Our overnight stop was in downtown Calasetta on the Island of Saint Antioco. We headed out of town through the narrow streets following the coastline.
We cycled around the Southern end of the Island. The roads in Sardinia are very quiet most of the time and in February we had the place to ourselves.
On the sparsely populated southern end of the Island we rode on good surfaced roads with zero traffic and in beautiful sunshine.
Next we headed into the town of Saint Antioco where there is a bridge connecting the Island to the mainland. (reminded me of the Skye bridge). There is a small harbour here and plans to extend it.
The main road from the Island crosses a causeway. To avoid meeting up with any nasty traffic we used a road that went through a salt plant.
There didn’t seem to be much going on and we saw more large flocks of pink flamingo amongst the mountains of stock piled salt.
More quiet lanes through pleasant rolling countryside followed and we were enjoying the relaxed riding in the sunshine.
Next up was the town of Tratalias and the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria di Monserrato, an example of Sardinian Romanesque architecture. Built in 1213–82, it has a façade with two rows of Lombard bands and a rose window. The interior has a rectangular plan with a nave and two aisles, and a semicircular apse.
It was a nice place to stop and take a break in the sunshine. We had the place to ourselves but I expect there will be more visitors in the height of summer.
We continued towards Santa Anna Arresi with Lake Prau on our left and the mountains rising to 4000’ just beyond. We had a little off road adventure which was great fun…
…before following more quiet lanes through small villages with vineyards and olive groves to the small town of Saint Anna Arresi. Just 2,600 people live here. The main attraction is a fantastic beach just 2 kilometres away backed by 30 metre high dunes.