Between sea and mines

From EUR 750

+3 Additional options

In the southwest of Sardinia, between abandoned mining villages, a crystal clear sea and wild nature in a round trip not too challenging for those who will measure up to the first adventures in MTB

From EUR 750

+3 Additional options

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Day 1 – Arrival in Cagliari
Independent arrival in Cagliari e transfer to Iglesias
Accommodation in hotel, briefing and free time.

Day 2: La Regina
From Iglesias an easy mtb trip will bring you very close to the ruins of the Catle di Gioiosa Guardia and the S'Ortu Mannu park where you can admire an "ultra millennarian" olive tree called Sa Regina (The Queen).
By Bike: approx 48kms- Total Ascent 450 m

Day 3: Ghost Villages
By bike to discover abandoned villages in southwest of Sardinia!
Passing the Grotte di San Giovanni, you will enter into the forest of Marganai; maybe one of Europe’s biggest Mediterranean natural forests, and from there, continue along the path where you can explore abandoned villages and mines.
In the late afternoon, arrival to Portixeddu and accomodation in your hotel close to the sea.
By bike approx 45 kms – Total Ascent 800

Day 4: La Costa Verde
From Portixeddu to the heart of the Costa Verde for a bike trip not too long, but sometimes tough, that ultimately will bring you up to Scivu: a strip of fine sand between the green of the Mediterranean maquis and a sea that is a mix of emerald green and intense blue.
By Bike: approx 20 kms- Total Ascent 600 m

Day 5: The "pan di zucchero
From Portixeddu to Nebida, your trip will lead you to the discovery of abandoned mining villages!
After Buggerru, small mining village once known as Petit Paris (or Little Paris) due to the intellectual cultural environment that the mining executives recreated during the mine’s golden period, you will continue until you reach Cala Domestica, a delightful inlet made up of two beaches that are connected to each other by a tunnel dug out by the miners.
Late evening arrival at Nebida, small village with a view of the white rock of the Pan di zucchero (sugarloaf).
By bike aprox 40 kms – Total Ascent 850 m

Day 6: Rest?
Today you can choose to stay in a hotel to rest or you can continue your exploration on the saddle of your mountain bike that will take you from Nebida to the countryside where, until the late 50s, there were still active mines for the extraction of zinc and lead.
By Bike: approx 30 kms- Total Ascent 600 m

Day 7: Towards Villa di Chiesa
More discoveries and fun in a mtb trip that will finally bring you to Iglesias; medieval city and important centre for the entire mining district.
In the city do not forget to visit the Museo dell’arte Mineraria (Museum of Mining Arts) and the tunnels dug out during the last century by the students of the Istituto Tecnico Minerario (Technical Institute of Mining) which were also used as a refuge during World War II.
In the afternoon, meeting with the Ichnusabike representatives and transfer to Cagliari.
By bike aprox 30 kms – Total Ascent 700 m

Day 8: Departure
Our services end after breakfast.
Greetings and departure ory by request you may extend your stay to enjoy a few days of relax by the sea.

Highlights

Type: MTB tour
Formula: Self GUided
Difficulty: 3/5
Start: Cagliari
Length (d/n): 8  / 7 
Pax Min: 2

 

THE FEE INCLUDES

  • The briefing on arrival
  • 7 Nighs in double room in hotel***, agriturimo and tipical B&B
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Transfer Cagliari - Iglesias and Iglesias – Cagliari 
  • Phone assistance
  • Gps rental + tracks + booklet with info about the route

THE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • The Journey to and from Cagliari
  • Drinks at meals
  • Extra transfer from Cagliari to Airport (Day 8)
  • Insurance
  • Bike rental
  • Anything not specified in "The fee includes"
     

Route

  1. Iglesias
  2. Portixeddu
  3. Oasi WWF Scivu
  4. Buggerru
  5. Nebida
  6. Iglesias