Coastal rides

Published on:  | Last updated: 10 March 2017

The road to La Maddalena

Sardegna North Coast

This ride takes you along the northern coast of Sardegna with its wild rocky landscape of pink granite sculpted by the wind and rain. Stop off on the way for a visit to the la Maddalena national park in the archipelago of islands between Sardegna and Corsica.

390 kilometres from Olbia to Alghero. Mainly on quiet roads. Easy-ish —some short climbs but nothing especially long or steep.

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The SS125 heading for Dorgali

Sardegna East Coast

If you like the idea of combining mountains with beaches this may be for you. This route heads from the Cagliari on the southern coast through the beautiful Gennargentu mountains before returning to the coast. Take shoes you can hike in and visit the Gola di Gorropu —Europe's deepest canyon.

362 kilometres from Cagliari to Olbia. Mainly quiet roads. There's a big climb in the middle, but overall this is pretty easy, but you could easily make it more challenging if you want.

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SP105 coastal road between Alghero and Bosa

Sardegna West Coast

A ride that combines some of the most dramatic scenery on the Sardegna coast, but also a chance to see some of the island's history including the ancient sites of Barumini and Genna Maria and the heritage of the mining industry. The route takes in some of the island's most inter­esting towns. Oh and don't forget the beaches.

546 kilometres from Alghero to Pula near Cagliari. Quiet roads. Moderately challenging: there are no really big climbs, but the plenty of smaller ones.

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Puglia Gargano peninsula

Puglia Grand Tour

Italy is often either very hilly or very flat. Puglia is one of the excep­tions. It's flat enough to make it accessible to everyone, but not so flat that it gets too dull. With it's distinctive heritage, including the iconic trulli (stone-built houses) and some of Italy's most attractive towns and coastline, it's a great cycling destin­ation. Grand Tour of Puglia, takes you through the best of what the region has to offer from its coast to the hills, not forgetting the Gargano peninsula, which is a pretty hilly but very beautiful. Oh and there's a detour to Matera, possibly Italy's most unusual city.

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