Northern Sardinia – Acting with Mamuthones in the land of Nuraghe

  • 7 Days
  • Sardinia
  • Etnographic, Archaeological

Description

Sardinia is an island with a unique archaeological heritage and ancient traditions that even many Italians do not know.  This itinerary is a journey across mysterious ruins, charming “borghi” and breathtaking views. Across the less travelled roads of Sardinia, you will discover the real heart of this amazing island. Starting from the historical Cagliari city center, to the Unesco site of Su Nuraxi, the inland Barbagia area. Vast mountain area of the Geannargentu Mountain to the granite highland of Gallura. Getting into local traditions, local carnivals and Orgosolo: the open air murals town-museum. The “borgo” of Castelsardo, Alghero, Tempio Pausania and Bosa all rich in history.

 

What to Expect

This is an itinerary on the less travelled roads of Sardinia, discovering the real heart of this amazing island. Starting from the historical Cagliari city center, to the Unesco site of Su Nuraxi, the inland Barbagia area. Vast mountain area of the Geannargentu Mountain to the granite highland of Gallura. Getting into local traditions, local carnivals and Orgosolo: the open air murals town-museum. The “borgo” of Castelsardo, Alghero, Tempio Pausania and Bosa all rich in history.

  • UNESCO site of Su Nuraxi
  • Cultural heritage
  • Ancient "borghi"
  • Local gastronomy

Itinerary

Day 1 - Cagliari • Introduction to the Island

The trip will start in the early afternoon. We visit the old town of Karalis (ancient name of Cagliari), the Archaeological Museum where we learn about the Nuragic civilization, the Giants of Mont’e Prama and other archaeological finds coming from the original Phoenician-Punic-Roman Karalis. Walking tour of the narrow lanes in the historical city center: The Castel. This is the symbol of Cagliari where we can follow the long and complex history of this city. Check-in at the hotel.View of a church in Cagliari, Sardinia

Day 2 - Cagliari – Barumini – Aritzo • The Unesco site of Su Nuraxi (115 km)

Today we leave Cagliari to drive inland. We stop visiting the the UNESCO site of Su Nuraxi, possibly the best-preserved Nuragic archaeological site of Sardinia. We continue visiting Casa Zapata, a XV century noblemen house now an interesting museum. In the afternoon we arrive at Aritzo, a traditional “borgo” in the Barbagia mountain area.
Barbagia landscape is full of hard hills and mountains and there is little human presence. Barbagia is one of the least populated areas in Europe this has allowed Barbagia to preserve its cultural and natural treasures.

View of the archeological site of Su Nuraxi, Sardinia

Day 3 - Aritzo – Mamoiada – Orgosolo – Santa Cristina Parc – Santu Lussurgiu • Barbagia (160 km)

In the morning we discover Mamoiada home place of the Mamuthones and Issohadores, best known carnival masks of all Sardinia. We visit the museum to learn more about this traditional masks and then we have lunch with local shepherds. We continue to Orgosolo, well known for its street murals paintings which represents Sardinia’s political struggles. After the visit we leave the inland to reach the East coast to visit Santa Cristina Park. Here we can walk under centuries years old Olive trees, visit the interesting Nuragic village with a XVI century nuraghe, then on to the Christian village. Last but not least, we visit the Sacred Wells, the best preserved, evocative and mysterious Nuragic well temple of Sardinia. We end the day in Santu Lussurgiu.

Murales in Orgosolo, Sardinia

Day 4 - Santu Lussurgiu – Bosa – Alghero • The North West Coast (85 km)

After breakfast at the hotel we visit Santu Lussurgiu where numerous local products are made: leather, carved wood and the typical Sardinian switchblade. We then drive to the small town of Bosa, where we visit the Cathedral, the castle and the suburb of “Sa Costa” which can be reached only on foot.
We continue our day reaching the Porto Contelungo park where we can admire one of the best view of all Sardinia Island in Capo Caccia. We then go Alghero, driving along the beautiful coasline. We visit the Alghero city centre.

View of the cupola in Alghero, Sardinia

Day 5 - Alghero –Saccargia Cathedral – Monte d’Accoddi – Castelsardo • Cathedrals, Archaeology and “borghi” (110 km)

Early morning departure towards Sassari, with a short detour from the main road we visit the XXII century Saccargia Basilic, the most important church in Romanesque Tuscan style. We drive to Monte d’Accoddi, where a surprising, unusual temple stands out from the flat surrounding plains.
We move to the coast to visit one of the most beautiful “villages” of Italy: Castelsardo. A complete 5 senses experience thanks to the colorful houses, the perfume of the sea and fresh fish coming from the local restaurants, the great views over the coastline, the traditional clothing and the Sardinian language spoken by the inhabitants.

View of the borgo Castelsardo, Sardinia

Day 6 - Castelsardo – Inland Gallura – Nuoro • Granite landscapes and dreamy panoramas (190 km)

Today we drive along the coast to reach Capo Testa, a small peninsula which overlooks the Bonifacio Strait, between Sardinia and Corsica Island. After a photo stop on this very scenic lookout, we drive inland across Gallura, a vast land characterized by granitic rocks, dotted by cork Oaks trees (Quercus suber) and land of shepherds with their unusual rock huts known as “concheddas”. Our lunch today is in a typical rural stone restaurant, this type of buildings are known as “stazzo”. We then visit Tempio Pausania known as as “the stone city” because everything is built with the granitic stones of the area. Here we visit the city centre and the local museum on the “cork” which is the main resource of the area. We drive to Nuoro for the overnight.

Sheeps in the Gallura area, Sardinia

Day 7 - Nuoro – Cagliari • Barbagia capital town (165 km)

Today we visit Nuoro. The Barbagia main town. Here there is an interesting Modern art Museum, the House-Museum of Grazie Deledda, possibly the Sardinia best known writer who won the literature Nobel Prize in 1926. She started to write at the age of 13 and in the best selling novel “Cosima” she describes in details her youth in Nuoro. We will also see the lookout point of Ortobene Mountain before driving to the South of Sardina and Cagliari, where our tour ends.

Pages of the books of Grazia Deledda in Nuoro, Sardinia

Price Includes

  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Transport by minibus
  • Overnight in 3*** / 4**** hotel in BB treatment
  • 2 Lunches
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Local guide

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • All the meals not specified in the program
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Everything not specified in "the quote includes"

FAQ

When can I travel ?

From April to November.  

How much does it cost ?

On request – quotations from 2 to 12 pax.

For further information on the price or a tailor-made quotation please contact us at info@out-of-italy.com. 

How's the climate ?

In Sardinia Island, there is Mediterranean climate, mild winter and warm sunny summer. Little rain in summer, rainy season is mainly in autumn and winter, in summer it is normally dry. It is a windy Island due to Mistral Wind.

Are meals included ?

Daily breakfast and two lunches are included. 

Which transportation will be used ?

Private minibus.

For logistics or technical reasons, the itinerary can be run with some amendments on the sequence of the visits and excursions.

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