Sardinia and Corsica. Two islands and two countries combined in one cycling tour. Both distant from France and Italy, the two islands have preserved their traditions and a strong cultural identity. Fantastic coastal rides, great sea and mountain landscapes and a superb cuisine are amongst the highlights of this exciting trip.
Day 1: Arrival to Cannigione
Independent arrival or private transfer to your hotel in Cannigione.
Day 2: Cannigione - Santa Teresa di Gallura, ~38 km
Start with a sensational coastal ride to Palau, where you can admire the Maddalena archipelago. Nestled on the hills overlooking the coast, the lovely village of San Pasquale is the ideal base for your lunch break. Quiet country roads will take you to the charming town of Santa Teresa. A quick detour to Capo Testa offers a great view over the Bonifacio strait and Corsica.
Day 3: Santa Teresa di Gallura - Porto Vecchio, ~65 km
A 50 minute ferry ride takes to beautiful Bonifacio that welcomes visitors on the top of a limestone cliff. Spend some time roaming around the narrow alleys of the old citadel. On your way to Porto Vecchio you cycle inland and then continue on a beautiful costal road, where the beaches of Santa Giulia and Palombaggia are well worth a swimming stop. Porto Vecchio old town comes alive at dusk offering great dining and shopping options.
Day 4: Porto Vecchio - Zonza, ~48 km
This is the king of the mountain day! The 15km climb to the famous Col de l’Ospédale is softened by the beautiful view of the coastline. The change in landscape from the coast is dramatic, the pine tree forest of the Natural Park brings memories of the Alps, while the Ospédale reservoir offers a refreshing stop. The small mountain hamlet of Zonza will be your base for tonight.
Day 5: Zonza - Sartène, ~40 km
Ride through the small villages of the Alta Rocca region and descend to the Rizzanese valley, rich with vineyards. After a restoring stop to the Caldane thermal bath, your day ends in Sartène, probably the most Corsican town in Corsica.
Day 6: Sartène - Santa Teresa di Gallura, ~54 km
The winding coastal road leading to Bonifacio boasts some spectacular views over its strait and Sardinia. Roccaspina is the most renowned beach of the many you will find along the way. In Bonifacio say ‘au revoir’ to Corsica and take the ferry back to Santa Teresa in Sardinia.
Day 7: Santa Teresa di Gallura - Cannigione, ~47 km
Venture inland in the Gallura hills, riding through Vermentino vineyards and cork oak forests. After the villages of Bassacutena and Arzachena you return to Cannigione, where you can celebrate the end of this beautiful trip.
Day 8: Departure or extra nights
After breakfast this beautiful bike tour ends.
7 nights in 3 *** hotels
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
return ferry fares to Corsica
detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps, etc.
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day
season I (990 €/person in double)
season II (+300 €/person)
'arrival any day'
possible with supplement of 200 €/person
route (3): ~290 km / ~180 miles
You need to be in good condition. There are ups and downs.
how to get there
by plane: airports Alghero (AHO), Olbia (OLB) or Cagliari (CAG)
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