Sardinia – Day 2

Mt Arcuentu (Library Image)

Mt Arcuentu (Library Image)

We spent the night at Cabras just north of Oristano and at the start of day 2 we were driven to Arborea which is a small town south of Oristano. This was to avoid an uninteresting urban area. We were dropped off with our bikes and our luggage was transferred to our next Hotel. I’m liking this holiday.

The ride began on flat reclaimed marsh land given over to agriculture. Rice, soft fruit and vegetables are the main crops and we passed several large dairy herds on the Arborea plain.

Macreddi is a small fishing village sheltered from the open sea and we were delighted to see more flamingo as well as other ducks and birds.

Our second sight of flamingo

Our second sight of flamingo

We crossed the lagoon on a long bridge and could see that we were heading for a change of scenery. Hills!

Leaving the coast behind

Leaving the coast behind

The spectacular, apparently knife edge ridge of Mt Arcuentu dominated the scenery for the day. We had a view of its northern side and then came round and cycled beneath the southern side. At our highest point we were more than half way up it!

From Saint Antonio do Santadi the road undulated. Short lumpy hills but with lovely scenery and splendid sea views. Porto Palma was very pretty. It will be busy here in the summer

At Montevechia we left the coast and headed SE along a quiet paved road. It went uphill for several kilometres as we left the sea behind.

Uphill from Montevechia

Uphill from Montevechia

We were riding under the ridge of Mt Arcuentu and at 440m above sea level we had some descent and from there the road undulated it’s way up to Montevechio. From there the road was resurfaced and wider as we continued to climb to a proper col before dropping down to our destination at Arbus just in time for a late lunch.

Late lunch at Arbus

Late lunch at Arbus

Arbus is a town of some 6,600 people at an elevation of 314m. It has a few small shops, a few churches and a knife museum. The main interest is on the nearby coast, the Costa Verde, which has several archeological sites, wonderful beaches and sand dunes. Piscinas desert is a sandy desert covering about 2 square miles and is one of the biggest desert systems in Europe.

Arbus

Arbus

We were treated to a wonderful sunset viewed from out Hotel in Arbus.
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Sunset at Arbus

Sunset at Arbus

A total of 53km with 861m of elevation.

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