- There is not in Italy what there is in Sardinia, nor in Sardinia what there is in Italy.
- Francesco Cetti, zoologist, 18. century (Storia naturale di Sardegna)
Sardinia has been polished like a pebble by the waves of its history and heritage. The island is scattered with 7000 nuraghi, Bronze Age towers and settlements, tombe dei giganti (‘giant’s grave’ tombs) and domus de janas (‘fairy house’ tombs). Down every country lane and in every 10-man, 100-sheep hamlet, these remnants of prehistory are waiting to be pieced together like the most puzzling of jigsaw puzzles. Sardinia is also an island of fabulously eccentric festivals, from Barbagia’s carnival parade of ghoulish mamuthones, said to banish winter demons, to the death-defying S’Ardia horse race in Sedilo.
The island is deceptive – it looks small on paper, but unravel it and it is huge. It’s like a continent in miniature, shaped by its own language and fierce traditions, its own cuisine and culture, its own history and the mystery that hangs over it like a shroud. Sardinians are proud of their island, and so they should be.
Northern Sardinia’s beauty is familiar from the classic images of a rugged coastline, beautiful inlets, sparkling turquoise sea and beaches of brilliant white sand. The most well – known development in the northeast is the famous Costa Smeralda, founded by a consortium of financiers including the Aga Khan in 1962.
After arriving at the airport we take you with the private transfer to your accommodation. Afternoon free to relax by the pool. Dinner optional on rural tourism, where you can be involved in the chores on the farm, followed by a rich traditional dinner.
2.day: Porto Cervo and Costa Smeralda
Spend your day visiting the heart of the Costa Smeralda and a paradise for VIP’s- Porto Cervo. It is centered around two yacht harbors with some of the most spectacular private craft in the world. Along the quay are fashionable designer shops on one side and luxury yachts on the other.
|Did you know? Sardinia today is home to nearly 80 per cent of indigenous people and their descendants. The first people lived here 11,000 years ago and until today have developed quite intact genetic material that it can partly thank Sardinia is one of the places where people await the longest life.|
There are plenty of good beaches around Porto Cervo, so you can enjoy some time at the beach.
OUR LUNCH/DINNER PROPOSAL: Enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants in the quay.
3.day: Maddalena Archipelago
The Maddalena Archipelago, comprising 60 islands and islets scattered off the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, was the Region’s first national park, created in 1996. The islands of the archipelago, made of granite and schist rock, form a precious land and marine environment, which has been preserved over the centuries also thanks to limited human presence. The park has a surface area of 50 km2, and a total coastline length of 180 km. Apart from La Maddalena itself, the only inhabited island in the archipelago since the founding of its village in 1770, the other main islands are Caprera, linked to La Maddalena by the “Passo della Moneta” road bridge, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria to the north, while Spargi lies to the south.
OUR PROPOSED TOUR : First of all we are going to coast Porto Faro and the exclusive village of Porto Rafael in order to reach, after more or less 30 minutes Spargi island and it’s beautiful caves: Cala Corsara – with its suggestive rocks sculptured by the wind – Cala Soraya, Cala Granara, Cala Connari. The captain will stop in one of these for 1 hour. Then you’ll have the chance of visiting the beautiful Pink Beach (Spiaggia Rosa, Budelli Island), entirely protected by strong safeguard restrictions. Here you can take some photos. The second stop is the most famous lagoon of the Archipelago – Porto della Madonna or the so called swimming pools: here you can either decide to swim in the clear waters of the lagoon or stay on board. At 13.30 lunch will be served on board, while at anchor in the natural pools. It includes aperitif, appetizer with typical Sardinian products, pasta with tomato sauce, dessert, coffee and liquor (mirto). In the afternoon we are going to stop at Cala Santa Maria (Santa Maria Island), only with Dea del Mare and Caprera One
4.day: Olbia- Alghero
Strongly influenced by Spanish culture, Alghero remains the most Spanish city in Sardinia. The Alghero dialect is closely related to that of Catalonia, so much so that since 1970, street signs have been printed in Italian and Catalan. The main focus of attention is the picturesque Centro Storico (town center), one of the best preserved in Sardinia. Enclosed by robust, honey-coloured seawalls, this is a tightly knit enclave of shady cobbled lanes, Gothic palazzi and cafe-lined piazzas. You will discover its beauties with your local expert guide strolling across the city center.
After the walking tour in Alghero, you will proceed to visit the Marine Protected Area of Capo Caccia for a panoramic tour of the coast. You will then visit a famous archaeological site in the area where an ancient “Nuraghe” is located. After that, you will visit a local winery and an olive oil producer, tasting their products and learning about ancient production methods, still used today.
You will then move to an organic farmhouse for a full typical lunch during which you will have the chance to taste traditional Sardinian recipes combined with local wines.
5.day: Castelsardo, Sassari
A morning walk through the alleyways of the center of Castelsardo, a city perched on a volcanic headland, founded in 12th ct., dominated by the castle, which now houses a museum. Fish-lovers will do well here, as the local cuisine is based on freshly caught fish and lobsters.
The afternoon is reserved for Sardinia’s second most important city commercially, politically and culturally. Sassari lies on a tableland that slopes down to the sea among olive groves and fertile and well-cultivated valleys. The city has a long history of invasions, conquests, and raids, but also boasts a tradition of stubborn rebellion and uprisings. A walk around the old town, and on the way back to you accommodation, you can stop to see Sardinia’s most famous Romanesque church, which stands in the middle of a windswept valley – Santissima Trinita di Saccargia.
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