While Italy has so many cultural and historical wonders to explore, many people often forget that the country’s magic stretches far beyond the Italian shoreline.
Just off the mainland you’ll find a whole host of islands, both large and small, each with their own unique traits, customs and reasons to visit!
But of all 450 islands that surround the land of pasta and fine wine, Sardinia is one of the largest and perhaps, for explorers, the most significant.
Located West of the Italian Peninsula, you’d be forgiven for thinking Sardinia was a country on its own, as its size and distance from the Italian mainland certainly make it appear that way.
It even has its own languages spoken exclusively on the island (the main one being Sardinian). But Sardinia is in fact classed as a region of Italy.
That’s why we’re proud to include trips to the island of Sardinia in our selection of stunning Italian cycling holidays!
With three Sardinian cycling holidays to choose from at various prices, there’s something for everybody at all experience levels to enjoy…
The title of this cycling holidays gives you a good idea of what to expect!
If you’re looking to explore the beauty of Sardinia with relative ease and comfort, this is definitely the cycling holiday for you.
Plus, we’ve specially catered this holiday to be more suitable to the whole family. With shorter riding distances and family rooms on request are just some of the ways we’ve made sure your young ones aren’t left out of the fun.
The start of your trip offers you a choice: Santa Atioco, home to one of Sardinia’s ancient cities – a must-visit for history buffs. Or, you can board the ferry to Carloforte, an iconic fishing town located on an island off the Sardinian coast.
You’ll also get to ride through some of the sensational vineyards and rolling fields that make Sardinia an essential visit for lovers of natural, tranquil landscapes.
But what holiday would be complete without a trip to the beach? Towards the end of your stay you’ll get to experience the turquoise waters and golden sands of Chia – a huge stretch of beaches and the perfect location for some sun, sea and sandy fun with the little ones! Or a romantic stroll.
Your last full day lets you explore Pula and the ancient city of Nora. Or, if you’ve had your fill of exploration, simply relax on the beach. It’s really up to you!
A bit of a more challenging affair, our North Sardinia cycling holiday explores the vast northern end of the island (as you’d expect) and is designed for more experienced, confident cyclists who aren’t afraid of putting in a little extra effort to reach their desired destination.
Starting out in Costa Smeralda, home to the rich and famous, you’ll sample some of the views that tempted many millionaires to make Costa Smeralda their home. There’s a reason houses here are the most expensive in Europe! Besides, you might even spot the odd luxury yacht or two on your travels.
Because that’s what this tour is all about – the views! You’ll cycle to the top of some of the most sought after hills on the island, featuring panoramic views of the unmistakable Sardinian landscape stretching for miles in all directions. The hills of San Pantaleo, Sant’Antonio di Gallura and Anglona are just a few examples of unmissable photography opportunities.
Your final day will see you ride on down to Alghero – a place many consider to be the most visually gorgeous and most classic of all Sardinian towns.
Want to experience the very best of Sardinia but a little short on time? Don’t worry, we’ve got the perfect solution…
Our Sardinia Short Break is a condensed version of our other Sardinia trips, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting.
Over the three days (or longer if you choose to extend your visit) you’ll catch all the sights, sounds and experiences that make the South West of Sardinia such a treat.
Tratalias, for example, offers a glimpse into the past and is home to classic architecture much of which is said to be over 1000 years old.
Or how about a trip to Cape Malfantano? Where you can spend your day enjoying the spectacular views over the water and the imposing cliffs and rock faces surrounding you.
An ideal choice for those looking to soak up all the culture Sardinia has to offer, in a fraction of the time.
Want to learn more? You can check out all our Sardinian cycling holidays at Freewheel Holidays here.
Or get in touch today and we’ll help organise the cycling holiday of your dreams!