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introductory to moderate

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Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£1180GBP

Overview

Trip Code: JSD

Sardinia Hiking Trip highlights


  • Hike the black Montiferru Mountain Range
  • Sardinian scenery: Sinis wetlands & the sea cliffs of Su Tingiosu
  • Ancient site of Tharros & ancient Romantic Mediterranean trails
  • Artichoke fields, vineyards & olive groves
  • Bird watching in Spring: flamingoes, herons & more
  • Special selection of independent hotels
  • Opportunities to swim & coastal walking
  • Flexibility to adjust your walks on some days

Sardinia is an inspirational island of natural beauty with a mix of Italian and Spanish cultures. Walking from the black mountains of Montiferru to the Sinis wetlands you will discover beaches, bays, headlands, ancient ruins and historical sites. This is a gentle walk crossing a variety of terrain & paths and home to much bird life, especially in the spring.

The Montiferru mountains, a basaltic area famous for green forests, clear spring water and local 'red' beef provide wonderful walking opportunities with sweeping coastal views, charming accommodations and numerous swimming opportunities. Birdwatchers will be entertained by the large colonies of Grey Herons, Pink Flamingoes and a wealth of other birdlife, while the ancient Spanish watchtowers, small villages and the ancient site of Tharros occupied by the Phoenicians, Punics and Romans offer welcome distractions for those keen to learn more about Sardinia's history and culture.

Whilst walking, you will also come across artichoke fields, Vernaccia vineyards, olive groves and the Cabras Lagoon, famous for grey mullets and its 'Bottarga'. Stay in a special selection of independent hotels that add to your hiking experience in Sardinia.

Countries:

Italy

Starting Point:

Santu Lussurgiu

Finishing Point:

Cabras


Make your way to Santu Lussurgiu. This is a mountain village on the south-eastern side of the Montiferru mountains. It lies on the slope of an ancient volcanic hill and its bright stone houses make a fine contrast with the green backdrop of woodland and meadows. Accommodation: For two nights, stay in a 17th century mansion of Spanish design. All the rooms are tastefully decorated in traditional style reflecting something of the history of the place. There is a quiet courtyard inside the huge wooden gates that form the entrance. The dining area is in vaulted rooms on the ground floor and the food provided is of excellent quality. The proprietor here is a key member of the ‘slow food’ movement, which promotes the production of traditional foods in traditional ways

Meals:  Nil

A short walk to start the holiday so have a relaxing breakfast before setting out. But beware it is not all plain sailing with 300m of ascent along the way and paths that might less obvious. A mix of road walking and agricultural tracks take you up to San Leonardo with sweeping views on the way. Spend a little time looking around this village, the church and springs are interesting and Sunday is market day. There are numerous places to get a drink and something to eat. Another mix of road walking, tracks and paths will get you back to Santu Lussurgiu. You will have time to divert to the viewpoint above the town where a statue of Christ overlooks the village. You can also walk down through the maze of narrow streets to look at the churches and find the bar at the centre of the village for a well-earned refreshment. NB: care is needed as some paths may be overgrown.

Meals:  B

A short transfer ride to the top of the mountain and the start of your walk. The route descends from the Montiferru Moutains, to Santa Caterina di Pittinuri located on the coast. The route initially traverses the high ground with views down to the coast then descends to the coastal plain. Most of the way is on good tracks with gentle gradients passing through oak forests, olive groves and quiet pastures. The last hour is on level minor roads taking you to the quiet bay at Santa Caterina. Depending on which accommodation you will be staying tonight, you will be transferred at the end of your walk to your hotel.

Meals:  B

If you stayed in Santa Caterina you will have a morning transfer to Is Benas lagoon, home to a large colony of Grey Herons and Pink Flamingos in season. A beautiful track winds along the cliffs leading to the beach of Su Pallosu. This only takes 2 or 3 hours so walk onwards to complete a route around Capo Mannu. This takes you along more clifftops to the lighthouse and the ancient Spanish watchtowers to Putzu Idu, a village located on a stretch of coast often frequented by sailors and surfers. Accommodation: The hotel is located as close as you can get to the white sand beach and offers beautiful views.

