Hard ups, scary downs and hard off-road sections.
Top Five Places to Explore on Sardinia Holidays
Serra Orrios: Located near the mountain town of Dorgali, Serra Orrios is a Nuraghic village famous for its archaeological complex made up of circular huts and ancient temples dating back to 1500 BC. This is one of the most incredible prehistoric sites in Italy and at sunset, it becomes even more captivating. Across the island, you’ll see towers built by the Nuraghes which represent the rich heritage of the island.
Nora: The ancient city of Nora stands inside the Pula Archaeological Park and is one of the most impressive and well-preserved Phoenician sites in the world. It’s worth visiting on Sardinia tours as you’ll have the chance to dig a little deeper into the island’s past. Walk around the ancient temple and baths and the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre to get an insight into the incredible history. Just a bit further along lies a partially submerged cemetery, which was only discovered because of a storm, and lots of Roman mosaics can also be found beneath the water.
San Salvatore Sinis: You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve just arrived on the set of a Sergio Leone film when you visit San Salvatore Sinis, as this unusual, uninhabited site was once the location for spaghetti Westerns. As you walk around the dusty and desolate hamlet, you’ll find the Roman hypogeum, an underground temple which was reconstructed in the 6th century and pays testament to the religions of this time. Narrow passageways of the village are lined with crumbling single-storey houses, and there was once a saloon here but sadly it was destroyed in a fire and never restored.
Costa Smeralda: Arguably the most picturesque region of Sardinia, Costa Smeralda is known for its astounding coastline that’s punctuated by clifftop villages and sweeping bays where the emerald waters wash onto golden sands. Porto Cervo is the central resort where jet setters and A-listers often come to dine at the fine restaurants in the Piazzetta. An evening stroll along the harbour, among the super yachts and luxury boutiques, is a must or you could head into the Gallura countryside where smugglers once hid in the cork forest.
Gorropu Gorge: Known as the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’, Gorropu Gorge is the largest of its kind in Italy and its vertiginous walls plummet 500 metres, making it Europe’s deepest natural gorge. As if this isn’t spectacular enough, erosion of the landscape over millions of years, caused by the Flumineddu River, has made it even more beautiful. Gorropu Gorge lies among the Supramonte mountains and a great way to really appreciate its immensity and natural beauty is by canoeing along the river. If you visit between March and May, the landscape explodes with colourful spring flowers.
Lisa Wilkinson Cycling in Sardinia
Marisa Messore Cycling in Sardinia
Amazing trip, great mix of cycling and beach with swimming. The scenery and the routes were so beautiful. It was one of the best cycling trips I have done. And of course the Italian food was. excellent.
Robert Pratt Cycling in Sardinia
We had pretty bad weather but apart from a few minutes we managed to avoid the rain – until Cagliari. The trip was superb, mainly because of the leader Giovanni and driver Antonio, though our group (11 in total) could not have got on better – a superb bunch of folks. The cycling was spectacular on days 2,3 and 6 with mountain roads and spectacular views. We also managed to swim twice and enjoy lunch on 3 beach restaurants. Giovanni and Antonio really looked after us, having to revert to plan B or C due to the cold and dull weather. The highlight for me was Carloforte – beautiful place. The worst thing was the flight times from the UK, meaning we arrived late at our first hotel and on our return home. Overall – brilliant week, would highly recommend.
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