Cycling adventure in Sardinia
Tresnuraghes-Alghero-Montiferru-Mount Sant’Antonio-Montresta-Porto Alabe
This beautiful and exciting road bike tour in Western Sardinia includes five loop tours with different levels and of rare beauty. You will admire a changing landscape, cycle along vineyards and olive groves, often surrounded by gentle hills and mountains. You will stay six or four nights in a lovely hotel with swimming pool and every day you will go cycling, discovering a different part of this amazing region: wonderful beaches, small medieval towns, authentic typical villages, natural beauties like water springs, lush vegetation, a very interesting flora and fauna. You visit Alghero with its picturesque town centre with narrow paved streets and small squares and a nice beach to take a refreshing dive in the sea.
The MONTIFERRU springs and the lovely town surrounded by century-old woods of holm oaks, oaks and strawberry trees will be certainly a surprise. Naturally, also the famous Nuraghes, ancient megalithic edifices, will be visited. They are a symbol of Sardinia. And last but not least, food and wine: they are simply excellent in this area. Enjoy the Malvasia from Bosa and Casizzolu cheese, honey and olive oil from Montiferro, the fresh fish dishes, like the seafood Fregola-pasta with saffron and the most famous dish from Sardinia Suckling pig or “porcheddu”.
The routes for the 5-day road bike version are 3 itineraries to choose from the 7 day version.
The tour has also a 5-day leisure cycling version with less daily km/mi to cycle and less ascent/descent (see pdf).
The daily program of the 7-day tour
Individual arrival and overnight stay in a lovely 3 star hotel with swimming pool, wellness area*, spa*, garden, garage for bikes and an excellent restaurant. Warm welcome of the hotel owners with briefing and dinner in Hotel.
* Unfortunately the wellness area cannot be used in the Covid Period
Porto Alabe is situated in the Municipality of Tresnuraghes. It is surrounded by dunes covered by vegetation and succulents. Its beach, delimited by a rocky promontory to the South, features a typical red (from iron fragments) and deep blue colours (from its shallows). Punta Foghe is also situated within the Municipality of Tresnuraghes. The coast is made of big cliffs and several little islands. From this place, you have an enchanting view of the sea and rocky cliffs. Recommended stop for your lunch break: Bosa.
Bosa stands in the valley of river Temo, the only navigable river of Sardinia. The small town is famous for the processing, export of coral, as well as for its fabrics, the embroidery of filet, and weaved baskets in asphodel. The village is immersed in the green valleys of Planargia, an area, which is particularly known for its food and wine traditions and for the quality of its olive oil and wines. One of these wines, the Malvasia, has won the DOC prize. There is even an itinerary dedicated to this wine, starting from Bosa and reaching the other villages, which produce this wine, such as Modolo, Magomadas, Suni and Flussio.
Distance: 60 km / 37,3 miles
Ascent & Descent: + 900m – 900m
Altitude Max 470 m ; Altitude min 1 m
The village of Montresta offers different points of view to its visitors. Here you can enjoy a spectacular landscape made of numerous woodlands, first the Silva Manna with its century old sugar trees. The history of this place has left evidence of a thriving craft, similar to the Greek tradition. Near the village, there are remains of settlements and monuments going back to different ages. There are several domus de janas, some nuraghi, such as the Badu de sa rughe, and the square tower called Sa Turre or Nuraghe Turre, the only Punic monument of the area. The latter is particularly interesting: it is a Carthaginian fortress of quadrangular shape: on its base, there are still wall traces, which were part of the defensive structure.
The village of Padria was in the past called Gurulis Vetus, it has origins going back to the period of Phoenician–Punic and Roman dominance. The historic importance of the village is witnessed by some important monuments such as churches, the Archaeological Museum and the many noble palaces facing the spacious squares of the historic centre.
Distance: 88 km / 55 miles
Ascent & Descent: + 1100m – 600m
Altitude max 600 m ; altitude min. 1 m.
Sardinia is an old land, which had an important volcanic activity in the past. Today, it is still possible to find some original reliefs of old volcanos, now sleeping. Mount Sant’Antonio, is one of these fascinating reliefs. Mount Sant’Antonio has an environmental, naturalistic and archaeological value of great importance. This place is very charming also because of the fascinating view of the surroundings you can enjoy from up the top.
Trails leave from the valley of the mountain and go deep into the thick woods until you arrive in front of a little country church dedicated to St. Anthony from Padua, situated on the top of a relief, dating back to 1800 and built for devotion by a rich landowner.
The area is particularly rich in Nuraghe and archaeological sites, such as the complex of Tamuli, including three tombs of giants, a Nuraghe and a village. Everything is included within a vegetation made of oak, holly, bay leaf, live oak. An element of strong recall is the “Sa Ucca e S’Inferru”, which means “hell of the hell”, that is a very evocative volcanic habitat.
Distance: 99 km / 61,5 miles
Ascent & Descent: + 1100m – 1100m
Altitude max 750m ; Altitude min. 225m.
Montiferru is the widest volcanic complex of the whole Sardinia and is situated within a territory featuring different environments. The territory is probably one of the richest of springs in Sardinia, which reaches its max. height with Mount Urtigu (1050 m). On the top of this mount, Alberto La Marmora placed a trigonometric sign.
Santulussurgiu is situated in the Southeast, on the slopes of Montiferru, in the central-western part of the island and is one of the best preserved historic centres of Sardinia.
Santu Lussurgiu has a priceless treasure: water. If you go along its springs, you depart from an ancient village a few steps from the centre of Siete Fuentes. Here, immersed in the Forest of San Leonardo, there is a Romanic church and, nearby, a stream and a pond, powered by 7 fountains of healthy mineral water .
Distance: 100 km/62 miles
Ascent/descent: + 1400 m. – 1400 m.
Altitude max. 900 m.; altitude min. 5 m.
Alghero is one of the most beloved places, thanks to exciting walks along the harbour ramparts, red roofs that seem to touch the sky and a splendid natural bay facing a sea of emerald colour.
Its coast, called Riviera del Corallo, is 90 km long: here is the largest coral colony of the finest quality of the entire island. The best-known beach is Le Bombarde: clear waters, sandy and limpid shallows. Most of the coast is protected by the marine area of Capo Caccia – Isola Piana, where hundreds of natural treasures are, for example, the Cave of Neptune (Grotta di Nettuno) which can be reached by land (Escala del Cabirol) and by sea, with boats departing from the tourist harbour.
Distance: 127 km / 79 miles
Ascent & Descent: + 2000m – 2000m.
Altitude max 620 m ; Altitude min 1 m.
After breakfast ir is time to say goodbye to the friendly owners of the hotel and the island of Sardinia
LEVEL 2,5/3 or 3,5 /4
The leisure cycle tour has a level 2,5/3. There is less km to cycle and less difference in level.
Road bike tour, for experienced cyclists. This tour is for well-trained cyclists with a good physical condition. Daily distances between 60 km / 37 mi and 127 km /79 mi
Total distance from 474 km / 295 miles (7 days tour)
Daily all year round
2 or more people
START / FINISH:
Tresnuraghes / Tresnuraghes