The Big Start of the Giro100 in Sardinia

Giro d'Italia in Sardegna

The Big Start of the Giro100 in Sardinia

The pink caravan will cross the island from north to south, discovering a unique and mythical land in three days

The hundredth edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of the most followed world events, has chosen the island's scenery as the setting for its first three stages. Sardinia will be at the centre of the world from 5 to 7 May, showing off the natural beauty, culture and local specialities of a place which is beautiful throughout the year, and benefits from the authentic hospitality of its residents.

The starting point is Alghero, the capital of the Coral Riviera

Nearly 600 kilometres in three days in the area with 44 towns and villages. It begins along the northern coast of Sardinia from west to east. The first stage starts at the Coral Riviera, with the beautiful Park of Porto Conte, the Capo Caccia marine area, the spectacular caves of Neptune, and golden sandy beaches. The necropolis of Anghelu Ruju is the main proof of Alghero's roots. The historic centre is the most interesting part: a labyrinth of alleyways that open out onto piazzas bursting with life. Palazzos and fortifications, including the Sulis tower which will be lit in pink for the event, and the colourful tiled cupola of San Michele echoing its Catalan origins.
Alghero al tramonto
Historic city at the northern tip of the western coast of Sardinia, a renowned resort also known as the capital of the Coral Riviera. It retains...

From west to east along the northern coast

The pink caravan will pass through Sassari, a city of art an culture, the regional capital of north Sardinia, and travel to the Asinara Gulf, to Castelsardo, a medieval town on the sea. After Badesi and Costa Paradio, it will ride into Gallura, in the dreamy landscapes of Santa Teresa Gallura: from the Valley of the Moon to Rena Bianca, overlooking a priceless sight, the archipelago of the Maddalena. The group will continue on to Palau, under the Roccia dell'Orso, and skirting the exclusive paradise of the Costa Smeralda. From here the arrival in Olbia can be glimpsed, with the award of the first pink jersey. The “happy town” opens onto a turquoise bay and dazzling beaches: it is the Tavolara marine area, the imposing island in front of San Teodoro. The group will be welcomed by the Basilica of San Simplicio and the archaeological museum lit in pink. Local specialities, accompanied by vermentino will mark the end of the stage.
Museo archeologico - Olbia
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The more intimate and authentic Sardinia

The second stage ventures into deeper Gallura to the threshold of Barbagia. After Bitti, the village of the singing Tenors, we immerse ourselves into central Sardinia,in Nuoro, the “Sardinia Athens”. The group will ride alongside Mount Ortobene, crowned by the statue of Christ the Redeemer, aiming for the Gulf of Orosei: sandy shorelines alternating with sheer cliffs over the sea. Then Dorgali and Cala Gonone, with splendid alleys and mysterious caves. From the Nuoro region to Ogiastra, the “land of centenarians”. Behind Baunei an inimitable stretch of the Mediterranean unfolds: Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritzé in particular shine. The arrival is in Tortolì, the entrance into a surprising region. The caravan will be welcome by the Rocce Rosse wearing pink for the occasion. For the post-stage: culurgiones and local specialities with cannonau, unmissable when in the Ogliastra region.
Arbatax veduta panoramica - Tortolì
This is the main city on central Sardinia’s eastern coast, famous for its beautiful beaches, for environmental variety, traditions, crops and fishing

Along perfect roads for cycling tourism

The next day the cyclists continue along the coast between Tortolì and Barisardo, with the splendid Cea. After the coastlines of Cardedu, Gairo and Tertenia, they reach Sarrabus, the land of citrus fruit and amazing beaches such as Costa Rei. Villasimius shows off the jewels of the marine area of Capo Carbonara, including Porto Giunco and Punta Molentis. From the “pearl of the south” they continue along the gulf of the Angeli, thrown Solanas, Geremeas and Mari Pintau to Quartu Sant'Elena. The long beach of Poetto and the park of Molentargius, with its pink flamingos, is the setting for the entrance into Cagliari, the finish of the stage.
In the far south-eastern tip of Sardinia you'll find fabulous coastal and underwater scenery, with promontories, coves and beaches above the...

Arrival in the splendid regional capital

Cagliari is art, nature and good food. Historic quarters with a sea view, panoramic terraces with fiery sunsets and romantic evenings. At the foot of the Castello district and the Towers of the Elephant and Saint Pancras there is the Marina with the palazzi of Via Roma. Palazzo Civico stands out, lit in pink. On May 1st the Stampace district is also decked in colour with the flowers of the Festa di Sant'Efisio. Villanova, linked to Castello with the Bastion of Saint Remy welcomes visitors with elegant boutiques and architectural delights. There are many attractions around the centre: the Roman Amphitheatre, the Botanical Gardens, Basilica di San Saturnino, Nostra Signora di Bonaria, Mount Tuvixeddu Castello di San Michele and the Cagliari pond.
Cagliari veduta dal mare
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