This years' Giro d'Italia departure from Sardinia makes for an ideal opportunity to explore this magnificent island and see for yourself why it is considered one of the best kept secrets in Mediterranean road cycling. We have been running cycling holidays in Sardinia, our Skedaddle Italia HQ, for 16 years, so it's a special edition for our Skedaddle cyclists!
For this special bespoke trip we have chosen to follow some of the best sections of the Giro's route, to observe the clatter of a pro-cycling Grand Tour as an added bonus, but to also include some excellent riding on chosen routes which will allow us to get away from the busy Giro's route and enjoy our stunning island.
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Med and boasts a wide network of nearly traffic free roads with near perfect tarmac conditions. Be it along the spectacularly panoramic coast or further off in the wild mountainous inland, both the climbs – never too hard as the highest road pass reaches up to a mere (by alpine standards) 1,250m above sea level. - and fast winding descents are certain to leave you with a wide grin and a healthy appetite in the evening. Combine this with a delicious local cuisine accompagnied by local red and white wines full of character, and a scattering of imposing ruins of a unique prehistoric bronze age culture, and you are ready to experience a once-in-a-lifetime cycling adventure.
Starting from the charming town of Alghero hosting this year's Giro Grand Depart, you will ride some of the islands best coastal scenery before heading inland and north again to the quaint hamlet of Castelsardo and on to Valle Doria. After seeing the Giro peleton pass through here you then head inland along verdant green rolling countryside through one of the least known areas of the island. We stop over at Bitti in the Barbagia region. Here you can immerse yourself in the original Sardinia – this is a wild country which until 25 years ago still mainly lived of farming, herding and … banditry!
From the Barbagia we head towards the Supramonte Mountains where we cycle along one of the island's most spectacular mountain roads up to the Genna Silana Pass (1,017m above sea level.) where we have the opportunity of seeing the Giro peleton climb up the jagged limestone slopes. We may then test our skills on the long descent towards the Ogliastra East Coast and ride into Tortoli under the 1km red triangle! From Tortoli we transfer to Muravera in the south of Sardinia. From here we ride on the Giro's route along the panoramic coastal road between Villasimius and Sardinia's capital city Cagliari, getting into town in time to see that day's finish and the end of the Sardinia Stage of the Giro.
The last day of our holiday is spent exploring the so-called South Coast. From the charming little town of Pula we cycle west through the low granite mountains enjoying the scenery before returning along the spectacular coastal road to our accomodation, ready to celebrate our grand adventure with a brilliant last dinner.
For more information download our trip notes