Day 1: Arrival to Alghero
Arrival in Alghero Airport and transfer to Hotel El Faro or Villa Mosca. You'll have a bike fitting in the afternoon. The Sardinian town of Alghero is a lively and pretty city and a flourishing tourist attraction not only for the summer masses and elite tourism, but also for a new cosmopolitanism. It is famous because it has been dominated by Catalans and just here, some people speak the Catalan language.
The Mura Catalane (Catalan walls) still surround the old town center on the seaward side, the walls have towers, and it will be pleasant for you to walk along and have a drink at sunset before a seafood dinner! Enjoy a special welcome gourmet dinner, tasting the special Catalan cuisine of the area.
Overnight in Alghero.
Day 2: Loop ride Capo Caccia and Vermentino wine area (33 mi/54 km)
Leaving the pretty city of Alghero heading north, you'll ride in the terrific Vermentino wine area. In this region called Nurra, the wind blows directly from the Northwest, and the plants can't grow up over a few meters tall. Today if you have time you will be able to visit Capo Caccia: Calcareous rocks spattered with caves and ravines that hide a mysterious world atop the turquoise sea.
The area of Punta di Giglio and Capo Caccia is an underwater cave paradise. Here the Grotta di Nettuno, under the spur of Capo Caccia, is reachable by sea or by descending the many steps of the Escala dei Cabriol, which are about 110 meters in drop. You'll discover caverns made all the more atmospheric by the presence of stalactites and stalagmites.
Later, enjoy an olive oil tasting and wine tasting at wine resort Leda d'Ittiri at Fertilia. Go back by van to Alghero. Dinner included at La Botteghina restaurant.
Overnight in Alghero.
Day 3: Bosa, Santu Lussurgiu Medieval Hilltown and Malvasia Wine (32 mi/52 km)
Departure from the hotel. We'll leave Alghero and arrive to Bosa, skirting the coast up and down for about 40km. In Bosa, you can admire the massive complex of the Castello dei Malaspina. Due to a series of quite unique events, Bosa has managed to keep its territory unchanged.
You'll continue and bike along country roads, passing through small villages and climb on the Montiferru Massive, where you'll see the famous Siete Fuentes water sources in San Leonardo. Soon you will arrive in Santu Lussurgiu, admiring the great plateau of Ghilarza.
Arrive to Santu Lussurgiu and walk around the village, which develops around the small rustic church of Santa Croce; it has ancient stone houses built in a concentric configuration along winding and steep, narrow, cobbled lanes which you will love to explore! And ready for your second cooking class at Agriturismo. Our chef will introduce you to the preparation of Sardinian specialty as ravioli Culurgiones.
Overnight in Santu Lussurgiu.
Day 4: Loop ride Oristano and Sinis Peninsula (41 mi/67 km)
Today we will bike along country roads passing through small villages such as Narbolia or Bonarcado. Soon we will arrive on the Campidano flat in Riola Sardo we will have an olive oil tasting hardly forgettable. Then straight to the Sinis Peninsula where there are plenty of lagoons and wetlands, where depending on the season, you will be able to see wonderful pink flamingos and where you can visit the ruins of the Punic-Roman port city of "Tharros" with a breathtaking view.
Finally we will arrive in Oristano, a town of horsemen famous for its Sartiglia, a medieval horse race.
Overnight in Oristano.
Day 5: Gesturi and Sa Giara High Plateau (43 mi/69 km)
Bike inland from Oristano through small villages and country roads enjoying the landscape of the vast flatlands towards the central hilly regions of Sardinia. See murals of the small towns each with their own prehistoric Nuragic fortified towers, some towers with villages and others with remnant tombs of the giants.
Overnight in Gesturi.
Day 6: Loop ride via Cabras, Tharros, and Oristano (34 mi/54 km)
Today we will ride inland around the Giara Plateau, a 600m high plane up on the sea level where wild black horses called Giarini live. Enjoy a local wine tasting at the Cantina Olianas in a neighboring town called Gergei before taking the downhill to Barumini. Today's route will take us to the most famous and most intact of all the prehistoric stone fortresses in all of Sardinia, located in the town of Barumini where you will be able to take a guided tour and walk inside the Unesco World Heritage complex of Su Nuraxi. We will have a light lunch in Barumini before the visit at the Museum. Tonight we'll have a farewell dinner at our bed and breakfast.
Overnight in Gesturi.
Day 7: Departure
After a farewell breakfast together, private transfer to Cagliari airport or to town.