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Secrets of Sardinia Walking

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $1749per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2022  
  • Departures
    Saturday departures from 27 Aug '22 to 22 Apr '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • GPX navigation files
  • Walk transfers
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, coastal routes, high peaks, island exploring
      from 1 reviews

Mrs EVANS says...
This holiday was in an unspoiled corner of Sardinia. At the time of our visit in May, the wild flowers were absolutely spectacular, which made the holiday ...
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Italy: Sardinia

Secrets of Sardinia Walking

  • The wonderful contrasting landscapes of undiscovered western Sardinia: forest carpeted mountains, craggy limestone cliffs, pristine white sand beaches
  • Rich in birdlife including grey mullets, herons and pink flamingos
  • Untouched headlands, sweeping coastal vistas, panoramic watch towers, beautiful quartz scattered shores
  • The quirky village of San Salvatore Sinis and the ancient site of Tharros

Stunning Sardinia immediately evokes images of sparkling emerald waters lapping idyllic white sand beaches, but away from the stylish resorts of the Costa Smeralda, the island remains relatively undiscovered, with a mountainous inner heartland contrasting with its wildlife rich marshes, remote headlands and picture perfect shores.

This 7 night self guided holiday takes you on an impossibly scenic discovery of western Sardinia's natural beauty, from the maquis scented slopes of the wild black Montiferru mountains to the prolific birdlife of the Sinis wetlands, and from rugged limestone cliffs dotted with panoramic watch towers to the picture perfect sand and white quartz beaches of the Sinis peninsula.

Of course Sardinia is also an archaeologist's delight, boasting a historical treasure trove of ancient settlements, including the fascinating Roman site of Tharros which spans no less than 2000 years of history. Other man made highlights include the early Christian basilica of San Giovanni and the quirky village of San Giovanni Sinis, reminiscent of the American wild west, which sits completely unpopulated apart from one week a year when a religious festival brings it to life.

Your accommodation for the week is carefully chosen family run hotels and B&Bs which highlight the very best of Sardinian hospitality, including a converted 18th century aristocrat's residence, which is now part of the 'Slow Food' movement and a hacienda style hotel surrounded by lush gardens.



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If you have any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day-by-day itinerary

Walking information

This holiday follows mainly sandy and stony coastal paths, agricultural tracks, and quiet country lanes. There are mainly gentle ascents and descents which are steeper on days 2 and 3 and walking boots are essential throughout. There are clifftop walks on days 4 and 5 but these should not pose a problem for people with a fear of heights.




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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive in Santu Lussurgiu

Arrive in the sleepy mountain village of Santu Lussurgiu. Explore its maze of winding alleyways that cascade down the hillside, before dinner.

Day 2: San Leonardo Loop Walk (12km/7.5mi/4hr)

Head uphill with sweeping views over the Gennargentu mountains to the little village of San Leonardo, famous for its crystal clear spring water. Enjoy the Sunday market and a leisurely lunch in one of the many cafes, then it's an easy downhill back to Santu Lussurgiu, past the statue of Christ which keeps its panoramic watch over the village.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Santu Lussurgiu - Santa Caterina di Pittinuri (22km/14mi/7hr)

We take you to the Montiferru Mountain, then admire the coastal vistas as you descend through oak forest, olive groves and tranquil pastures to the spectacular tuorquoise bay of Santa Caterina di Pittinuri. Don't miss the gorgeous sunset here where the limestone cliffs are turned stunning shades of yellow and pink.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Santa Caterina di Pittinuri to Putzu Idu (17km/10.5mi/5hr)

Transfer to the Is Banas lagoon, home to grey herons and pink flamingos. Then follow a clifftop path to the pristine sands of Su Pallosu beach. There's the option to walk to Capo Mannu with its clifftop lighthouse and ancient Spanish watchtowers to enjoy far reaching sea vistas. End the day in Putzu Idu, a favourite spot for surfers.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Putzu Idu to San Salvatore Sinis (20km/12.5mi/6hr)

Set off along the limestone cliffs of Su Tingiosu, rich in birdlife, before reaching the stunning beaches of Is Arutas and Mari Ermi where fine grains of white quartz form the sands. From here head inland through artichoke and wheat fields to the quirky uninhabited village of San Salvatore Sinis, famous for its Roman hypogeum (underground temple) and as the film set for spaghetti westerns!
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Tharros loop and Capo San Marco (17km/10.5mi/4.5hr)

Walk along the lagoon of San Giovanni to the early Christian basilica of San Giovanni di Sinis. Continue to the ancient site of Tharros, with its Roman remains dating back to the 8th century BC. There's the option to extend the walk along the coastline to the panoramic Capo San Marco before relaxing on the beach at San Giovanni.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: San Salvatore Sinis to Cabras (10km/6.5mi/3hr)

Pass through artichoke fields, vineyards and olive groves to the Cabras lagoon, the largest in the area and the perfect stop for a Sardinian lunch of the local bottarga (cured fish roe) and Vernaccia wine! Continue to bustling Cabras itself, the main town on the Sinis peninsula.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Leave Cabras


Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Antica Dimora del Gruccione, Santu Lussurgiu

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This lovely, family run 'albergo diffuso' (scattered hotel) comes with tastefully decorated rooms - with kettle! - in a traditional style reflecting the history of both the hotel and Santu Lussurgiu. There is a quiet courtyard inside the huge wooden gates that form the entrance as well as a charming garden with fruit trees. The dining area is in vaulted rooms on the ground floor and the food is of great repute locally, as the owner is a key member of the ‘slow food’ movement, which promotes the production of traditional foods in traditional ways. Guests are also free to make use of the hotel's bar and library.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Hotel la Baja, Santa Caterina di Pittinuri

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The Hotel Baja is located right on the coast on a cliff at the edge of the beach. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, bar and lounge, spacious ensuite rooms and a panoramic restaurant overlooking the sea. The location is wonderfully quiet as the village is small with just one small shop, a couple of bars and a tabacchi.


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Hotel Raffael, Putzu Idu

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The Hotel Raffael is just a short walk from the white sand beach and close to the hills and salt-water ponds that make this location so peaceful. There's a lovely outdoor pool set in immaculate Mediterranean gardens, as well as bar, restaurant and spacious and modern rooms.

From the terrace there are views across the bay to the Montiferru Mountains.


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Hotel Sa Pedrera, San Salvatore Sinis

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The family run Hotel Sa Pedrera is a charming countryside complex located near the tiny village of San Salvatore Sinis. The hotel has 14 bungalow style rooms, with shared patio, while its U-shape layout is reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda, with a lush garden in the central courtyard. The hotel also comes with a bar, restaurant and comfortable living room.


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Hotel Villa Canu, Cabras

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Situated in central Cabras, the Villa Canu dates back to the late 1800s when its cool ground floor rooms were used to store bread, wine and wheat. Today this family run hotel comes with pretty bedrooms decorated in traditional Sardinian colours as well as a lovely outdoor pool and renowned fish restaurant, which is just 150m from the hotel.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs EVANS, 17/05/2022

This holiday was in an unspoiled corner of Sardinia. At the time of our visit in May, the wild flowers were absolutely spectacular, which made the holiday for us, along with the profusion of birdsong. Most of the walking was level, on large tracks and easy to follow but at other times it was essential to have the GPS app to help with route finding. Some of the walks had little shade and could be quite uncomfortable in the heat of summer, though fine in May. All the local people were extremely friendly and welcoming and the accommodation and food were very good.



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All breakfasts

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

Luggage transfers between hotels

GPX navigation files

Walk transfers


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Saturday departures from 27th Aug 2022 to 22nd Apr 2023, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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