This trip is a confluence of the best of Sardinia, offering the opportunity to fully embrace its diverse landscapes, culture and exquisite hiking. Over this nine-day journey, experience the Emerald Coast and its islands, Sardinia’s rugged interior mountains, and the pristine waters of Orosei Bay. To know Sardinia intimately, you must experience them all. You musn’t miss the famous Costa Smeralda, "Emerald Coast" to hike through the amazing archipelago of La Maddalena National Park and to swim in the colorful waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Discover the Supramonte region that includes a vast territory bounded by the towns of Orgosolo, Oliena, Baunei and Dorgali, our mountain retreat for two days. It forms a chain of peaks alternating with deep limestone valleys, woodlands and barren land, representing one of the most enchanting and secluded places in Sardinia. Soak in the East coast, lined with limestone cliffs, characterized by its gorgeous coast along the Gulf of Orosei, deserted coves, stunning turquoise waters and isolated beaches. Discover the truth of its longevous people – the sun, emerald seas, mountains, pure foods and celebrated wines. This is the epitome of Sardinia – the true "Italian way of life."
Arrival in Olbia
We meet in the evening at our elegant hotel in the city center of Olbia. Founded by the Punic people in the 18th century, Olbia, meaning "happy, lucky" was named from the Greek language. During the Roman era, it was an essential place for trade and military strategy, and was one of the most populated cities in Sardinia. Today, while the city still holds its defensive walls and Pedres Castle from this bygone era, it also thrives as a colorful city rich in history with many stories hidden in its museums, architecture, galleries, shops and cafes. Stroll through the cobblestoned streets and piazzas, visit the Archeological Museum, the historical churches or Basilica St Simplicius. This evening, we meet at 6:00pm for an aperitif and welcome meeting before dinner.
Hotel PanoramaOlbia, Italy
Elegant and refined, 4-star Hotel Panorma is located in the heart of the historical center of Olbia, near the Archaeological Museum and local shops and cafes. Enjoy a magnificant view relaxing in the Rooftop Garden, or indulge in some of the luxuries of the hotel’s wellness center.
In the morning we transfer to Capo Figari Nature Park. Today's hike through wild countryside showcases the natural environment and cultural highlights of the region. Mount Ruju, the highest peak, was once a lookout point for Muslim marauders who would land on these shores. Here there are many species of wildlife, including the mouflon and the Peregrine Falcon, along with rich and diverse flora, including 100 year-old junipers.
After the hike we head to San Pantaleo a tiny artisan village in the Gallura region, where we taste the local products and admire the works of its artists. In the late afternoon we transfer to our elegant seaside hotel in the small port town of Palau nestled in the northeast corner of Sardinia. A vibrant seaside town, Palau is the gateway to the renowned "Costa Esmerelda" (Emerald Coast) and its nearby islands, rich with impressive geological formations and pristine beaches.
Hotel La Vecchia FontePalau, Italy
Located on the alluring Emerald Coast, 4-star Hotel La Vecchia Fonte overlooks the crystal waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and is just a ferry ride away from the islands of La Maddalena and Caprera. Relax at the end of the day with an apertif in their cafe terrace or wine bar, soaking in the sea breeze.
Island of La Maddalena
This morning we set off from Palau's harbour, taking a ferry to the island of La Maddalena, the name also given to its archipelago and marine nature reserve. This archipelago consists of as many as sixty-two islands and islets, only two of which are inhabited, both we will visit - Maddelena and Cappera. We explore Maddalena's treasured hidden corners and coves, characterized by pink granite rocks, and pristine beaches known to be the most beautiful in Sardinia. In the afternoon we will have some free time in the colorful historic village of La Maddalena, dating back to the 18th century. Take in the sites and tastes of its streets' cafes, shops and galleries. Admire the architecture of Piazza Umberto before returning to Palau by ferry in the late afternoon. This evening we are free to explore and choose from several fine restaurant options in Palau.
