Sardinia is an island of imposing limestone mountains, deep gorges, white sand beaches and an inviting turquoise sea. There is much to explore and much to learn about Sardinia’s fascinating history. We will be walking in the rugged mountains of the Supramonte region, exploring the history of the ancient Nuragic civilization and enjoying some of the most beautiful stretches of coastal walking the island has to offer.
In order to make the most of the contrasts of this spectacular Mediterranean island, our holiday begins in the rural interior with 4 nights at a family run agriturismo and ends by the coast at a hotel on the Gulf of Orosei.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Day 1 Arrive at Olbia airport to join our transfer (meeting certain flights) to our agriturismo near Dorgali ( 1 hour 20 minutes). It is a quiet spot overlooking a large lake (Kayaks can be hired at the farmhouse) and we will have time to relax before dinner which is served in the small restaurant on site. The food is typical of the region and a real treat.
Day 2 Today we will explore the Supramonte Mountains, which form the rugged heart of the island. The limestone scenery is on a grand scale and the panoramic views from the tops are truly idyllic. We will take in not one but two peaks today, each with a unique panorama of the surrounding landscape.
Day 3 Our trek today starts on a gentle forest track before ascending to the summit of Mount Fumai. After taking in the views we return down a narrow mountain track to the valley before our second ascent of the day which will take us to Monte Novo San Giovanni, a peak with awe-inspiring views of the Supramonte region.
Day 4 Today begins at the Sa Oche cave where we find the Sacred Spring, a recently discovered archaeological gem dating back to the Nuragic civilization. This indigenous population lasted from the Bronze Age (18th century BC) to the 2nd century AD and many of the impressive stone huts remain alongside numerous wells and sacred springs.
From Sa Oche, we head uphill along a rocky path to a true wonder – the village of Tiscali, located in a hollow at the top of the mountain. Impossible to spot before you start the descent into the heart of the mountain, and then all is revealed – the remains of a substantial Nuragi village. It is definitely worth the hike! We descend via a wild, narrow gorge on our return to Sa Oche before heading homeward.
Day 5 And today we leave our rural retreat and head for the coast. Our 3* boutique hotel is situated on the seafront overlooking the small harbour and beaches of Cala Gonone in the Gulf of Orosei. Once we have settled into our rooms, we enjoy a free day exploring the nearby beaches or maybe hop onto a boat and discover other locations along this beautiful stretch of coast.
Day 6 A very scenic section of the Selvaggio Blu trekking trail awaits us today. We will take the boat heading south to the lovely cove at Cala Sisine with its pristine beach. From here we will walk the undulating coastal trail back to our base at Cala Golone. It’s a superb coastal walk with distant views over the emerald seas. For those who prefer a shorter walk today there is an option to hop on a boat after the first 9 kilometres and return to Cala Golone by sea instead of on foot.
Day 7 Today we head to yet another of Sardinia’s natural wonders, the Gorropu Gorge. Our walk starts from the Genna Silana Pass and descends through a landscape of rocky pinnacles and pock marked cliffs. We then arrive at the entrance to this isolated gorge, often referred to as Europe’s Grand Canyon, and make our way upwards exploring a dramatic landscape of boulders and narrow stone passages. On our return, the trail is an easy riverside walk to pick up our transport back to the hotel.
Day 8 We return to Olbia airport today for our journey home and say a fond farewell to the beautiful island of Sardinia.
- £1100 in a shared twin ensuite room
- £1320 in a single ensuite room
Included in the price
- Bed and Breakfast – 4 nights rural agriturismo / 3 nights coastal hotel
- 4 Dinners
- 3 Packed Lunches
- Airport transfer at certain times
- Boat Trip to Cala Sisine
- Gorge entrance fee
- Flight to Olbia
- 3 Dinners
- 4 Lunches
- Personal expenses
- Discretionary tips
4 nights agriturismo /farm stayAgriturismo Canales is a family-run farm stay in a rural setting with views over the surrounding mountains and the nearby lake. The ensuite rooms are rustic and have an authentic feel. The agriturismo has its own small restaurant where we will eat in the evenings.
3 nights hotel3* Hotel Cala Launa overlooks the small harbour of the seaside village of Cala Gonone. The ensuite rooms are furnished in a simple, contemporary style. In the evenings, your guide will arrange for us to eat together in one of the local restaurants.