Sightseeing in Cagliari: e-bike tour to see flamingos
The day after we arrived in Cagliari we took to the streets and wandered around with our trusty guidebook and pinned spots on Google maps. But while there are many things to do in Cagliari and we figured that an e-bike tour was the perfect way to see more of the area and get out of the city center to get the full experience of the city.
We partnered with EasyCletta and they took us on their Naturalistic tour (<–you can book here) down to the marina and over to the Molentargius-Saline Park to see the salt flat and flamingos. Then, it was up to a lighthouse for one of the most fabulous views we have ever seen. We stopped part way through for a drink right next to the water and boy, that was glorious. Since these were e-bikes, it wasn’t very strenuous at all and was a fantastic way to go sightseeing!
We were given a complimentary tour so we could share our experience with you all. As usual, all opinions are our own.
Why choose an e-bike tour in Cagliari?
Cagliari is very hilly! We had no idea when we got there just how many ups and downs there were in the city.
An e-bike is a regular bike that has been fitted with an electric motor that gives you an extra boost of power while cycling. You can keep it off or turn it on high for the big hills. The other option is to keep it on low and use it to conserve your own energy as you cycle throughout the day.
As someone who loves the freedom of a bike, I knew this was the tour for me. Sean just keeps saying he can’t wait to get back on his bike, so I knew he would love it, too!
EasyCletta made everything so easy and our guide, Juna was incredible. She made sure all the bikes were in working order, that our tires were good to go, and that our seats were the perfect height.
Sightseeing around Cagliari by bike
We got so lucky! It was a beautiful day to be on a bike. Although, Sardinia gets over 200 days of sunshine a year, we were a bit worried it would rain or be super windy. Nope! It was absolutely perfect.
When cycling, dress in layers. You will get warm no matter what the temperature outside is.
Our first stop was the marina which we had only seen from afar so it was great to get right up in there. There’s a wooden path on top of the water you can cycle on to get to other parts of the city. It can make a lot of noise if you are on your bike, but it’s perfectly safe and kind of made me feel like I was just zooming along! We stopped and Juna gave us some history lessons, some geographical information, and… we saw DOLPHINS!!
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Yes! I couldn’t believe it and was so excited. But, this was only the beginning.
We soon got on a designated bike path and headed straight for the old salt flats. They don’t use the salt flats that are now in Molentargius-Saline Park anymore because the flamingos have made them their home. We learned that since 1850 there have been 230 species of birds have been recording in that area.
Have you ever seen a flamingo? Well… GET READY! Ok, they are a bit far away, but that’s for their safety and happiness. But, we saw them in person and it was awesome!
Can you see them? Where’s my zoom lens when I need it?
First dolphins, then flamingos. Ummm. This tour is already freaking epic!
They think the flamingos adopted the area as their new home because it’s on the migratory path from the north of Africa and must’ve liked it enough to stay. Can’t say I blame them. They are bird expats 🙂
The landscape is pretty cool, too. And this part is flat which makes life just a little easier 🙂 I mean, it is called a salt flat for a reason.
Water, birds, left-over equipment all collaborate to create a scene unlike any other.
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Once we were done gawking at the birds and acting like a giddy little school girl “There are flamingos…FLAMINGOS!!!” we headed to a beachside cafe for a drink, we continued onward and upward to the lighthouse. This is really when the e-bike shows off its power.
My advice is to just go for it! Pedal your little heart out and the bike will help you tremendously. It is all worth it when you discover views like this…
I think magical is the right word here. It’s also the perfect spot for a new profile photo if you don’t mind some windblown hair! Otherwise, the landscape, as you can see, is perfectly photogenic on its own.
This lighthouse of Sant’Elia is one of the oldest lighthouses in Sardinia and was built in 1850. The light has a range of 21 miles. It’s amazing how one little building on the top of a hill can have such an impact!
The best news is that since you’re at the top of the hill, it’s all downhill (or flat) from here until you get to town. There’s one last hill you have to go up to get back to the shop, but again, the power on these bikes will get you there.
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Our thoughts on this bike tour
We can’t recommend this tour enough. If you are trying to figure out what to do in Cagliari, even if you only have 2 days, make this tour part of one of them. It will add to your experience so much and it’s a ton of fun. Obviously, one of the best things about a tour is the people you meet! We ended having lunch with the rest of our group when we got back.
The tour is also available to include lunch as well, and if you have the time, go for it!
Big thanks to EasyCletta for letting us join this tour so we can share the experience with you all. If you take it, be sure to say hi from us!
Wishing you joy and travels.