Cycling from Cabras to Pula
Cabras-San Salvatore Sinis-Oristano-Arbus-Nebida-Carloforte-Sant’Antioco-Pula
This cycle tour along the southwest coast of Sardinia offers sensational scenery. Sardinia, the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is an island with a mild climate, crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, an unspoiled landscape with steep cliffs, abandoned mines, and excellent cuisine. During this tour you’ll ride along quiet coastal paths with stunning views, you will see the pink flamingos on the Sinis Peninsula, and will visit San Pietro island with its rocky coast, natural grottoes, and harbours.
The tour starts in Cabras, an ideal place for a holiday full of nature, culture, sun, and beaches. The area is inhabited since the Neolithic and during the Bronze Age it is was densely populated as the 75 Nuraghe which remained are a witness of. Close by there is the characteristic town of San Salvatore Sinis with its low houses all around the fountain on the main square. You visit Oristano, the main town of west-Sardinia, with its churches and palaces and enjoy the dunes and sea of the Costa Verde.
The last days you visit the Island Sant’Antioco with its Roman and Phoenician ruins, a wild nature like the Cala Lunga fjord with its deep green colour and excellent fish restaurants. The tour ends in Pula, a holiday resort with splendid beaches. At the promontory, you can visit the biggest archaeological site on the island, the remains of the Phoenician town Nora. During this tour, you enjoy Sardinian food, which has a very long tradition. It is genuine and very tasty. You shouldn’t miss the delicious roasted piglet to be combined with a good glass of Cannonau, the special pasta Lorighittas, tortellini filled with Sardinian cheese, and the yummy small pastries made of almonds, mandarin peel, and nuts!
The daily program of the 8-day tour
Cabras is close to the typical village of San Salvatore Sinis. This small village with its brick, clay, and sandstone houses was in the ’60 used as a set for Western Movies. The church is built on top of a place of pagan worship, San Salvatore underground. Meeting or phone call with the local agent. Bike setting and handing over of roadbook.
Overnight with breakfast in Cabras
Today a nice round tour through the fascinating Sinis wetlands where you will see colonies of pink flamingos. There is time for some relaxation on the beautiful sand beach of Is Arutas and you can visit the Phoenician ruins of Tharro an ancient port. You cross the interesting town of Oristano and continue until Arborea, where your overnight stay is.
Overnight with breakfast in Arborea
Distance: 33 km / 20,5 mi and /or 36 km / 22,4 miles
Ascent & Descent: + 100m -100m and/or +50m -50m
After breakfast, you have a short transfer to Arborea. You cross the green Costa Verde and will reach the Piscinas beach with over 50m high sand dunes, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and each year the wind sweeps them into new, fascinating shapes.
Overnight with breakfast in Arbus.
Distance 46 – 54 km / 28,5 – 33,5 miles
Ascent & Descent: +1000m – 580m
Today will be a day full of fascinating impressions, history, and enchanting views. You pass the famous mines of Sulcis (Planusartu and Acquaresi), which are recognized by UNESCO as the first geo-mining park in the world. After some relaxation at the golden beach of Portixeddu and looming rocky face of Pan di Zucchero cliff. At the end of this day, you admire the architecture of the old ore washery at Nebida.
Overnight with breakfast in Nebida/Gonnesa
Distance: 41 km / 25, 5 miles
Ascent & Descent: + 765m -1070m
Enjoy the descent to Fontanamare. At Portscuso you will embark on the ferry to Carloforte, on the Island of San Pietro. The island is of volcanic origin. The 18 km of its coasts are mostly rocky; the western and northern part includes some natural grottoes and harbours with a few small beaches. The eastern coast, on which the port of Carloforte lies, is instead low and sandy. In Carloforte you visit the town centre and the historic Tonnara – the ancient building where the fished red tunas were processed for commercialization. From Carloforte you continue your ride to the island of Sant’Antioco.
Overnight with breakfast in Calasetta/Sant’Antioco
Distance: 43 km / 27 miles
Ascent & Descent: + 290m – 435m
A nice ride among vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy the quietness of the rolling plains of Sulcis. At Tratallas you can visit the Pisan Sanctuary, one of the most important monuments of the Sardinian Romanesque period.
Overnight with breakfast in Sant’Anna Arresi/ Porto Pino
Distance 40 km / 25 miles
Ascent & Descent +150m –65m
This last cycling day will take you along the beautiful Costa del Sud with its white beaches, unspoiled landscapes, and imposing cliffs: Cape Malfatano with the 16th-century tower and Cape Spartivento. The archaeological site of the Phoenician and Roman harbor town of Nora is certainly worth a visit. This evening enjoy a delicious Sardinian meal in one of the cosy restaurants and toast with a good glass of Sardinian wine on this marvelous island.
Overnight with breakfast in Pula
Distance 57 km /35 miles
Ascent & Descent +530m -590m
After breakfast ends your cycling tour along the south-west coast of Sardinia
For who like more challenging rides in a rolling hilly terrain. You have to be trained with a good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for children under 14 years. Cycling is an important part of the day, but there will be still time left to explore the towns you pass through. There are significant differences in height. Mostly quiet asphalted and now and some dirt roads.
Average daily distances:
Between 33 km / 20,5 mi – 57 km / 30 mi
min 263 km / 163 mi – max. 303 km / 188 mi
Total ascent / descent: +2885m -2890m
Self-guided daily all year round
Group tour: 25/05 and 11/09
1 or more people.
START / FINISH:
Cabras / Pula