Cycling a road bike in the north of Sardinia
Road cycling Sardinia: leaving Alghero, direction Bonorva

North Sardinia Grand Tour

From € 825,00

The North Sardinia Grand Tour by racing bike is one of the best tours of southern Italy. Free from motorised traffic roads with a wonderful view to the sea. The pink granite shaped by the wind makes the scenery unique and evocative. Dolcevita Bike Tours offers high quality bikes for hire that will make this cycling experience in Sardinia unique.

  • Tour type Road Cycling
  • Holiday type Self guided
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This is a fantastis road cycling trip of Northern Sardinia. It is possible to start cycling the grand tour either in Alghero or Olbia, whichever most convenient. This road bike tour is a dream for bike addicted, if you like to feel yourself as Vincenzo Nibali or Fabio Aru at the Giro d'Italia this is the perfect trip for you! 

Highlights

  • Ancient towns of Alghero and Castelsardo
  • Limbara Granite Massif
  • Marghine and Goceano forests
  • The old traditions of central Sardinia
  • Sardinian food and wine

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1st day: tour start day
Private transfer or independent arrival to Alghero, overnight.

2nd day: Alghero to Mores (81 km, climb 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.

Highlights of the day:
- The coastal view leaving Alghero,
- The climb towards Villanova,
- Lake Temo.


3rd day: Mores to Pattada (79 km, climb 1516mt)
This is a terrific day crisscrossing the Goceano mountain chain featuring a variegated 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. End your day in Pattada, famous for its handmade knife Pattadesa, a cult object prized by collectors all over the world thanks to its shape, durability, finish and inlays of precious stones and metals.

Highlights of the day:
- The Goceano mountain range,
- The wild and remote interior.


4th day: Pattada to Posada (86 km, climb 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 with the exhilarating descent over Siniscola. Your base tonight is Posada, a medieval village perched on a green limestone hill dominated by the Castello della Fava, from which you can admire the splendid panorama of the sea and the surrounding plain.

Highlights of the day:
- The stunning limestone range of Monte Albo,
- The descent towards Siniscola.


5th day: Posada to Olbia (55 km, climb 300m)
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. On the pedestrianised high street Corso Umberto you can relax savouring some of the local specialities, accompanied by a glass of cold vermentino wine.

Highlights of the day:
- The amazing island of Tavolara,
- Beaches of Budoni,
- The lively centre of Olbia.


6th day: Olbia to Castelsardo (103 km, climb 1400m)
Leave the coast and 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. We are in the heart of the island’s major cork production area. Hundreds of cork businesses (sugherifici), large and small, are concentrated around Calangianus and Tempio, the two main centres of the area. Ride past the impressive valley of the moon, consisting of amazing granite rocks shaped by the force of the weather over thousands of years to end your day back to the coast in Castelsardo, a charming village perched high up on a cape overlooking the sea.

Highlights of the day:
- Cork oak forest on Limbara mountain range,
- Granite building of Tempio Pausania,
- La Valle della Luna (moon valley),
- The old town of Castelsardo.


7th day: Castelsardo to Alghero (97 km, climb 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.


Highlights of the day:
- The rolling hills of Anglona,
- The Castle of Osilo,
- The ancient Catalan town of Alghero.


8th day: end of tour
After breakfast, end of services.

Dossier

Cycling legs: 6

  • Leg 1 tappa impegnativatappa impegnativatappa impegnativa
  • Leg 2 tappa impegnativatappa impegnativatappa impegnativa
  • Leg 3 tappa mediatappa mediatappa media
  • Leg 4 tappa faciletappa faciletappa facile
  • Leg 5 tappa mediatappa mediatappa media
  • Leg 6 tappa mediatappa mediatappa media

Legenda
tappa faciletappa faciletappa facile easy (distance less than 80 km, elevation gain less than 800 m)
tappa mediatappa mediatappa media medium (distance between 80 km and 100 km, elevation gain between 800 m and 1300 m)
tappa impegnativatappa impegnativatappa impegnativa challenging (distance more than 100 km, elevation gain more than 1300 m)

Overview
  • Bike Tour code: RCS1
  • Cycling vacation type: self guided tour
  • Nearest airports: Olbia OLB (arrival and departure), Alghero AHO (arrival and departure)
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Departures: Every Saturday all year round, it is possible to start other days paying a supplement

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€ 825,00

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE

  • 7 nights in 3 Star hotels, Guest houses, Farm houses, all rooms with en suite bathroom
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Tour presentation (welcome meeting/call)
  • Supply of maps
  • Baggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Telephone assistance

NOT INCLUDED 

  • Local Taxes (approx. 10 €)
  • Admission to museums and archaeological sites

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

High season supplement: € 160 (from 27.06 to 04.09)
Single room supplement: € 150 (€ 400 in case of a person travelling alone)
Non Saturday start supplement: € 60
Road bike rental: € 180 (€ 25 each additional day) - Cube Attain GTC race 2019 or similar
E-Road bike rental: € 220 (€ 30 each additional day)
E-Bike rentals must be credit card protected!

Transfer rates per person (min. 2 persons; any additional pax: -50%)

  • Alghero Airport - Hotel: € 20
  • Olbia Airport - Hotel: € 20
  • Alghero - Olbia: € 90

Guest's bike transportation: € 10/bike (fixed rate)

Our Hotels

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.

Villa Piras Alghero
Liberty Pattada
Cavour Olbia
Riviera Castelsardo