Antoine – France

VFR Italia Sardina Tour 2014

I was with Italy On Motorbike on a private tour in Sardinia in May 2014. 17 bikes, 23 people among which 2 women riders. This private tour was organised for a motoclub which had wanted a full and challenging program so we spent a lot of hours in the saddle, but it was fantastic and the staff of Italy On Motorbike has been very good at including many pauses in strategic spots and a high quality rest time off the bike to balance. So I have not only had one of the best rides in my life (hey guys, Sardinia is a biker’s paradise: outstanding tarmac, low traffic, lots of twisty roads, beautiful landscapes … few police around), I made 3.100 km from home to home in 9 days, but a fantastic human experience and the opportunity of discovering an amazing island (which I’ld never thought of) very green and wild but also with beautiful sea panoramas and paradise beaches, with a mysterious past that shows up every here and there (nuraghe, sacred wells, domus de jana, giants’ tombs) and very nice inhabitants. The food is fantastic too, I particularly liked when we had a traditional meal with the shepherds: the roasted biglet was a bomb and they made us a goat ragout that had cooked for 8 hours I think … never ate a dish like that, really delicious. They showed us lots of interesting places and we were really introduced in the local culture and the local food, to their way of life. We were not seen as tourists but rather like relatives or friends and this is why I love visiting places with the locals. The hotels were really beautiful. The motoclub had decided for 4-star hotels and we had great value for the money. The first one was directly on the beach, spectacular, pity it was too cold to enjoy it. In another hotel we had a surprise aperitive in the cellar that was undescribable: fantastic hotel, a marvelous garden, the most beautiful pool I had ever seen, everything very classy and stylish, but the cellar overstepped all the rest. Unique! Sardinian wines are pretty tasty and their sheep cheese is awesome! We just had not so much luck with the weather. I had heard that many had made their first sea bath by end of April/1st May but this year it was rather chilly and dull. But we managed to avoid the rain every day, zigzagging with the clouds. My opinion is absolutely positive. May be the program was a little bit too heavy, I needed a few days to recover after my holidays, but I know that was what the motoclub had asked when they appointed Italy On Motorbike to engineer the tour. You know, I was an external guest but I was told that these bikers are tough and there is much for tough guys to ride in Sardinia! I hope I’ll have the occasion to tour again with Gerasimo in one of his ready-to-buy packages, seem very nice. He is a good organizer and a very pleasant travel mate. Great time!

Translated from the French  – Antoine – France