An honest round trip: Pure SardiniaSardinia4all invites you to explore the sunny and pure island in the Mediterranean sea. Experience Sardinia during this 15-day tour and discover the charm of the pristine south, the rugged west, the romantic north, the traditional inland and the mystical east!
• 2 nights bed & breakfast in Hotel Luci del Faro in Calasetta (south-west Sardinia)
• 2 nights bed & breakfast in Agriturismo Casa Marmida in Pardu Atzei (west Sardinia)
• 3 nights bed & breakfast in Hotel Alma di Alghero (north-west Sardinia)
• 3 nights bed & breakfast in Hotel La Funtana in S. Teresa di Gallura (north Sardinia)
• 2 nights bed & breakfast in Hotel Su Gologone in Oliena (inland)
• 2 nights half board in Hotel Galanias in Barisardo (south-east 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.
• Cagliari (possible airport) - Calasetta: 98 km
• Calasetta - Torre dei Corsari: 134 km
• Torre dei Corsari - Alghero: 210 km
• Alghero - Santa Teresa di Gallura: 135 km
• Santa Teresa di Gallura - Oliena: 160 km
• Oliena - Barisardo: 91 km
• Barisardo - Cagliari (possible airport): 141 km
A perfect tour for those...
The 15-day tour Pure Sardinia is perfectly suited for travellers wanting to explore Sardinia in a relatively short time.
When visiting the eponymous city, whose name derives from St. Antiochus, evangelizer of the area, we recommend exploring the Palaeo-Christian Basilica of Sant'Antioco, dating back to the 6th century, and its catacombs with frescoes; the Forte Sabaudo and the necropolis “Tophet”, a Phoenician sanctuary where habitants laid their infants born dead and those that died right after birth. At night the quiet town transforms into a lively centre where you can enjoy the tasty pastas, pizzas, fresh seafood dishes and ice cream.
After having visited the village of Sant'Antioco, the tour continues to Calasetta, a small village located on northern tip of the island of Sant'Antioco, where you'll be staying in Hotel Luci del Faro. The fishing village is characterised by low, whitewashed houses, a watchtower and narrow alleys. The central square is the place to be for a chat with the locals or a real Italian cappuccino. The beaches of Le Saline and Turri are definitely worth a visit.
If you're looking for a bit more action, we recommend kite surfing or renting a bike to tour the island. Alternatively, you can book a diving excursion or a sailing boat.
When visiting Calasetta we recommend taking the ferry to Isola di San Pietro as well. Ferries depart daily from Calasetta to the neighbouring island. Carloforte is the largest village on the island Isola di San Pietro. Over the years the village has transformed into a cosy seaside resort, whose restaurants are renowned for their tuna dishes. We recommend visiting the Piazza Carlo Emanuele. San Pietro has a versatile coastline filled with beautiful creeks and bays. Birdwatchers may spot the Eleonora’s falcon, named after Eleonora of Arborea. The beaches of La Caletta and Cala Fico are definitely worth a visit.
When driving past the village of Arbus towards the sea, it becomes clear why this area is called the Costa Verde (green coast). The now abandoned neo-Gothic mining village Ingurtosu, at a mere 20 minutes from Arbus, used to house the mining administration. Lead, silver and zinc were obtained here. The remains of this industry are still present.
Following the well-passable dirt road through the forest and past the ghost town you’ll arrive at the ochre coloured dunes of Piscinas, the highest in Europe. You can easily park your car at the beach. The broad sandy beach is provided with 2 cosy beach bars. Even though the sea can be quite rough it’s very impressive and definitely worth a visit!
The tour leads to a small village in between Guspini and Torre dei Corsari, where we've booked you a room in the intimate farmhouse with pool; Agriturism Casa Marmida
On the Sinis peninsula you should also visit the seaside resort San Giovanni and Tharros, one of the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Founded in 730 BC, the coastal town 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.
A must see in this area 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.
Having explored the western part of the island, the tour continues to Alghero. The city dates back to 1102, when the nobel Doria family built a castle there. In the year 1353 the Spaniards seized power in Alghero, leaving many traces behind which are still visible today. The palazzos, city walls and defence towers are built in a Spanish style. The bilingual street names in both Catalan and Italian still reflect the proud heritage after more than 300 years of domination.
