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Classic Cols of Sardinia

Road Cycling Holidays in Sardinia

  • Cycle Sardinia: the ‘highlights’ of the coastal and mountain areas in 6 days.
  • Flexible itinerary to suit mixed ability groups with optional extras for those looking for a challenge.
  • Cycle at your own pace during the ride, so there is no being held up or holding others up.
  • Pass Genna Silana and the Orientale Sarda Road – showcased by the Giro in 2017.
  • 4* hotels (with pools), plus traditional Sardinian cuisine (all evening meals & wine included)
  • Excellent support from 2 customised support vans and 2 experienced, proactive guides focused on making your holiday the best it can be

Days on the bike

6 days

wonderful trip, fab company and as usual impeccable support and organisation- will be back for more

M Dalzell


The Mediterranean Italian island of Sardinia is another paradise for cyclists featuring beautiful mountain scenery, fantastic weather conditions, white sandy beaches and vast, sparsely populated mountainous areas with almost traffic-free roads (and great tarmac!). We have put together this ‘Classic Cols’ style cycling holiday to showcase what the island has to offer and we guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

This holiday is not just about the cycling and during the week you’ll be immersed in the culture and have an opportunity to taste the cuisine of the island. In addition, we have designed this holiday with your comfort off the bike in mind, so at the end of your ride you can enjoy the ambience of our 4* hotels (most with pools and some with spa facilities).

Cycling in the mountains is never easy but the gradients are generally kind, so the Classic route of this tour is one of our more leisurely offerings (average of 83km with 1475m ascent). Naturally, if you do all the optional extras then you will be suitably challenged (average of 121km with 2383m ascent).

It is important to us that you book the right holiday for you, so do download and read the Trip Notes for all you need on how this holiday works, food, accommodation and travel…

In case you’re wondering “what’s the difference between Sardinia and Corsica?” (something we’re often asked), we posted a blog to answer this question (in two parts, in fact – there was a lot to say!). It’s a great read and we hope it helps you decide which of these Mediterranean isles is best for you and your two wheels. You can read Part I & Part II by following these links.

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check

Departure Dates & Prices

Due to the lack of direct flight options as a result of the Covid shuffle up of the aviation industry, we will not be running any Sardinia departures in 2022. However, we are planning to return to this beautiful isle in 2023. Please contact the office to register your interest early (particularly if there’s a group of you) and/or sign up to our newsletter via the Check Availability button, so you’ll be first to know when our new 2023 dates are available. We look forward to hearing from you!



Day 0: Travel Out

We offer included airport transfers from either Cagliari or Olbia airport – please contact us to find out which airport we’ll be using for the departure dates you are interested in. The transfer time is around 2hrs 15mins to the 4* Spa Resort Hotel SaMuvara, situated at 800m in the heart of the Gennargentu mountains – the perfect place to start and end your holiday. Assemble your bike (or set up your hire bike) before the welcome briefing and dinner. For those arriving early, the afternoon can be spent relaxing by the pool, or there are several good rides that can be done from the hotel.

Full travel and group airport transfer information can be found in our Trip Notes.

Day 1: Aritzo to Valico Strisaili

Today’s ride is the perfect introduction to cycling in Sardinia. Circumnavigate the Gennargentu Massif on a series of quiet roads to Arcu Correboi (1246m). The views from here are spectacular and the descent on the ‘old road’ is an absolute gem: the gradients are constant, the corners are sweeping and it is virtually traffic free! On reaching the valley bottom you undulate through a sparse landscape of rock and ancient oak trees.

Your destination is the 4* Orlando Resort Hotel, nestled in Santa Barbara National Park. With a fine kitchen, spa & pool facilities you will be pleased to hear that we stay here for the next two nights. Retiring gracefully to a lounger is a good option, but, as always, there is more cycling to be done and the Arzana loop will certainly test your legs.

Classic Route: 83km with 1600m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge Route: 110km with 2300m ascent [ride profile]

Day 2: Tour of Monte Tonneri

The mountainous landscape to the West is your playground for today. Undulate  around the craggy flanks of Monte Tonneri on a narrow and very pleasing road, surely built for cycling pleasure! A vast reservoir, vertical limestone cliffs, ancient forests, olive plantations and massive rock columns are all on the menu. Needless to say, there are a few cheeky little climbs towards the end of the day to ensure you build up your appetite for another feast at the Orlando Resort.

