Mild climate, unspoiled nature, wild coastlines and postcard bays are only a few of the reasons why cyclists love Sardinia. Due to its strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, it's unlikely to find other places like this where to practice MTB all year round. The temperature fluctuates between 50°F and 59°F (10°C and 15°C) even in winter. The fresh breeze and the many springs for water make it a perfect destination for riders that will almost never feel too hot for cycling. Moreover cycling along the island's secondary roads and paths will be great fun for cyclists of all fitness levels, who will be offered a wide scenario including plains, rolling hills and mountains. Uncountable routes and tracks being able to excite every biker, whatever be the specialty he excels at, from cross country to all-mountain to the more risky free-ride or, more simply, who wish to calmly enjoy natural beauties that can only be reached by few.
To provide you with suggestive itineraries, in this section of the blog we will give the floor to the experts of Active Sardinia, a young and dynamic team that will make you experience unforgettable rides throughout the island. To begin with, they will take us to the Montiferru region, that we have already talked about in this blogpost. This is an particularly ideal destination for an active cycling or mountain biking break, thanks to its wild side, the historical vestiges and the panoramic landscape.This tour takes place in an area characterized by mountains where you will explore a wide network of single-tracks. The single-tracks are often narrow and pass through typical Mediterranean vegetation, with thorny bushes. You are recommend to wear baggy shorts and possibly long sleeves. The trails offer a mixture of terrains, from compact and fast flowing trails moving onto sandy and slippery tracks. There will also be sections of technical single track that are made up of tight corners, steps, rocks and small rocky drop-offs, from time to time exposed to deep valleys. With Sardinia being mountainous, expect frequent daily ascents and descents, neither too long or steep, but with a few cheeky sections! To link up sections and trails, there will be short sections of tarmac roads.
Below is list of must-see places and experiences to get overwhelmed by:
- The exciting scent of the mountain bush in front of the highest peaks of Montiferru; - The natural springs of Siete Fuentes with its healthy waters; - The stunning coastal landscape of the white cliffs in Santa Caterina di Pittinurri; - The tracks of Amsicora, legendary leader of the Sardinian army in the VI century B.C; - The narrow cobbled streets of the medieval village of Santu Lussurgiu; - The Prehistoric settlements, like the ancient city of Cornus, and various other archaeological sites.