Sardinia “Coast to Coast” Walking tour
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean (after Sicily) and has a fascinating history that goes back to Neolithic times. In recent decades it has become famous as a playground for the rich and famous, but that's not our style, so we take you off-the-beaten-track to the spectacular rugged coastline and into the isolated interior of the island. You will experience glorious coastal walks, explore breathtaking gorges, and swim in crystal blue water. Our walks take us to some of the island's most fascinating historical sites, from prehistoric petroglyphs, to massive stone towers built by the mysterious “Nuraghi” people, to Medieval churches, Spanish defensive towers, and the bustling port cities of Olbia and Alghero. The cuisine is a creative blend of fresh seafood and hearty meat dishes using local ingredients, paired with the island’s excellent Cannonau and Vermentino wines.The Sardinians themselves are an independent people proud of their unique culture and welcome you to their island home. Your guides, Manu and Marco, have both lived in Sardinia and are happy to share their love of the island with you. Join us for this very special, brand-new adventure.
Sardinia “Coast to Coast” Walking tour itinerary
We begin our tour in the colorful seaside town of Olbia. Founded by the Carthaginians some 4,000 years ago, it became an important Mediterranean port for the Romans, and eventually the Spanish house of Aragon. We stay at the four-star Hotel Panorama, located in the heart of the old town and equipped with a panoramic rooftop terrace as well as a spa. It’s also a short walk to local beaches! Overnight Olbia. Hotel included. Dinner not included.
Meet your guide(s) this morning at 9 a.m. for a 50-minute van transfer to the Romanesque church of Sant’Antioco di Bisarcio. From there we have a three-hour walk through an eerie volcanic landscape, featuring ancient rock-cut tombs and prehistoric petroglyphs. Stop for lunch at a working farmhouse, with chickens, donkeys and other animals roaming the grounds. The day continues with a visit some extraordinary ruins from the “Nuragic” period (the original inhabitants of the island, whose origin is still unknown). Return to Alghero and get ready for a special “tasting dinner,” where our hosts give us wine pairings with every course. Overnight Alghero. Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
We head up the coast this morning for a beautiful and wild walk high above the sea. We stop for lunch at a rustic B&B and enjoy a taste of local specialties. Continue another hour down to the wide, sandy beach of Porto Ferro for a refreshing post-hike swim. Afterwards we have a short drive back to Alghero where you’ll have some free time to wander the colorful city streets before dinner. Overnight Alghero. Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
This morning we head out to Capo Caccia, a rocky promontory that is part of a protected Nature Preserve. We have a three-hour walk around Torre Pegna, an old Spanish tower from the time of Aragonese domination. After lunch we transfer to a winery for a walk through the vineyards followed by a tasting. If you're into sea kayaking, it's possible to rent them nearby and take them out this morning (instead of doing the hike). Please contact us for details. Tonight is a “free night” so you’re free to dine where you like. Overnight Alghero. Hotel and breakfast included. Dinner not included.
Depart at 9 a.m. this morning for a transfer inland to Su Gologone, a unique and beautiful hotel complex set in a lush garden setting of geraniums, hydrangeas, bougainvillea and prickly pear. Each room is different, and the furnishings and materials are all local: juniper, terracotta and inlaid plaster for the decorative touches. We’ll pick up some picnic supplies and set out for a walk to another ancient site, the ruins of Tíscali. We dine at the hotel tonight in their excellent restaurant. Overnight Su Gologone. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.
A 30-minute drive takes us to the mountain pass of Genna Silana for a rugged “Dolomites-style” hike to the spectacular Gorropu gorge. At its narrowest, the gorge is 5 meters wide between sheer rock walls 500 meters high. From there an easy walk takes us along the river, where we get picked up by Jeep for an adventurous (and painless!) ride back up to our vehicle. From there, a short drive takes us east to the seaside at the lively port town of Cala Gonone. Our hotel is right on the waterfront, so relax with a cold drink on the rooftop terrace or head out to the beach for a swim. Overnight Cala Gonone. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.
Our final day is all about the sea: we begin with a two-hour coastal walk to Cala Luna, where we’ll stop for a swim and a tasty lunch. On the way there, stop to visit the “Grotta del Bue Marino” (Cave of the Monk Seal), a spectacular natural grotto that tunnels 5 kms into the coastal rock. From there, you can walk back to Cala Gonone, or hop into a private boat for further explorations and an easy return home. Overnight Cala Gonone. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
We offer a 1hr15 min. drive to the Olbia airport, arriving around 10:30 a.m. If you need to leave earlier, we can arrange a taxi for you (at your expense). Breakfast included.
Activity rating: 3+ out of 5 = Moderate with many Challenging stretches: the terrain is often rugged but not technically difficult. Most of the trails are rocky, and some involve short sections of “scree,” with some steep ups and downs. However, anyone in good physical condition will have no problems with the walks. We generally walk between 9-14 kms a day (6-9 miles), which translates into about 3-5 hours of walking.
Trip Cost includes: Accommodation for 7 nights (1 night Olbia, 3 nights Alghero, 1 night Su Gologone, and 2 nights in 3- and 4-star hotels); 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners; bilingual Customwalks guide(s) to accompany the tour and lead you on the walks; visits, van transfers and luggage transfers as per itinerary.
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Getting There: Olbia is easily reached by air from Rome, Milan, and a handful of other cities in Europe.
Air: the closest airport is Olbia. For a complete list of Italian airports and a selection of low-cost airlines, see our "Transport Info" page.
Getting Away at the End of the Trip: the trip ends after breakfast on Saturday morning with an hour transfer to the Olbia airport, arriving around 10:30 a.m.
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