Alghero is popular among tourists all year round. Its ideal location near the sea and within a 15-minute drive from Fertilia, Alghero’s airport, makes for a perfect holiday destination.
The old town consists of a maze of narrow cobbled alleys, decorated with laundry hanging out to dry on drying racks and makeshift clothes lines tied from balcony to balcony. In the city centre you can enjoy a stroll along the various piazzas with restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream parlours or relax on the shaded terraces cooled by a fresh sea breeze. 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)!
The next 3 nights you'll be staying in Maison de Charme Bienestar, located in the heart of the lively village.
Stintino’s beautiful beaches, the Asinara National Park and the historic villages of Bosa and Castelsardo are all within easy reach of Alghero. Futhermore, there are numerous beautiful beaches nearby, such as Maria Pia, Le Bombarde and Spiaggia del Lazzaretto. If you’d like to explore Alghero’s versatile coastline by boat, we recommend booking our sailing excursion with the Andrea Jensen. Don't hesitate to ask us about the possibilities!
Santa Teresa di Gallura
Despite the tourism the authentic ambiance of the historic city centre has been kept intact. Castelsardo is known for its narrow streets and piazzas; the Castelsardo Cathedral dedicated to Saint Anthony the Great; the Church of St. Mary, where the people of Castelsardo celebrate a series of Masses and processions during Lunissanti, a festival on the Monday after Palm Sunday.
In Castelsardo there are numerous restaurants, bars and shops, where you can watch the weaving of the traditional Sardinian reed baskets.
On your way to the next accommodation we recommend stopping over to visit the Roccia dell’Elefante, the Elephant Rock, a striking dark trachyte rock sculpted by the wind resembling an elephant.
The next few nights you'll be staying in Santa Teresa di Gallura, in the intimate 3-star hotel La Funtana. The strategic position of the hotel enables you to visit many nearby villages, such as the worldly Porto Cervo, the heart of the Costa Smeralda. Created by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV in the 60s and 70s, this Sardinian seaside resort is popular among both the national and the international jet set. In summer the elite resides in one of the luxurious resorts, villas or hotels or visits the boutiques near the central square.
The beautiful coastline near Santa Teresa di Gallura consists of numerous bays and beaches and spectacular rock formations. The wind has sculpted the rocks into beautiful shapes, the most famous of which is the “Roccia dell’Orso” in Palau, which with a bit of fantasy resembles a bear.
One of the highlights in north Sardinia is La Maddalena. This archipelago consists of more than 60 islands, of which La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Razzoli are the biggest. Only the main island La Maddalena is inhabited. 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 and with a bit of luck you can spot dolphins on the way. Should you like to visit the other islands of the archipelago, we recommend booking our boat excursion with the Lady Luna!
A stay in this pristine province immediately shows why Sardinia is one of five “blue zones”, a demographic and/or geographic area with the highest longevity. The landscape consists of hills and high mountain peaks covered in lush Mediterranean vegetation. The many country roads lead to the Gennargentu mountain range, natural waters or to the local shepherds.
In the authentic mountain villages you can discover the real Sardinia; exceptionally hospitable, with a rich tradition, an excellent Sardinian cuisine and tasty Cannonau wines. Through the years neither the Romans, Carthaginians nor any other foreign conquerors have succeeded in invading this area, because of which it's been able to develop its own culture. Nowadays Nuoro's unique folklore and traditions are still visible during the festivities in the local villages.
During your stay in central Sardinia we highly recommend exploring the hiking trails across the mountains, Europe's deepest gorge Su Goroppu, the nuragic village of Tiscali, the village of Oliena and the Su Gologone well and the colourful "murales" (murals) in Orgosolo. Cala Gonone, a lively seaside resort at a mere 40 minutes from Oliena, is definitely worth a visit as well. Two must sees when you're in the area: the Bue Marino Caves and the hidden bay of Cala Luna, only accessible by boat or on foot.
