Sardinia, a unique experience

Round trip Sardinia: Pure Sardinia

Sardinia4all takes you on a voyage of discovery to the sunny and pure island in the Mediterranean. Experience Sardinia during this car holiday or fly & drive in 15 days; the charm of the undiscovered south, experience the capricious west, enjoy the romantic north and discover the mystical east!

Our tour by (rental) car will lead you through various Sardinian regions in 15 days via five unique accommodations.

Your itinerary:
• 3 nights bed & breakfast in Hotel Maladroxia on Sant'Antioco (south-west Sardinia)
• 3 nights bed & breakfast in Agriturismo Casa Marmida in Pardu Atzei (west Sardinia)
• 2 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)
• 3 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.

Distances:
• 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 - Barisardo: 233 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.
Entire island
Highlights
5 Accommodations
Versatile tour

Sant'Antioco

The first destination of the 15-day tour Pure Sardinia is the peninsula of Sant'Anticio in south-west Sardinia. With a surface of 109 square kilometres Sant'Antioco is the fourth largest island in Italy after Sicily, Sardinia and Elba. The island is connected to its “mother” Sardinia by both a modern 5-kilometre bridge and a narrow isthmus. The island consists of a hilly landscape and rocky coastline.

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.From Cagliari Airport, drive to your first destination: the undiscovered Sant 'Antioco peninsula, at the southwestern tip of Sardinia. Along the way you will pass long sandy beaches with an azure blue sea that are interspersed with jagged coasts. With 109 km2, Sant'Antioco is the fourth largest island in Italy after Sicily, Sardinia and Elba. The island is connected to Sardinia by a bridge of about 5 km long. The peninsula consists of a hilly landscape with a (mainly) rocky coast.
The center of the same name is located on the coast and offers a nice view of the mainland of Sardinia. In the evening, the quiet town transforms into a vibrant center, where you can enjoy delicious pasta, pizza, fresh fish and delicious ice cream. The cozy shops remain open until late.

The rich history of the peninsula is hidden under the town. Here the Phoenicians founded their largest settlement. The enormous necropolises with more than fifteen hundred tombs are the most important remains from that time. You can visit it accompanied by a guide.

On the other side of the island is the town of Calasetta. This fishing village is characterized by white-colored houses, a watchtower and narrow alleys. The central piazza is the meeting place for a pleasant chat with the neighbor or a tasty cappuccino. The island has several beautiful bays, including the beach of Le Saline and Turri. Here you can relax!

Active holidaymakers can also indulge themselves in this area. How about a nice bike ride on the island or a day of kite surfing? Also nice: an exploration of the underwater world during a diving excursion or take part in a unique sailing trip!

During your stay on the peninsula of Sant'Antioco, a crossing by ferry to the neighboring island of Isola di San Pietro is an absolute must! Several boats a day depart from the small harbor to the other side. In the cozy town of Carloforte, tuna dishes are of paramount importance; don't forget to taste it for lunch or dinner!

During three nights a room including breakfast is booked in the small-scale Hotel Maladroxia. The hotel offers a beautiful sea view, pool, restaurant and is less than a hundred meters from the beach.

Guspini

After breakfast you will leave picturesque Sant'Antioco and continue the route north along the pristine southwest coast.

Along the winding coastal road through the towns of Nebida, Massua and Arbus, jagged cliffs, sandy beaches, deserted mining towns alternate in these beautiful surroundings. Along the way you also have a nice view of the limestone island of Pan di Zucchero (sugar bread) in front. Don't forget your camera!

After Arbus you follow the road towards the sea. On the way it becomes clear why this region of Sardinia is also called the "Costa Verde" (green coast). After 20 minutes you will reach Ingurtosu. This miner's society, characterized by a neo-Gothic building, used to house the mines' administration.
Lead, silver and zinc used to be mined in the now abandoned picture. Remnants of these mines are still clearly visible today.

Immediately after the ghost village you leave the asphalt road to take a look at Piscinas. As you drive through the forest, after a few turns, the ocher-colored dunes of Piscinas become visible, the highest dunes in Europe. The peaks can reach a height of 100 meters.

You continue the route towards the small town of Torre dei Corsari. Do not forget to enjoy the spectacular views, imposing cliffs and the long rocky and sandy beaches along the way.

Between Guspini and Torre dei Corsari, you will be a guest in an authentic farmhouse with swimming pool for the next 2 nights; Agriturismo Casa Marmida.

Alghero

After breakfast you will leave the accommodation and continue the route via Terralba and Marrubiu to Cabras, one of the most important fishing villages in this region, where the best bottarga on the island is produced. Bottarga is made from salted and then dried roe from the mullet. This is used in pasta dishes, among other things, and provides a special taste. The fish migrate every year to the lagoon, the stagno of Cabras, to reproduce there. Cabras is located on the Sinis peninsula, also known for its thatched fisherman's houses in the seaside town of San Giovanni di Sinis and the archaeological site of Tharros.

Fancy a refreshing dip? Pay a visit to the unique beach of Is Arutas. This beach is also known as the 'grain of rice beach' because it consists of very fine round grains of quartz with colors ranging from pink to light green to pure white. Very special! The beach is still nice and quiet at the weekend.

After a stopover you will continue to your next destination: Alghero. This medieval Sardinian-Catalan coastal town was built in 1102 by the noble Doria family. In the year 1353 the Spanish took over power in Alghero. They left many traces that can still be seen today. The palazzos, city walls, Spanish-style defensive towers and bilingual street names in Catalan and Italian still reflect the proud legacy of over 300 years of rule today.

