Overview

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

7 Nights 8 Days Every Day from April to October
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • The briefing on arrival
  • Accomodation in 3-4 stars hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Phone assistance
  • Gps rental
  • Booklet with all info about the route
  • Transferts  on day 1 and 7

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Drinks at meals
  • Tourist city tax
  • Entrance tickets to museums, parks and archeological sites
  • Insurance
  • Bike rental
  • Anything not specified under "The fee includes"
Highlights
What makes this tour special

During this bike trip you will know / discover / visit:

  • Iglesias and the traces of Mining Civilization
  • The millennial olive trees at S'ortu Mannu natural park
  • The San Giovanni natural caves in Domusnovas
  • The Mining Ruins of the Marganai Forest
  • The abandoned village of Arenas
  • The mine buildings in Genna and Carru
  • Fluminimaggiore and its mines
  • The beach of Scivu
  • The single track from Buggerru to the small inlet of Cala Domestica
  • Nebida and the Pan di Zucchero (Sugar Loaf)
  • The Sedda Moddizzis mine, Sa Macchina Beccia and the Asproni Village
Itinerary

D1 Arrival in Cagliari
Independent arrival in Cagliari e transfer to Iglesias
Accommodation in  hotel, briefing and free time.

D2 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

D3 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

D4 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

D5 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

D6 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!
This trip 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

D7 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
 

D8 Departure
Our services end after breakfast.
Greetings and departure or by request you may extend your stay to enjoy a few days of relax by the sea.

Info
Mtb Tour, Self Guided, Inn to Inn, 1 Week, Beginners
Closest Airport
Cagliari