The village's name derives from the Arabic "arba'at'ashar", meaning “fourteenth tower”, referring to the light house located on the cast. The former fishing village has transformed into a fairly important harbour. The village itself is renowned for the red cliffs ("rocce rosse") disappearing into the blue waters. It’s also the terminal station of the narrow-gauge railroad of the Trenino Verde. In Arbatax you can book a boat (excursion) along the spectacular coast as well. Be prepared to be amazed by the many steep cliffs, high mountains, hidden bays and the stunning crystal-clear waters!
There are numerous villages in the area which are worth a visit. The small village of Bari Sardo is known for its linen, tapestries and fabrics. Bari Sardo’s church is provided with a rococo bell tower dating back to 1813. At night both locals and tourists alike love to sit down at one of the "piazzas" to enjoy dinner together with friends or family. The area near Bari Sardo bears many traces of its ancient inhabitants; many Nuraghe, Domus de Janas (chamber tombs) and Tombe dei Giganti have been found.
Tortoli is the capital of the province of Ogliastra. The city itself isn’t that special, but its scenic beauty is. In the area there’s a vast swamp where many migratory birds reside during the winter months and the numerous beautiful beaches in the area are definitely worth a visit. Three large Menhirs are situated along the road at ca. 4 kilometres from Tortoli, the biggest of which is called “Sa Limba e Boi” (ox tongue).
The name of the neighbouring village Torre di Bari is easily explained; “torre” refers to the 17-century Spanish tower and “Bari” means “swamp”.
Lotzorai was founded in between 2 rivers, Il Pramaera and Il Rio Girosole. The Gennargentu mountain range offers stunning panoramas and a favourable climate. A wide range of animals resides in this beautiful area. We recommend visiting the Domus de Janas (a type of pre-Nuragic chamber tomes, meaning “house of fairies”) Medusa and the remains of the 8th-century Medusa Castle.
From Baunei, an idyllic mountain village near Arbatax located at an altitude of 1000 metres, you have a spectacular view across the area. A trip to the beautiful Cala Goloritzè, only accessible on foot or by boat, is a must! In order to get there, you have to drive to the high plateau Altopiano di Golgo, a beautiful natural area housing numerous animal and bird species. Halfway you’ll come across a bar/restaurant with parking space, from where you can walk to the bay in approximately 1,5 hours. If you prefer joining a tour, an electric train can bring you from the city centre of Baunei to the high plateau as well.
Looking for a refreshing activity on a hot summer's day? Plan a visit to the caves Grotte Su Marmuri and the 2 waterfalls Cascate di Lequarci e Lecorci, at a 45-minute drive south of Lotzorai, near the village of Ulassai.
Hotel Luci del Faro
Luci del Faro is an intimate 3-star hotel with pool in Calasetta on the island Sant’Antioco, located near the sea in the yet undiscovered south-west of Sardinia.
Agriturismo Casa Marmida
Casa Marmida is a beautiful accommodation for travellers wanting to stay in a true agriturismo in west Sardinia. During your stay in this authentic accommodation you can enjoy the peace and quiet, visit the farm animals and take a refreshing dive in the pool. At night chef Andrea loves to introduce you to the savoury Sardinian cuisine by serving dishes made of the farm's own products.
Hotel Alma di Alghero
Het hotel geniet een perfecte ligging nabij het gezellige centrum van Alghero en haar prachtige kuststroken in het karakteristieke en beroemde centrum van de "Riviera del Corallo". Een perfect verblijf waar de combinatie ontspanning, strand en centrum samengaan.
Hotel La Funtana
La Funtana is a 4-star hotel with pool in Santa Teresa di Gallura. This lively village in north Sardinia is the perfect base to explore the Costa Smeralda, the archipelago of La Maddalena and Corsica.
Country Hotel Su Gologone
During a stay in Hotel Su Gologone, located in the heart of the island, you will discover the traditional Sardinia. Enjoy the warm ambiance, the spectacular cuisine, the relaxing wellness facilities and the typically Sardinian traditions combined with a touch of luxury in a romantic setting.
Starting point: Olbia, Cagliari or Alghero
The tour includes:
• Stay: 14 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
• 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!