On this stage tour in the south of Sardinia, you will discover the history, culture and natural environment that fascinated Max Leopold Wagner. His stays on the island not only provided for the three volumes of the Etymological Sardinian Dictionary, an essential tool for the study of the Sardinian language, but also “La vita rustica” (The Rustic Life), a book that reflects on life as seen by Wagner during his visits in the various regions of Sardinia. This tour follows in Wagner’s path along quiet roads through some of the most historically and culturally rich regions of Sardinia.
Your day by day program
Arrival in Cagliari. Transfer (not included in the package price) to Cagliari, Check-in and welcome.
Transfer in Geremeas (not included in the package price).
During the morning we spend time getting to know Villasimius and Capo Carbonara. Then on to Muravera and the marvelous Colostrai lagoon. We ride along the coast famous for its rare beauty, abundant bird life including pink flamingos and citrus groves. Dinner and overnight in Muravera.
About 67 km - Total elevation gain: 521 m
From Muravera, we ride through the typical Sardinian villages of Villasalto, Ballao and Escalaplano until we reach the small village of Orroli. A definite site to visit in this village is the Nuraghe Arrubiu, a massive and unique structure dating back 4000 years. And we can’t miss the Omu Axiu museum, which offers us a view of peasant history in Sardinia. Dinner and overnight in Orroli.
About 78 km - Total elevation gain: 1550 m.
After leaving Orroli, we pass through Nurri, Gerrei, Barumini and Collinas on our way to Villanovaforru. In Barumini, we visit the 'Su Nuraxi' nuraghic complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the village of Tuili we can visit the parish church with its lovely paintings. Dinner and overnight in Villanovaforru.
About 50 km - Total elevation gain: 500 m.
We leave central Sardinia and ride towards an interesting area, totally flat and characterized by huge lagoons in which the small fishery is still the main activity of thousand families. Dinner and overnight in Torre dei Corsari.
About 57 km - Total elevation gain: 400 m.
First part of this stage is flat. The road begins to rise slightly as you approach the small village of Guspini, after which the climb becomes more challenging. Here you leave the coastline and ride into the heart of the Sardinian mining area. You also ride through Arbus, the second largest city in Sardinia. Then you descend on a beautiful mountain road toward the sea where the ride ends at Portixeddu. Careful management of your energy, especially during the first part of this stage will allow you to easily tackle the more difficult climbs in the middle of it. Overnight in Portixeddu.
About 73 km – Total elevation gain: 530 m
You begin cycling along the sea and then head briefly inland. The overall altitude gain during this stage is low to medium, with most of the gain during the first 12 km where you experience 15% grades. The view of the white cliffs along the sea here and the enchantment of Sugarloaf Mountain are your rewards for this unique and unforgettable stage. Overnight in Sant'Antioco.
About 74 km – Total elevation gain: 550 m.
After leaving Sant'Antioco, we head toward Pula. This ride takes us to the harbor of Teulada where we begin our ride along the marvelous southwest coast road. This road features not only wonderful beaches at Capo Malfatano, Tuerredda and Capo Spartivento, but also the Aragonese towers from the time of the Spanish occupation of Sardinia. When close to Pula, we can visit the archeological site at Nora with its remains from Punic and Roman times. Overnight in Pula.
About 83 km - Total elevation gain: 500 m.
Transfer to the airport (not included in the Package price) and end of service.
Departures for groups formed on request
- At your arrival at Cagliari airport
- Cagliari airport
- 8 nights in a double-room Bed & Breakfast
- 6 people minimum.
- Daily distance between 70 and 140KM Daily elevation gain between 400 and 1400m
- Luggage transfers by vehicle. You only need to take your day bag with you (for picnics, cameras etc.).
- Single accommodation : 168€
- GPS tracks on USB stick : 25€
- Electric bike rental - TREK Verve+ 2018 or NEOMOUV : 160€
- - 8 nights in a double-room
- - All breakfast during the tour
- - 4 Dinners mentioned in the program
- - Professional guiding
- - Escort and mechanical assistance
- - Briefing
- - Helmet
- - Luggage transfer
- - Flight tickets
- - Arrival and departure transfers
- - Lunches and extras in hotel
- - Dinners not mentionned in the program
- - Bikes (possibility of bike rental)
- - Travel insurance
- - Entrance tickets to the Nuraghe Arrubiu.
- - Anything not mentioned in “the package includes”