This tour is for those who want to experience the most authentic part of Sardinia, which has remained unchanged over the years. Between abandoned mining villages and ancient pastoral traditions, you will be surrounded by breathtaking views. You will try your hand at Sardinian cuisine, you will see cheese making and taste wines that have existed for millennia in Sardinia.
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DAY 1 The Castle district: the old heart of Cagliari. The secret of Cagliari is hidden in the narrow streets of Castle district. With the help of a local guide, you’ll discover all the secrets of this fascinating city (what the guidebooks do not reveal) – the places where you will not find a tourist, the hidden corners, the legends passed down by word mouth, the history and archaeology in the heart of Cagliari and the Castle quarter. A guided tour through a route rich in history with tales and anecdotes thrown in for good measure that only a local guide can know and that will allow you to discover the “most authentic Cagliari.” Molentargius and the Sella del Diavolo. With its unique ecosystem the lagoon of Molentargius is one of the most important sites in Europe for the presence of many species, especially the beautiful Pink Flamingos that have been nesting here since 1993. Dinner and overnight in a farmhouse in Arbus
DAY 2 The mines of Ingurtosu and the Piscinas Desert. Ingurtosu was a silver-bearing and zinc mine and it was one of the most important mine plants and industrial areas in Italy and even in Europe. Nowadays, we can still admire some ruins of this glorious legacy if we drive along the bumpy road joining Montevecchio to Ingurtosu and Piscinas beach. After the shutting down of the mines and the neglect of this territory, nature has taken its revenge growing in an outstanding way and creating a unique ecosystem. The ruins of the villages, the buildings, the underground tunnels are without a doubt a great monument of mining archaeology. These ruins have immersed into a thick silence where we are given the impression of hearing the steps of the old workers going to work. This naturalistic area is one of the most beautiful and interesting of all Mediterranean Basin. It is now part of the ‘Parco Geominerario Storico della Sardegna’. Piscinas is located 20 km from the village of Montevecchio, within the “Costa Verde” area (50 km of small and large beaches in the territory of Arbus. There is no place like Piscinas in all of Sardinia and even in all of the Mediterranean Basin. This beach, 6 km long, is the seaside part of a vast area full of sandy dunes constantly shaped by the north westerly wind (il Maestrale). These dunes stretch inland for several kilometres and can be as high as 60 m. A typical desert habitat has been created there over the years. Afternoon: Cooking lesson Bad weather option: visit to the Palace in the direction of the Montevecchio Mines (6 Euros). Dinner and overnight in a farmhouse in Arbus.
DAY 3 The ancient city of Tharros and nature walk in the Sinis peninsula. Tharros was founded by Phoenicians during the 8th century B.C. It is located in the municipality of Cabras, in the Sinis Mainland. The archaeological site of Tharros bewitches visitors both for the ruins of the old commercial town and for its geographical position over-looking Oristano Gulf and the Monte Linas range. Sinis is the lowest area of Oristano region, separated from it by extensive sandy strips. This environment, characterized by constant winds, salinity and low rains, has favoured the presence of remarkable animal species, above of all: many birds. Lunch in Cabras. Relax in the beautiful beach of Is Aruttas: the best Oristano beach Bad weather option: Visit to the Museum of Monti Prama Statue (3 euro) and the Hypogeum of San Salvatore Dinner and overnight in a farmhouse in Arbus.
DAY 4 Sa Spendula Waterfall, Villacidro Visit to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Sardinia, celebrated by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. Visit the tomb of the Giants of San Cosimo Gonnosfanadiga. Guided by an archaeologist, you discover a tomb dating back 3500 years. The tomb is surrounded by a sort of semicircle where, probably, the incubation rites were performed. Lunch in a typical Sardinian house. Afternoon The prehistoric village of Barumini. It is no coincidence that it is the most visited archaeological site in Sardinia; the protohistoric castle, built 3500 years ago, draws gasps from its visitors. The Nuraghe, a monumental stone castle with towers of over 20 metres, is unique to Sardinia; you will not find anything like this in any other country. Their purpose is shrouded in mystery: they were probably fortresses, where the most important people of the community lived, but it is also possible that, over time, the Nuraghe was also used as a temple. The main characteristic of nuarghes is the magnificence of their dome-shaped halls which the Greeks called tholoi. Since 1997, the archaeological site of Barumini has been a World Heritage Site and it is one of the best preserved among the nuraghes excavated. Dinner and overnight in Gergei, a small village of Marmilla, in a typical house campidanese.
DAY 5 Visit to vineyards and wine tasting. The experts will take you around old-fashioned equipment, to the areas where the grapes ferment and where the wine develops in the casks. They will lead you to the discovery of our wines, introducing you to the wonderful tastes and flavours which for centuries have arisen from their matching. Lunch in a typical house campidanese Workshop: Cheese making. The shepherd will tell us the secrets of this very ancient craft and the various stages of cheese preparation. Free dinner and overnight stay in Cagliari.
DAY 6 Porto Flavia: mines and sea. Porto Flavia is a site not to be missed for those visiting Sardinia: sea, mines, a breathtaking landscape and the stories of hundreds of miners who worked here. Porto Flavia is a unique mining engineering masterpiece. Lunch at the terrace overlooking the sea. Afternoon and dinner free Overnight in Cagliari.
DAY 7 Departure
-6 nights in a double room;
-tour of the cellars with wine tasting;
-transportation in private car;
-entrance fees and visits;
-private guide, archaeologist
Fee Not Includes
Lunch day 1;
-dinners days 5 and 6;
-medical and baggage insurance, personal expenses and anything not expressly indicated in the price;
Booking must be made at least 30 days before departure. For the months of July and August reservations must be made 2 months in advance.