In Sardinia is possible to enjoy a holiday in lots and different ways. The geological nature of the territory, its climate and geographic position make Sardinia a special and unique place. The landscape is never monotonous, often shows and often hides the ancient events of its origins which are the most complex and unique among the Mediterranean countries. But to explore Sardinia’s stunning natural scenery is to explore its delicious culinary tradition at one and the same time. This beautiful island region of Italy boasts an extraordinary culinary culture, which is strictly divided into food from the sea and food from the land. Over the centuries the mixing of these traditions has evolved into a unique gastronomic experience.
Away from crowded beaches there is a charming and mysterious place to visit: the ‘nuraghi’ represent Sardinia’s greatest – and most mysterious – archeological treasure: 8,000 ancient megalithic buildings found nowhere else in the world.
One of the most fascinating natural jewels in the entire Mediterranean basin, the Neptune’s Caves is a real geological wonder that attracts over 150,000 visitors per year.
Sailing on an emerald sea in the north-west of the Sardinian coast, in front of the Natural Park of Asinara Island, you will be struck by the beauty of the island, characterized by high ramparts of rock interspersed with enchanting coves, bays and beaches and clear water where you can dock for swimming and snorkeling.
Let’s travel from the city of Alghero, a medieval fishing port surrounded by imposing stone walls on the sea, towards Nuoro to explore the most authentic heart of Sardinia, as this town has well preserved Sardinian traditions and culture. You will discover the evidence of a millennial civilization and the traditions and customs of this marvellous people.
The journey continues to Orgosolo, one of the most authentic villages you can find in Sardinia and the symbol of the Barbarician culture. It is famous for its feuds and its bandits and the legends connected with them, but also for the beautiful land and its magnificent murals. This experience offers the opportunity to live a few hours into the fold of a Sardinian shepherd where you can watch the milking sheep and making cheese Sardinian according to ancient traditions.
You will visit areas of great historical and archaeological interest, such as the archeological site of Tharros. Tharros is the name of the ruins of a punic-roman city, founded by Phoenicians in the 8th century b.C. Located on the Sinis peninsula, offers a spectacular view of the Oristano gulf.
After exploring Cagliari, or Karalis as it was once called, the next stop is Barumini, the location of the extraordinary complex of Su Nuraxi (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site). This archaeological site belongs to a period of great expansion of the Nuraghe civilization and represents its architectural styles. Continuing north, a last stop should be made on the Giara plateau to admire the horses that live in the wild.
Arrival at Alghero Airport and transfer to your 4* selected hotel in Alghero downtown. Lunch at the hotel or in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon visit of the Necropolis Anghelu Ruju and Nuraghe Palmavera. Not too far, immersed in a beautiful landscape, are the vineyards of Sella & Mosca where it is produced some of the most prestigious wines of Sardinia. Within the estate you can also visit wine shop and museum. Overnight in Alghero.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit of the Neptune’s Caves. After the visit to the grotto, the afternoon will be dedicated to the visit of Alghero, a beautiful city in a beautiful location, situated on the north-western coast of the island of Sardinia. Lunch in town and dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Alghero.
After breakfast the Asinara Sail Experience takes you to visit one of the most beautiful and fascinating places in Sardinia. On board our sailing vessels, we will take you to discover the beautiful coastline offered by the National Park of Asinara island. Return back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Alghero.
After breakfast departure to the central part of the island on the statal road until you will arrive in Nuoro. After the visit of the city, the trip continues to the village of Orgosolo, the symbol of the Barbarician culture and known for its murales. Here you will experiece a typical lunch with the shepherds with local meat and cheese, accompanied by a tasty of local wine. Later transfer to Oliena. Check in and overnight in your 4* selected hotel in Oliena.
After breakfast departure towards Tharros. It was an ancient city on the west coast of Sardinia and is currently an archaeological site near the village of San Giovanni di Sinis. After leaving Tharros, you will head towards Cagliari, but first you must stop to visit the fishermen village of Cabras and its Municipal Museum. After the visit head towards Cagliari. Check in and overnight in your 4* selected hotel in Cagliari.
After breakfast discover the rich history of Cagliari on a private sightseeing tour of Sardinia’s cosmopolitan capital. Return back to the hotel. Overnight in Cagliari.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to the small village of Barumini. Here you will visit the Nuragic complex of “Su Nuraxi”. This site is the most important and most well-conserved of the entire island. After the visit you will enjoy a lunch in a restaurant near the Nuraghe. Then continue to the Giara of Gesturi to admire its gorgeous nature and the famous wild horses. In the late afternoon return back to the hotel in Cagliari.
After breakfast check out and departure to the airport of Cagliari. Arrival at the airport in time for embarkation procedures for the homeward bound flight. End of services.
The ‘nuraghi’ represent Sardinia’s greatest – and most mysterious – archeological treasure: 8,000 ancient megalithic buildings found nowhere else in the world. Visit of the Necropolis Anghelu Ruju and Nuraghe Palmavera. The necropolis of Anghelu Ruju is an old cemetery with 38 hypogea, dating back to the late Neolithic period (3000 A.C.). The archaeological site, formed by a prehistoric complex “Domus de Janas”, is one of the most important in Sardinia. The Nuraghe Palmavera, dating back to the Bronze Age, it is an interesting example of nuraghe twin tower complex surrounded by a nuragico. Not too far, immersed in a beautiful landscape, are the fertile vineyards of Sella & Mosca where it is produced some of the most prestigious wines of Sardinia. Within the estate you can also visit wine shop and museum.
