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E-Bike Cycling on the Costa Smeralda

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Cycling
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
C07SM
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Cycling

Sardinia's north western coast, the aptly named Costa Smeralda, has been enchanting visitors for years with its stunning rugged coastline, beautiful inlets, impeccable white sandy beaches and of course impossibly turquoise seas. This 7 night self guided holiday takes you to some of the highlights of the Emerald Coast, as well as to its lesser known inland wine area, inner heartlands and traditional hilltop villages, which sit perfectly placed between Sardinia's craggy mountains and the glittering sea.

Explore la Maddalena, an island of simply exquisite beauty encapsulating the very best coastal vistas of pristine shores, deserted coves and shimmering waters. Pedal into the heart of the Gallura countryside, once the territory of smugglers and bandits that hid in the age old cork forest. Sample some of the best wines Sardinia has to offer from its abundant Vermentino vineyards and discover the mysterious nuraghe - remarkable Bronze Age remains that are unique to Sardinia. Pick up a souvenir at the lively market in the artists' village of San Pantaleo and wander the chic, pastel coloured lanes of elegant Porto Cervo before ending the trip in Cannigione, the gateway to the Costa Smeralda.

Highlights

  • Sparkling turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, undiscovered coves, far reaching coastal views
  • Visit Porto Cervo, glamorous capital of the Costa Smeralda
  • Prehistoric nuraghi, boundless vineyards, ancient cork forest, hilltop artists' villages
  • Island hop to the stunning isles of la Maddalena and Caprera

Key information

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 star and 4 star hotels
  • 5 days self-guided move on cycling; 1 day optional circular ride
  • 82% tarmac, 12% gravel roads
  • Short distances but lots of ascents and descents
  • E-bikes included
  • Countries visited: Italy

What's included

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • High quality e-bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Wine tasting on day 5

What's not included

  • Hotel tourist tax (approx. 10€ per person)
  • Ferries to and from La Maddalena (approx. 10€ person)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Solo traveller supplements (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

12% of the trip is on strada bianca, and the rest is on tarmac

Day by day breakdown
Day 241.0km/26.0miles
Day 325.0km/16.0miles
Day 429.0km/18.0miles
Day 525.0km/16.0miles
Day 621.0km/13.0miles
Day 735.0km/22.0miles

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Itinerary

Cannigione
to
Cannigione
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Cannigione

    Arrive in Cannigione, the gateway to the Costa Smeralda.

  • Day 2

    Cannigione to Palau via La Maddalena

    Pedal along the coast to Palau, then hop on a ferry to La Maddalena, a National Park and one of the 60 islands in Sardinia's largest archipelago. There are breathtaking views as you follow the stunning coastal road around the island. Cross to the island of Caprera, the resting place of Garibaldi, the unifier of Italy, before returning to vibrant Palau.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Palau to Santa Teresa Gallura

    Head for the hills and the pretty village of San Pasquale for spectacular views of La Maddalena archipelago. Continue on tranquil country lanes to the charming seaside town of Santa Teresa, with its rugged coastline and gorgeous sandy beach, and views over to Corsica on a clear day.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Santa Teresa Gallura to Stazzo

    Detour to the promontory of Capo Testa for superb vistas over to the Bonificio Strait then head into the peaceful Gallura countryside with its endless cork forests, dramatic wind carved boulders and craggy peaks looming overhead. Overnight in a stunning Sardinian stazzo, a series of lovingly converted rural dwellings, with swimming pool and wellness centre.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Nuraghe loop ride

    Cycle along quiet country lanes to the megalithic Giant's Grave of Coddu Vecchiu and the Nuraghe la Prisgiona, the fascinating stone remains of a Bronze Age village. Today the sites are surrounded by endless Vermentino vineyards. Savour the prize-winning wine in a local winery (wine tasting included) before returning to your stazzo.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Stazzo to San Pantaleo

    Ride to colourful Arzachena, the town around which the Costa Smeralda emerged, then climb to the lovely village of San Pantaleo, nestled below towering granite crags. A haven for artists and sculptors, wander round the village's cobbled streets and its art shops and cafes and enjoy its lively artisan market (Thursday morning).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    San Pantaleo to Cannigione

    Superb cycling today as you make your way back to the Costa Smeralda. Lunch perhaps in glamorous Porto Cervo with its exclusive boutiques and fine dining, then pedal past white sandy beaches, hidden inlets framed by fragrant juniper bushes and impossibly turquoise waters to Cannigione.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Cannigione

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

The food on Sardinia is as unique as it is, with simple dishes packed with intense flavours. Rich sheep cheeses served with the traditional, crisp shepherd's flat bread, saffron infused ravioli and to finish, cheese and lemon seadas drizzled in honey can be found everywhere, as well as, of course, freshly caught seafood, all washed down with the excellent local Carignano and Vermentino wines. Fregola – a kind of giant couscous often served tomatoes and seafood – is also  popular. Of course, you also get the more traditional Italian dishes including pizza, and grilled or roasted meats – like suckling pig – which make tasty secondi. To compliment the end of your meal, try a glass of Mirto - Sardinia’s after dinner liqueur, which is made from the leaves of the myrtle plant.

Weather

Sardinia enjoys a Mediterranean climate, usually warm in spring and autumn and hot, dry summers. April, May, September and October usually have an average daytime temperatures around 20-25ºC. Rain is unlikely but possible throughout the year.

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Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Average daily distance: 29km (18 miles).
No. of days cycling: 6
Terrain and route: 12% of the trip is on strada bianca, and the rest is on tarmac

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. Your bikes will be delivered to the start hotel, all set up relevant to your height and ready to go. Our local agent will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

The agent on this holiday will require you to sign a disclaimer form for the hire of the bike. They will also require a pre-authorisation on your credit card as a guarantee in the event of any damage to /loss of the e-bike.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes into larger towns and cities.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Whilst every effort has been made to avoid main roads on this trip, some small sections are unavoidable. Roads in Sardinia are generally quiet, but there is a notable increase in traffic to this popular part of Sardinia in the hot summer months of July and August. If you prefer quieter roads and to avoid very hot weather, it's better to come outside these months

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. We have suggested that 12yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each day's cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities. Please consider the weather when choosing to book, temperatures can be high in the middle of summer.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Ebike Cycling on the Costa Smeralda

Hotel San Pantaleo
Hotel San Pantaleo

Your accommodation for the week is in comfortable hotels with enviable positions, including a stunningly converted stazzo (a series of lovingly converted rural dwellings) with spa facilities, and a 4* hotel overlooking the bustling harbour in Palau.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration.
For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Additional Accommodation

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales consultant for availability and prices.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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