Caprera - the wild island
Today we discover the superb northern half of Caprera Island. From Palau's harbor we take a ferry to La Maddalena, then a local public bus to the unspoilt island of Caprera, facing the characteristic white cliffs of the Corsican coastline.
For many decades Caprera had been inhabited only by the Romans. It wasn't until the 19th century that a group of shepherds settled on the island, which today remains mostly uninhabited - with only seventy-seven registered residents according to the last census. Historically, Caprera is well known for being the last abode of Giuseppe Garibaldi, one of the most important figures for the Unification of Italy.
Our hike will take us through its enchanting landscape, encapsulating the most cherished features of Caprera Island: a Mediterraen landscape, with over six hundred varities of flora, striking granite rock and white sand beaches. We return to Palau by ferry late in the afternoon.
This morning, we venture south on a beautiful two-hour drive to the east coast, before heading into the mountains. On the way, we will walk along spectacular hiking trails towards the coastal town of Cala Gonone. We pass through a scenic tunnel through the mountain that was once the original road, now used by shepherds and their mules, to a striking viewpoint. Surrounded by a grandstand of limestone peaks, we reach old "cuile" and "pinnettos", shelters for both shepherds and animals which allow us to understand and penetrate the history, character and habits of traditional Sardinians. From the old shepherd area we descend to the archeological site of Nuraghe Mannu, one of the best preserved ancient megalithic edifices of the gulf. We continue to the azure sea, emerald green ravines and white sandy beaches in Cala Gonone. Once a traditional fishing community, the whole area still feels very low key with its pine-shaded promenade, villas, small hotels and restaurants backed by a belt of pine trees. In the late afternoon, we drive inland to our mountain retreat in the hill town of Dorgali, amidst olive groves and vineyards.
Hotel Il QuercetoDorgali, Italy
Nestled in the center of the Gulf of Orosei with front-row seats into the heart of the Supramonte di Oliena mountains, Hotel Il Querceto is a true nature retreat. From the hilltop town of Dorgali, revel amidst the olive groves and vineyards from the terrace with a surreal moutain backdrop. Relish in their fine restaurant, highlighting locally source ingredients creating classic Sardinian dishes.
This morning, we transfer to to the foot of Mount Corrasi, the highest mountain in the Supramonte di Oliena. Mount Corrasi is the highest peak of the vast and inaccessible plateau of the Supramonte mountain range, characterized by sheer limestone rock faces, crags, white pinnacles,caves and large plains. We hike among olive and almond trees, and vineyards to the the barren summit, a "sea" of silver stone, with a stunning 360-degree panoramic view stretching from the coastlines of the Gulf of Orosei to the Gennargentu massif. Mount Corrasi home to birds of prey like the golden eagle, the buzzard, Eleonora's falcon, and where the mouflon (rams) roams freely.
We soak in the edenic surroundings on the descent, and culminate the day with a visit to the S'Abba Frisca Museum, the most comprehensive ethnographic and naturalistic museum on the island. The museum brings to life many aspects of this island's rural and artisan life as well as its ancient traditions. Next awaits a relaxed Sardinian evening in our mountain retreat as we toast to the day.
Today we discover the Gorroppu Gorges, one of the deepest and narrowest gorges in Europe at 1500 feet deep and just 32 feet wide. We start of our walk down to the valley carved by the Flumineddu River through the heart of the Supramonte di Oliena mountains. The impressive variety of flora and fauna that survives in such an extreme environment is extraordinary. For those who dare is the opportunity to plunge into the clear and fresh water of the river. After emerging from the reverie of Sardinia's interior, we head east to culminate our island journey with two nights on the scenic coast of the Gulf of Orosei in the seaside hamlet of Cala Gonone. This town is a gem of the east Sardinian coastline and an unsung destination compared to the more popular regions. This evening is free to explore the town, and appreciate the warmth and vibrancy of the locals, and savor the fresh ingredients and cuisine of its restaurants.
Hotel GinepriCala Gonone, Italy
Hotel Ginepri is a 4-star seafront hotel in Cala Gonone, facing the idyllic scenery of the Gulf of Orosei. The location is prime, with a short walk to the town center and 300 meters from some of the Gulf's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy their expansive gardens and swimming pool.
