Mountain Biking in Sardinia

Mountain Biking in Sardinia

The beautiful island of Sardinia doesn’t appear on most people’s 'must visit' list of potential mountain biking destinations and yet the island has so much to offer. A dense network of perfect mountain bike trails, great weather, stunning scenery and fantastic food are just some of the highlights. This trip visits the historic south-west corner of the island - home to a vast area of cork and ilex forest and dotted with ancient mines that once provided work for thousands of local people. During the course of the week you’ll get to ride some of the best mountain bike trails on the island - everything from flowing woodland singletrack to ancient Roman supply roads and scenic coastal jeep trails. There’s plenty of climbing and descending during the week, so you’re sure to go home with your fitness and skills level raised a couple of notches. With the addition of a warm welcome, great accommodation and stunning scenery, it won’t be long until Sardinian singletrack is on everyone’s trail radar.

Day 1 : Start Pula

The trip starts at our hotel in Pula. The leaders will organise an optional group meal, taken at one of the town's local restaurants.


Day 2 : Start with some amazing forest riding, including a tough descent to the beach of Chia. Later we follow an ancient Roman route back to Pula

We start the trip as we mean to continue with some amazing forest riding through the typical ilex and cork forest that is so common in this part of the island. One of the highlights of the day is a challenging technical descent down to the beach at Chia, arguably the most beautiful in the south of the island. After lunch we head back to our hotel in Pula on an ancient Roman coastal road, which connects the settlements of Nora and Bithia. This coastal road has stunning views down to the coastline for most of its length. Distance cycled 61km. Approximate height gain 900m


Day 3 : A challenging early morning climb, followed by a long descent and a wine tasting in Sandati. Continue to our overnight stop in Nuxis

Today we warm up our legs with a challenging early morning climb up to Piscinamanna. We gain height pretty quickly via a hairpinned track and are rewarded with both great views at the summit and an amazing descent afterwards. We will take a rest stop in Santadi at a local vineyard which produces the famous Sardinian wine Terre Brune. After the stop we continue onwards to our overnight destination in Nuxis. Distance cycled 67km. Approximate height gain 1300m


Day 4 : Today we're riding close to the old mining areas of Rosa and Orbai. After a picnic lunch in an ancient olive grove, we descend to the cave of San Giovanni for a visit

Today we're riding close to the old mining areas of Rosas and Orbai. After a picnic lunch in an ancient olive grove, we descend to the cave of San Giovanni. The cave is a natural tunnel carved out of the limestone by water over the millennia and is nearly 1km in length. We will ride right through the cave and out the far side, where we enter the Marganai forest. We finish with a climb up to our fantastic agriturismo accommodation in Domusnovas. Distance cycled 48km. Approximate height gain 1200m


Day 5 : Amazing trails through ilex forest start the ride today. Later we visit the Roman temple at Antas, before an incredible descent down to the bay of Portixeddu

After breakfast we head out riding on amazing trails through ilex forest around the village of Tinny and on to the former mine site at Arenas. Later there is an optional visit to the Roman temple at Antas, which lay undiscovered for centuries in a remote valley. After our stop there is an incredible descent down to Buggerru and the bay of Portixeddu. Tonight we stay in a hilltop agriturismo with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Distance cycled 52km. Approximate height gain 850m.


Day 6 : Coastal ride to the undeveloped beach of Scivu. Later we head past the old village of Ingortosu and on to our accommodation in Montevecchio

We spend most of today riding close to the stunning coastline, initially heading for the undeveloped beach of Scivu. Later we head past the old mining village of Ingortosu and on to our overnight accommodation in an agriturismo in Montevecchio, where we will spend two nights. Distance cycled 56km. Approximate height gain 1300m


Day 7 : We start with an amazing singletrack descent along the Rio Irvi valley down to the Piscinas beach. In the afternoon we climb inland towards Monte Arcuentu

Today we start with a truly spectacular singletrack descent along the length of the Rio Irvi valley. The trail crosses from one side of the valley to the other, in total crossing the river 18 times as we head down to the incredible Piscinas beach. This beach is famous for having some of Europe's highest sand dunes, some of which are over 50m high. In the afternoon we climb inland away from the Costa Verde and on towards Monte Arcuentu. We return to our agriturismo in Montevecchio where we spend our last night together. Distance cycled 38km. Approximate height gain 920m


Day 8 : End Montevecchio

The trip finished after breakfast in Montevecchio.


  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Local bike hire
Exclusions:
Any airfare, train fare, travel insurance, airport taxes & visa. Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary. All items of personal nature & tips. Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation. Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary. Extra nights at the beginning or the end of the trip. Any natural calamity which is beyond the control of the tour operator. Anything not mentioned in "Package Includes". Rooms are subject to availability. GST 5%. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms & conditions apply.
Disclaimer:
Prices are per person on twin share basis. Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers. Package valid till 15th October 2017. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms and conditions apply.