Cycling in Sardinia: 5th to 12th September 2015
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
On our second day of cycling - as we headed inland after lunch - I was struck by the almost complete silence around me (I could only hear the noise of the bike tyres on the road). Together with the beautiful countryside around me it made for a really memorable moment. Having expected some quite busy coastal roads, I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet most that we rode were. Other inspirational moments included the sweeping descent from the Agriturismo, any one of winding the roads along the green-fringed coast passing alongside white sandy beaches, and beautiful warm blue sea.
What did you think of your group leader?
Our leaders Michele and Giovanni were really great. They were friendly and knowledgeable, worked hard and really looked after us. They took turns in leading and driving and both clearly explained each day's itinerary. They provided water and snacks and delicious fruit to keep us going along the way and explained any meal choices and had a great knowledge of the island and its history.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The usual: cycling shorts, gloves, sunglasses and a raincoat (in case of that unexpected wet weather or cool descent - we had a short spell of torrential rain one day when we all needed our coats). Always have water with you - not all trips are as well-provided with water and snacks as this one was. I generally take a small first aid kit and mobile phone - in case of emergencies.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Cycling in Sardinia exceeded my expectations. The cycling there is fantastic and the countryside is beautiful. In addition the food (and wine) was consistently good (I enjoyed all the meals - especially at he Agriturismo and the Pizzeria in Calasetta) and the people are friendly. The capital Cagliari - if you get the opportunity to look around (as we did on the last day) - is well worth walking around. I'd thoroughly recommend climbing up either the Torre Ellefante or the Torre San Pancrazio (we went to the top of the latter) - the views are amazing. Although the amount of cycling was appropriate for the grade of trip, I would have welcomed more cycling on the day we travelled to the islands of San Pietro and Sant' Antioco - although I appreciate there were ferry crossings to plan into the day. Other days where there was more cycling made up for this. We cycled past the terrace of an interesting-looking cafe in Nebida (where we detoured to look down at the Pan di Zucchero rock) and then struggled to find a nice cafe Gonnesa where we were staying that night. This might be a good mid-afternoon coffee stop for future groups - if it could be included.