Today we discover the northern coast of the Gulf of Orosei, an impressive forty-meter long cove of high cliffs overlooking the sea, caves and beautiful beaches. Our hike leads us to Cala Luna, considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, accessible only by foot or by boat, with no road leading to it. On the way, we will cross the amazing "Cave of Bue Marino", before arriving at Cala Luna. Here, we soak in our last afternoon together with free time on the beach and opportunity for an unforgettable swim in crystal clear waters This afternoon, we return by boat to Cala Gonone for our celebratory farewell dinner.
Today we say ciao to this spectacular island and return home with stories of ancient times, astonishing scenery, and fine Italian wine. A transfer is provided to the airport in Olbia after breakfast.
Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.
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Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Sardinia's Mountains & Coast is rated 3+, moderate to strenuous, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The hikes on this trip range from 3-6 hours and 3-8 miles. The terrain is mixed, with rolling island terrain, and some gradual and steep sections in the mountains and some rocky coastal terrain. Hikes are on unpaved paths and trails, with minimal vehicle support. Trails may be wet, slippery, steep, and/or rocky at times. Certain sections of trails maybe exposed, which may be difficult for people with vertigo.
It is very important that you realistically assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip. The more well-prepared you are for the activities, the more you will enjoy yourself. As a general guideline, we suggest that you engage in easy to moderate aerobic activities (such as walking, hiking, jogging, or cycling) for at least 30-45 minutes several times a week for 4-6 weeks before the trip. If you live in a flat area, try to incorporate some stairs into your workout, or use a treadmill with varying incline capability (consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program). Please contact us if you have any doubts regarding your physical match with this tour.
The climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers, and short, mild winters. The weather in late spring and early fall is usually very pleasant, with daytime temperatures that range from low 60s to upper 80s, and the 50s and 60s at night. While these months are not in Italy's "rainy season" there can be cool breezes or showers at any time. Please come prepared to walk rain or shine. We will always walk unless weather conditions make it dangerous to do so.
You may obtain more detailed weather information on www.weatherbase.com.
Dorgali / Cala Gonone
Sardinia has a pleasant sunny climate and the spring and fall months tend to be the best times to visit, as this avoids the hot summer months and peak tourist season. Mountainous areas can be surprisingly cool, especially in the evening. A swim in the sea is possible from April to October, with water temperatures increasing throughout the summer months.
The traditional cuisine of the island of Sardinia is an expression of artistry. It has an extensive variety, having been enriched through interactions with other Mediterranean cultures while retaining its own identity. Sardinia's food culture is strictly divided into food from the land and food from the sea, reflecting the island's historical vicissitudes and its geographic landscapes, from the coastline to the rugged mountains of the interior. A few famous dishes include the mulareddus and the culurgiones, a fresh pasta, the famous "porceddu sardu" (pig), a classic of Sardinian pastoral cuisine. Its cheeses play an important roll as well— the taste and the smell of " Pecorino sardo" is incredible.
Because the Italian kitchen serves only fresh local ingredients, menu choices are limited at dinners to ensure prompt and efficient service for our groups. As a general custom, Europeans tend to eat at or after 8 p.m. Dinner is served in several courses starting with an antipasto (appetizer) and followed by a primi (usually pasta or risotto), a secondo (a meat or fish dish), and dessert. Dinners can last up to two hours. Breakfast, served at the hotel, is typically buffet style including bread, jams and butter, pastries, juices, and yogurt. Eggs, cheese, cold cuts, and fruit may sometimes be available. Lunches vary from pasta and salad at simple country trattorias, to picnics, to panini sandwiches at cafés.
Two dinners are not included in your trip cost, as we believe that venturing out on your own is an important part of discovering a new culture and cuisine. Your guide will be happy to make recommendations.
Vegetarians can easily be accommodated. Please inform us of specific dietary restrictions by completing your Guest Questionnaire.
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.
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