South Sardinia In the heart of the Mediterranean
Discovering the ancient cultural roots of the Mediterranean, between necropolis, walls of millenary settlements, towers, bastions, medieval castles, and intriguing places where history meets modern metropolitan culture. a journey between culture and nature in the south of the island, where you can relax on long beaches of very white sand, walk in the uncontaminated forests, in the woods and in the natural parks rich in wildlife and where you will taste the flavors of the past.
Best season : From April to October
Included / Not Included
Arrival and Departure from Cagliari airport / Cagliari port
Assistance upon arrival at the airport / port
Car rental with insurance
9 nights in a hotel with a 3 star minimum / B&B / Farmhouse with accommodation in a double room
Sailboat trip with lunch on board
Visit to the archaeological sites and nuragic villages
Suggestion of and directions to the best beaches
Suggestion of and directions to the best restaurants and agritourisms
Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM
Telephone support in Italian, English, Spanish and French
Entrance ticket to parks and archaeological sites (where required)
Upon your arrival you will find a representative of Italy-Trails who will welcome you and give you your travel tools. Then you can take your rental car to Cagliari to settle into your room and start exploring the ancient and modern capital of Sardinia. Cagliari is very walkable with amazing sites accessible in just one day. The walls of Cagliari cover the entire perimeter of the ancient Castello district. From the walls towers you can sip an aperitif and enjoy panoramic views. Nearby stands the Roman Amphitheater, an architectural masterpiece whose tiers welcomed ten thousand spectators of all social classes to witness the fights between men and beasts imported, the executions and the most awaited show, the fights between gladiators. Another short walk away is the Punic Necropolis of Tuvixeddu which, with its 1,500 tombs is considered the largest in the whole Mediterranean. Just 600 meters from the amphitheater is the National Archaeological Museum, an ancient three-story building, where you can admire artifacts from the Neolithic to the early Middle Ages, collected from throughout Sardinia. Near all of this you will also find shopping and nightlife. In the evening you can enjoy a refreshing dinner of typical local dishes, such as the Fregula with mussels and clams and Sa Cassola, a delicious fish soup, or lamb and suckling pig for meat lovers. Night in a hotel / B&B in a double room.
Today you can leave the city and discover the natural beauty of Sardinia. The Giara Gesturi is a vast basaltic plateau at 550 meters above sea level. Here you can witness the tumultuous volcanic history of the island. This area was formed 20 million years or so ago under the ocean! The Giara Park is nicknamed the Island on the Island because of its unique landscape, flora and fauna. It is a magical setting, where you can see the island’s distinct wild horses. In the afternoon you can make it to Laconi, a pristine example of a medieval village. This small town in the woods has been inhabited since 6000 BC, and is the home of the Aymerich Park, an oasis with a multitude of plant life as well as the ruins of a medieval castle. Water is the vivifying and characterizing element of the park, abundant all year round, it creates streams, pools, ponds and waterfalls. An amazing attraction of the park are 40 menhirs dating from 3700- 2400 BC. These giant, standing monoliths are unique because they feature carvings of faces and other human characteristics. This site will inspire awe and connect you with the ancient inhabitants of the island. Night in a hotel / B&B in a double room.
The rural south-western regions of Sardinia beckon you today. The first stop will be the village of San Sperate, which combines art and nature for a magical setting. The village is surrounded by colorful and fragrant citrus and peach orchards. The center of the town boasts a plethora of artisans who work in ceramic, iron, leather and wood. Hundreds of murals adorn the streets telling stories of the rural traditions. Stop in a cafe for the famous breads and delicious desserts. Next your drive will take you to the old mining regions. The small villages here are famous for Carignano wine and Cifraxiu bread and are surrounded by some of the wildest forests on the island. You can do some spelunking in the Zuddas caves, a splendid underground network stretching 1650 meters under Mount Meana. There are many different caverns to visit, containing stalactites, stalagmites, castings and aragonites. The caves have also been used as a places of worship. Su Benatzu houses a stalagmite alter with a well at its base, where 2000 metal objects were found, which are now housed in a nearby museum. Tonight you will stay in a farmhouse, where you will be served a traditional dinner.
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