- Culture & Discovery
- Walking & Trekking
- Walking centre-based
- Guided Group
- All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 1 wine tasting and 5 dinners are included Breakfast: Buffet including cereals, yoghurts and cold meats. Lunch: Large paninis (filled with cold meats/cheese), cake and fruit. Evening meal: Three course meal with soup/salad for starters; meat/fish for main course and local dessert.
- Accom: hotel/lodge
Start Hotel S'Adde, Dorgali.
Walk around Monte Tului.
We start with a nice orientation walk through a maze of old paths around Monte Tului (916m), which boasts one of the most beautiful views of the Gulf of Orosei along with the mountainous inland around Dorgali. We pass some fascinating old shepherds' huts to witness the traditional Sardinian way of life.
Explore Nuraghic village of Serra Orrios, with its complex circular huts dating back to the Bronze Age; relax on an idyllic sandy beach.
We drive to the site of the renowned Giants Tomb for a short visit. We then continue on to the site of the Serra Orrios, one of the most famous of the Nuraghes villages. The Nuraghes, cone tomb-like towers positioned around the island, are the symbols of Sardinia and of its unique ethnicity. The Nuragici people, who built these towers, are considered as the most accomplished, yet mysterious, civilisation in the Mediterranean. We explore this Nuraghic village of Serra Orrios and its complex arrangement of circular huts dating back to the Bronze Age. We now have time for a quick coffee stop and then drive on to Cala Orsala. This is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, surrounded by rocks, pinewoods and lush Mediterranean scrub.Weather permitting, here we will have a beach lunch. After lunch we visit Grotta degli Ispinigoli home to the longest stalactite-stalagmite column in Europe. We finish the day with visit to a wine factory (cantina) for wine tasting and a short talk about the local wines.
Visit Gorroppu Gorge, Italy's deepest natural canyon; free time to swim in clear pools of Flumineddu River (seasonal).
On our drive above the Flumineddu Valley, we enjoy stunning views of this breathtaking area until we arrive at the Gorropu Gorge - also known as the 'Grand Canyon of Europe'. Its high, narrow, vertical walls that reach 200 metres make it the deepest and roughest natural gorge in Europe. Over millions of years, the Flumineddu River has eroded the landscape to create the incomparable natural beauty of the gorge. There is chance this afternoon for a little swim in the river's clear pools. This evening, there is the opportunity to enjoy dinner in a restaurant in Dorgali centre - payable locally .
Today is free to explore the archaeological sites of the Dorgali region, take an optional self-guided walk or simply relax by the beach and enjoy the leisurely Sardinian lifestyle. Horse riding can also be arranged for you, which is roughly €70 for 4-5 hours. Alternatively, you can enjoy a wonderful boat trip to Blue Marino Grotto (dependent on weather conditions).
Walk around the pre-historic Tiscali Village, built inside a cave; visit the springs of Su Cologone
After a short transfer, we start our rewarding walk to the deserted village of Tiscali, perhaps the most challenging walk of the week. Tiscali is built in a huge cave inside Monte Corrasi and it is speculated that its inhabitants hid here from the Romans. On our return to the hotel, we make an essential visit to the karstic springs of Su Cologone, where an imposing mass of mineral water carves shapes into the rocks as it gushes out of the impressive gorge. As well as boasting some amazing traditional Sardinian food, it is also the ideal place for bird watching.
Explore the caves and cliffs on walk from the beach of Cala Luna; free afternoon.
We start the day with a boat trip to Cala Luna this is also considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, here there will be time to explore the large caves and perhaps watch the rock climbing. The walk back to Cala Gonone starts through a vast forest and gulleys, with occasional views of the coast. At the end of the walk at Cala Gonone we will have time for a very welcome drink and the opportunity for a swim before we return to Dorgali.
End Hotel S'Adde.