Sardinia, a unique experience

Hiking holiday Sardinia: From the mountains to the sea

You will hike from the black mountains of Montiferru to the peninsula of Sinis and the sea. Montiferru is a basalt area known for its green forests and local red beef celebrated by the Slow Food Movement. The Sinis is a nature reserve home with lakes and wetlands to thousands of pink flamingos and a wealth of other birds live. Here you will find the traditional fishing village of Cabras, famous for the bottarga (roe) that is used in many Sardinian dishes. We found some very charming accommodation to make this tour memorable.
Montiferru Mountains
Sinis Peninsula
Fishing villages Putzu Idu and Cabras
Charming accommodations

Day 1: Arrival in Santu Lussurgiu

Arrival in Santu Lussurgiu and overnight in Antica Dimora del Gruccione, including breakfast.

Day 2: Santu Lussurgiu-San Leonardo (12km/4h)

Today you will hike on different roads and paths to the water source of San Leonardo de Siete Fuentes. Enjoy breathtaking views along the way. At the water source you can look around the healing spring village. Visit the 12th century Romanesque church that belonged to the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. They settled here and built a hospital and two monasteries. The village is surrounded by dense forests of oaks and cork oaks on the southeastern slopes of Montiferru, at about 700 m above sea level, where you can take nice walks in a pleasant, shady forest with small pools and streams coming from the springs. You walk back to Santu Lussurgiu via paths and tracks. Walk here through the narrow (car-free) streets and go back in time. Then you walk to the south of the village. If you walk to the top of the hill you will arrive at the white Christ statue. From this point you have a beautiful view over Santu Lussurgiu and the mountains of the Montiferru. A nice tip? Have dinner in the evening in the living room restaurant Pizzeria del Convento. You sit down with other guests in the small living room with fireplace to eat the daily menu or a pizza. Overnight in Antica Dimora del Gruccione, including breakfast.

Day 3: Santu Lussurgiu–Santa Caterina di Pittinuri (22km/7h)

From the higher Santu Lussurgiu you will hike today to the seaside and the village of Santa Caterina di Pittinuri. You will cross oak forests, olive groves and peaceful meadows. A few kilometers outside the village of Santu Lussurgiu is the waterfall of Istrampu de Sos Molinos. Walk slightly from the road and you will walk on unpaved paths and stairs to this beautiful place with overwhelming nature. A photogenic place! If you think this is too many kilometers for this day, you can also visit the waterfall on day 2 after you have walked through Santu Lussurgiu. Past the white statue of Christ is only 3 kilometers away and you will find the waterfall south of Santu Lussurgiu. You spend the night in Hotel La Baja with a view over the bay, including breakfast.

Day 4: Santa Caterina di Pittinuri–Putzu Idu (16km/5h)

In the morning you can go to the beach or take an optional hike to the S'Archittu, known for its beautiful bay and natural bridge. Here too you can take beautiful photos and enjoy the rugged west coast. Afterwards, you will have a shuttle to the lagoon of Is Benas, home to large colonies of gray herons and pink flamingos. A nice path along the limestone cliff leads to the beach of Su Pallosu and Capo Mannu, with the lighthouse and the old Spanish watchtowers. You will then continue hiking to the seaside town of Putzu Idu, which is a popular spot for sailing and surfing. You spend the night in Hotel Raffael including breakfast.

Day 5: Putzu Idu–San Salvatore Sinis (20km/5,5h)

Today you will hike along the cliffs of Su Tingiosu, here you will find 6 kilometers of limestone full of bird nests. The cliffs end at the beautiful quartz beaches of Is Arutas and Marmi Ermi. These beaches have small quartz grains in beautiful colors that look a lot like grains of rice. The beaches have since been declared a protected area. After the beaches you walk into the hinterland past artichoke and wheat fields on the way to San Salvatore Sinis. This town is known for its church built on a hypogeum. This deserted village seems to come straight out of a spaghetti western by Sergio Leone. You spend the night here in the charming hotel Sa Pedrera including breakfast.

Dag 6: Tharros and Capo San Marco(17km/4,5h)

A hike past fields, farmland and the lagoon of San Giovanni on to the archaeological site of Tharros, which dates back to the 8th century BC, and the narrow peninsula of Capo San Marco. Visit the ancient Basilica Paleocristiana di San Giovanni di Sinis which dates back to 470 AD. From here you walk on the main tourist path towards the site of Tharros. After visiting these excavations, you can have a drink at the cafe and walk the tour around the peninsula of Capo San Marco. On the return journey, you can stop at one of the beaches to spend a few hours at the beach. Overnight at Hotel Sa Pedrera including breakfast.

Day 7:San Salvatore Sinis–Cabras (18km/5h)

You hike from San Salvatore di Sinis to the fishing village of Cabras. The village is mainly known for the Bottarga. This is a true Sardinian specialty: salted eggs (roe) from the mullet, which are pressed between wooden planks and then dried in a cool, airy place. The bottarga is served sliced ​​on toasted bread or grated over pasta dishes along with olive oil and garlic. During this route you will walk past artichoke fields, Vernaccia vineyards, olive groves. Do not have a long lunch in Cabras because in the afternoon you will walk to the lagoon for bird watching at the swamp of Pauli'e Sali, a protected area with an immense number of birds (including protected bird species).
At Cabras you will find both salt and fresh water. This attracts many different bird species, making Cabras a bird watcher's paradise. The freshwater area, including swamp, covers more than 2000 hectares. After the hike you can, for example, do a wine tasting at the Contini winery located in the center of the village or walk to the beach to have a drink in one of the beach bars. You spend the night in the cozy Hotel Villa Canu including breakfast.

Day 8: end of your hiking holiday

Your hiking holiday ends after breakfast. Optional transfer back to Santu Lussurggiu to your (rental) car.

Hotel La Baja

Hotel La Baja is located on top of a cliff in Santa Caterina di Pittinuri. This well-kept hotel with swimming pool is located on the west coast between Bosa and Oristano. You spend the night near the beach in an area far away from the crowd. A great destination for a peaceful stay in Sardinia.

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Hotel Raffael

Hotel Raffael is an elegant 4-star hotel with pool on the west coast of Sardinia. Because of its location in a tranquil area close to the beach this hotel is the perfect base for various excursions and water sports activities.

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Hotel Sa Pedrera

In the small fishing village Cabras on the west coast of Sardinia the intimate and comfortable 3-star hotel Sa Pedrera is located in a fairly undiscovered part of the island.

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Villa Canu

Hotel Villa Canu is set in a stately house in Cabras, on the west coast of Sardinia. The cozy and small-scale family hotel has neat rooms and a lovely swimming pool. A stone's throw from the hotel is the excellent restaurant Il Caminetto, also run by the Canu family. Definitely a great base if you want to visit Cabras, Oristano, Tharros and beautiful quartz beaches like Is Arutas!

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The rates are per person per arrangement
Arrival: Saturday (but you can also start daily)
Start of the tour: Santu Lussurgiu (west coast)

The tour includes:
• Stay: 7 nights with breakfast
• Type of room: Standard room
• Board: bed & breakfast
• Baggage transportation from hotel to hotel (maximum 2 items per person)
• Transfer at the beginning of days 2, 3
• Welcome briefing in English with an explanation about your cycling holiday and providing the route and maps
• Telephone assistance
• A travel guide with tips

Supplements (optional):
• Transfer from Cabras to Santu Lussurgiu € 45 per person

• Non Saturday start supplement € 69 per person

To be paid on the spot:
• Local Taxes (approx. 10 €)
• Admission to museums and archaeological sites
8-day hiking holiday: From the mountains to the sea
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