Meals:  B

The day starts from the hotel, walking to the start of the limestone cliffs of Su Tingiosu, which stretch for 6 km/3.7 miles and provide habitat for many birds. The cliffs end in the beautiful quartz beaches of Is Aruttas and Mari Ermi where rice-sized grains of quartz form the white beaches. Accommodation: For the next two nights stay in a charming countryside complex located just outside of San Salvatore Sinis in San Giovanni. The last 250m to the hotel is either walking through a field or over the main road.

Meals:  B

A day trip walking across fields and by the side of the lagoon, then on to the site of Tharros and the narrow peninsular of Capo S. Marco. A leisurely walk takes you through natural reserve of Seu to the ancient Basilica Paleocristiana di San Giovanni di Sinis V Secolo, a church dating back to 470AD. Here you join the main tourist track to the site of Tharros. It is an interesting site dating back to the 8th century BC, but most dominant are the Roman remains. An hour here and a stop in the café will set you right for a loop around the Capo S. Marco using the smaller footpaths that skirt the coastline. Pass the watchtower before walking along the beach and back to the cafes and restaurants of San Giovanni. You can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the beach, walking further along the coast or just head back to the hotel (either through field or the main road).

Meals:  B

A morning walk leads you out of your hotel crossing artichoke and wheat fields to arrive in San Salvatore Sinis, a tiny village in the heartland of the Sinis Peninsula. It is famous for its church erected over a Roman hypogeum – or underground temple. The village is unpopulated apart from one week when a religious festival brings the place to life. Move on to Cabras, the main town of the Sinis. Today you walk along artichoke fields, Vernaccia grape vineyards, olive groves and past the Cabras Lagoon, the largest in the area, famous for the grey mullets and above all its Bottarga, the cured roe of mullet. Don’t miss the fresh fish, the Bottarga and the Vernaccia wine, you could even try them for lunch! However if you are passionate about bird watching don’t spend too long over lunch, as today is your day. Take the optional afternoon walk crossing the swamp of Pauli ‘e Sali, a protected area where an immense number of birds (some are very rare) usually nest. Sheltered by the canes you can take beautiful pictures without disturbing them. 9 km/5.5 mile loop. Accommodation: Stay in an old villa, now a charming hotel. This lovely property is located in a restored house in the centre of town. Under the same management, the nearby restaurant ‘Il Caminetto’ is renowned among locals for its traditional fish cuisine but you might want to phone ahead to make a reservation. NB: care is needed as some paths may be overgrown.

Meals:  B

Depart Cabras after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights in hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred each day, not exceeding 20kg
  • 2 Transfers included (start of day 3 and/or end of day 3/start of day 4 - depending on where you will be staying on day 3)
  • Digital supply of routes and maps on navigational app (can be used offline). Smartphone essential.
  • Emergency hotline

  • Dinners, lunches & beverages
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • City Tax, locally payable to the accommodations
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Guide - this is a self guided holiday
  • Excess Luggage

Suitability

introductory to moderate

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This tour is graded Easy – Moderate. The terrain is generally easy being on tracks and good footpaths with walking times of between 3 and 7 hours per day. The longest day is mainly downhill on tracks and back roads. There is a little flexibility on a few days to adjust the distance walked. Extra attention is required to follow a section of the path on Day 2 & Day 6. It should be noted that some of the paths can get overgrown in places in the spring as the grasses grow quickly at this time and we would recommend at least carrying long trousers, or zip off trousers. The walks are designed to avoid road walking as much as possible.


Departure dates

Daily from 4 Apr to 24 Oct

Notes

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High Season
DN1
High season is from 06 Jul to 06 Sept. A supplement applies for high season departures.
DN2
Supplement applies to trips commencing on Sunday to Friday.
NB:
Please note that minor changes to your 2025 itinerary may apply.

Priceper person from

£1180GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Sun-Fri Start Day SupplementGBP£90
  • Single SupplementGBP£220
  • Solo Traveller SupplementGBP£340
*Prices listed are per person

Sardinia Hiking Trip reviews


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