Short break in Sardinia with 3 nights in hotel and 4 excursions
A mix of history, nature, traditional food and Vermentino wine
What you'll do / see / taste:
Traditional meal with the shepherds
A wine tasting
Introduction to the Nuragic Civilization
La Maddalena National Park
A visit to a cork workshop
Day 1 - Perfumes and colours of Costa Smeralda
In the afternoon visit Costa Smerlada (Emerald coast) area with a stop in Porto Cervo dotted by the most fashionable boutiques and famous for its hotels and villas designed by the worldwide known architects.
Its port during the summer season is full of elegant and expensive yachts. Costa Smeralda means also beautiful tiny beaches with clean emerald water and pristine nature where the Mediterranean maquis dominates with its ever green bushes and unforgettable perfumes. Stop in one of the beaches for bathing or walking. Stop at Baja Sardinia - a little modern village on the coast. Another must is a stop in San Pantaleo, a traditional Gallura-region village where a mix of little granite houses, winding little streets, workshops and local inhabitants offers a real hint of everyday life. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Barbagia region, Nuoro and Orgosolo
Departure after breakfast to Barbagia area. Visit to the Museum of Costumes in Nuoro to discover Sardinian traditions and a rich collection of the original objects donate to the museum by the local people (customs, jewels, musical instruments, carpets, tool, etc), then carry on to visit Orgosolo. This village is famous for the murales painted on the walls of the houses. They were first created as a local protest at the end of the 60's and nowadays to point out present problems which distress the entire world. Lunch with the shepherds to taste local food cooked on the spot according to the ancient recepies. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 - The nuragic civilization and La Maddalena national park
Departure after breakfast to visit the nuragic village la Prisgiona, a very interesting example of Sardinian archaeological sites dating back to the Bronze age. It is a nuraghe made of one main tower, two lateral towers and a numerous group of rooms standing around the main courtyard where the well is situated. Proceed to Palau to take the ferry to La Maddalena island. Lunch on your own in the town. Tour of la Maddalena island by bus and stop to visit the Garibaldi’s Museum on Caprera island: the place which homed the most famous Italian hero of the XIX century for 26 years. Then make your way back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - Cork, wine, wild olive trees and granite
Departure after breakfast to visit inland Gallura dotted with granite hills, cork trees, vinyards and some rural houses named stazzo and stop to admire one of the oldest trees of Europe, a huge outstanding wild olive trees, carry on to a cork workshop to understand the importance of this natural product which makes Sardinia the third largest producer of cork in the world. Proceed to a local winery to appreciate the centuries-old tradition of wine making. Departure during the afternoon.