Round trip Sardinia: a journey of discoveryDiscover Sardinia with this 12-day tour of Sardinia4all! This carefully planned trip will show you the spectaculair northern and rugged western coast of the island. The chosen accommodations near the sea combined with a few nights in the enchanting inland make for a beautiful contrast.
• 3 nights in Hotel Valdiola in Porto Cervo (north-east Sardinia)
• 3 nights in Hotel Su Lithu in Bitti (inland)
• 2 nights in Capo Nieddu Resort in Cuglieri (west Sardinia)
• 3 nights in Agriturismo Vessus in Alghero (north-west Sardinia)
This tour is intended to provide an illustrative example of a possible itinerary. The round trip can be customized on request, taking into account your flight details and travel period.
• Olbia – Porto Cervo: 32 km
• Porto Cervo – Bitti: 116 km
• Bitti – Cuglieri: 123 km
• Cuglieri – Alghero: 78 km
• Alghero – Porto Cervo: 164 km
A perfect tour for those...
The 12-day round trip Discover Sardinia is perfectly suited for all travellers looking for a combination of stunning beaches, turquoise waters and rugged mountains alternated with various authentic villages and Sardinian highlights.
North Sardinia is filled with impressive granite formations, such as the Bear Rock ("Roccia dell'Orso") in Palau. This massive block of granite is located on top of a 120 metre-high hill. The wind has sculpted the granite in such a way it resembles a bear. For a small surcharge you can climb the Bear Rock. During the walk upwards you can enjoy the spectacular view across a former marine area and the sea. Once you've reached the top, you have a magnificent view across the archipelago of La Maddalena. If the weather's good, you can even see the neighbouring French island Corsica.
Once of the must sees in Olbia-Tempio is the archipelago of La Maddalena, which consists of more than 60 islands, of which La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Razzoli are the biggest. From these islands only the main island La Maddalena is inhabited. The archipelago was designated a National Park, the Parco Nazionale Arcipelago di La Maddalena, in 1994. Many tourists visit the archipelago by boat to enjoy the beautiful rock formations, nature, sea, bays and beaches. A ferry can bring you from Palau to La Maddalena in a mere 20 minutes. After the beaches, the principal tourist sight in the islands is the Casa Garibaldi on the island of Caprera, where the Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi spent the last 25 years of his life until he died in 1882. Caprera is connected to La Maddalena by a long causeway and bridge.
Should you like to visit more islands than just La Maddalena and Caprera, moor in the smallest bays and swim in crystal-clear waters, we recommend booking our excursion with the Lady Luna, which will bring you to the most beautiful spots of this paradise-like archipelago, also known as the European Caribbean. With a bit of luck you can spot dolphins on the way!
The next 3 nights you'll be staying in the heart of Sardinia, in the Barbagia, in the charming Hotel Su Lithu. The ancient local traditions and culture are still clearly visible in this area. Restaurants serve a great variety of local products, such as the savoury pecorino cheeses, the salsiccia sausages and home made wines. A holiday in this rugged province immediately shows why Sardinia is one of the world's five Blue Zones; places in the world where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else on earth.
The area is perfectly suited for exhilarating hikes. The Nature Park Crastazza Littos Tepilora offers many hiking trails for all skill levels. We recommend visiting the waterfall S’Illiorai and Tepilora's natural pools. You can spot various animals, such as the Sardinian deer. Don't forget to bring some bites for a lovely picnic!
Along the way to Mamone, near Bitti, you'll find Su Romanzesu. This village, surrounded by a cork oak forest and positioned on a granite plateau, is considered one of the most important nuraghic villages in Sardinia. The complex, dating back to the 16th century BC, consists of a housing complex of about one hundred huts and several buildings for cultural purposes.
Not far from Su Lithu you'll find Nuoro, the capital of the eponymous province. We recommend combining a visit to Nuoro with a trip to Orgosolo. The city centre of this small and traditional village is decorated with stunning "murales" (murals).
Oliena is worth a visit as well. This mountain village has a beautiful historic centre and is known for the Su Gologone well, the most important spring in Sardinia. You can listen to the ceaseless crashing of the impressive quantity of pure mineral water - an average of 300 litres per second - gushing out of a crack in the rock. The stunning scenery of the spring is completed by a forest of eucalyptus, where you can enjoy a picnic in the shade.
Another must see is the nuraghic village of Tiscali, located at a 30-minute drive south-east of Oliena.
If you want to spend a day at the beach, you can easily drive to Orosei (40 minutes) or the lively Cala Gonone, where boats depart daily to the Bue Marino caves and to the unique bay of Cala Luna, only accessible by boat or by foot. This spectacular beach is definitely worth a visit!
Near Cugliari you can visit the natural bridge S' Archittu, a scenic 15-meter rock arch formed of natural erosion. We also recommend visiting the ruins of the Punic-Roman town of Cornus, where the battle between the Romans and the Sardinians and the Carthaginians took place in 215 BC. Nowadays the unoccupied town is an archaeological site with a large well temple complex, some sarcophagus and the still visible remains of a basilica.
Having passed the city of Oristano and the fishing village Cabras, on the Sinis peninsula, you can find the archaeological site of Tharros, one of the most important sites in the Mediterranean. The coastal town, founded in 730 BC, was inhabited first by Phoenicians, then by Punics and then by Romans. Nowadays just a third of the site has been excavated. The southern section consists of the Phoenician and the Roman town, with several baths, houses and sanctuaries.