Today’s optional extra takes you on an epic descent, almost to sea level, down the Western side of the mighty Rio Flumendosa. The return to your hotel at 900m requires that you dig deep and take on the 16km climb up the Eastern side of the valley. It is a stunning climb, through terraced plantations and vineyards.

Classic Route: 83km with 1400m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge Route: 123km with 2300m ascent [ride profile]

Day 3: Valico Strisaili to Cala Gonone

Leaving your mountain retreat behind, you climb gently to Valico Talana (1100m) for a breathtaking view of the coastal plain way below. The only way is down (fun!) and this descent has style! Next up is the magnificent Orientale Sarda road, showcased by the Giro d’Italia in Spring 2017. Built in the 1800’s, it is a feat of engineering and climbs up to the Passo di Genna Silana (1008m).

Your destination is the beach front hotel Bue Marino in Cala Gonone, a quiet coastal village once only accessible by sea. Luckily for you they bored a hole through the mountain and laid a fantastic series of hairpins, guaranteed to deliver you to the coast with a smile on your face.
If relaxing on the beach (cocktails anyone?) is not your thing, then at the end of the day there is the rather silly option of taking on the locally famed Strava segment up the concrete road that scales the cliff to the North of town. It is only 2.2km long, but with average gradients of 10% it will get your heart pounding!
Classic Route:  79km with 1300m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge Route: 122km with 2200m ascent [ride profile]

Day 4: Cala Gonone to Bitti

Re-acquaint yourself with the fantastic hairpins of yesterday evening, leaving the coast of Cala Gonone behind you as you climb. From here, undulate down onto the coastal plains that lead you to Siniscola at the foot of Monte Albo (820m), a massive white limestone ridge. The climb is ‘jaw dropping’, benefitting from both mountain and sea views. Continue on this quiet and winding road before turning inland once again, ticking off the final few km to the restaurant just over the summit.

Suitably fed and watered, you meander with a downhill bias into the picturesque pastoral village of Bitti, famous for its Tenores and the fabulous boutique-style 4* Hotel Su Lithu. As always, there are a few optional climbs for those wanting a bit more at the end of the day, making the most of the limestone ridge.

Easier Route: 102km with 1600m ascent
Classic Route: 114km with 1850m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge Route: 148km with 2800m ascent [ride profile]

Day 5: Bitti to Lago di Gusana

The promise of empty roads with good surfaces, huge views and interesting landscapes should help draw you from the hotel this morning. Climb gently through cork plantations before enjoying a delightful descent to cross the central plain of the island. A couple of sharp climbs take you to the town of Sarule, where the day’s options start. The most direct route takes you via the historic town of Gavoi, which is well worth exploring. The Classic route skirts around the edge of Lago di Chucchinadorza and the Challenge route takes you over the mountains of Teti and Tiana.
All roads lead down to the Lago di Gusana and the 4* Hotel Taloro,  built on a peninsula jutting out into the reservoir.
Easier Route: 75km with 1350m ascent [ride profile]
Classic Route: 96km with 1650m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge Route: 127km with 2400m ascent [ride profile]

Day 6: Lago di Gusana to Aritzo

For your final day it seems fitting to cycle up the highest surfaced road in Sardinia. Your destination is the refuge of Bruncu Spina (1570m), which is the islands only ski resort (more of a shed with a couple of lifts!). Climbing directly from the hotel (650m), the forests give way to open moorland and spectacular views. The climb itself is full of character and although the gradients are generally kind, there are a few short, challenging sections (up to 12%). It is well worth the effort though and the descent is exquisite.

A short climb takes you back up the Arcu de Tascusì (1245m) for lunch. Here you have the option of heading directly to the Hotel SaMuvara, where your adventure began or taking the long way home which includes a few more short climbs. Then it’s time for a party!

Classic Route: 73km with 1600m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge Route: 94km with 2300m ascent [ride profile]

Day 7: Travel Home

All good things come to an end! We offer included transfers back to the airport at scheduled times in the morning (please contact us to find out which airport we’ll be using for the departure dates you are interested in), full of memories of a fantastic cycling holiday in Sardinia.

Full travel advice (essential reading) can be found in our Trip Notes.