Tour Capo mannu
Plan your trip in the area of Oristano
The bike ride starts from the “parking lot for boats”
From there, after a short stretch of paved road you’ll proceed on a dirt uphill road that will lead you close to the lighthouse; the rise is not long, you’ll be able to pedal all the way and from the top you’ll have an amazing sea view and you’ll even catch sight of the near isle called Malu Entu.
You’ll go along a trail full of ups and downs where you need to be very cautious because of short stony and sandy slopes, until you arrive at the cape’s side that looks towards Sa Mesa Longa and Su Pallosu resorts, and you’ll find yourself very close to the ancient Spanish tower which has recently been renovated.
You have two possibilities about the following slope: you can choose the challenging trail where you’ll find stones, canals and other obstacles or the easier one, running parallel with the other until the two trails rejoin.
When you’ll get to Sa Mesa Longa beach you’ll need to cross a dirt patch used as a parking.
From there, after a short rise, you’ll follow a short-cut through the wooded area which leads back to the starting point.
Going on along the cliff you’ll find some short sandy stretches where you’ll need to go on foot , in order to reach Su Pallosu and then you’ll proceed toward the beach of “Sa Marigosa” and run along it on foot because of the sand.
You’ll finally reach the resort of “Sa Rocca Tunda”, where you’ll pedal through the houses (please be careful because of the cars passing by on the unpaved roads), then you’ll go on along a short stretch of paved road and then go right back toward the sea in the section of “Su Crastu Biancu”.
You’ll proceed along the coast until the section of “Scab’e Sai” where you’ll find a short rise; from the top you’ll be able to see the ruins of the homonymous tower and the seaside resorts of Torre del Pozzo, S’Archittu and Santa Caterina di Pittinuri”, but also see Is Arenas’ pine grove in all its extension.
A short slope will lead you to the point where the artificial canal of Is Benas merges with the sea, that you can reach after a sort and fast rise and a pleasant trail through the mediterranean scrub.
In order to reach the Is Arenas pine grove and pedal through the trees it will be necessary to cross the fish farm area and a little wooded bridge.
For what concerns the return trip, you can follow the outward itinerary in reverse.
Tour Penisola Sinis
Plan your trip in the area of Oristano
The starting and arrival point is Bike Or.
From there, you’ll continue along the cycling lane of Viale Repubblica, then pass the bridge and the two roundabouts and go ahead towards Cabras.
After about 7 km of asphalt you’ll cross another bridge and turn right in a dirt road leading to the village of San Salvatore.
There you can visit the Roman country church situated in the center of the small village; it belongs to the 17th century, and hides a much older subterranean location: an hypogeum dating back to the roman period (3rd -4th sec A.D.), but that was already used for the cult of water since the nuragic period in the Neolithic.
We reach the hypogeum taking the steps from the left transept of the church. It is partly dug in the rock and partly built with sandstone and brickwork, and is 12 meters long and 10 meters large, composed by 5 rooms that develop around a central round room, where dominates the sacred well that was used to celebrate the worship of water.
When you are done with the visit and you leave the village, you’ll traverse the alleys of this pretty village and then run along the ruins of Roman Age and you’ll be able to observe the “Nuraghe Leporada” and the “Nuraghe Sa Ruda”.
In a short time you’ll reach the crossroad with the road leading to Is Arutas.
Then you’ll turn left and you’ll have to travel an asphalted road leading to another crossroad; from there you’ll proceed again on a dirt road. Afterward you’ll pass a hill and eventually see the sea, which you can reach by crossing the fields.
Once you reach Is Arutas beach - the famous beach entirely covered by sands of white and pinkish quartz – you’ll proceed along the coast until you reach the naturalistic Oasis of Seu, famous for its small inhabitants (turtles, reptiles, foxes and rabbits) and for its rich Mediterranean vegetation.
Again you’ll pedal through the Mediterranean scrub and then go downhill until the small village of Funtana Meiga and, from here you’ll easily reach San Giovanni di Sinis.
Along the road you’ll see the ancient quarry called “Ballroom”, some rock-cut tombs and what remains of the northern necropolis, until at the entrance of the village you’ll find the early-Christian church of San Giovanni dating back to the 5th Century. Still a few kilometers and you’ll get to observe the well-known ruins of the Phoenician city of Tharros, arisen on the remains of a former village built by the nuragic peoples.
Then you’ll have to struggle through some downhill, which leads to pedal between the Spanish tower on one side and the residential areas of the ancient city of Tharros on the other side, and then another challenging slope which will guide you to the isthmus between open sea and the Gulf of Oristano.
Next step plans to climb to Cape San Marco and the lighthouse: the climb (medium/high degree of difficulty) is quite short but with remarkable slopes: who chooses the climb (also by foot) will get a 360° picture postcard view in reward for the effort. It’s also possible to take an easier path, taking a dirt road which runs along Mar Morto and the Spanish tower called “Torre Vecchia”. On the way back you’ll pass through the area of “Su Siccu” and the sandbars that make up the Mistras lagoon, which is the ideal habitat for pink flamingos, cormorants, herons and perns. The nearby Mar 'e Pontis Lagoon is also rich with birdlife and it is also possible to visit the fish farm called Peschiera Pontis, where you can still see the old sluices and gratings. Afterwards the route proceed on the asphalted road which will guide you on your way back.