Italy – Northern Sardinia Sportive
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Sardinia is like heaven to any keen road cyclist: the roads are perfectly paved and free from motorised traffic. The coast is stunning with a complete mixture of landscapes...white sand beaches, granite mountains and rocky coves. Therein lies the reason why it has become a paradise to welcome the international Jet Set!
Moving west along the northern part of Sardinia we move inland and see the hills and lakes of Sant'Antonio di Gallura, through the dramatic stone formation of Valley of the Moon, enjoy spectacular views of the Anglona rolling hills and pastures and finish the tour in Alghero, probably the nicest town in Sardinia.
This trip offers the cyclists the chance to see very different aspects of life in Sardinia, fantastic cycling and a lot of spectacular scenery!
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Arrival to Alghero
The tour starts in the fortified town of Alghero, probably the nicest town in Sardinia, with a lovely port and a wonderful old centre.
Alghero to Mores (81km / 1270m)
The coastal road South of Alghero is one of the most scenic in the whole island and a perfect warm up for the "wall", a challenging climb leading inland towards Villanova Monteleone. After a spectacular descent over Lake Temo, it’s a Mangia e bevi (Italian cycling slang defining a rolling hill terrain) all the way to Mores, passing sleepy hamlets on the way.
Mores to Pattada (79km / 1516m)
This is a terrific day criss crossing the Goceano mountain chain featuring a varied stunning landscape of woods, Mediterranean brush and cultivated areas of olives and vineyards. Challenge yourself along the climb leading to Foresta Burgos, a forest founded in 1886 by royal decree and enlarged over the years. We end our day in Pattada.
Pattada to Posada (86km / 1230m)
Ride East past Su Romanzesu, a great residential and cultural complex immersed in a cork oak forest with granite outcrops, representing a precious and charming legacy of the Nuragic civilization. Then back to the ocean to Posada, a coastal medieval village perched on a green limestone hill dominated by the Castello della Fava.
Posada to Olbia (55km / 300m)
A short day along the turquoise waters of Capo Coda Cavallo and Tavolara, a limestone and granite imposing island that rises up from the sea, 560 metres high. Alternatively, you can go for a more challenging inland route. Both routes end in Olbia, the lively capital of Gallura that opens onto a turquoise bay and dazzling beaches where you can relax savouring some of the local specialities, accompanied by a glass of cold vermentino wine.
Olbia to Castelsardo (103km / 1400m)
Leaving the coast you ride inland again where forbidding peaks look down on endless expanses of ancient cork forests strewn with weird, wind-blasted granite boulders to make the scenery dramatic. Ride past the impressive valley of the moon to end our day back to the coast in Castelsardo, a charming village perched high up on a cape overlooking the sea.
Castelsardo to Alghero (93km / 1340m)
The route over the rolling hills of Anglona boasts some breath-taking views over the coast and Corsica. After the adrenaline kick descent of Scala di Giocca, you reach Alghero, arguably the nicest town in Sardinia, where you can celebrate the end of this fantastic road cycling trip.
- 7 nights in 3* ensuite accommodation with breakfast
- 7 dinners ( on guided tour only, drinks not included )
- 2 local support guides ( on guided tour only )
- Support van ( on guided tour only )
- Route descriptions and maps
- Luggage transfers
- Telephone assistance ( self guided tour )
- Welcome meeting ( self guided tour )
- Local hotel taxes are not included ( approx €10 - €15 )
Tickets for ferries to La Maddalena are not included
Bike rental is not included in the tour price. This is an additional:
€180.00 road bike
€350.00 e-road bike
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2023 TOUR PRICE
€1690 per person sharing
€250 single room supplement
SELF GUIDED TOUR
€875 per person sharing ( year round )
€160 high season supplement ( 1 July - 1 September )
€200 single room supplement
Saturday start, other days possible for €60 supplement, minimum 2 people
Self Guided Tour Information
Departure available every Saturday year round
There is a €60 supplement per person for non-Saturday departure. 2 people mimimum.
How to get to the start point:
Sardinia can be reached either by plane (Alghero/ Olbia) or ferry (to ports of Olbia, Porto Torres and Cagliari).
There are domestic and international flights mainly offered by the companies:
Transfer Rates per person (based on min 2 people)
Alghero Hotel – Airport: €30
Olbia Airport - Hotel: €25
Day 1 & 7: Hotel Cavour
Day 2: Hotel Riviera
Day 3: Hotel Alghero City or Hotel Angedras
We only select charming family-run accommodation where you will be able to experience the traditional Italian hospitality. Food is another thing we take very seriously, as any visitor to Italy should! We select our hotels and restaurants carefully for the highest standards of regional cuisine, so your clients can expect plenty of local delicious foods and good local wines accompanying dinners on every tour.
Day 4: Janas Country Resort
Day 5: Hotel Liberty
Day 6: Hotel Donatella
NORTH SARDINIA SPORTIVE SELF GUIDED TOUR DOSSIER 2023
NORTH SARDINIA SPORTIVE GROUP TOUR DOSSIER 2023