Alghero is a beautiful city in a beautiful location situated on the north-western coast of the island of Sardinia, a medieval fishing port surrounded by imposing stone walls on the sea, founded by Arabs. The city was taken by Catalan colonists in the fourteenth century, as a result there is an enticing mix of Spanish/Italian cultures: delicious Catalan cuisine, impressive monuments built during Aragonese rule and rolling vineyards on the outskirts of the city. Alghero is also called Barcelonetta, (Little Barcelona) and all the street signs are both in Catalan and Italian. The old town is a labyrinth of narrow streets, most of which are free from cars, making it a great area to wander around while savouring the local life. If you have visited Barcellona, this area of Alghero will remind you the Gotic Barrio. Some interesting sights to see in this area are the Piazza Civica, the Cathedral, the Churches of Saint Francis and Saint Michael, the sea walls of the citadel.
Visit of the Neptune’s Caves. This grotto attracts 150,000 visitors each year because of its extraordinary beauty, partly due to the exceptional clarity of the water inside. It spreads over 2500 metres, with numerous rooms, wide galleries, limpid pools, deep wells and narrow tunnels. This is probably the most beautiful and best known cave in Sardinia and can be reached by boat or a steep staircase of 656 steps in the side o f the cliff, called “escala del cabirol”.
ASINARA ISLAND WITH CATAMARAN
Asinara Sail Experience takes you to visit one of the most beautiful and fascinating places in Sardinia. On board our sailing vessels, we will take you to discover the beautiful coastline offered by the National Park of Asinara island, characterized by high ramparts of rock interspersed with enchanting coves, bays and beaches and clear water where you can dock for swimming and snorkeling.
Asinara is an island of 52 km2 (20 sq mi) in area. The name is Italian for “donkey-inhabited”, but it is thought to derive from the Latin “sinuaria”, and meaning sinus-shaped. The island is virtually uninhabited. The census of population of 2001 lists one man] The island is located off the north-western tip of Sardinia, and is mountainous in geography with steep, rocky coasts. Because fresh water is scarce, trees are sparse and low scrub is the predominant vegetation. Part of the national parks system of Italy, the island was recently converted to a wildlife and marine preserve. It is home to a population of wild Albino donkeys from which the island may take its name. Several stops allow you to admire and photograph wild animals and breathtaking views including impromptu stops to see up close the white donkeys.
Nuoro is considered the heart of Sardinia, as this town has well preserved Sardinian traditions and culture. Here was born Grazia Deledda, a world wide well-known writer and Nobel prize winner for literature in 1926. A beautiful destination is the Chiesetta della Solitudine, situated along the street that arrives at the mount Ortobene. This nice, little church preserves the tomb of Grazia Deledda. From the Mount Ortobene we will be able to admire a spectacular view overlooking the vast landscape.
This experience offers the opportunity to live a few hours into the fold of a Sardinian shepherd where you can watch the milking sheep and making cheese Sardinian according to ancient traditions. All the guests will gather for a typical lunch with the shepherds that makes them discover the most genuine flavours of this ancient land. In the mountain sheepfold, the shepherds cook the lunch open air, under the shade of the olm-oaks and age old junipers, among the natural environment and the flavours and perfumes typical of our menu, based on salami, cheese, boiled sheep with “patat’a perras” and roasted pork, typical bread, and everything becomes tasty twice if accompanied by the full-bodied local wine, the cannonau of strong colour and taste.
THARROS & SINIS PENINSULA
Tharros is an ancient city on the west coast of Sardinia and is currently an archaeological site near the village of San Giovanni di Sinis. It is located on the southern shore of the Sinis peninsula that forms the northern cape of the Bay of Oristano, the cape of San Marco. Tharros seems to have been one of the most considerable places on the island. Most of the artifacts can be found in the Archaeological Museum at Cagliari and in the Antiquarium Arborense and the Archaeological museum of the town of Cabras, where the results of the excavations in the necropolis of Mont’e Parma were gathered, at the base of the hill of the same name. In the Museum of Cabras, in particular, a selection of male statues are shown, six in total (three boxers, two archers and a warrior), as well as four models of nuraghi. Thanks to modern technology, museum visitors can take a virtual tour that lets you explore the complex sculptural Mont’e Prama.
Cagliari is the capital of the island of Sardinia, an autonomous region of Italy. Cagliari, or Karalis as it was once called, has its most ancient heart on the hill called “Castello” (Castle) situated in a panoramic position, that dominates the surroundings. We will go from the Belvedere towards Porta Cristina and walk among the antique walls where we can admire the S. Pancrazio tower, the Piazza Palazzo (Palace Square) with the beautiful S. Maria Cathedral (Archbishop seat), and the Prefects palace, once residence of the Viceroy Carlo Alberto. After reaching the Terrace Umberto I, that surmounts the Bastion of S. Remy, we will descend the stairs to join our bus, leaving the city you will also see the Basilica of Bonaria, dedicated to the Holy Virgin who protect sailors.
BARUMINI ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE
Visit of the small village of Barumini. Here you will discover the Nuragic complex of “Su Nuraxi”. This archaeological site belongs to a period of great expansion of the Nuraghe civilization and represents its architectural styles. This site is the most important and most well-conserved of the entire island. After the visit you will enjoy a lunch in a restaurant near the Nuraghe.
Visit to the Giara of Gesturi to admire its gorgeous nature and the famous wild horses. The Giara’s horses, imported by the Phoenicians or coming from the Greece brought by sailors, are today the only survivors of numerous groups that until the late Middle Ages lived in the wild on the island. In the vast plateau, the small horses (they are not ponies!) are about 500 specimens. They have found here an ideal habitat that brought them to the actual morphological and behavioral characteristic and to recover, at least partially, the genotype of the horse Wild.