USA AND CANADA
USA AND CANADA
We meet in Pula an authentic seaside town in an enviable idyllic location far from the undesired hubbub. During the day we have time to prepare and check over the bikes and have our pre-tour briefing. Afterward, we can go for our first, of many swims, in the crystal clear waters of Sardinia and then relax in a cafe or stroll through the old town before having dinner on the beach!
Hotel: Is Morus Relais
Distance: 103 km / 64 mi
Elevation gain: 930 m / 3050 ft
Hotel: Stella del Sud
The first day of the tour is a "shake-down" ride. On this first stage we will discover the suggestive and wild "Costa del Sud", with its white beaches, the luxuriant nature and its imposing cliffs: Cape Malfatano with its tower of the XVI century and Capo Spartivento. This days ride ends on the island of Sant’Antioco, a place to unwind, enjoy true Sardinian hospitality and discover the island’s historical and cultural heritage.
Distance: 119 km / 74 mi
Elevation gain: 1983 m / 6500 ft
Hotel: Le Dune
This stage is dedicated to the ancient mining history of Sardinia, with the fascinating abandoned mines of Ingortosu and Masua. The island of Sardinia, and the area we ride on this day, is geologically rich and has many hidden treasures. Mining in Sardinia has a long history stretching back two thousand years, to the Phoenician and the Roman eras.
We leave the island of Sant'Antioco and quickly reach the beautiful beach of Fontanamare and then the suggestive rock of Pan di Zucchero. The more adventurous can descend (and then climb back up...) the 540 steps to visit the abandoned mine of Laveria Lamarmora that is nestled in the colors of the "macchia mediterranea".
A final long steep and technical descent drops us into one of the most desolate beaches in Sardinia where we will find our hotel nestled between the sand dunes.
Distance: 114 km / 71 mi
Elevation gain: 1248 m / 4094 ft
Hotel: Villa Asfodeli
Today's ride take takes us through the famous "Costa Verde", a set of immense beaches and imposing cliffs, high dunes and sand deserts that penetrate for more than a kilometer and go down to the sea.
We then ride through the town of Oristano and pass the wetlands of Santa Giusta and Cabras; if we are lucky, we will see some pink Flamingos.
Our day ends in the town of Tresnurags, an area which was inhabited since the Nuragic period (the first inhabitants of Sardinia).
The best way to see the stunning Sardinian coast is to view it from the sea. Today we take a beautiful sailing vessel for a day cruising the secluded bays in inlets north of the town of Bosa.
What better way to rest those legs while swimming in the crystal clear water of a secluded bay! We spend the whole day on board while catching some sun and drinking some great Sardinian wine.
Distance: 122 km / 76 mi
Elevation gain: 1714 m / 5263 ft
Hotel: Baga Baga
The day starts by rolling through the town of Bosa and then riding one of the most spectacular roads you will ride!! This twisty road follows the coastline like a glove and gives you some stunning views you will not forget.
We will stop for a quick coffee in the bustling town of Alghero before stopping for a visit and lunch in one of the most prestigious wineries in Sardinia.
Our ride finishes at the coastal town of Castelsardo which sits on a small hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
Distance: 92 km / 57 mi
Elevation gain: 1314 m / 4311 ft
Hotel: Cala di Lepre
This is our last "real" stage as the last day is quite easy.
We ride the undulating coastal ride that gives us some stunning views of endless inlets and beautiful bays. Some of the route takes us more inland to get a taste of the rougher inland.
We finish the day by arriving back on the coast on the northeastern tip of Sardinia which is considered the real gem of the island.
Distance: 64 km / 57 mi
Elevation gain: 844 m / 4311 ft
Hotel: Cala di Lepre
Our last ride is an easy one but probably one of the most scenic. After a few kms we hop onto a ferry ride up to La Maddalena, a little archipelago off the coast of the main island. We'll ride through secluded bays with views of the craggy coastline before crossing the bridge to Maddalena's sister island, Caprera. We'll spend some time learning about Giuseppe Garibaldi's life and legacy, as Caprera was the historic home of one of modern Italy's most fascinating figures.