What to expect
Pristine beaches, offshore islands and historic towns – Sardinia’s southern coast is an idyllic place for a cycling break. Designed specifically for families, this gentle tour involves shorter distances, with the option to hire trailers and kids’ seats. Your holiday begins on Sant’Antioco – a tiny island connected to Sardinia via a causeway. From here, ride to the beach or take a ferry to neighbouring San Pietro island.
You’ll spend the rest of the week in southern Sardinia, pedalling through vineyards and olive groves of the Sulcis Plains, and exploring Chia’s pristine coves – with their apricot-coloured sands and turquoise waters, Malfatano and Campana beaches are particularly good for families. To reduce the time spent packing and unpacking, you’ll spend a couple of nights in most locations, including Sardinia’s prettiest town of Pula with its charming old town and alleyways.
At a glance
- Easy cycle rides with shorter distances tailored to families
- Beautiful islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro
- Peaceful Sucis Plains and the pretty town of Pula
- Idyllic Chia beaches with turquoise waters and pale sands
Day 1 (Sat):
Arrive in Sant’Antioco
Take a transfer from the airport, or make your own way to your hotel on Sant’Antioco – an island which connects to Sardinia’s southwest corner via a mile-long causeway
Day 2 (Sun):
Carloforte (San Pietro) or Maladroxia (Sant’Antioco)
15 miles (24km); or 12 miles (20km)
Today you can either cycle to Maladroxia beach (famous for its turquoise waters) or take the ferry to San Pietro island – here, you can cycle to the fishing village of Carloforte, then continue to the lagoons with their pink flamingos and beaches. Spend the night on Sant’Antioco.
Day 3 (Mon):
Plains of Sulcis
16 miles (25 km)
Cycle through vineyards and olive groves as you tour southern Sardinia’s peaceful Sulcis region. Visit the little town of Tratalias, where the Pisan sanctuary is one of the most important monuments of the Sardinian Romanesque period. Overnight in/near Porto Pino.
Day 4 (Tue):
The South Coast
22 miles (36 km)
Ride along Sardinia’s beautiful Costa del Sud (south coast), passing white-sand beaches and imposing cliffs. The bay at Cape Malfatano is a picturesque place to stop for a dip, and you’ll tour past the lighthouse at Cape Spartivento before arriving at Chia’s famous beaches. Overnight in Chia.
Day 5 (Wed):
Chia discover day (optional rest day)
Spend a full day enjoying Chia’s beaches – Cala Cipolla, Su Giudeu and Campana are particularly special. Alternatively, you could hike along the old Roman road above Sa Colonia beach and Cala dei Pini. Overnight in Chia.
Day 6 (Thu):
Chia – Pula
14 miles (23 km)
Enjoy a short ride to the pretty town of Pula, stopping for a dip in the shallow waters at Santa Margherita beach. Overnight in Pula
Day 7 (Fri):
Pula discover day
12 miles (20km)
Finish your holiday with an optional cycle loop through Pula’s surrounding countryside, or head straight to the family-friendly beach and Phoenician ruins at Nora – once one of Sardinia’s most powerful cities. Overnight in Pula
Day 8 (Sat):
Depart from Pula
Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home.
3* & 2* Hotels and a B&B
We use a pool of 3* and 2* hotels and a bed and breakfast to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- 3* & 2* hotels and a bed and breakfast
- Breakfast included
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transfers included
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation in 3/2 star hotels and a B&B
- Board Basis: Bed & breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information
- Local contact number for assistance
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Local Taxes (approximately €10)
- Admission to museums and archeological sites
- Tickets for ferry to Carloforte
Child and room share reductions (3rd and 4th in room)
- Up to 2 years: 100%
- 3 to 6 years: 50%**
- 7 to 12 years: 30%**
- aged 13 years plus: 10%
**discount already applied on prices shown for triple & quad rooms - please enquire for other mixes of age groups
Non-Saturday arrival supplement - £55.00 per person (minimum 2 passengers)
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, lock, water bottle, plus handlebar bag, odometer, spare inner tube and repair kit for every two bikes all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.
Hybrid 27 gear with pannier
9-gear with pannier
You can add these when you price your trip
How to Get There
Fly to Cagliari
Fly from Cagliari
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Sardinia holiday was excellent; people, food exotic beaches and interesting archeology -loved the capital Cagliari and museums, sun shined every day despite being October and final hotel was superbMelanie Mcbreen , UK, October 2017
Excellent cycling holiday with lots to see and beaches to explore!Joanna Boaler, UK, September 2017