meters / 1,365 feet)

Once you have left your hotel near the sea, you will set out on an interesting tour of the Island of Sant'Antioco with its museums, traces of the past, and landscapes that make it unique in the world.

Day 6: The Sulcis region (35 miles / 57 kilometers – total ascent of 300 meters / 984 feet)

You will journey from Calasetta to Sant'Anna Arresi, deep in the south of the island. Along the way, you will visit the Church of Santa Maria and the abandoned medieval village of Tratalias, which is currently being restored. Shortly before reaching the hotel, following the road-book, you will reach Porto Pino, a little sea location renowned for its dunes and beaches of fine white sand.

Day 7: The south coast (24 miles / 38 kilometers – total ascent of 513 meters / 1,683 feet)

You will travel from Sant'Anna Arresi to Chia along the southern coast and there, you will admire a beautiful mixture of wild coasts, Mediterranean scrub, and lovely creeks. Once you reach Chia, all you have to do is relax and sunbathe on the beautiful long beach and wait for the transfer in the afternoon that will bring you to Cagliari for the last night of the tour.

Day 8: Departure day

The team’s services will end after breakfast. You will be bid farewell for your departure or you can acquire a transfer upon request. You may extend your stay to enjoy a few days of relaxation by the sea.

Bike equipment

Each bike is provided with a one-sided rear bag of 20 liters plus one small bag with a spare tube, repair kit, air pump, lock, and helmet.

GPS

Ichnusa Bike Adventures provides 1 GPS for each couple or room where they already charged an updated track list with one track for each day.

Included excursions

  • Explore Sant'Antioco Island
  • Trip to San Pietro Island
  • Visit Santa Maria Church and Tratalias

Location

This cycling holiday will take place in Iglesias, Capo Pecora, Portoscuso, Pan di Zucchero, Carloforte, San Pietro Island, the Island of Sant'Antioco, Sulcis region, Sant'Anna Arresi, Tratalias, Porto Pino, Chia, and Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy.

Food

During this cycling holiday, you will be provided with four mouthwatering dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Hallal
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Make a stopover at the creek of Cala Domestica
  • Sunbathe on the beach of Chia
  • Tour the natural and mineralogical sites of Iglesias
  • Visit the temple of Antas and Su Mannau

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Briefing on arrival
  • 4 dinners
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Phone assistance and GPS rental
  • Booklet with all info about the route and places
  • Transfers on day 1 and 7

What's not included

  • Packed lunches during the bike laps
  • Drinks during meals
  • Ferry boat ticket
  • Tourist city tax
  • Entrance tickets to museums, parks, and archeological sites
  • Insurance
  • Last transfer
  • Anything not specified under What is Included

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Special discount

Third persons for triple rooms are eligible for a special discount of 10%.

 

Pricing information

Single room supplements can be availed at 150 EUR. Bike rentals are priced at 80 EUR plus 10 EUR for each additional day while e-bike rentals are priced at 190 EUR. You can purchase an extra GPS for 50 EUR as well as SPD pedals for 10 EUR. A private bike guide can be hired for 1,850 EUR, with up to eight or 10 people maximum.

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