Sardinia by bike: the 10 most beautiful itineraries
Sardinia by bike: a trip through Sardinia
Sardinia by bike is ideal for everyone wanting to discover the natural heritage of the island on two wheels, going along roads not in any way inferior to American or Australian panoramas, and experiencing the essence of Mediterranean vegetation and the fragrance of one of the most beautiful seas in the world.
The rocky peaks of Gennargentu to the calcium mountains of Supramonte, the sinuous hill landscapes with a variegated flora, where the air smells of myrtle, time and rosemary, and the coasts surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, biking in Sardinia is truly a fabulous experience to be had at least once in your life.
It is important to do regular training to be able to face uphill and downhill and the challenging routes to discover the authentic Sardinia, joining cycling champions such as Fabian Cancellara to explore the island on board of a bike or a mountain bike. It’s also advisable to choose a route that measures your capacities so you do not make so much effort and you can enjoy the trip surrounded by the island’s natural beauty.
Cycling is a form of sustainable tourism that is quite widespread and outside of the usual patterns, it allows travelers to know the naturalistic treasures, history, culture and gastronomical patrimony of a territory, its environment and the populations that inhabit it.
If you want to visit Sardinia by bike, we will tell you about ten suggestive natural routes of the island called Ichnusa in ancient times.
Sardinia by bike: ten biking itineraries from north to south
Sardinia by bike is a sustainable way of visiting the island, a mobility project called Sardegna ciclabile has the objective of spreading the use of bicycles over the entire island.
Here are the ten best itineraries to mark on your map before leaving.
Alghero-Bosa itinerary: also suggested by the Touring Club Italia, this splendid panoramic road connects the municipality of Alghero with Bosa, a route suspended over sea and land, immersed in the fragrances of the Mediterranean vegetation and the splendid transparent, crystalline Sardinian sea. The colors of the island’s flora and the blue and emerald green shades in the water make a postcard panorama, inhabited by golden eagles and peregrine falcons.
Oristano-Terralba itinerary: from Bosa to Oristano until Terralba, discovering some of the most important natural areas of the island like the Stagno di Cabras, Stagno di Oristano, Santo di Santa Giusta and Sassu. The lake districts in Sardinia are uncontaminated natural paradises where it’s possible to admire the extraordinary beauty of numerous families of flamingos.
Ozieri-Illorai itinerary: the route uniting the territory of Ozieri with the one of Illorai beside Marghine, where you can see the Santu Padre and punta Palai mountain, one of the highest peaks of the Marghine-Goceano chain. North-east of Marghine is the Burgos forest where there are many Nuraghi including Oromo and Orolio, two priceless archeological monuments.
Badesi-Santa Teresa di Gallura itinerary: this route starts in the municipality of Badesi, a window on to crystalline sea at Golfo dell’Asinara, and it arrives at Borgo di Santa Teresa di Gallura which faces the famous Bocche di Bonifacio, the sea strait between Sardinia and Corsica. Along the way there is the Foci del Coghinas and Monte Russo a Capo Testa.
Olbia-Siniscola itinerary: a fascinating rout along the coast connecting the city of Olbia, the fourth most populated town in Sardinia and the second in size after Sassari, with the famous touristic center San Teodoro, located in the historical region Gallura. By going along the Olbia-Siniscola itinerary you can visit Tavolara-Punta di Codo Cavallo, one of the most beautiful protected marine areas of Sardinia, also the Stagno di San Teodoro and the Parco Regionale di Tepilora, Sant’Anna and Rio Posada, a natural area which was recognized on the 14 June 2017 as a biosphere reserve of the UNESCO.
Villaputzu-Villasimius itinerary: for bike lovers this route is a trip to discover the historical and natural heritage of the island: Flumendosa SIC area (siti di importanza Comunitaria – sites of Community importance), the river in the south central part of Sardinia, the Sette Fratelli-Monte Genis park, and also the important archeological sites like Sarcapos settlement and the Torre delle Saline.
Villasimius-Cagliari itinerary: this route runs through the beauty of Sardinia: the Sette Fratelli mountain range, the costs on the Capo Carbonara promontory, the center of Cagliari and its famous beach Il Poetto, the historical districts and natural park of Molentargius-Saline.
Cagliari-Pula itinerary: everyone that can’t resist folk festivals like Sant’Efisio, this route is an opportunity to discover the stages dedicated to the celebration of Cagliari’s saint. The Cagliari-Pula itinerary passes through symbolic locations of the festivities including the church of Sant’Efisio, the sanctuary near Nora and the Archeological park of Pula.
Arbus-Terralba itinerary: this route runs alongside the extraordinary dunes on the coast of Dune di Piscinas in the municipality of Arbus, and leads to the center of Terralba, a municipality in the province of Oristano. The itinerary includes areas of great environmental interest including the extraordinary golden sands in Pistis and Torrential dei Corsari, also the brackish lagoon in Marceddi where you can find the San Giovanni pond.
Transardinia: a mountain-bike adventure 500 km long that starts in Olbia and goes towards Cagliari. A suggestive route through mountainous and marine landscapes, including the Supramonte range, protagonist of the song written by Italian song-writer De André at the end of the 70s, the paths of the transhumance and passing through Massiccio del Gennargentu until the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia.
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