Cabras is one of the most important fishing villages in the area, renowned for the production of "bottarga"; pressed and salted mullet roe, served in slices on bread or grated over pastas together with olive oil and garlic. The fish migrate to the lagoon of Cabras to reproduce. With a bit of luck you can spot flamingos here as well.
We highly recommend eating in a so-called "ittiturismo" in Cabras or Marceddì, where you can enjoy tasty seafood dishes and bottarga served with a glass of locally produced Vernaccia wine.
A must see in Oristano is the unique beach of Is Arutas. This extraordinary kilometre-long beach, also known as the 'rice beach', consists of round coloured quartz grains instead of sand and is therefore one of the most unique beaches in Sardinia. Even during the busy summer months this coastal area is relatively quiet. The beach of Mari Ermi is worth a visit as well.
During your stay in Cuglieri you can easily visit the popular Bosa. This village, just a 40-minute drive from Cuglieri, is located on the west coast of the island on the north bank of the Temo River; the only navigable river in Sardinia. The city, founded by the Phoenicians, is built around the Malaspina Castle on the Serravalle hill, from where you can enjoy the stunning view across Bosa's colourful homes, narrow alleys and the Temo river.
The lively Catalan town is also known als "Barceloneta", or small Barcelona. Nowadays the bilingual Aragonese still speak a Catalan dialect. In this province there are numerous beautiful beaches, such as Maria Pia, Le Bombarde and Spiaggia del Lazzaretto. Do you prefer an active trip? Discover the nature reserve of Porto Conte.
We have booked you a room in the intimate Residenza di Campagna Vessus, just outside of Alghero.
The old town of Alghero consists of a maze of narrow cobbled alleys. The palazzos, city walls and defense towers are built in a Spanish style. In the city centre you can enjoy a stroll along the various piazzas or relax on the shaded terraces cooled by a fresh sea breeze. Since Alghero is located on the “Riviera del Corallo”, the Coral Coast, most boutiques have various coral ornaments for sale. At night, as the sun sets behind cape Capo Caccia, the city is bathed in a beautiful orange light. At this time of night we recommend taking a walk along the boulevard and the harbour to one of Alghero’s restaurants to enjoy the delicious seafood dishes. Don’t forget to try the local specialty, "Aragosta alla Catalana" (lobster)!
One of Sardinia’s highlights near Alghero is Neptune’s Grotto (“Grotte di Nettuno”), a stalactite cave on the tip of the peninsula of Capo Caccia whose entrance lies only around a metre above the sea level. The 204-metre-high cliffs and caves are therefore accessible via a boat trip of approximately 45 minutes from the port of Alghero. Alternatively, after a scenic route by car, you can descend the 654-step stairway cut into the cliff called “escala del cabirol” (goat’s steps) to visit the grotto.
Another symbol of Sardinia are the nuraghe, ancient megalithic edifices developed by the Nuragic civilisation which inhabited the island from about 1500 BC onwards. Their villages were built around round tower-fortresses which date back to the Bronze Age. The sturdy structures consisting of layers of basalt blocks stand only by virtue of the weight of their stones. We recommend visiting the Nuraghe di Palmavera near Alghero, founded around the 14th century BC and renovated in 1963.
Would you like to explore the versatile west coast by (sailing) boat? Book an excursion with the Andrea Jensen!
Hotel Valdiola is a beautiful 3-star hotel with swimming pool in Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda, located just outside of the city centre of the worldly village with a spectacular view across the bay of Cala di Volpe.
Hotel Su Lithu
Su Lithu is an intimate country hotel with pool located in a beautiful villa in the middle of nature in central Sardinia. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Sardinian cuisine and traditions here at Su Lithu in Bitti!
Country Resort Capo Nieddu
Booking a holiday at this agriturismo equals pure and utter indulgence! The rural character of a farm and the luxury of a hotel make for a perfect combination at Capo Nieddu. Close to the sea and to various sights you’re sure to enjoy your stay here.
Starting point: Olbia or Alghero
Book your round trip with discount!
• Book before 31.01.2018 and get a € 75 - € 125 discount !
The tour includes:
• Stay: 11 nights
• Type of room: Standard room
• Board: bed & breakfast
Touring with an all-inclusive rental car
We're happy to book you a rental car. The Sunny Car's all-in formula includes all insurances and an unlimited mileage. During the online booking process you can easily add a GPS package as well. The shown prices are an indication of the rental price for the entire tour. Should the current price differ, we will inform you before confirming the booking of your rental car.
We offer various car categories:
• Small: 3-door Fiat Panda or similar, manual transmission with air-conditioning
• Comfort: 5-door VW Polo or similar, manual transmission with air-conditioning
• Station: 5-door Opel Astra STW or similar, manual transmission with air-conditioning
We're happy to tailor the tour to your preferences!
• You can easily extend or change the tour's itinerary
• Do you prefer a more luxurious stay? It's possible to upgrade to a superior room
• Do you prefer half board in all accommodations? Please ask us about the possibilities
• We're happy to help you find the best flights and ferry crossings
• Travelling with kids? We're happy to send you a travel plan adjusted to your specific travel party
• Tip: extend your round trip with one of our unique excursions!