Alghero is a tourist attraction all year round. The ideal location, right on the coast and only a 15-minute drive from Fertilia Airport, makes this place an easily accessible holiday destination. A maze of alleys paved with old cobbles and with drying laundry here and there, leads you right through the old town. There are numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream parlors around the different piazzas. You can relax on the shady terraces, with a breeze from the sea.
By evening, as soon as the temperature drops slightly and the sun sets behind the opposite cape of Capo Caccia, the city takes on an orange, peachy color. It is the perfect time to take a stroll along the promenade along the harbor, and then enjoy the delicious fish dishes, not to be missed the local specialty "Aragosta alla Catalana" (lobster in Catalan style).

The next 3 nights you will be a guest at Maison de Charme Bienestar.

Santa Teresa di Gallura

Today the well-known northern province of Sardinia is on the program: Olbia-Tempio. If you follow the coastal road you will pass Castelsardo, a unique place with a view over the Gulf of Asinara. The historic center is situated against the hill and still has the old wall, which served to protect against possible attacks from the sea. The castle, which is located on top of the hill, was built in the XII century by the Doria family. At that time Castelsardo was therefore called Castel-Doria. Despite tourism, the historic center has remained quite characteristic. Here you can wander through the small narrow alleys and piazzas, past the jewels of the historic center: the Cathedral of Sant'Antonio Abate and the Church of Santa Maria. With a bit of luck you can watch the making of the Sardinian wicker baskets, which are still woven in the traditional way here today.

Just past Castelsardo you can stop for a short while at the "Roccia dell 'Elefante", the elephant rock, before traveling the last kilometers towards the next accommodation. For the next 3 nights, Sardinia4all has reserved a room in the small-scale 3-star hotel with swimming pool La Funtana in Santa Teresa di Gallura.

In the north of Sardinia, the many imposing rock formations provide a true spectacle. Over the years, the wind has sharpened the rocks in such a way that, with a little imagination, they actually depict something. A beautiful example of this can be found in Palau: the "Roccia dell 'Orso", or the Bear Rock.

Santa Teresa di Gallura makes a nice base. For example, you can spend a day at Porto Cervo, the main center of the Costa Smeralda. This beautiful luxury resort, very popular among the jet set, is located on a beautiful, rugged coast with many bays and rocks. When Prince Aga Khan discovered this city in the 1970s, he decided to turn it into a beautiful holiday resort. Beautiful villas, hotels and resorts were built here under his leadership. The national and international jet set settles here during the summer months and then stays in one of the many luxury resorts or visits the luxury boutiques around the central "piazza". In the harbor you can admire the many luxury yachts.

One of the absolute highlights of Sardinia is La Maddalena, an archipelago consisting of more than 60 islands. There are seven larger islands: La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Razzoli. Of all these islands in this nature reserve, all the main island of La Maddalena is inhabited and has about 13,000 inhabitants. Many tourists annually visit the archipelago to enjoy the beautiful rock formations, nature, sea, bays and beaches. Tip: ask us about the possibilities to explore this must see with a boat excursion, the Lady Luna!

Also nice to visit: the beautiful Bonifacio, situated on a limestone rock, on the neighboring island of Corsica.

Barisardo

The beautiful province of Ogliastra is the final destination of your tour. Today you'll travel through the rugged nature of the Gennargentu mountain range to the coastline of Arbatax. For the last 2 nights we have booked you a room in the 4-star hotel Galanias in Barisardo, south of Arbatax.

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 Maladroxia

The small but fine boutique hotel Maladroxia is located on the Sant'Antioco peninsula in the south of Sardinia. The hotel offers a beautiful sea view, swimming pool, restaurant and is less than a hundred meters from the beach. We recommend that you stay in the newly renovated Plus rooms with balcony, so that you can also enjoy the beautiful view over the bay of Maladroxia.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hotel Galanias

Hotel Galanias Retreat is a lovely, intimate hotel in Bari Sardo on the east coast of Sardinia. Its location on a hill grants you a stunning view across the beach of Torre di Bari.

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Prices
The rates are per person per night
Arrival: daily
Place of start of the tour: Alghero, Cagliari or Olbia

Included in the price:
• Overnights: 14 nights
• Room type: Classic Plus room in Hotel Maladroxia, Standard room in other accommodations
• Accommodation: including breakfast, with the exception of Hotel Galanias, a stay including breakfast and dinner
• You will receive a travel guide with tips and fun facts

Getting around with an all-inclusive rental car
If you are not traveling with your own transport, we are happy to book a rental car for you. You can cover unlimited kilometers and all insurance is already included in the price. During the booking process you can easily add the rental car with or without GPS. The prices shown are indicative per rental car for the total duration of the tour. If it turns out that other rates apply at the time of your reservation, we will first inform you about the prices applicable at that time. You can choose from:
• Small class: type 3-door Fiat Panda or equivalent, manual with air conditioning
• Comfort class: type 5-door VW Polo or equivalent, manual with air conditioning
• Station class: type 5-door Opel Astra STW or equivalent, manual transmission with air conditioning

We are happy to make the tour suitable, especially for you
• You can extend or adjust the standard tour program
• Do you prefer a more luxurious room? An upgrade is possible
• We are happy to inform you about the best flight options and crossings
• Are you traveling with children? We are happy to send you a tailor-made offer
• Complete your tour with our range of island excursions
15-day tour Pure Sardinia
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