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Welcome to Hooked on Walking holidays and our walking holidays on Sardinia. This hiking vacation on Sardinia is an easy walking tour from the mountains of Sardinia to the Sea. We have graded this walking tour as level 1-2. Descending through oak forests and olive groves you walk towards the west coast to the Island of Sardinia. Once on the coast you will have a series of lovely easy walks along the stunning cliffs and nature reserves on the coastline south to Cabras. This region is a superb region to bird watch with various species resident and migrating to the area. This easy walking tour will enable to to take a glimpse of the Sardinian way of life, sample the local wine and cuisine and view some lovely coastal scenes.
Day 1 Arrival Day
Transfer or independent arrival to Santu Lussurgiu
DAY 2 Santu Lussurgiu – San Leonardo water spring Loop 7.5 miles 12 km 4 hours walking.
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. Another mix of road walking, tracks and paths will get you back to Santulussurgiu. You will have time to divert to the viewpoint above the town where a statue of Christ overlooks the village and to walk down through the maze of narrow streets of Santu Lussurgiu.
DAY 3 Santu Lussurgiu – Santa Caterina di Pittinuri 13.7 miles 22 km 7 hours walking.
The route descents from the village of Santu Lussurgiu which lies in the Montiferru mountain range, to Santa Caterina di Pittinuri, located right on the sea. You will be crossing oak forests, olive groves and quiet pastures. Today you shall experience wonderful coastal
DAY 4 Santa Caterina di Pittinuri – Putzu Idu 10 miles 16 km 5 hours walking.
Optional hike to the popular natural arch of S’Archittu in the morning. You then shuttle to the Is Benas lagoon, home to large colonies of Grey Herons and Pink Flamingos. A beautiful track along the limestone cliff leads you to the beach of Su Pallosu and Capo Mannu, with the light house and the ancient Spanish watchtowers. Your base tonight is Putzu Idu, a village located on a stretch of coast often visited by the strong Mistral wind which made it a popular spot for sailing and surfing.
DAY 5 Putzu Idu – San Salvatore Sinis 11.2 miles 18 km 5.5 hours walking.
The day starts walking on the amazing cliffs of Su Tingiosu, 6 km of limestone with plenty of bird nests. The cliffs end in the beautiful quartz beaches of Mari Ermi and Is Aruttas whose sand is made of little grains of quartz quite similar to rice seeds. In the final part of your day, you move inland, crossing artichoke and wheat fields to arrive in San Salvatore Sinis, famous for its church erected over an hypogeum.
DAY 6 Tharros loop 10.6 miles 17 km 4.5 hours walking
A day trip walking across fields and by the side of the lagoon to San Giovanni, on to the interesting site dating back to the 8th century BC. Visit the ancient Basilica Paleocristiana di San Giovanni di Sinis dating back to 470AD. Here you join the main tourist track to the site of Tharros. 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.
DAY 7 S.Salvatore Sinis – Cabras 6.2 miles 10 km 3 hours walking.
A pleasant path leads you out of San Salvatore to Cabras, main centre in the Sinis. During the itinerary you walk along artichoke fields, Vernaccia vineyards, olive groves and the Cabras Lagoon, the largest in the area, famous for the grey mullets and above all its Bottarga, the mullet cured roe. Don’t miss the fresh fish, the Bottarga and the Vernaccia wine.
Day 8 Departure
Departure after breakfast.
Standard accommodation - 3 or 4 star subject to change
Antica Dimora del Gruccione, Santu Lussurgiu , www.anticadimora.com
Hotel La Baja , S. Caterina di Pittinuri , www.hotellabaja.it
Hotel Raffael, www.hotelraffael.com
Hotel Sa Pedrera , San Salvatore Sinis, www.sapedrera.it
Hotel Villa Canu , Cabras www.hotelvillacanu.com
Level 1-2 walking tour, walking between 3-5 hours per day.
What is Included
Tour Code Sardw2
Price per persons based on 2 persons sharing double room
Non Saturday departure per person
Dinners per person
How to get there
By plane to Algherro or Cagliari airports. Then by train to Macomer and taxi to Santulussurgi. On departure taxi to Oristano and the by train to Alghero or Cagliari. Private transfers are available.
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