Italy : Sardinia

Secrets of Sardinia Walking

Trip code: W07SA 4 (8 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

16.0Kg CO2e

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SUMMARY

  • 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

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walk transfers

TRIP DESCRIPTION

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.

Terrain

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, with a very short section of scrambling on day 2. 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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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

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.

You stay at Antica Dimora del Gruccione.

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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.

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

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.

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Day 3: Santu Lussurgiu - Santa Caterina di Pittinuri (22km/13.7mi)

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 turquoise bay of Santa Caterina di Pittinuri. Relax by the sea before we take you to your next accommodation.

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You stay at Is Benas Country Lodge.

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Is Benas Country Lodge, San vero Milis

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Is Benas Country Lodge is set in the peaceful Sardinian countryside: lush Mediterranean gardens made of native and imported plants frame this elegant accommodation and ensure a relaxed stay.

All 18 rooms at Is Benas Country Club are decorated in a country style and are equipped with en suite facilities, TV and air conditioning.

The property feature its own outdoor pool. You can relax on the terrace, which is complete with sun loungers and parasols. Ideal after a day spent walking!

The onsite restaurant offers a delicious mix of Sardinian and Italian cuisine, accompanied by a vast selection of local wines. Is Benas has been collaborating for years with the nearby vineyards of Evaristiano winery to produce its very own local wine: the Summum.

Day 4: Santa Caterina di Pittinuri to Putzu Idu (19km/11.8mi)

Your walk starts at Is Benas 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.

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You stay at Hotel Raffael.

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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.

Day 5: Putzu Idu to San Giovanni (17km/10.6mi)

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.

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You stay at Agriturismo Sannoranna.

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Agriturismo Sannoranna, Cabras

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Nestled within the heart of the Sinis region, Agriturismo Sannoranna has five spacious and traditional rooms all with their own private bathroom. Unwind on the veranda before enjoying an array of traditional dishes.

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Day 6: San Giovanni-Tharros Loop (13km/8.1mi)

A peaceful wander through the idyllic countryside will lead you towards the coast where you can visit the 'outdoor museum' of Tharros. Extend your journey by heading towards Capo San Marco and walk through the ancient site dating back to the 8th century BC.

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Day 7: San Salvatore Sinis to Cabras (14km/8.7mi)

Pass through artichoke fields, vineyards and olive groves to the quirky uninhabited village of San Salvatore Sinis. Famous for its Roman hypogeum (underground temple) and as the film set for spaghetti westerns! Carry on past the Cabras lagoon, the largest in the area and the perfect stop for a Sardinian lunch, try the local bottarga (cured fish roe) and Vernaccia wine! Continue to bustling Cabras itself, the main town on the Sinis peninsula.

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You stay at Hotel Villa Canu.

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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.

Day 8: Leave Cabras

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£1469
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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £178.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £178.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
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TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Easyet Gatwick to Olbia and transfer to hotel 1 hour 50 minutes. Return: Transfer to airport 2 hours then Easyjet Olbia to Gatwick

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

We really enjoyed this trip, everything went smoothly throughout and it would be great if there was another Sardinia self guided holiday on offer.

Stephen Mason, 25 May 2024

 

This was a really excellent holiday with some lovely walks through quite varied landscapes, ranging from moorlands to coastal cliffs and beaches. There were also great opportunities to see wildlife, including flamingoes. The hotels were all very good and welcoming. We went in late May/early June, which was a good time of year to be there. The temperature was just right for walking and it wasn't too busy, but plenty of bars and restaurants were open.

FLOWER, 27 May 2023

 

This was our first visit to Sardinia. We were provided with a good insight to the country and to the the lifestyle. The walks were varied with interesting contrasts of landscapes. Staff at all stages were helpful and operated very efficiently.

GOUGH, 23 May 2023

 

This was an enjoyable walking holiday taken in the first half of May 2023. We were very fortunate to be there at the same time as three other couples from the UK which made our time there particularly enjoyable. The walks were interesting and well chosen though we struggled with the walk on day one because of indistinct paths due to undergrowth. The walking App (Ride with GPS) was pretty good (save Day 1). It is worth noting that many places to eat or take refreshment on the walking routes are in fact closed during this time of you, as other reviewers have also commented.

All the hotels were comfortable and reasonably well chosen. Perhaps the hotel at Santu Lussurgio deserves some caution as the fixed five course meals there are on the expensive side, as is the accompanying wine. Overall, bearing in mind that all the hotels are on a B & B basis only, this turned out to be quite an expensive walking holiday though very enjoyable all the same.

GOSCOMB, 13 May 2023

 

Sardinia is beautiful but I don't recommend walking, especially in early May, when the island holiday season has not really started.

Ms Wall, 29 Apr 2023

 

We had a lovely time. We went in late April. We wouldn’t recommend this particular holiday until May as Sardinia is basically closed until May 8th. Cafés and bars that would have given useful sustenance were firmly shut. Two of the better-located seaside hotels were closed and the alternative hotels involved a trek inland and no sea access which would have been nice to view sunsets, go bathing before supper. The Sat Nav guidance is great but lost voice prompts when we were diverted off the usual path by hotel switches. We only went wrong once and that was solely due to hubris on my part. We did this in trail-running shoes but stout walking boots might have been more sensible. Be prepared to clamber over boulders and navigate flood-damaged stony steep downhill paths on the mountain sections on walks 1 and 2. The bird life was magnificent with Flamingos , Stilts, Calandra Larks, Marsh Harriers and Tawny Pipits a highlight. The organisation and taxi transfers were faultless.

Dr Evans, 22 Apr 2023

 

If you enjoy walking and don't mind doing it in hot conditions, this holiday in Sardinia is very good. Beautiful scenery and coastline, delicious food and cold beer. Hotel staff are energetic, courteous and very helpful. Rooms are clean and comfortable.

Mr Sainsbury, 3 Sep 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.

Mrs EVANS, 7 May 2022

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

16.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

7 nights from £1279

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